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Making Amends After Drug Abuse Stops

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After addiction treatment, men and women suffering from the disease of addiction come to realize that successful recovery means following all the steps. Two of these are critical and they both involve making amends. But it’s not as easy as one might think. And making amends isn’t about the addict at all. It’s an attempt to make up for the destruction one’s addiction has caused others. Below, we talk about making amends after drug abuse stops.

The question an individual suffering from substance use disorder aka drug addiction probably while reading this is: How does one make amends for all the hurt, pain and destruction that was caused during active addiction? First, let’s look at what making amends isn’t – and what it is.

Making Amends is Not an Apology

When you brush up against someone in line or invade their personal space by accident, the polite thing to say is “I’m …

Causes of Drug Abuse in Young Women

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Drug Abuse in Young Women

Between the ages of 8 and 22, girls become young women. In these years, they are maturing both physically and mentally. They are forming their identity, a sense-of-self, and self-worth. These adolescent years are the most significant years of development, years critical to a young woman’s health and success later down the road. Unfortunately, adolescence and young adulthood are also times of great susceptibility. Girls are transitioning from middle school to high school, and for the first time, are experiencing many social pressures, physical changes, and stronger desires to fit in. So what are the causes of drug abuse in young women?

A recent study by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University revealed that girls and young women commonly initiate substance and drug abuse during these crucial years. Often, their reasons for trying drugs are tied to the stress and pressures experienced during this transitional period. …

Is a Sober Living Home Right For You?

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If you struggle with the disease of substance abuse disorder aka drug addiction, getting sober may be one of the hardest things you ever do. Many alcoholics and drug addicts will enter a medical detox center to safely detox from their drug of choice. Residential addiction treatment at an inpatient drug rehab facility is a logical next step.  But what do you do after you’ve completed your inpatient stay?  What about a sober living home?

A sober living home is an option for transitioning back to daily life, but you may be wondering if it’s the right choice for you. Going home after 30-90 days in a structured environment isn’t always the best idea. The stress of daily life and the possible temptation of going back to your old environment could be disastrous without the proper foundation.

What is a Sober Living Home?

A sober living is a house for people recovering from …

Pros and Cons to Inpatient Vs Outpatient Addiction Treatment Center

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The first step on the road to recovery is knowing you need help to beat your addiction. Another big step is choosing between an inpatient / residential and outpatient addiction treatment center. Each type of treatment setting has advantages and disadvantages.  In this article, we share some of the advantages and disadvantages of inpatient / residential drug rehab facilities and the outpatient addiction treatment center.

Advantages of Inpatient Treatment

Inpatient, or residential addiction treatment for men and women with substance use disorder requires at least a 28-day stay. The actual length of a typical stay depends on your diagnosis, needs, situation, and insurance coverage.  The ideal stay would be more like 90 days although most insurance companies don’t cover beyond 60 days.

Pros of Residential and Inpatient Drug Rehab Facilities:

•You receive 24-hour supervision by trained staff and therapists; you are never alone while battling your addiction.

•You are part of a community – other …

Benefits of Music and Art Therapy for Recovering Addicts

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When you’re recovering from drug or heroin addiction, you use various methods to remain free from drugs and alcohol. You may meet with an addiction support group led by a therapist where you discuss issues you face as a person in addiction treatment and recovery. You incorporate exercise into your life so that you can experience a strong, healthy body. You reach out to friends and family to receive the loving, positive support you need. But these aren’t the only ways to remain free from substance abuse. Art and music therapy are two other addiction treatment options that may help you as well.  Below, we discuss art and music therapy in more detail and how it can potentially help men and women suffering from addiction get well.

What is Art Therapy?

According to the American Art Therapy Association, art therapy occurs when an art therapist works with a client to …

Can a Recovering Heroin Addict Drink Alcohol? (Cross Addiction)

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One of the more common questions around recovery goes something like,”I’m addicted to heroin, not alcohol, so why can’t I have a drink? What’s this cross addiction I’ve heard about?”  That’s really not an unreasonable question. Why do men and women suffering from the disease of addiction aka substance use disorder who don’t seem to have problems with alcohol need to stay away from it anyway? Why can’t a prescription drug or heroin addict have a few drinks? Or can they?  What is cross addiction? There are really two reasons that medical professionals advice against drinking alcohol, even if this was not an individual’s drug of choice.

Two Reasons Drug Addicts Are Advised Against Drinking Alcohol (Cross Addiction)

* Alcohol reduces an individual’s inhibitions and increases the likelihood that he or she will make bad choices

* Cross Addiction – Just as they say in the rooms, “A drug is a drug …

Is Your Medicine Cabinet Supplying Drugs To Your Kids

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We hear about teen drug addiction and abuse every day. It’s a major issue in our society and disrupts the lives of teens and their families on a daily basis. Most parents are aware of the dangers and prevalence of illicit drugs. However, many underestimate or are not fully aware of the risks lurking in their own homes.

When it comes to teens and prescription drug abuse, the numbers don’t lie. In fact, every day in the United States, 2500 youth ages 12 to 17 begin to abuse prescription pain medications, and 50% of teens believe that prescription drugs are much safer than illegal drugs.

The Gateway to Drug Abuse

Prescription medications like Oxycodone, Xanax, Hydrocodone, Percocet, etc. are often the first exposure teens have to drug use. Prescribed medications used by parents or other family members are easily accessible, and carry far less stigma than purchasing or trying illegal drugs such as …

Drug Court Resources – They’re Just Not Good Enough!

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Countless people across America have been helped by Drug Court, but many more have fallen victim to the harsh sentences and nearly impossible rules set by the judges. Rather than take a “pro” or “con” position, perhaps it would be beneficial for the decision makers to host and have a discussion about how best to address drug use and how best to apply (and improve) the various drug court-based programs that go by the “drug court” moniker.

Disadvantages of Drug Court Related Programs

It’s critical to understand that drug courts, though they often connect people with addiction treatment services, are not a public health approach to drug use. They exist within a criminal justice system that demands punishment of individuals for a health issue.

Incarcerating people for a relapse, regrettably is a predictable and normal part of drug treatment and flies in the face of public health principles. Denying opioid dependent individuals access …

5 Tips For Dealing With A Loved One With Substance Use Disorder (SUD)

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Addiction has been declared a disease by the AMA (American Medical Association), SAMHSA (Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration) and many other reputable medical associations and organizations.  But did you know that drug addiction (also referred to more recently as substance use disorder or SUD) affects more than just the individual and is often considered a family disease?  There is a lot of information out there for men and women suffering from substance use disorder (SUD).  But what about families?  Thus, this article attempts to provide some insight for families who are struggling and provides 5 practical tips for helping their loved one who suffers from substance use disorder.

1. Advantages of Family Therapy for Substance Use Disorder (SUD)

When a family is dealing with the disease of addiction, family therapy can be beneficial during the addiction treatment and/or long-term recovery process. Generally, the addicted individual is considered the patient, …

Safe Injection Sites for Heroin Use: For or Against?

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Safe Injection Sites – If you know what they are then you probably have a strong opinion about them one way or another.  Like this community, you may have had one strong opinion and then after doing more research, changed your mind for certain reasons. First of all, what are safe injection sites?  Many think it means a place on the body where you can safely stick a needle so that you don’t cause harm to yourself or overdose on heroin.  But this simply isn’t the case.  So what is it?  Why would the authorities and medical professionals even consider providing or funding it?  Are you for or against safe injection sites?

What are Safe Injection Sites?

Safe Injection Sites are physical places provided by authorities or medical professionals for heroin users to go to so they can use heroin without being arrested and experience other “benefits”.  At first, the Kill …

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