stigma of addiction

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…

family dynamics of addiction

The Common Family Dynamics of Addiction

Families are significantly impacted when one member is using drugs or alcohol, especially when addiction forms. Family members could be angry, supportive, or afraid. They may even start to mimic your behaviors, especially if you have children. Recognizing the family dynamics of addiction is essential. It can help you to see how important it is…

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How One-on-One Therapy Can Help in Recovery

Drug and alcohol addiction taxes the body and brain. It impacts life, creates stress, and builds obstacles. If you have already gone through treatment, you know just how far you’ve come in knocking down those walls. Yet, there is more work to be done once you are back to living life. One-on-one therapy is an…

how addiction affects children

Different Ways Addiction Affects Children

When a parent, sibling, or other close family member suffers from addiction, a child can be impacted in various ways. Evidence indicates that a child’s environment when growing up and their brain is developing affects their life’s outcome, including personality traits, beliefs, as well as mental and physical health. Learning how addiction affects children is…