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Tips for Having a Sober Thanksgiving

On Thanksgiving Day, many people come together as families and friends to celebrate their blessings. For some, Thanksgiving is a difficult day as it’s also a holiday that frequently involves drinking. Having a sober Thanksgiving free of substance abuse can be a real challenge. The danger for someone in recovery lies in peer pressure. You’re…

a family having an intervention for their son

Importance of an Intervention

You’ve grown tired of watching a friend or loved one struggling with addiction. You and others who are also concerned have gotten together to talk about staging an intervention. But what exactly does that mean, and how does an intervention help? An intervention, simply as an expression of the depths of your caring and concern,…

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Commonly Abused Painkillers in the US

Pain-relieving drugs derived from the poppy plant have done an enormous amount of good for people suffering from serious illness or recovering from surgery. Unfortunately, like any drug, they can also be abused. Prescription painkillers trigger substance abuse problems at a high rate, the data show. What are the commonly abused painkillers, and what can…

a young man suffering from heroin abuse

Signs of Heroin Abuse

The heroin epidemic continues to damage too many lives. Thousands die each year from a heroin overdose in the United States, and countless others end up in emergency rooms with withdrawal symptoms or worse. Heroin abuse remains a central problem for our country. There are many signs of heroin addiction to watch out for. Perhaps…

a woman feeling stressed from a behavioral addiction

What Are Behavioral Addictions?

Often, when people talk about addiction in the United States, they refer to the abuse of drugs or alcohol. And rightly so — substance abuse continues to claim thousands of lives each year. However, healthcare experts are beginning to understand more about another form of addiction: behavioral addiction. Behavioral addictions, like substance abuse issues, prompt…

a person self-medicating with alcohol

The Risks of Self-Medicating

Self-medication refers to the process of taking substances to treat perceived conditions or symptoms without consulting a healthcare provider. It is a self-care initiative of handling conditions and ailments without professional understanding and diagnosis. Unfortunately, individuals with underlying addiction issues often opt for self-medication instead of seeking appropriate medical attention in a rehab facility such…

a family staging an intervention for a loved one

Staging an Intervention

In most cases, people do not just abandon substance abuse. They need proper and constant motivation. Staging an intervention can be an excellent way of helping a loved one see sense in seeking professional help. If you need to organize an intervention, seek professional assistance from Georgia Addiction Treatment Center. But before you stage an…

a woman hugging her friend struggling with signs of codependency

5 Signs of Codependency

People who are in a difficult relationship with someone who is addicted to a substance may wonder if they are codependent. Codependency is an excessive emotional or psychological reliance on a loved one. Usually, the loved one has an addiction. It’s helpful to understand the signs of codependency so that you can seek treatment from…