Increase Your Chances to Successfully Detox

Detoxification is easily one of the hardest parts of breaking free from the grip of addiction. It is facing withdrawal head on and pushing past it, instead of retreating back to the temporary comfort that the addictive substance provides. As such, it is very important to know what you’re up against, and the difficulties involved…

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Prescription Medicines You Can Get Addicted To

The Hawaiʻian islands once had a major rat problem. To combat it, sugar cane plantation farmers imported mongooses to kill the rats. Unfortunately it did not work and now Hawaiʻi also has a mongoose problem. Similarly, a person who starts taking a prescription medication for a legitimate health concern may become addicted.   Understanding the…

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Is Drug Rehab Effective?

Drugs are insidious. When an addiction gets into a person’s head, the pleasure and relief felt by the chemical rush leaves subtle barriers in its wake. Thoughts like “Why do I need to quit if this makes me feel good?” begin to slip in, and even if the addict understands intellectually that what they’re doing…

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What Happens to People in Rehab?

Modern evidence-based rehab comes in many forms. Many different programs are available, designed to support differing personal needs. Depending on the severity of an addiction a recovering person hospitalization with 24×7 care may be required. Other people may find less intensive outpatient options to be best. One thing the programs have in common is a…

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The Symptoms of Substance Abuse and Addiction

One of the biggest problems people with substance abuse and addiction face is denial. Sometimes this denial is wishful thinking, other times it is a lack of awareness. Warning Signs and Symptoms There are many experiences shared by those abusing substances and addicted to them, but everyone has their own unique story. If you feel…

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EMDR and Addiction

EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing and was developed in the 1980s. Its original use pertained to retraining thoughts after traumatic events became too much for an individual to handle and works by reprocessing the traumatic information so that it is less harmful. Once considered to be only a technique, its effectiveness has…

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