I’m Addicted and I Don’t Know What to Do About It

You’ve taken a look at your drug use, your reasons for it, and how it has impacted your life, and you’ve come to the conclusion that you are addicted. Making this conclusion is a brave, bold first step toward taking action. It is the start of recovery and of regaining your life, and because of this it is also a potentially scary and overwhelming time. Don’t let uncertainty get the best of you. Learn about the steps and actions you can take to create change and find a...

4 Ways Going with the Flow in Rehab Is the Right Decision

You have been stressed and challenged by addiction for far too long, so now is time to go with the flow in professional treatment. Drug use creates stress, confusion and other negative emotions, but rehab is the time to learn how to address these emotions rather than resist, feel defensive about and/or hold on to them. When you go with the flow in treatment, you will benefit from rehab no matter your underlying thoughts. In fact, if you accept the help of rehab, then you will give yourself a...

What to Do After Treatment for Benzos

Recovery is a healing process that cannot be rushed. Treatment offers solid footing and a great, healthy start for recovery, but recovery is lifelong while treatment is temporary. Therefore, you must keep working even after professional treatment ends, because and you can ensure long-term success if you know what to expect and do in the weeks, months and years following rehab. Why Treat Benzo Addiction? Benzodiazepines, or benzos, are a class of powerful drugs. While often prescribed to treat...

How Community Impacts Your Recovery Work

Addiction may be marked by feelings or acts of isolation, but it is not a disease that stands separate from the families, friendships, workplaces and more in which it is present. In other words, one person’s addiction impacts the communities that surround her, and these communities in turn affect addiction recovery, so addiction is everyone’s problem, not just the addict’s. There are many levels and types of community, and each one can support long-term recovery and encourage overall...

Four Reasons to Enter Treatment for Your Drinking

In this day and age, it is not unusual to turn to the Internet for answers. However, the Internet is just one tool and often an unreliable one at that. You will find sources that suggest your drinking is a problem and treatment is needed, and sources that tell you it’s manageable on your own, and it is easy to choose to believe the answers you want to hear and ignore those you don’t. As The Everything Health Guide to Addiction and Recovery shares, “While online self-evaluation quizzes...

4 Frequently Asked Questions about Treatment

If you are considering addiction treatment for the first time, for a repeat time or for a loved one, you undoubtedly have many questions. Consider the answers to the following frequently asked questions, and talk with treatment professionals about any other concerns you may have. Your concerns about treatment can most likely be easily resolves to ensure you can begin your recovery and your new life as soon as possible. Why Do I Need Treatment? You started using drugs on your own so it may seem...

Using Rehab as a Chance to Recharge

Addiction recovery programs suffer from an unfortunate, and inaccurate, bad reputation. Due to their depiction in popular culture, rehab programs are often imagined to be dismal, miserable, prison-like, mental hospitals with bad food, stark artificial light and terrible people. While these depictions have certainly made for effective comedy and drama over the last several decades, the truth about these centers is vastly different than most people suspect. In fact, many people look back on their...

Finding Hope in Other People’s Stories of Recovery

Addiction is a lonely disease, but recovery is anything but. As individuals begin to research options for addiction treatment, as they seek support to maintain their sobriety, they will quickly discover an extensive, helpful, supportive community of people who have found (and are happily living in) recovery. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) shares that “people with mental and/or substance use disorders have a unique capacity to help each other based on a...

EMDR’s Use in Non-Combat Trauma

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) has become a nearly standard component of treatment for combat-related trauma. However its proven effectiveness does not end with combat-related trauma. Trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) result from a variety of causes and sources, and regardless of the source, EMDR can be an important element of treatment and recovery. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has approved EMDR as an evidence-based...

4 Ways to Talk to Your Teens about Addiction

Talking about addiction can open channels of communication, prevent drug use and put a stop to developing problems. Addiction is a surprisingly common problem among teens, but many parents wait until it can no longer be ignored before having a conversation. While it is never too late to start talking about addiction to morphine and other opiates, it is also never too early. Talk, Don’t Ignore Teen drug use should not be ignored. Drug use, drinking and partying are sometimes seen as...

What Kind of Job Should You Get in Early Recovery?

Transitioning from rehab to the real world can be challenging, especially for people who need to find jobs. The prospect of job hunting seems daunting to many recovering addicts who are new to the sober lifestyle, because they worry about discrimination. The good news on this front is that, even though addiction may have temporarily sidelined you professionally, recovery will put you ahead. Research supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse shows that treatment improves any addict’s...

What Is REBT?

Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) is a form of therapy developed by Albert Ellis. In his book Better, Deeper and More Enduring Brief Therapy, he describes REBT as, “a method of psychotherapy…that is intrinsically brief and that also aims to help people achieve an intensive, profoundly philosophical and emotional change.” Individuals who have received years of therapy for mental health or addiction issues know there is no “quick fix” for chronic disorders, but REBT may...

New to Rehab: The Importance of Treatment Center Orientation

Before you begin a rehab program for addiction to drugs like morphine, you need to know what to expect. A good treatment center will offer a complete and detailed orientation that explains the recovery process, what they offer and what you can expect. An Introduction to Detoxification Services Before you enter a treatment center, you should have a good understanding of what detox services are offered. Some centers expect you to undergo detox at a separate medical facility prior to entering...

The Unique Challenges of Young Adults in Recovery

The sooner recovery begins, the better. Recovery is a journey, and it requires change, commitment and support. It is not a matter of just a few therapy sessions or even 30 days’ worth of treatment but instead involves a lifetime of combining these professional services with learning to make healthy choices and develop as a person. Young adults are in a unique position to find long-term recovery, and the challenges they face are balanced by the opportunities they are provided. Why...

How to Be Open-Minded about Rehab, Even if You Don’t Choose to Go

Any change comes in stages. When it comes to addiction and recovery from morphine addiction, change often involves five stages. These include precontemplation, contemplation, preparation, action and maintenance. Those in precontemplation are firmly in denial about the existence of a substance use problem and any of its consequences. If you are considering the idea of rehab or are at least interested in learning more about it, you are in the contemplation stage. As the Department of Health and...

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