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What Makes Rehab Successful?

Drug rehab success rates statistics are hard to find because success is difficult to measure. When someone relapses after treatment, it doesn’t necessarily mean the treatment wasn’t successful. There are many other factors involved. Although it is challenging to measure treatment success, we can say what elements of a treatment program make it more successful…

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Food and Mood in Addiction Recovery

Food has a powerful effect on both our bodies and our minds. Just how much food impacts our brains and our moods is coming to light with research. This information is important for addicts in recovery because a downswing in mood can lead right to a relapse. There are many reasons to eat well in…

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Retraining the Brain in Recovery

Much of the new research into addiction talks about how drugs change the brain. What does this mean? We know that whatever those changes are, they make a person dependent on the drug, but how does it work? It turns out that our brains have an amazing degree of plasticity, which means the brain can…

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Stop Playing the Addiction Blame Game

Addicts often blame everyone but themselves. To admit having a problem and then taking responsibility for it are both very difficult to do. The truth is that attitude is very important when it comes to addiction recovery and blaming external sources for problems is counterproductive to successful sobriety. Blame never leads to real change. It…

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Finding Your Real, True Self After Addiction

Drugs and alcohol are mind-altering substances. When you are deep in your addiction, these substances change who you are. Getting your next fix becomes your purpose in life—getting money to get the next fix, or enjoying the brief pleasure from finally getting it. Your world revolves around your addiction. Many addicts fear giving up their…