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Stages of Relapse and Relapse Prevention

Identifying Warnings Signs and The Stages of Relapse When it comes to addiction recovery, no matter how committed to sobriety a person is, there is always, always the risk that they may return to using or drinking—especially during the first year of recovery.  Contrary to what many might assume, however, relapse is not an impulsive act.  In fact, […]

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Drunk Rage Blackout When Under The Influence of Alcohol

Alcohol abuse can have some very disconcerting and unpredictable effects. One of these might manifest in angry outbursts, violent behavior, or rage, and another is the phenomenon called blackouts. Sometimes these two effects can happen simultaneously, resulting in a drunk rage blackout. Because alcoholism is a complex disease that impacts brain structures and chemistry, it […]

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What to Expect in 30 Day Rehab

Rehabilitation. The word invokes images of restoration, new beginnings, and wellness. When it comes to addiction rehabilitation those terms are especially meaningful, and should include the addition of one more: life. For addiction is a chronic, relapsing disease that, if left unchecked to progress, will eventually cost a person their life. Rehab offers a chance […]

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What are Severe Alcoholism Physical Symptoms?

Who would ever think that the partying so common in young adulthood could possibly result in end stage alcoholism and death, but in reality it actually can. Most people become acquainted with alcohol in the college years, where booze-saturated parties are the weekend norm. Most college kids will cycle through this phase unscathed, reining in […]

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What Are Dope Sick Symptoms?

The term “dope sick” refers to the condition of experiencing withdrawal symptoms due to opiate addiction. The person may initially discover they are addicted to prescription painkillers when they stop taking the pills and begin to feel intense flu-like symptoms. More commonly, those addicted to heroin will refer to this condition as being dope sick, […]

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Treatment for Substance Abuse and Psychiatric Disorders

Treatment for Substance Abuse and Psychiatric Disorders There is no disputing the emotional pain and other collateral damage that living with a mental health disorder can cause.  Living with chronic anxiety, major depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD, or schizophrenia can become so unbearable that the suffering individual may develop a problem with substance abuse, with drugs […]

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How to Safely Detox from Xanax

How to Safely Detox from Xanax Who knew that taking Xanax (alprazolam) every day—often to help manage nerves during a particularly stressful chapter in life—could have led to addiction?  But the reality is that Xanax belongs to the benzodiazepine family, meaning it is a highly addictive substance.  Benzodiazepine dependence was the reason for over 17,000 […]