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Is PTSD Common in Parents of Addicts?

Many parents of addicts find their child in a dangerous situation or near-death and don’t realize it causes them to carry scars and pain. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD in parents with addicted children is quite common, but most don’t…

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Free Heroin Samples Linked to a Slew of Overdoses in Chicago

A bunch of heroin samples led to an abundance of overdoses in the city of Chicago, Illinois over the 4th of July weekend. According to local news reports there is a person of interest in the case, but no arrests…

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We Can Help You Find Outpatient Treatment

Outpatient treatment is a type of rehabilitation for substance abuse that doesn’t require a person to live inside a residential facility. Outpatient rehab can be extremely different from inpatient treatment and it can range from partial hospitalization to 12-step meetings.…

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How Can You Pick the Best Inpatient Treatment Program?

When deciding to receive help for a substance abuse problem, there are many decisions a person is faced with. You will need to decide if you should go into an outpatient or inpatient treatment program, but this will depend on…

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What is a Detox Program Like?

Drug detox can be the first step towards a healthier, better future. However, the thought of going through a detox and withdrawal is what prevents many addicts from accepting any type of professional help. The addict knows what withdrawal feels…

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Drugging, drinking, and grasping at straw

The real power drugs hold is how they make the user accept magical thinking as real In the 16th century, Sir Thomas More originated the idiom ‘grasping at straws’.  In actuality, the lawyer, philosopher, and Roman Catholic saint was referring…

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Alcohol: America’s elephant in the room

America’s myopic view on alcohol, its unanimous drug of choice, unravels all efforts to make healthcare affordable. The view creates drug crises, like the opioid one the country is mired in. It shortens life expectancy, smothers productivity, and snuffs out lives.…

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An addiction is anything you have to hide

A many-faceted challenge for families, interventionists, and other addiction pros alike is defining an addiction. We have textbook definitions. We have tests. But when it comes down to addressing the addiction with an addict in denial that he or she…

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Alcohol, addiction, education… and the barbarians at the gate

Archaic, or ancient, Greece saw unequaled advances in art, medicine, poetry, science, technology, and philosophy. Before this period, around 800 BCE, people lived scattered in small farming villages. Around 1,000 BCE, villages grew. People became closer. Some villages built walls.…

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Addiction recovery’s low, low admission price: Own your $#1+!

Admission. Great noun. It means two related things when it comes to addiction recovery:  A) The right to enter, and B) a voluntary acknowledgment/concession of a fact or truth. There is no A) without B) in our family. Caveat: Most…

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