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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 ...

SMART Recovery Meetings: A Great Alternative to AA Support Meetings
Because Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) – and offshoot programs like Narcotics Anonymous (NA) – are the most widely known peer support groups for addiction recovery, many people are unaware that there are alternative programs that are equally beneficial for supporting addiction recovery. Programs like SMART Recovery® include non-12-step support groups that provide the same benefits as AA meetings. Although AA is widely endorsed, there are many people who don’t like AA for one reason or another. Some of these reasons include: They attended 12-step meetings but didn’t feel comfortable there. They don’t agree with the idea of addiction as an incurable disease that requires an ...

Non-12-Step Addiction Treatment vs. Traditional 12-Step Programs
Recovering from addiction is no small feat. Some people struggle with it their entire lives. Others have found a way to move on and live happy, sober lives. What separates the ones who continue to struggle with addiction versus those who have recovered? It’s not about having the strongest willpower, as some people think. Ultimately, successfully recovering from addiction requires finding the treatment approach that is best suited to your individual needs. There are many components of drug and alcohol addiction treatment, including: Clinical and Holistic Therapies Nutrition and Exercise Sobriety Education (such as relapse-prevention techniques) Individual and Group Therapy Peer Support Many addiction treatment centers use the 12-step ...

An Introduction to SMART Recovery®
Addiction is a serious condition that affects every part of a sufferer’s life. The recovery process is different for every addict. Almost every method, however, eventually entails analyzing one’s own behaviors and assessing environmental influences on the addiction. SMART Recovery® helps addicts eliminate addictive behaviors through careful self-analysis using scientifically based treatments. Understanding SMART Recovery® While most people are familiar with AA, or Alcoholics Anonymous, it is heavily faith-based and often supported by religious communities. Conversely, SMART Recovery® is secular and based on scientifically supported evidence and treatments. SMART Recovery® branded itself as such in 1994, after being known as the Alcohol ...