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Heroin Withdrawal and Treatment

When it comes to heroin addiction, the only healthy way to find healing is to undergo treatment at a reputable facility that can help you heal the physical, mental and emotional aspects of your addiction. Through proper heroin treatment, patients can be supported in overcoming their disease and find long-term healing. Treatment usually begins with…

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Is Willpower Enough to Beat Addiction?

Addiction is an issue that is not easy to cope with and can be difficult for those who don’t struggle to understand its complexities. Many people often confront those struggling with statements like, “Just stop using,” “Have some willpower” or, “Just be stronger and stop indulging yourself.” These statements can be incredibly insensitive to those…

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The Specifics of Xanax Addiction

If you have ever been prescribed a benzodiazepine or know someone who has, you most likely have been educated on the addictive qualities that these medicines can have. This is especially true for a type of benzodiazepine known as Xanax (Alprazolam). Xanax is a common drug in the United States, often known by name even…

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Mental Health Struggles That Can Lead to Addiction

Many individuals who do not have extensive knowledge of addiction may believe that it is an isolated issue. However, addiction commonly goes hand in hand with mental health disorders. To cope with the symptoms of mental health disorders, people may turn to drugs and alcohol as a relief. However, this often worsens the symptoms over…

Why People Consume Alcohol

In today’s society, alcohol seems to be everywhere. Alcohol is on TV, in movies, advertisements, social media, restaurants and at parties. It can be challenging to go anywhere these days without being reminded of the presence of alcohol. While there are many reasons people turn to alcohol, some may be potentially dangerous, leading to an…

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Addiction in Los Angeles

Addiction often affects areas that are highly populated more often than rural areas. While rural areas are affected, there are typically more cases in bigger cities such as Los Angeles, California. The reasons for this include several social, environmental and psychological factors. By examining statistics, the factors that push people to turn to drugs and…

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How Addiction Impacts Mental Health

You may hear more about the physical consequences of addiction because they are the most noticeable. The apparent signs of addiction, such as weight loss, dental damage, red eyes, scarring and more, are often right in front of someone’s eyes. However, the effects that addiction has on one’s mental health can be more challenging to…

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Cigarettes and Addiction Recovery

A common joke in the addiction recovery community is that you can always tell where an Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meeting is by the large group of smokers hanging outside the building. Smoking in recovery is a paradox because those who have gotten sober from drugs or alcohol are smoking cigarettes. However, you’ll often find that…

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Tips to Get Through the Holidays

It is no secret that in today’s world, the holiday season is often associated with indulgence. The narrative for numerous years has been to eat plentifully, give generously and in many cases drink a lot of alcohol. This holiday indulgence tends to be completely normalized on a personal and societal level, so if one does…

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Understanding the Opioid Epidemic

Opioids are a class of drugs used to reduce pain and are typically derived from nature’s pain reliever, the opium poppy plant. Yet now, most are synthesized in laboratories to make powerful prescription medications. Opioids are incredibly addictive, and not only reduce pain but can also induce a euphoric high in certain doses. Opioids access…

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The Long-Term Effects of Drug and Alcohol Addiction

Addiction can cause short- and long-term effects on the body. Short-term effects may be easier to manage and overlook, but long-term effects may be chronic and irreversible. Those struggling with an addiction to drugs and alcohol may not realize the harm they are causing their bodies over time until it is too late. Educating the…

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Addiction in Women

Addiction affects people differently depending on circumstances that include the environment, mental health, physical shape and other factors. However, gender also affects how addiction can alter one’s body and life. Even in co-ed facilities such as Authentic Recovery Center, it is important to understand these differences to properly treat men and women. Understanding addiction in…

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Giving Back After Getting Sober

Maintaining recovery is an essential step after getting sober. There are many factors in keeping up recovery, and giving back is one crucial aspect. Being of service in recovery ensures you feel as though you have a purpose. Service will keep your recovery progressing even after years of being sober. Giving back can look different,…

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The Consequences of Driving Under the Influence

Many may find themselves in a situation where they weigh the options of driving after drinking or finding a safer alternative. Unfortunately, some people decide to drive, putting their own lives and the lives of others in danger. Drinking and driving is the cause of at least 10,000 deaths a year, with 30 people on…

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Rebuild Your Interpersonal Relationships In Recovery

Addiction is commonly referred to as a family disease because it not only affects the person going through active addiction, but also those closest to them. Family members and friends are often left feeling pain, hurt, sadness, anger or resentment. Seeing the impact that your disease has had on loved ones can cause you to…