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Benefits of Family Counseling

Family counseling is a type of therapy that is able to address inter-family relationships. It works to promote a healthier family unit grounded in understanding each family member’s strengths and weaknesses. Issues that this type of therapy works on range from emotional to psychological to behavioral. Many family counseling practitioners are influenced and guided by…

process addiction

What Is a Process Addiction?

A process addiction, also known as a behavioral addiction, is defined as a compulsion to engage consistently in an activity despite the negative consequences related to that behavior. The critical difference between process addiction and other types of addiction is the lack of physical dependence on a substance. The compulsive behavior links them both as…

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Is Intensive Outpatient Right for Me?

Addiction treatment falls into two broad categories: outpatient and inpatient. Inpatient treatment occurs on-site and provides around-the-clock care in a safe, supportive environment. Outpatient refers to treatment where patients may attend therapy or receive medication at a treatment center but otherwise go about their normal lives. Outpatient rehab does not involve a residential stay or…

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Signs of Codependency

Codependency refers to a relationship where one person believes that they must take care of someone else at any cost. As a result, that person can begin to lose their sense of independence. Historically, codependency referred to partners or loved ones living with someone who suffered from alcohol abuse disorder. Nowadays, codependent relationships can show…

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Addressing the Stigma Surrounding Addiction

Thousands of people die from treatable addictions every year in the United States. This occurs despite the medical community having the tools and treatments to prevent many of these deaths. Unfortunately, too many people who could benefit from addiction treatment fail to seek help or get connected to the help they deserve. The stigma of…

psychological dependence

What Is Psychological Dependence?

Psychological dependence is the emotional and mental reliance on a substance. It generally appears as strong urges or cravings. Psychological dependence is nearly always present in people struggling with addiction. Weeding out a patient’s psychological dependence is core to addiction recovery. You can learn more about our addiction treatment programs by contacting us online or…

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Adjusting to Your First Year of Sobriety

While addiction recovery is unique to each person, the first year of sobriety often poses the most challenges. Following an addiction treatment program, you may be faced with a new you or a version of yourself that you haven’t known since before your addiction. You may be figuring out and trying to understand your new…

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Attending Group Therapy for Addiction

Addiction is a complex condition impacting the brain and body. The longer a person uses drugs or alcohol, the more damage can occur. That’s why most people need extensive and comprehensive treatment delivered in many formats. Most people benefit from a group therapy program. That’s because group therapy for addiction creates many opportunities for learning…

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How Addiction Affects Family Dynamics

Take a close look at your family. For many with addiction and family dynamics that are less than ideal, many factors are at play. Past trauma and difficult living arrangements could have pushed a person towards using these substances. Blame and guilt may be present. At the same time, family members may be frustrated with…