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Addiction Recovery

Can Traditional Native American Sweat Lodges Help Treat Drug Addiction?

Many studies and considerable anecdotal evidence support the theory that cultural and spiritual connections can assist individuals as they move through the drug recovery process. Addicts seeking alternatives to the typical counseling and 12-Step model of drug treatment are now employing spiritual concepts, both ancient and modern. Native American sweat lodges are one tradition that … Continue reading Can Traditional Native American Sweat Lodges Help Treat Drug Addiction?

November 2, 2012

Addiction Recovery

Can a Vegetarian Diet Improve Your Mood During Drug Addiction Recovery?

Most everyone has met the yoga-practicing, meditation-touting vegetarian that claims no one should ever ingest the soul of another living animal; to them, it’s a matter of preserving good karma, spiritual self and physical health. Recent findings may support this concept, at least in part. Although it’s obviously impossible to accurately “test” people’s karma, some … Continue reading Can a Vegetarian Diet Improve Your Mood During Drug Addiction Recovery?

September 21, 2012

Addiction Recovery

What Happens When a Drug- or Alcohol-Addicted Couple Seeks Treatment?

On This Page: Recipe for Success as a Couple in Drug or Alcohol Recovery Be Wary of Attempts to ‘Eliminate the Witness’ We often only hear about one family member struggling with addiction while everyone else tries to intervene and provide support. However, it is not uncommon for couples to be struggling with a substance … Continue reading What Happens When a Drug- or Alcohol-Addicted Couple Seeks Treatment?

August 31, 2012

Addiction Recovery

Coping With Feelings of Isolation After Addiction

Addicts can be isolationists by nature. Many begin using drugs and alcohol because of feelings of social awkwardness, and ultimately develop an addiction that stops them from learning how to interact with others comfortably without “assistance.” When these patients go to rehab and stop using, they find that their old social discomfort returns, oftentimes with … Continue reading Coping With Feelings of Isolation After Addiction

April 11, 2012

Drug Addiction

What We Can Learn From the Vietnam War and Heroin Addiction

Researchers know heroin addictions respond to detox and talk therapy, but the importance of environment may be getting short changed. A decades-old study of Vietnam soldiers sheds new information on the ways environment affects heroin addiction. The study began in 1971 after two congressmen visited soldiers in Vietnam. When Robert Steele and Morgan Murphy returned … Continue reading What We Can Learn From the Vietnam War and Heroin Addiction

January 18, 2012

Alcohol Rehab

What to do if Your Insurance Company Refuses to Pay for Rehab

If you struggle with substance abuse, it is important to know there are laws on the books that require group insurance health plans to cover addiction treatment. Group health insurance plans must follow all state laws and provide for any and all additional coverage requested by an employer. The truth is that some insurance providers … Continue reading What to do if Your Insurance Company Refuses to Pay for Rehab

December 25, 2010