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Making the Most of Court-Mandated Substance Abuse Treatment

Getting caught with illegal drugs or alcohol can feel embarrassing. And going to rehab may be the last thing you want to do, especially for court-mandated substance abuse treatment. But it can be a life-changing experience.  Many people don’t feel ready to start rehab. If you’ve been stuck in a cycle of quitting and relapsing, …

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What is an EAP and Why Is It Important?

Sometimes life throws a lot at you, like major life changes, work challenges or health issues. And if you’re struggling with substance misuse, you may not know where to turn. When you need guidance and support but don’t want to risk your job, EAPs are there to help.   So what is an EAP, and …

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Feeling Trapped by Addiction and Depression Symptoms

Depression and addiction often go hand-in-hand. A depressed person may turn to drugs and alcohol to cope. Substance use may numb the pain for a while, but some will develop a substance use disorder. Both conditions play off of one another, making everything worse. Without help, a person can feel trapped in a painful cycle. …

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The Importance of Peer Support Groups

Addiction can be an isolating condition. It harms a person’s emotional state and relationships. That’s why creating connections is so important in addiction recovery. Treatment programs encourage the fellowship you find in peer support groups during treatment and after it’s complete. We’ll review why peer support matters and how treatment makes it a priority.   …

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The Ups and Downs of Depression

Emotional ups and downs are a normal part of life. Your feelings will shift as you react to each situation throughout your day. But for some people, negative moods last much longer. They also feel fewer positive moments overall and might be a sign of depression. Here we’ll review the ups and downs of depression …

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What is Relapse Prevention?

Relapse can happen during addiction recovery. Some people may feel like a failure if they slip up. But relapse is more common than you may think. It can be hard to talk about, especially because it can seem like starting over. Here we’ll explain what relapse prevention is and how treatment works to prevent it.    …

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How Long Does Drug Use Treatment Last?

Are you starting drug use treatment soon? You may feel overwhelmed at the thought. And one of your top questions may be about how long it may take. Treatment length varies from person to person. It can begin with shorter sessions, but it may continue for months or years.   Addiction rehab includes everything from …

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What Factors Keep Us From Getting Substance Abuse Help?

Have you ever searched the internet for “addiction help near me?” If you don’t find much, you may feel stuck. Many others are in the same boat. They need to find substance abuse help, but some clinics may be far away. Others may cost a lot or may not have many choices. Here we’ll review what …

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What if You Don’t Need Inpatient Addiction Treatment?

When a person needs help with addiction, inpatient rehab isn’t always the first step. A person may need to work around other obligations. Or their addiction may not be critical enough to require inpatient treatment. It may be more intensive, but that doesn’t make it better than outpatient rehab.    We’ll take a look at …

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How Does Your Home Influence Your Addiction and Recovery?

Where a person lives influences a lot in their life. This includes access to substances and outpatient recovery services. So if you need treatment, what can this mean for you?   You face environmental risk factors for addiction every day. Your neighborhood, social group and even the state you live in affects you. And when …

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