What is a 12 Step Model Rehab?

If you or a loved one is in search of a rehabilitation program or clinic, 12 step is almost certain to come up. The National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services shows that 12-step models are used by 74% of treatment centers in the USA, either as a primary treatment method or an optional one.…

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Smoking and Recovery

Smoking is everywhere. From old men and women in their 80s and 90s to teens who are too young to legally smoke, ‘everyone’ smokes. While the number of active smokers in the U.S. has declined from over 24.7% of the population in 1997 to just 15.1% as of 2015, smoking is often depicted as cool,…

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7 Similarities Between Food and Drug Addiction

Very few of us would correlate drug addiction with food addiction but recent studies show that food can have many of the same psychological and physiological effects as hard drugs. While on the surface food is harmless and difficult to take seriously as an addiction, many foods contain the same substances that cause heroin, cocaine,…

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Bernie Sanders Town Hall Meeting On Opioid Epidemic

The number of people killed by overdose in the United States has increased by a factor of 4 since the year 2000. There are now an average of 91 opioid-related deaths each day in the United States. Bernie Sanders held an MSNBC town hall meeting in West Virginia about the opioid epidemic that was televised…

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How to Replace Addiction With a New Passion

You know how some people live paycheck to paycheck? Well, as an addict, I lived from high to high. The only thing that mattered in between was getting the money I needed to capture that next high. Once I began my recovery, however, I quickly realized that I was suddenly going to have quite a…

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5 Tips for Maintaining a Positive Attitude During Recovery

Recovering from a substance use disorder is a long process that can be mentally and physically exhausting. Once you make it through physical withdrawal, you will likely have to face months of cravings, mental addiction, and emotional ups and downs. Maintaining a positive attitude during recovery can be difficult, but it is often necessary for…

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The Danger of Addiction to Post-Surgery Pain Medication

Undergoing a surgery of any kind can be a difficult ordeal, but in almost every case, it will result in major pain after the surgery. For this reason, doctors and surgeons frequently prescribe pain medication for patients to take post-operation, typically intended to be used for 1-6 weeks after the surgery. In most cases, the…

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