Detox Symptoms

Addiction to drugs or alcohol has to end at some point, whether through death or detox. Sadly, these are the only two ways to end a substance abuse issue. The good news is that going through detox is easier today than ever before, thanks to the experience of quality rehab centers. These caring professionals help…

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Defining Substance Use Disorder

“Substance use disorder” is a term that professionals use to diagnose drug or alcohol addiction. The American Psychiatric Association coined this phrase in 2013 to clearly describe and define addiction. Today, physicians in the United States use this term to indicate that an individual patient meets four clear signs of addiction. Through the clear rules…

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5 Signs of Alcoholism

Recognizing the signs of alcoholism can often be difficult because so many people drink on a regular basis. Since drinking alcohol is so normal, it’s easy for someone to justify his or her drinking when it becomes a problem. The disease of addiction is very cunning in the fact that it tricks people into thinking…

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3 Signs of Meth Use

Meth, or methamphetamine, is a stimulant drug that is very dangerous and highly addictive. Despite the health risk, more than one million Americans use the drug annually. Whether they snort, smoke or dissolve it in water and inject it, meth can cause countless dangerous side effects. Learning the three most common and visible signs of…

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3 Signs of Addiction

When does the recreational use of a drug or alcohol turn into something more sinister? Since therapists now understand that signs of addiction are symptoms of a disease, is it possible to catch it early? Perhaps more importantly, do you recognize these signs in yourself or a loved one? Addiction or Abuse? Typically, abuse starts…

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What Sober Living Homes are Like

Think of sober living homes as the bridge that spans the time between inpatient treatment and a return to normal life. It’s an excellent opportunity to apply the coping skills you’ve learned during therapy. Taking a Bite out of Adjusting to “Real” Life If there’s a common concern among those overcoming addiction, it would have…

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What is IOP Treatment?

Intensive outpatient treatment, or IOP, is a science-based approach for addiction recovery. However, outpatient treatment isn’t right for every rehab attendee. What is IOP, and why do therapists base participation eligibility on specific factors? The experts at 1st Step Behavioral Health have answers to your questions. Treatment Options for Individuals Struggling with Substance Abuse Problems…

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Preparing for Addiction Recovery

Individuals who choose addiction recovery over a life of drug or alcohol dependence face an uphill battle. The good news is that they can win this battle with the help of caring rehab center staff members. As with any other momentous step in life, getting on the road to recovery requires a little preparation. Wondering…

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Is Addiction a Disease?

It’s a common misconception that an alcohol or drug habit is a sign of character weakness. Knowing that it isn’t a character flaw leaves a lot of people wondering what it actually is. Is addiction a disease? And if so, is there are a cure? Understanding the Difference between a Character Flaw and an Illness…

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