High-Functioning Addiction: What It Looks Like, How to Help

Not everyone wears their addiction on their sleeve, obviously struggling with drug and alcohol dependence to even the most objective bystander. Some people live with what is termed “high-functioning addiction.” That is, they are both physically and psychologically dependent upon their drug of choice but they still manage to hold down a job and/or remain […]

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Synthetic Marijuana vs. Natural Marijuana Plants: Which Is Worse for You?

In the past few years, a number of synthetic drugs dubbed “synthetic marijuana” have hit the black market. Initially legal – because they are as yet unregulated – these drugs often sit on the shelves of truck stops, head shops, and online retail establishments in innocent packaging bearing names like “Vanilla Sky” and often described […]

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Surviving the 12 Steps: Advice for Newcomers and Not-So-Newcomers to AA and NA

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA), and other 12-Step programs are excellent ways to augment outpatient or inpatient drug rehab. Though they do not provide addiction treatment because they are peer-run, they do offer an excellent source of support to those who are new to sobriety and those who have years invested in abstinent living. […]

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The 10-Year Drug Test

Are you the same person today that you were 10 years ago? Five years ago? Last year? Would you like that person – or pieces of that time in your life – brought back up with a few key strokes by anyone on your friend list at any time? A new search function on Facebook […]

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5 Benefits of Personalized Addiction Treatment

After initial stabilization in detox, the first step in recovery should be an in-depth evaluation and assessment. This allows the treatment team to identify all obstacles to recovery and to create an individualized treatment plan to address those issues. Medical health, emotional health, specific life challenges – all these will be addressed through directed therapies […]

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3 Things You Need to Thrive in Recovery

Recovery is hard. Under the best of circumstances, it’s difficult to make a new life for oneself – new friends, new perspective, sometimes a new home, a new job and a new relationship. Continuing to progress and grow in recovery by taking part in a range of aftercare services is always recommended, but what does […]

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Five-Year Monitoring May Help Chronic Relapsers Stay Sober

Relapse is not uncommon in recovery. It’s not a guaranteed event, but it does happen to many patients at one point or another in their sobriety – and to some patients more often than others. For those who experience chronic relapse and frequent returns to active addiction behaviors, a new study has found that continued […]

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