chronic relapser

No One is Too Far Gone: Help for the Chronic Relapser

Helping the Chronic Relapser


Addiction can be a complicated and sometimes chronic condition. It can span through decades of a person's life. For the chronic relapser, addiction can completely change who they are and how they live. It’s the reason so many people struggling with addiction find themselves without a job, home, friends or family. Drug seeking behavior becomes the only motivation, while everything else is cast aside. While studies show that a large number of individuals relapse within the first four years after treatment, it doesn’t have to be this way. There are steps that can be taken to help not only the one-time relapse but the chronic relapser.

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Signs of Heroin Use and Addiction

Signs of Heroin Use and Addiction

Addiction is complicated and the path to heroin use can begin with pain pills, either through self-medication or a legitimate prescription. Often, a person is prescribed vicodin, oxycontin, or other opioids after an injury, surgery or dental work. Once a person taking prescription pain pills experiences the euphoria produced by narcotic pain medication, the craving to continue taking it can lead to addiction.

We hear so many stories that begin with pain medication and end with IV drug use. Addiction doesn't play favorites. It affects every people group and crosses all professional and socio-economic boundaries. In the past 10 years, heroin use and addiction in young adults between the ages of 18 and 25 has doubled, mainly due to the strict guidelines on prescription opioids.

Individuals struggling with heroin use need professional treatment, but some don't realize help is available until a loved one presents them with the option. If you think your loved one might be using heroin, there are specific signs you can look for.
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Addiction Rehab: Is Out of State Treatment a Good Idea?

Addiction Rehab: Is Out of State Treatment a Good Idea? 

Choosing to take a positive step toward recovery by attending addiction rehab is important to your future. Deciding on the right rehab is just as vital. The choice you make can affect the treatment you receive and even your chances of remaining sober. One of the biggest questions that most people have when selecting an addiction rehab is whether they should consider out of state treatment. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, there isn’t one particular treatment that is appropriate for everyone. Each choice relies on certain factors that will help make the decision right for that individual.
Let's take a look:

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EMDR Therapy

What is EMDR Therapy for Addiction Treatment?

Top studies, including a 2014 study by Béatrice Perez-Dandieu, a clinical psychiatrist and EMDR expert, show EMDR Therapy as a successful treatment option for addiction. Research has also shown it is extremely effective for addiction with co-occurring disorders, specifically PTSD. But what is EMDR Therapy and how does it work?

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Addicted Child? How to Help Without Enabling

Are You Enabling an Addicted Child?

Look for yourself in either of these descriptions:

Enabling Someone in Addiction: Doing something for someone to ease the reality of their consequences. Doing something for someone that they can (and should) do for themselves.
Possible examples: Calling treatment facilities to ask questions about care. Searching the internet for job openings while your child sleeps. Driving someone to obtain illegal substances to help keep them from withdrawal. (The alternative to this last sentence would be to provide information on detox facilities).

Helping Someone in Addiction: Offering support, encouragement or information to help a person begin their journey of recovery.
Possible examples: Visiting a person in treatment during family day. Attending Al-Anon or Nar-Anon in order to understand codependency and to become as healthy as possible for yourself and the family as a whole.

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opioid withdrawal

Is Kratom A Valid Opioid Withdrawal Option?

Using Kratom for Opioid Withdrawal

Every state in the country is feeling the effects of the opioid crisis and racing to find solutions. One "DIY" opiate withdrawal aid that's being discussed in heated circles is Kratom. Some individuals seeking long term recovery say it’s their answer. Others say it just causes more problems.

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Addicted to Alcohol or Drugs? How to Help Your Husband

Addicted or Not? How to Tell and What to Do

Addiction often goes (intentionally) unnoticed when it's affecting the one you love most. Many wives choose to ignore the signs simply because they don’t want to face the truth. Because, if something is acknowledged, it has to be dealt with...and that's going to be messy.

If your husband is going to be the best (and healthiest) version of himself, he may need your support to begin the recovery journey. Yes, it's going to be messy, but a lot less messy than years of dancing around the subject and slowly watching your family suffer in a thousand different ways.

So, where do you begin?

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cravings

5 Easy Steps to Getting Past Addiction Cravings

Addiction cravings are an obsessive desire for a particular thing, whether it's alcohol, drugs, cigarettes or even sugar. When a person stops using a substance and the physical symptoms of withdrawal are gone, cravings can linger on.

During addiction, the neurons in the brain have been transformed and trained to respond to the chemicals in drugs or alcohol. When you become sober, your brain has a hard time adjusting, and those neurons don’t know how to respond without the drug they have become used to. This leads to cravings.
Here's some help:

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sober during the holidays

Relapse Prevention: Staying Sober During The Holidays

Want to know how to stay sober during the holidays? This is not going to be one of those articles that tells you to plan out every minute of every day and make yourself accountable for all of your time.
That's not realistic.
We all have unforeseen things that occur and feelings that seem to well up out of nowhere during the holidays. Part of it stems from the nostalgia of the season. Many of us envision the holidays as a time of family-togetherness. We might be missing what we used to have or maybe we're longing for something we wish we had.
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nutrition and addiction

Nutrition and Addiction: Can Food Help With Sobriety?

Nutrition and Addiction: The Connection

Addiction is a chronic condition that begins in the brain. This is an important piece of information, as some don’t realize how closely connected addiction and the brain are. Addiction changes the way the brain works, including how neurons communicate via the neural network throughout the body. Once this communication is out of order, the brain has trouble telling different areas of your body how to function and how to feel.

During recovery, the brain begins to heal. Without the right nutrition, however, this process will be slow or even non-existent.

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Self-Medicating: Using Drugs and Alcohol for Depression

Self-Medicating and Its Impact

There is a large percentage of the population who chooses to self medicate depression. There are a variety of reasons why. Many say they didn't find the relief they needed with therapy or under doctor's care. For others, it's just easier.

Both prescription and illicit drugs have the ability to change the way a person feels, and this can be tempting for a person who feels smothered under the weight of depression.

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5 Signs You’re a Functioning Alcoholic

What is a functioning alcoholic?

What does an alcoholic look like? Do you picture the person who wakes up and starts drinking, the one who reeks of liquor throughout the day, and doesn't put the bottle down until their head hits the pillow? Do you envision their lives consisting of blackouts, outbursts, and embarrassing episodes?

If this sounds like the right description, you might want to take another look.

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