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Detox

Stuck in a Loop; Why Recovery Requires More than Just Detox to Move Forward
The journey toward sobriety is a personal experience. Each individual enters an alcohol treatment program for a unique reason. Some have tried to stop drinking on their own, but alcohol withdrawal symptoms were too severe to manage alone. Others arrive at a detox center after a hospital stay or intervention, knowing the side effects of alcohol use disorders (AUDs) not only hurt the user, but their family and friends suffer along with them. While achieving freedom from alcohol starts with cleansing the body, going through a period of detoxification, it is important to realize that detox isn’t treatment – it is preparation ...
professional intervention

Too Close to See; Why an Intervention Without a Pro’s Help Could Do More Harm Than Good
Having an alcoholic or drug addict in one’s life can be fraught with emotional difficulty. Friends and family members offer well-meaning advice and try to point the individual towards getting help, but everything they say seems to fall on deaf ears. Finally, a plan is created among those friends and family to make a change. Rather than use alcohol intervention programs, everyone decides to do a household intervention instead. After planning and gathering the relevant parties, one of you calls the individual to come meet up with everyone. They show up, having no idea what to expect. What ensues is a ...
Inpatient Drug Rehab

How to Help Your Family Understand that Inpatient Drug Rehab Doesn’t Mean You’ve Failed
When a person who recognizes that he or she has an addiction to alcohol decides to enter inpatient alcohol rehab, the reaction from family is not always as positive as hoped. If the alcoholic or drug addict has a young family, his or her partner may feel overwhelmed at the thought of handling everything on the home front alone for up to 90 days. Extended family, including parents, siblings, grandparents, and others, may even imply that the addicted person has failed somehow by needing inpatient rather than outpatient treatment. That can be difficult to contend with while trying to achieve sobriety ...
outpatient alcohol treatment program

Reconnecting: 4 Ways to Balance Your Old Life and New Found Sobriety with Aftercare
Completing an outpatient alcohol treatment program is merely the first step in overcoming addiction and forging a new life. As addiction aftercare programs often stress, successful completion of a formal treatment program is not a guarantee of ongoing addiction recovery. The person completing treatment must be willing to engage in aftercare drug treatment as well as find new ways to balance his or her old lifestyle with the new one obtained through treatment. Having an Addictive Personality Can Make Ongoing Recovery Challenging People prone to addiction often have an underlying tendency to seek excitement by drinking or using drugs. It can also ...
Rehab for Parents:

Rehab for Parents: How to Get Your Life Back Without Leaving Them Alone
There are few things as heartbreaking to parents than realizing that their beloved son or daughter is addicted to drugs or alcohol and needs to get into inpatient or outpatient treatment. It does not matter if the addicted child is a young adult who has just left home or a middle-aged adult who has been on his or her own for many years. The sadness, frustration, anger, feelings of helplessness, and many other strong emotions are the same. Parents of adult children instinctively wonder what they can do and how far they should go to get their adult child into ...
Common Defense Mechanisms And How They Relate To Substance Abuse

Common Defense Mechanisms and How They Relate To Substance Abuse
We use defensive mechanisms in our day to day life in order to cope with trauma and uncomfortable feelings, however, they are a substance abuser’s arsenal to avoid the reality of their addiction and its consequences. Some of the more common mechanisms are denial, blaming, regression, and projection. We all use defense mechanisms in our everyday lives. Most are used short-term to distance ourselves from uncomfortable or unpleasant thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. They help us keep sane and stay functional in the face of the trauma and stress that we experience. We develop them as a natural part of growing up. ...