Addiction Resources Blog

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How to Support a Loved One After a Successful Intervention

When a loved one has an addiction, knowing how to help them can be difficult. An intervention can be a powerful tool to encourage them to seek treatment, but it’s important to remember that recovery doesn’t end there. Once your loved one has completed treatment, they will need ongoing support to maintain sobriety. What is … Read more

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The Importance of Medically-Supervised Detox for Alcoholism

Understanding Alcohol Addiction Alcoholism, or alcohol use disorder, is a chronic and often progressive disease when an individual becomes physically and psychologically dependent on alcohol. Alcohol addiction is a complex condition that affects the brain and body, often leading to severe negative consequences in one’s personal, social, and professional life. Medically-supervised detox for alcoholism is … Read more

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MAT Benefits in Long-Term Alcoholism Recovery

Alcohol addiction is a chronic disease affecting millions worldwide. It is characterized by a compulsive need to drink. This compulsion persists despite its negative consequences on one’s health, relationships, and overall quality of life.¬† Achieving long-term sobriety in alcohol addiction recovery can be challenging. One approach that has shown promise in helping individuals achieve long-term … Read more

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The Relationship Between Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health

Substance use disorder (SUD) and mental health disorders are closely linked. Individuals often experience both conditions simultaneously. In fact, research has shown that nearly 50% of individuals with a mental health disorder also have a¬†substance use disorder, and vice versa. Understanding the relationship between these two conditions is critical for effective treatment. What is Substance … Read more

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Understanding Addiction as a Disease, Not a Choice

Addiction is often misunderstood, with many still believing it is a choice or a moral failing. However, research has shown that addiction is a complex disease that affects the brain. Individuals suffering from addiction require treatment just as someone with any other chronic illness would. This article will explore addiction as a disease, the factors … Read more

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How Addiction Impacts the Family

Addiction impacts the family in many ways, including emotional distress, financial strain, relationship challenges, and health consequences. Family members may experience guilt, shame, anger, and sadness and struggle with trust and communication. Family members need to seek support and resources to cope with the impact of addiction and support their loved ones in recovery. How … Read more

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Finding the Right Path: Navigating Treatment Options for Dual Diagnosis

Dealing with co-occurring disorders or dual diagnosis can be challenging. It’s not always easy to identify whether a person is experiencing a mental health disorder, a substance abuse disorder, or both. Moreover, treating both conditions together can be complicated. However, finding the right treatment options for dual diagnosis is critical to help individuals recover and … Read more

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How to Choose the Right Detox Program for Alcohol Addiction

Alcohol addiction affects millions of people worldwide. Addiction treatment is a long and challenging journey but also a transformative one. One of the first steps in addiction treatment is detoxification, which involves removing alcohol from the body. Choosing the right detox program is crucial to ensure a safe and effective recovery process. This article will … Read more

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Understanding the Role of Interventionists in Addiction Recovery

Addiction is a serious issue that affects millions of people around the world. It is a complex disease that can be challenging to overcome. For many addicts, it is hard to recognize that they have a problem. Interventionists play a critical role in helping addicts and their families on the road to recovery. In this … Read more

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How Addiction Affects the Brain?

Addiction affects the brain’s chemicals, mainly dopamine, by interfering with how neurons send and receive signals via neurotransmitters. This can make it difficult to stop and result in permanent brain changes. However, understanding how addiction affects the brain can provide a starting point for treatment and recovery. How Does the Brain Work? The brain is … Read more