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From a Pill Bottle to a Needle; How “Safe” Drugs Can Lead to the Hard Stuff
It’s been all over the news in recent years – how the opioid epidemic is affecting the United States – stories of addiction, overdoses, and deaths related to both prescription and illicit opioid drugs. It isn’t uncommon these days to see pictures on news sites of, for example, mothers and fathers unconscious in their car’s driver’s seats, as their children cry while buckled into car seats behind them. For most people, this scenario is inconceivable, and they cannot understand how those parents put drug use ahead of taking care of their children. But in reality, it’s likely that by the ...

6 Evidence-Based Reasons Why Yoga Is a Valuable Tool for Recovery
Yoga therapy is a set of principles; it’s a group of mindfulness activities. Clients often find that the gentle exercises and relaxation techniques relieve stress while in drug detox programs and after. There is a growing body of scientific evidence suggesting yoga, like adventure therapy, as a complementary treatment helps addicts navigate the difficult journey toward sobriety. A Brief Snapshot of Yoga’s History The original family of yoga types originated in India as an integral part of Hindu worship and spiritual renewal. Modern yoga therapy seen in rehabilitation centers around the world continues to evolve as researchers discover more physical and mental health benefits for people ...

More Prescription Drugs Aren’t the Answer: How Treating the Whole Person Is the Key to Lasting Recovery
There are powerful voices shaping the way a traditional drug rehab facility operates. Government agencies, senators, well-respected medical professionals, even some recovering addicts who fought their way out of the downward spiral and reclaimed a sober lifestyle. What if the way it has always been done does more harm than switching to a non-traditional holistic drug treatment and aftercare program? More prescription drugs aren’t the answer to drug addiction treatment Critics of treating drug addiction with another drug have voiced concerns, yet many in the medical community still believe that the benefits of substituting “less dangerous medicine” for street drugs and habit-forming prescriptions have a place in ...

6 Ways Addiction Treatment Is Moving Beyond 12 Steps
Traditional rehab programs are often geared toward detoxification and short-term rehab options that allow the patient to start the recovery process. Non 12 step rehab programs go much further and much deeper, creating an environment where change is implemented and not just talked about. A non 12 step drug rehab program works by offering the patient resources that allow them to let go of the old behaviors, patterns, and habits that kept them trapped in their cycle of addiction, recovery, and relapse.  Breaking Old Patterns By Modifying Behaviors The key to breaking old patterns and habits is to identify the behaviors that trigger them. These ...

Reclaiming Your Life from Addiction Is a Cause for Celebration; What Comes Next?
A battle with addiction will affect a patient for the rest of their lives. While alcohol and drug treatment methods can eliminate the drug from the body and its side effects, it’s up to patients to accept and learn to rebuild their lives after treatment. This includes the old habits and patterns that sometimes resurface even years into the patient’s recovery. Dealing with them in a healthy and productive manner is the only way to continue to move forward on their personal journey. Make A Commitment to Themselves In order for any type of aftercare drug treatment to work, the patient must be ready ...

6 Reasons Why Cold Turkey Is the Most Dangerous Way to Kick an Addiction
Many people think that a reasonable way to overcome an addiction is to stop drugs or alcohol cold turkey, as opposed to attending drug or alcohol detox treatment centers. Because those dealing with addiction use alcohol or drugs in an unrestrained manner, it would seem much simpler to just stop using that substance as opposed to tapering off of the substance over time. But every major scientific study indicates that trying to quit cold turkey may be doing more harm than good. Instead, it is often recommended that patients take part in drug detox programs and substance abuse aftercare programs. These ...