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15 Aug Vivitrol vs Suboxone and Methadone

Addiction operates by not only affecting the psychology of an addict so that they need the drug, but some substances create a physical dependency within the user that requires them to get the drug, in order for several functions of their body to continue. Physical withdrawals from a powerful drug can be incredibly dangerous, and even lethal to some addicts. For this reason, an important part of addiction recovery is using medication to transition the user from dependency, particularly opioid dependency, to physical recovery. For this, there are two schools of thought, currently. On one hand, some people claim that vivitrol is the drug of the future, while others want substances that were traditionally used, such as suboxone and methadone. Here’s some information about these two different types of drugs...
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15 Apr Items to Pack for Inpatient Rehab

When getting ready for an extended stay at an inpatient rehabilitation program, there are some things that might seem very obvious to pack. For example, nobody is going to forget to bring clothes, or to pack their toothbrush (usually). In general, most people are going to pack what they would bring on any other sort of extended trip. However, there are a handful of other items that are usually wise to bring, but not always remembered. Here are some items to pack for inpatient rehab...
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01 Mar Aetna Loosens Addiction Treatment Restrictions

Historically, treatment for addiction and substance abuse is something that has always struggled to get traction with insurance companies. Many companies would gouge their customers for this sort of coverage, while some didn’t offer any coverage for addiction treatment at all. However, we have started to see a shift in this paradigm, thankfully. Recently, one of the largest insurance companies in the United States, Aetna, recently announced that it will start to remove barriers that prevent their clients from getting important medication to help people with substance dependencies.
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15 Jan The Benefits of Destination Rehab Part 2

Addiction is a mental disease that has affected the lives of millions of Americans, and many more people around the world. Because of this, it is imperative to fight this disease and help so many people reclaim their lives. There is no one single best way to approach addiction recovery that will work for everyone. The road to total recovery is a very personal one, and each person will find that their journey and treatment will need to be unique. However, strategy for recovery that has worked for many people is to leave their homes and head somewhere else for their treatment. This is called destination rehab, and there are many benefits for undergoing it...
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01 Jan The Benefits of Destination Rehab Part 1

Addiction is a mental disease that has affected the lives of millions of Americans, and many more people around the world. Because of this, it is imperative to fight this disease and help so many people reclaim their lives. There is no one single best way to approach addiction recovery that will work for everyone. The road to total recovery is a very personal one, and each person will find that their journey and treatment will need to be unique. However, strategy for recovery that has worked for many people is to leave their homes and head somewhere else for their treatment. This is called destination rehab, and there are many benefits for undergoing it...
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08 Sep Finding Power in Vulnerability

When Brene Brown’s TED talk was released in 2010, her message of wholehearted living struck a chord with millions of people around the world. Speaker, author, and professor Brene Brown has spent years researching shame, courage, and vulnerability. Her research sheds a fascinating light on how we can improve our lives by reversing the fear and shame that holds us back, and instead embracing courage and vulnerability. She teaches people to show up, allow themselves to be seen, and live brave.
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22 May Finding Value in Sober Pursuits

A group of girls laugh in their car.During the path to recovery, one challenging obstacle might be finding new ways to spend your time, since a life of substance abuse often consumes this time, and forces you to devote yourself to usage. For many recovering addicts, it can be difficult to accomplish the fulfillment that should be enjoyed in sober pursuits and activities, at least at first. The pleasure that drugs and substance abuse are able to elicit in your nervous system can be something that is hard to replace, especially since your brain has been programmed to desire that particular thing, but it is absolutely imperative that you do so. Here is some information on how to find value in sober pursuits...
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A pair of arms prays to the sun.

22 Apr How Spirituality Builds a Foundation for Recovery

When it comes to facing the battle of addiction, few programs have had the same level of success that the 12-step program has been able to experience. A large part of this is because a huge portion of the 12-step program centers around the concept of spirituality, which is a crucial element of building towards a solid recovery. It is important to note that there is a distinction between religion and spirituality, as a religion represents a very specific set of guidelines and beliefs. Spirituality, however, is regarded as a more personal way of alleviating the self-centeredness of our lives. It is a way to accept that we are in the hands of a higher power (even if a person doesn’t believe in God; atheists must accept spirituality, as well). Here is some information about how spirituality builds a foundation for recovery...
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