Difference Between Drug Users and Abusers

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What’s the difference between a so-called recreational user and a drug abuser? Is there a gray area between them, or is there a clear boundary—a threshold beyond which lies addiction? One thing is fairly certain—for the future addict, that boundary is a moving target, always somewhere ahead in the distance,…

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Where Drug Addiction and Mental Illness Intersect

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Drug addiction and mental illness are often seen together because being at risk for one can make you more vulnerable to the other. People who have a predisposition for mental health disorders such as depression, bipolar disorder, or anxiety are more at risk to self-medicate with drugs or alcohol. Similarly,…

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Why Self Care is Essential to Preventing Relapse?

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What’s self care and how does it relate to addiction recovery and preventing relapse? Practicing good self care starts with taking care of your mind, body, and spirit now that you’re not using drugs anymore. One of the reasons self-care is such a fundamental part of addiction recovery is that through…

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Demi Levato Hospitalized for Suspected Overdose

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The nations substance abuse epidemic is once again back in our top news stories. This time mega pop music star, Demi Lovato has been admitted to a Los Angeles hospital for an apparent drug overdose. The Los Angeles Police Department received a 911 call, mid-morning on Tuesday, July 24th,…

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Big Drug Companies and Prescription Drug Addiction

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There is always news of the big pharmaceutical companies and the power they hold. The profits these companies make may seem overwhelming, and every year it seems another round of new medications is being developed. While the advances in medicine help save millions of lives, many other lives are being…

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Addiction: It’s a Family Affair

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If you didn’t think addiction is a family disease, let’s take a look at the famous case of Robert Downey Jr. We know that our beloved Ironman struggled with substance abuse in the past, but what about his children? As if Robert Downey Jr.’s drug use wasn’t painful enough, for…

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Different Treatment Options For Cocaine Addiction

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According to the The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) cocaine addiction is a serious problem in the United States. In fact, in some circles, it is classified as a health epidemic. The rampant abuse of cocaine (in all forms –including crack and intravenous cocaine) has motivated…

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5 Warning Signs of Relapse

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Relapse is always knocking at the door of someone in recovery. Stay strong through practicing relapse prevention techniques learned during rehab and reinforcing your determination for life-long sobriety through support groups. If you’re afraid of relapsing and have those compulsive thoughts in your read, we recommend going to a twelve-step…

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Dealing with Shame in Sobriety

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Dealing with shame in sobriety is a common struggle for many addicts and alcoholics once you’re off the drugs. Most times drug users do things they are not proud of in the middle of an addiction. From unspeakable acts to acquire drugs, petty crime and taking advantage of friends, family…

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