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How Are Stress and Relapse Connected?

Stress and relapsing from addiction recovery are closely connected because without strong mental health and proper self-care, our decision-making is impaired. What is a Relapse in Addiction Recovery? The road to recovery from diseases like drug addiction or alcohol addiction is an ongoing process that will take a long time. One or more relapses are … Read more

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Finding Addiction Treatment with NY State Health Insurance

Established in 1957 for state employees, the New York State Health Insurance Program has been extended to include municipality, local government, and school district employees. The New York State Department of Civil Service Employee Benefits Division administers the New York State Empire Plan insurance. What makes this plan unique, is that it is not distributed … Read more

Opioid Withdrawal and Dependence

What Causes Opioid Withdrawal and Dependence?

Dependence and withdrawal from opioids are due to the changes in brain chemistry habitual opiate use causes. Opiate dependence can lead to death if untreated. What Are Opioids? To best understand what causes opioid dependence and subsequent withdrawal, understanding opioids at their core is essential.  Opioids are a specific class of substance that is created … Read more

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How are Drugs Used as a Coping Mechanism?

Drugs are sometimes used as a coping mechanism to deal with mental illnesses, as well as to numb everyday stress. What Does Coping Mechanism Mean? A coping mechanism is something that helps a person to decrease tension or anxiety, through either a conscious or unconscious adjustment or adaptation. In other words, coping mechanisms are the … Read more

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Why Going to Rehab is Key in Overcoming Addiction

Going to rehab is key to overcoming addiction because it gives you the understanding of why addiction happened, as well as the tools to become and stay sober. Understanding Addiction Addiction is the result of developing a dependency on either drugs or alcohol and the behavior that frequently results. Those battling addiction will often isolate … Read more

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How Do You Stop Heavy Drinking?

There are many ways to stop heavy drinking. However, long-lasting results are best achieved through addiction treatment, followed by an aftercare plan. Heavy Drinking Vs. Alcohol Use Disorder The drinking levels defined by the NIAAA or the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, set clear guidelines that can be followed to identify if someone … Read more

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Learn How Common Alcohol Use Disorder Is?

Alcohol use disorder is a common diagnosis in the United States. Statistics show that 1 in 12 men and 1 in 25 women suffer from a form of alcohol use disorder. When it comes to alcohol use disorder, everyone is different. The condition can range from mild to severe, and symptoms will vary from person … Read more

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What Is Binge Drinking?

Binge drinking describes the problematic behavior of consuming enough alcoholic drinks to bringing the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) to 0.08 percent or higher. Drinking about four drinks in two hours achieves 0.08 BAC. Do you have someone in your life who you’re worried about because they’re drinking too much alcohol? If you’re concerned that your … Read more

When Did Substance Use Disorder Become a Diagnosis?

Substance Use Disorder, also known as SUD, or drug addiction, was added to the DSM III in the year 1980, making it an official mental health diagnosis. Substance use disorder is a diagnosis used to describe someone who has difficulty controlling their use of alcohol or drugs. The term was first introduced in 1952 by … Read more

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Risk Factors for Substance Use Disorders

The most common risk factors for substance use disorder are heredity, early use, mental health, the type of substances used, and social and environmental factors. There are many risk factors for developing a substance use disorder. Some of these factors are within our control, such as our environment and the people we associate with. Other … Read more