Does Medication Exist to Curb Alcohol Cravings?

Does Medication Exist to Curb Alcohol Cravings?

When a person struggles with alcohol dependency, they can also experience withdrawal symptoms and cravings when they try to stop drinking. This craving for alcohol is one reason a large majority of people quit drinking  but fail to be successful the first time. Cravings are strong and compel people to keep drinking in spite of…

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What Are the Warning Signs of Relapse?

What Are the Warning Signs of Relapse?

Relapse is common with over 90% of people in recovery from heroin addiction relapsing at some point. People who struggle with other addictions are also at risk of relapse in early recovery, especially, but also at any other point, as well. It may feel easy to miss the warning signs of relapse if you are…

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How to Support a Loved One Who Leaves Rehab Early

How to Support a Loved One Who Leaves Rehab Early

The best-laid plans don’t always play out according to script. Addiction treatment bears this out as much as anything else in life. Even if you have done everything you could to help a spouse, child, or friend, now they are out of treatment early and you feel lost as to how to best handle the…

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Can IOP Treat Heroin Addiction?

Can IOP Treat Heroin Addiction?

Heroin is highly addictive. An approach that is most effective is being inpatient at a rehab facility that helps focus treatment on recovery for the individual. Another approach is called an ‘intensive outpatient program,’ or IOP. This treatment approach involves daily or weekly meetings with a sponsor and sobriety support group. IOP is often the…

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How Do I Overcome the Fear of Being Alone?

How Do I Overcome the Fear of Being Alone?

Nobody likes to think about living their life alone. Perhaps that is because we are social creatures by nature and love community with each other. Some people who are introverts value time alone but also seek out others to share their life with. There can be other reasons why people become isolated and afraid of…

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Sobriety is Just Another Term for a Long Road Ahead (in a Good Way)

Sobriety is Just Another Term for a Long Road Ahead (in a Good Way)

The word ‘sober’ has negative connotations for some people who think it maybe is cliched or old hat. On the flip side, it is another term for what lies ahead, which is sobriety, a clean slate, and a fresh beginning. Sober is the one word that beautifully represents the hugely positive transformation people experience in…

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What is the Impact of Alcohol on Hormones?

What is the Impact of Alcohol on Hormones?

The hormones in the body work together in a coordinated system that keeps the body healthy and functioning. Hormones act as messengers for the chemicals working to control and coordinate all functions of the body’s tissues and organs. When it is working properly, the amount of hormones released and tissues respond to the messages. Alcohol…

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