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Alcohol

6 Ways to Stay Sober When Alcohol Is Part of Social Functions
Returning to day-to-day life after receiving treatment at an inpatient alcohol rehab can be incredibly intimidating. Dealing with new independence and temptation can be difficult even without physically having alcohol present. However, at many work, friend, and family get-togethers, alcohol is indeed present. This brings a whole new set of challenges for those in recovery and navigating through those obstacles can be difficult. Thankfully, there are a few things one can do to help maintain their sobriety after inpatient alcohol rehab despite the fact that alcohol is part of many social functions. Thinking ahead and doing the best to prepare oneself, as ...
On-Site Addiction Treatment

3 Ways On-Site Addiction Treatment Can Help You Fend Off Enablers
For someone who has enrolled in drug or alcohol rehab, the narrative can play out much the same way. They attend an outpatient or inpatient treatment program, come out sober, and then fall in with the same crowd again. These people are enablers who convince the former addict to get back into their old habits. Would trying inpatient treatment centers be the key difference in breaking this vicious cycle? Those who have only ever used outpatient programs before might want to consider trying an inpatient one instead. That can be an important means of finally maintaining sobriety for the long-term, not ...
Heroin Addiction

4 Questionable Ways the Media Talks About Heroin Addiction
Heroin, smack, horse, or just H.  Whatever people call it, it’s a dangerous drug that can cause a serious addiction, which requires a heroin treatment program.  But when hearing about heroin addiction in the media, one might assume that it is chic, that it’s a lifestyle,  and that only poor people and famous celebrities get addicted. That addiction to heroin is somehow a failing on the part of the person and that the only way is to go “cold turkey.”  The media and popular culture send conflicting messages about drugs, especially heroin.  When a person is searching for “heroin treatment ...
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 ...