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What is Rehab Like?

A California rehabilitation center significantly improves your odds of maintaining long-lasting abstinence. Attending inpatient and/or outpatient treatment allows you to have the support, guidance, and understanding necessary for recovery. But what is rehab like? Addiction doesn’t discriminate. Anyone, regardless of background, age, gender or socioeconomic class can develop a substance abuse disorder. Substance abuse disorders are chronic…

Most Addictive Painkillers

Opiate addiction can include a physical dependency on Vicodin and OxyContin, which are among the most addictive painkillers. Addiction can cause you to experience troubling withdrawal symptoms and powerful cravings, making it hard to recover without the help of holistic pain management. Tens of millions of Americans struggle with a substance abuse disorder, alcoholism and…

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Mindfulness Meditation

Triggers, like cravings and stress, can increase your risk of relapsing. Mindfulness meditation is an effective holistic therapy that can help improve your cognition, decrease your stress and support your recovery. During recovery, such as a mindfulness based cognitive therapy program, nearly half of all people struggling with a substance abuse disorder experience at least one…

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Can Alcohol Cause Depression

If you have a co-occurring disorder, such as a dependency on alcohol for depression, recovery is sometimes more difficult after a mood disorder treatment program. Depression symptoms can make you consume more alcohol, while alcohol consumption can worsen your depression. So it leaves us asking, can alcohol cause depression? More than 15 million American adults…

Bipolar and Addiction

Substance abuse disorders, including addiction and alcoholism, and mental health conditions, like bipolar disorder, are both chronic, incurable and progressive diseases. Mental health symptoms, especially when left untreated, can become disabling. Mental health disorders can also increase your risk of using or abusing drugs and alcohol. When you have a co-occurring disorder, like bipolar and…

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Sleeping Pill Addiction

For those that suffer from insomnia, doctors can prescribe sleeping pills, which are sedatives that help you fall asleep. Unfortunately, while medications like Ambien can treat insomnia, sleeping pill addiction can occur. Sleeping pill addiction can create significant issues, including preventing you from sleeping without prescription medications. Sleeping pills can be both physically and psychologically…

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Addiction and Relationships

Substance abuse, drinking problems, and addiction are family diseases, meaning that they impact more than just the user. Addiction affects more than 10% of Americans, making it somewhat common for addiction and relationships to existing side-by-side. When you struggle with a substance abuse problem, you are more likely to experience domestic violence, conflict, and instability.…

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Vivitrol Vs Suboxone

Street heroin laced with dangerous additives like fentanyl led to a rash of fatal overdoses, a major reason why unintentional drug overdoses have become the leading cause of accidental death in the United States. With roughly half of all people in recovery experiencing at least one relapse, medication assisted treatments have modernized to offer more…

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Gateway Drugs

Drug abuse, addiction, and substance abuse problems often start with experimenting with gateway drugs, recreational drugs, nicotine, and alcohol. Drugs and alcohol all produce intoxicating effects by causing changes to your brain chemistry. Your brain releases excessive amounts of neurotransmitters whenever you use drugs or alcohol. This process can cause a rush of pleasurable emotions,…