A Primary Step to Overcoming Addiction

A writer sent us a message asking for the number one tip for overcoming addiction. This is a very powerful question. While there are many aspects to consider, our years of experience enables us to offer an answer many families have found vital when trying to save an addicted loved one’s life. Very often, a family trying to help their loved one with an offer of rehab is rebuffed. Why would he (or she) ever refuse the help? Because he’s his own worst enemy, locked into the guilt over the harm he’s done and depression connected with the destruction of…

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How Does Love Become Enabling?

Ask any expert in addiction recovery if enabling is wrong and they will all tell you the same thing: It’s the worst thing you can do for an addict. To make sure we are all talking about the same thing, here’s a definition of enabling: Enabling consists of actions and behavior that shield the addicted person from the consequences of his or her own actions. They are usually well-meaning efforts to solve problems the addict should be solving. Therefore they allow the addicted person to continue to make choices that are destructive to their own survival and the survival of…

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A Comment on the Narconon Sauna Detoxification Program

In the field of addiction treatment, what is usually meant when you say “detox” is a medically supervised period of coming off the drugs a person was using. When a person is coming off heavy levels of drinking, close medical care and support are needed to prevent injury during withdrawal. Some other drugs, like benzodiazepines (Xanax, Valium and others) may cause dangerous symptoms during withdrawal that also require close support. At the end of detox, a person is sober. He will not be prepared to deal with all the challenges of life on his own, he is just free from…

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Is Addiction a “Moral Failing?”

Across the broad field of addiction recovery, there are many opinions about what addiction really is. Does it really make much difference which definition is correct? It does. Different forms of treatment are based on these differing concepts and definitions of addiction. If the underlying definition of addiction is erroneous, then the treatment based on that definition may miss the mark. For a moment, let’s look at the disease concept of addiction. This concept assumes that it is a physical illness similar to diabetes or heart disease, the diseases most commonly used for comparison. So if addiction is defined as…

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Does Your Drug Rehab Program Focus on Life Skills?

There are all kinds of drug rehab programs in the world. Some have widespread popularity and others are isolated to just a few rehab centers. Like wilderness programs. You can find this type of rehab program with fair ease, but they are not widespread. Equine programs – ones that incorporate care and riding of horses – are a little more common. Some programs don’t focus on this modality of treatment but might include some involvement with horses.

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Newborn Babies – Some of Our Youngest Addicts

These are children who never reached out for a joint, a needle or a crack pipe. Their drugs came from a different source – their mothers’ blood, carried through the placenta and umbilical cord to the tiny, growing body. But still, these are children who must go through similar withdrawal symptoms to their mothers. They are often inconsolable, crying endlessly. They may suffer seizures and cramps and kick their arms and legs in pain. When the mothers’ drug was an opiate, the babies may be weaned off the drugs in their bodies by being given tiny doses of methadone or…

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What Are The Best Methods for Choosing A Drug Rehab

Choosing a drug rehab program for yourself or for a loved one can be an excruciating decision. Upon this decision may rest the success or failure of the attempt to get clean and sober, and it’s not a decision that you can really afford to get wrong. After all, it often happens that a person who goes through rehab unsuccessfully will at that point give up all hope of getting sober, and will often spend the rest of what remains of his or her life as an addict. Furthermore, there is the fact that the costs of rehab can be…

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5 Steps For Choosing a Drug Rehab

Choosing a drug rehab center isn’t like choosing a destination for your next vacation. It’s not the kind of thing where you can afford to take your chances and know that you’ll have another shot at it if your first choice doesn’t work out. To put it bluntly, your choice of a drug rehab program could make the difference between success and failure in the attempt to get sober for yourself or your loved one, and that’s a difference that could be a life or death one. Make sure that you’re choosing the right one by following the guidelines below:

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America Finally Discovers One In Eight US Teens Misuses Pain Drugs

A new analysis of surveys done between 2007 and 2009 among American teens shows that one in eight US teens misuses pain drugs. This survey shows also that the age at which teens started abusing these drugs was younger than anticipated, that many start at 16 or 17, instead of 18 and older as was previously thought. At 16, a small number of students begin to abuse these drugs and then the numbers grow through the rest of the teen years. The report concluded that there needs to be more drug education provided to students at an earlier age than…

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The Emotional Highs and Lows of Cocaine Abuse

There are specific and understandable reasons that drive people to abuse cocaine over and over again. These have to do with the short term effects the user considers desirable. Cocaine use produces a fast euphoria accompanied by a sense of great enjoyment and confidence. A performer may lose his stage fright, a businesswoman may lose her fear of failure and act with more confidence. And of course, cocaine is often considered a party drug. Those partying with cocaine feel more energetic, even when drinking. Large quantities of alcohol won’t make them feel groggy, so by using cocaine with their alcohol,…

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