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How Does Biofeedback Therapy Help Manage Anxiety?

Most people aren’t aware that anxiety is a leading cause of drug abuse and relapse in the United States. Because of that, finding ways to manage anxiety effectively is an integral part of rehab. Thankfully, that’s just what biofeedback therapy does. However, how does biofeedback therapy help manage anxiety? Can integrating biofeedback therapy with other …

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10 Things to Do When You’re Married to an Addict

Being married to an addict feels like a betrayal. Drugs and alcohol are their priority, not you and your family. You may have tried everything you can think of to help your addicted spouse. It’s not working. You’re starting to accept you can’t beg, cry, scream or coddle them into sobriety. Here’s what you can …

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Everything Hurts? It Could Be Your Pain Medicine

If everything hurts, and you’re becoming sensitive to pain, it’s time to ask why. For a significant number of people suffering from chronic pain, the source of their increased sensitivity may be the drugs that are supposed to fight the pain. This is cruel and ironic. Long-term consumption of opioid painkillers like OxyContin®, Vicodin®, Percocet® …

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Why Medication-Assisted Therapy Is Critical in Opioid Addiction Recovery

By Robert Matylewicz, DO, ABAM, Medical Director at The Ranch PA The opioid epidemic continues to surge ahead with seemingly no end in sight. Drug overdose has surpassed motor vehicle deaths as the leading cause of U.S. accidental deaths with opioids leading the charge, contributing to 33,091 deaths in 2015. We don’t have a foolproof …

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Gratitude as a Recovery Tool During the Holidays

By Jack Gilbert, LCSW For many, the holidays are a wonderful time of year, but for people in recovery, the holidays can sometimes be painful and overwhelming, making them vulnerable to relapse. Gratitude is a practice that can be helpful all year round, but particularly during the holiday season. For instance, simple practices like keeping …

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Demerol Rehab: Treatment & Withdrawal

Demerol, also known as meperidine, is a powerful — and powerfully addictive — painkiller. Similar in nature to morphine, Demerol is an opioid narcotic that can cause serious side effects when abused or used in conjunction with other substances, including alcohol. Withdrawing from meperidine alone is not only extremely challenging, it is also unwise because …

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Drugs Might Be Less Enticing to the Challenged Brain

Enriching experiences and learning opportunities don’t just make life more satisfying — they might make your brain more resistant to addiction. So suggests a study published in the October 2015 edition of the journal Neuropharmacology. Researchers based in the University of California, Berkeley compared the drug-seeking behavior of mice kept in a deprived environment with …

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What You Can Learn From Garrett Reid’s Passing

Philadelphia Eagle’s Coach Andy Reid has sadly lost his oldest son, Garrett Reid. Garrett was found unresponsive in his room at the Eagle’s training camp on August 5, 2012. Garrett had struggled with drug addiction since he started using illegal substances in 2001. And he been to a rehabilitation center as well as having spent …

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