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What Is Lean Drug And What Are The Risks Of Taking It?

What is lean drug? Quite simply, it’s unlikely you’ve heard of it unless you are familiar with certain areas of pop music and culture. But if you’ve heard it mentioned in pop culture, you still might not know. Thus, it’s important to keep yourself informed so you, your friends, loved ones, and peers can stay …

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Quitting Drinking Cold Turkey: 7 Myths to Know

An estimated 14 million Americans struggle with an alcohol use disorder, and some studies report numbers as high as 18 million. If you’re suffering from the effects of alcohol addiction, you’re not alone. Alcohol is one of the easiest drugs to fall victim to and one of the most difficult drugs to quit given its …

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Holistic Treatment of the Day – Acupressure

Many people in holistic circles are familiar with what is typically known as “acupuncture,” or the insertion and manipulation of needles in the body to relieve pain and help with an array of other mental and physical ailments. More recently, a practice known as “acupressure” has been gaining momentum in the holistic world. This is …

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The Recovery Benefits of a Family Program

When addiction strikes, it hurts more than the person who struggles with the disease. Substance use disorders cause physical, emotional, and mental pain that radiates out to families and friends. Arguably, it is the people closest to those suffering from addiction who feel the most severe impacts of the disease. Often, those people are family …

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Drug Abuse vs. Drug Addiction: How Far is Too Far?

What’s the difference between drug abuse vs. drug addiction? How do you know if either is a problem for you or a loved one? A substance use disorder, a term encompassing drug abuse and drug addiction, is a progressive medical condition. Let’s dive into what constitutes a substance use disorder or addiction and what’s defined …

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Letting Go of the Past: How to Heal Guilt in Sobriety

Guilt in sobriety threatens to derail recovery when mishandled. Often, it’s shame, guilt’s evil twin, which takes recovering folks down. And guilt can morph into shame if you aren’t careful. According to Brené Brown, a renowned shame and vulnerability researcher, the difference between guilt and shame is simple in theory. “Shame is a focus on …

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Art Therapy is a Powerful Addiction Recovery Tool

Art Therapy: A powerful addiction recovery tool

Art therapy is a powerful tool in addiction recovery. Many addiction treatment centers, including The Ranch Pennsylvania, use trained art therapists to help patients express difficult emotions. For someone in recovery from a substance use disorder, they may carry a lot of shame around past actions which hurt family members and friends. Because these feelings …

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What You Need To Know About Addiction Treatment Centers

Addiction Treatment Centers: What you need to know

Addiction treatment centers in the United States treat tens of thousands of patients every year. Resources can be found in all 50 states. But not all treatment centers are created equally. If you are considering treatment for yourself or someone you love, it is important to be informed about the attributes that make an addiction …

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6 Must-Haves in Effective Treatment Centers

6 Must-Haves in Effective Treatment Centers

What are the six important things to look for in effective treatment centers for substance use disorder? If you or a loved one struggles with a substance use problem, it’s difficult to think straight, let alone make a big decision like finding the right treatment program.  What does it look like to face such a …

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Why Overcoming Addiction Isn’t a Straight Path

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I – I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” – Robert Frost While it is safe to assume that Robert Frost was not speaking of overcoming addiction when he wrote this, recovery is more like walking through the woods on a …

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