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How Journaling Can Aid Your Addiction Recovery

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When you write things down, they tend to become more valid to you—and it is that principal that lies at the heart of the reason why journaling can benefit you in addiction recovery. There are multiple benefits to writing down your experiences as you go through treatment and into a life in recovery. The main benefit is that it acts as a record of your rehabilitation journey because keeping a journal is a thought-provoking…


How to Cope with Depression in Early Addiction Recovery

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It is an unfortunate fact that depression and addiction often go hand-in-hand. However, depression can either be a pre-existing condition to substance abuse and cause addictive behavior or it can be caused as a direct result of substance abuse over a prolonged period of time. Whatever the cause, for someone who has completed drug and alcohol addiction treatment, the symptoms of depression are very real and require management to prevent…


How to Let Go of Your Past in Addiction Recovery

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As with most of life’s hurdles, it is not possible to progress forwards until the past has been addressed and dealt with. When someone is struggling with addiction issues, letting go of the past and the mental or emotional scars they’ve been left with can be extremely difficult. Additionally, if someone has a history of prolonged abuse particularly of mind-altering substances, then the traumas from the past can…


The Importance of Setting Boundaries with an Addicted Loved One

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One of the most difficult aspects of living with a loved one with addiction issues is that they lose their ability to recognize the consequences of their actions. This can lead to the kind of destructive behavior that drives wedges between family members, breaking even the closest bonds irreparably. Specialist alcohol and drug addiction treatment


Can Drug Abuse Lead to Mental Health Issues?

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Known as dual-diagnosis, it is not uncommon for addiction and mental illness to go hand in hand, although it is not always obvious which condition pre-existed the other. This is because although mental illness can lead to addictive behavior, addictive behavior can also lead to symptoms of mental disorder. There are also other factors that need to be considered on a patient-by-patient basis including education, socio-economic status, gender, their personal history and the substances used to determine the state of mental and physical health in relation to their addiction.

Diagnosing the Symptoms of Mental Illness

There are several ‘street’ or…

The Relationship Between Addiction and ADHD

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For those suffering from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD, anything intoxicating is a risky business. According to recent research, more than 15% of adults with ADHD had either used or were completely dependent on drugs or alcohol for the 12 months prior to the survey. The same research showed the most commonly abused substances were alcohol and marijuana.

Why is there a Link between ADHD in Adults and Addiction?

A Harvard research paper revealed that among young adults with ADHD, just 30% said they used substances to get high. The remaining 70% have different reasons for using including insomnia, mood-enhancement or relieve…

Why Addiction Recovery Requires More Than Just a 'Vaccine for Addiction'

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While it would obviously be great to treat the very complex disease of addiction with a few shots of vaccine, there are many reasons why this approach would almost certainly not work. As the government attempts to address the significant opioid abuse problem in America, suggestions have been made that research should be undertaken to develop an addiction ‘antidote’ in the form of a vaccine.

Why a Vaccine Won’t Work to Cure Addiction

Although addiction is a chronic disease, there are generally psychological issues also underlying it that need to be identified for effective treatment. Whether…

First Responders Are Spending More on Overdose Reversal Drug

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A new drug that is able to reverse an opioid overdose and save thousands of lives each year is currently being rolled-out to first-responders across the country. In the US, more than 33,000 deaths are caused by opioid overdose each year and until now, those often first on the scene have been powerless to assist. Now, people overdosing on heroin, fentanyl and other opiate-based drug are able to be treated immediately on…

The Link Between Addiction and Depression

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Addiction and depression often go hand in hand although there are many misconceptions about both conditions. For a start, depression is not something you can snap out of and addiction isn’t the result of an over-indulgent personality. It is important to remember that both addiction and depression are illnesses; depression is a mental illness and addiction, a chronic disease. It is not sufficient to acknowledge the link between the two rather to treat them both independently.

Is Depression the Cause or Effect of Addiction?

The simple answer is that both are true. When someone is suffering with depression, they may…

Why DIY Detox Often Fails without Medical Support

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There is a common misconception, usually held by families and people close to addicts, that alcohol or drug detox can be handled on their own. It is often the expense and complexity of seeking professional addiction treatment that forces people to consider other options which, unfortunately, rarely work. Addicts can also feel capable of conducting their own DIY detox and while their motivation can be exceptionally strong, without a structured treatment program to support them, their attempts often fail.

Why Attempting Drug Detox on Your Own is Not a Good Solution

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