You may have heard of the term problem drinking and wondered what exactly makes it different from alcoholism. How do you know if you’re a problem drinker or an alcoholic? What’s the difference? The short answer is yes, there is a major difference between the two. Problem drinking is using alcohol in a way that…

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You know you’re an addict. Whether it’s drugs, alcohol or prescription medications, you know you have a problem. This is not the question at hand – you’re asking yourself now, “am I ready for drug addiction recovery?” How do you know when it’s the right time to seek help? As you’re thinking about your unique…

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Prescription drug abuse is a growing dilemma in the United States, especially among teens and young adults. When a person takes a prescription drug for a non-medical reason, it can become a serious problem, many times resulting in the need for prescription drug abuse rehab. In fact, the National Institute on Drug Abuse states that…

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Opioids (painkillers), depressants and stimulants are three of the most common types of prescription drugs that are abused. Some of the most popular opioids include drugs like oxycodone, morphine and fentanyl. Popular depressants include Xanax, Valium and Ambien. For stimulants, you may have heard of drugs such as Adderall and Ritalin – some of the…

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Alcoholism affects people from all walks of life. People from a variety of backgrounds, cultures and upbringings. People of wide age ranges. Alcoholism in America has changed over the years, but if there’s one thing that’s remained constant, it’s the dangerousness of the condition. Alcohol poisoning kills six people every day (CDC). Let that sink…

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Alcohol consumption is so ingrained in the collective consciousness of American society, it’s hard to imagine life without it. What would a wedding be without a champagne toast to the bride and groom? Is a dinner party even possible without a cocktail or a glass of wine? And what about that institution known as “happy…

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“A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step,” the famous Chinese proverb says.   And it’s true: every journey — even a hard one — has its own beginning. There are as many roads that lead to drug abuse and addiction as there are people — uniquely individual stories, histories, choices, intentions and happenstances…

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In a world hyper-focused on the body, on physical appearance, fitness and health, the well-being and fitness of the mind is often overlooked. It’s importance, especially among everyday people like you and me, is often underestimated and stigmatized. And yet mental health is absolutely essential. According to the World Health Organization, mental health is defined…

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Addicts often blame themselves for being addicted or for relapsing into addictive behavior. Frequently, members of the public, friends and family can be even worse finger-pointers, citing a lack of willpower for a sustained addiction or a relapse. These approaches, however, do not help anyone. They hinder public understanding of addiction, add to stigmatization and…

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In the discussion of addiction, the focus is often on singular substance use. Rather than referring to those who are chemically dependent as addicts, more specific identifiers like alcoholic or cocaine addict are often used. The limitation of these terms is that many individuals are not only abusing a single primary substance. In fact, studies have…

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