Teen Addiction Treatment Facts

In the United States, it may seem like drinking and doing drugs is a teenage rite of passage. Yet, the fact is that drinking and doing drugs at a young age is dangerous for teens and for those around them. The unfortunate truth is that up to an estimated 8% of American adolescents meet the …

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Dual Diagnosis

Substance use disorders — the repeated misuse of alcohol and/or drugs — often occur simultaneously in individuals with mental illness, usually to cope with overwhelming symptoms. The combination of these two illnesses has its own term: dual diagnosis, or co-occurring disorders. Either disorder (substance use or mental illness) can develop first. According to the National …

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Ambien Addiction

An estimated 50 million American adults struggle with insomnia. Luckily, there are several medications available to help a person get a restful night’s sleep. One of these medications is Ambien (zolpidem). This drug is highly effective at aiding in sleep. However, like many central nervous system (CNS) depressants, Ambien comes with the risk of abuse …

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What is a Barbiturate?

Barbiturates are drugs that can be used for a wide range of reasons. These drugs are known to depress the central nervous system and are therefore utilized for surgery as well as for sedation or as anticonvulsants. They can be used to treat insomnia, anxiety, or seizure activity, for euthanasia purposes or during executions. They …

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How Does Behavior Modification Work?

Behavior modification therapy reasons that individuals are conditioned to be anxious or depressed, unlike different kinds of therapy. Some forms of psychotherapy, like cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) or dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), focus on how thoughts affect behaviors. In comparison, behavioral therapy says that behaviors produce thoughts.  Behavior modification techniques can help those struggling with addiction …

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Exercise for Recovery and Sobriety

Falling into addiction causes stress on both one’s mental and physical wellbeing, and when entering recovery and sobriety it’s important to work to rebuild both of these key components. The time during an inpatient recovery program teaches the importance of restoring the bridge between the two. And during post-treatment, it is important to do what …

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Codependency and Addiction Recovery

When someone is struggling with an addiction or beginning their life in recovery, family and other close relationships can be vital in helping to overcome struggles. They are there to provide support emotionally, motivation, and practical help throughout the process. Recovery is a journey and not a destination, and who you surround yourself with during …

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