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Alcohol Recovery: You’re Worth the Effort

My personal journey to sobriety wasn’t a smooth road. I hit roadblocks along the way. My first experience in rehab made little difference to my recovery, partly because the clinic practiced a “one-size-fits-all” approach to rehab, and partly because I wasn’t ready to commit to the journey. I can attest, from firsthand experience, alcohol recovery …

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“Bridging”: A New Prescription Drug Abuse Trend

Bridging is a street term used to describe the abuse of prescription drugs, not to gain a high, but to minimize withdrawal symptoms between highs. The practice is most common among people suffering from opioid and benzodiazepine addiction. Both families of drugs cause severe withdrawal symptoms. Opioid and Benzodiazepine Withdrawal Symptoms If your loved one …

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Why Holistic Drug Treatment Is the Best Option for YOU

Drug rehabilitation once focused on detox and therapy to prevent relapse. While important aspects of treatment, neither fully addressed the needs of recovering addicts. Therapy was (and still is in come clinics) based on a cookie-cutter approach. Everyone receives the same treatment, ignoring individual needs and the many different triggers for substance abuse. Today, you …

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Suburban Heroin Addicts

People associate heroin with gritty neighborhoods in urban centers, not with the immaculate lawns of suburbia. When people think of the young abusing substances in suburbia, they usually think of alcohol or perhaps marijuana. They certainly don’t think of heroin. Unfortunately, after years of decline, we’re seeing an increase of heroin dependency in America. Many …

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Relapse: The Revolving Door – Video Infographic

Embed and share Video By The Ranch PARelapse: Returning to Addiction After Sobriety Did you know that the strongest cravings to use drugs or alcohol after quitting an addictive lifestyle occur several months after sobriety begins? For many individuals, even a 90-day stay in an inpatient rehabilitation facility such as The Ranch PA is not …

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Baby Boomers and Substance Abuse

When people think of drug abuse, they usually picture thrill-seeking young adults and teens. They certainly don’t picture grandparents. But as the baby boomers age, rates of substance abuse in the elderly are increasing at a frightening rate.Substance Abuse, Mental Illness, and an Aging PopulationAccording to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA), the …

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Relapse: It’s All in Your Head

A study from the National Institute of Health indicates hyperactive brain activity may be associated with higher rates of relapse after inpatient drug treatment. The study could make it possible to identify patients at high risk of relapse, so they could receive more intensive follow-up care after leaving rehab clinics.Hyperactivity and Relapse RatesThe study used …

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Is Rehab “Pointless?”

In May of 2012 Lindsay Lohan voluntarily went into rehab. Prior to admission, she gave an interview to Piers Morgan in which she called court-ordered rehab “pointless” and “a joke.” In the same interview she explained she was entering rehab because she needed some time to just be with herself, free from the pressures of …

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Relapse: The Revolving Door – Infographic

One of the persistent challenges of fighting addiction is the risk of relapse — the full return to an addictive lifestyle after an attempt to quit. Addiction crosses all demographic borders, and it’s possible for anyone recovering from drug or alcohol addiction to relapse. It’s also possible to never relapse during your recovery. Remember, relapse …

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Mental Illness and Substance Abuse

If your loved one has a substance abuse disorder, it’s likely he or she also suffers from another mental illness. The combination of substance abuse with a second mental illness is called dual diagnosis. Both conditions need treatment for effective addiction recovery. By the Numbers According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration …

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