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Tough Love: A Son’s Story of Sobriety

This National Recovery Month, we wanted to bring you stories from Recovery Team alumni who are clean and sober, truly taking advantage of everything recovery has to offer them. We spoke with Cheaney and knew that his story would be perfect to be published on National Son’s Day, September 28, 2020. Cheaney was born and raised …

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College Students and Drug Abuse

The popular cultural image of college students getting high or drunk is one that’s pervasive. While it can seem like a piece of fiction torn out of a Hollywood script, the reality is that excesses that often lead to drug abuse are very common, and addiction is a serious risk for many college students. A …

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Addiction and Suicide

The relationship between addiction and suicide is a major driver in efforts, especially by friends and family members, to encourage people to go into recovery programs. There is plenty of overlap between substance use disorders and other risk factors for suicide, such as depression, anxiety, criminal behavior, and traumatic personal histories. Those seeking therapy may …

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Signs of a High Functioning Addict

The stereotype of individuals with drug and alcohol addictions as being total wrecks leaves a huge gap in how we look for signs of problems and try to treat them. High-functioning addicts are people who defy that social construct. These individuals are able to deal with a number of life’s challenges while maintaining an addiction …

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Relapse Prevention | Tips to Identify Triggers

To understand issues surrounding recovery and the prevention of relapse, it’s important to first understand addiction and the components of recovery and relapse. Addiction The American Society of Addiction Medicine provides the following definition: “Addiction is characterized by inability to consistently abstain, impairment in behavioral control, craving, diminished recognition of significant problems with one’s behaviors and …

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Coping with Triggers

It’s a fact that addiction can occur to anyone at any time. There are no socioeconomic, ethnic or religious limitations to this disease. It might be affecting your life right now. Once you become dependent on a substance, it’s difficult to see the world without it in your life. You’re trying to “kick the habit,” …

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How to Maintain Sobriety After Residential Care

Making the decision to get professional help for your substance abuse issue will be the best decision you could ever make. During residential addiction treatment you learn a lot about yourself, and you can truly recover from any addiction that is present. The recovery process is a journey that is long-lasting, and there will be …

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How Addiction Affects the Family Unit

Addiction can completely take over one’s life. The pain and suffering not only affects the addicted individual, but the loved ones as well. Addiction is a family disease, and there can be a lot of deception and anger present in the entire family unit. At our drug and alcohol treatment center in Florida, we understand that …

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Is it time for an Intervention?

Friends and family members of loved ones struggling with addiction frequently realize that interventions represent a path toward effective treatment. Unfortunately, those outside of a profession associated with drug and alcohol counseling might not know how to perform an intervention. Few even know if one is necessary although many do realize that rehab might be …

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Surgeon General’s Brother: How Prison Perpetuates Addiction

Throwing drug addicts in jail might solve some things, but it definitely doesn’t solve addiction itself, which is what drives the vast majority of drug addicts in jail for non-violent, drug-related offenses. Long story short, criminalizing addicts keeps them addicts. It’s true that many jails and prisons offer some form of therapy for inmates, but dig …

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