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Alcoholics Anonymous

What Options Are Available When AA Doesn’t Work
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) works for many people. But some simply need a different approach to healing. Known as the kingpin of substance abuse recovery programs, AA has been used by millions to kick their substance abuse habits.  But what about those who prefer a different approach. Do non 12 step drug rehab treatment methods work? Yes, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment. After studying a myriad of different non 12 step drug recovery programs, the researchers concluded that many do work, but that their differences need to be considered when recommending them to patients.  ...

4 Ways Exercise Heals the Mind, Body, and Spirit During Addiction Recovery
Addiction takes a real toll on the human body. Drugs and alcohol can weaken the immune system, damage internal organs and strip the body of the ability to heal itself.  Beginning a drug detox program designed to rid the body of these dangerous toxins is the first step to total recovery. Exercise too can help put those addicted to drugs and alcohol on the road to healing by providing the kind of physical, emotional and spiritual helps they need to move forward in their quest for total health and wellness. The Role Exercise Plays in Recovery Can exercise play a role in ...
Addiction Treatment Program

How To Avoid Enabling A Friend’s Addiction
  One of the most difficult parts of establishing and maintaining a friendship can be having to look out for each other during hard times. When a friend is facing a problem with substance abuse, finding the right way to support them can be confusing. Oftentimes, friends will try to help each other with substance abuse problems, but because of the personal connection between the two parties, providing that help in the healthiest way can be difficult, as the most obvious ways to ‘assist’ are often enabling behaviors. These enabling behaviors can be a detriment to the person facing substance abuse ...
Prescription Drugs

How Addiction to Prescription Drugs Has Grown Beyond Opioids
Now over 20 years old, the opioid crisis taking place throughout the world currently is no longer breaking news. However, many people do not realize the prescription drug epidemic extends much further than opioids. Nowadays, benzodiazepine and prescription stimulant addiction rates are increasing rapidly, making the need for prescription drug abuse treatment even greater. When done correctly, prescription drug addiction recovery helps those facing prescription addiction become and remain sober, while also helping to navigate through the conditions the medications were prescribed for initially. Opioids What Are Opioids? The term ‘opioid’ describes a specific drug class which includes the illicit drug heroin – addiction to ...
Holistic Addiction Treatment Centers

Six Ways Holistic Addiction Treatment Centers Are Not Your Typical Rehab Program
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), frequent use of drugs causes significant changes in the brain to the point where it is difficult for a person to function without using drugs. The use transitions into drug addiction at this point, a chronic disease that causes people to continue to seek and use drugs despite many negative consequences in their lives. Although the initial drug use is voluntary, continuing to take them becomes compulsive and involuntary over time. The NIDA agrees that while giving up drugs is not easy, addiction treatment centers that address several core issues can ...
substance abuse problems

5 Tips to Help You Get Your Parent on the Road to Recovery
No one can deny the adverse effects caused by substance abuse problems. Some of the most innocent victims in the case of most substance abuse issues are the children of those facing addiction. In fact, studies conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Admission found that as many as 1 in every 8 children in the United States has a parent facing a substance use disorder. Underaged children with parents facing addiction are the truest victims, as they are unable to do things like stage an alcohol intervention or hire a drug intervention specialist. Less often considered, but arguably also ...