relapse

After Hurricane Irma: Relapse Prevention During Crisis

If there's anything that can be a potential relapse trigger for those in recovery, it's the thought of impending doom or facing a high-stress situation.

In active addiction, our minds would ping-pong between thoughts of overdue bills, withdrawal, broken or strained relationships, legal troubles, declining health, and other responsibilities that were crumbling. Temporary relief could be found in a bottle or a needle, again and again, until days turned into years...or decades.

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Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma

As Hurricane Irma approaches South Florida, Gracious Care Recovery will be using our Facebook Page for all updates.
We want the make sure the loved ones and friends of our clients will be kept in the loop.

We have been closely monitoring the storm for the past week and have plenty of food, water and supplies for clients and staff. If you are looking for updates on the storm's path or strength, please check the National Hurricane Center website. Our Facebook page will have periodic tracking information but will also be used to let you know we are all fine and whether we are experiencing any power outages, etc. during the storm.

Please know that we have weathered many storms here at Gracious Care and take every precaution for the safety of our clients and ourselves.

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opiate withdrawal

Opiate Withdrawal Timeline

Getting through opiate withdrawal. There are a million thoughts that go with these four words. Most of them are so racked with irrational thoughts and fear, a person in active opiate addiction finds them too difficult to face.

Being at that crossroad, that point where you desperately want to stop but feel helplessly locked in the bondage of addiction is a kind of a living hell. The thought that "we will never have to go through this again" once we get through it is often all we have to give us hope.

If you or someone you love is facing opiate withdrawal, it helps to know exactly what you will go through. Whether it's  heroin withdrawal or prescription pain medication that you've obtained legally, here's what you need to know:

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recovery meetings

12-Steps vs. SMART Recovery: Which Recovery Program Should You Choose?

Finding a recovery program be a tremendous support, especially as you transition back to life after addiction treatment. However, recovery isn't "one size fits all" so no one can really tell you what's going to end up being the right fit for you, or even if you have to use just one.

Let's look at the basics of SMART Recovery and the 12-Steps:

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addiction recovery

12 Stupid Things That Can Affect Your Recovery

Recovery from addiction, whether it’s recovery from alcoholism or drug addiction, requires us to truly emerge from the addiction a different person. During addiction treatment (or drug rehab), we have the opportunity to heal from past trauma and pain, and we learn to live and practice a more spiritual and conscious life. Once our time in treatment is over, we take these new practices into our daily lives.

This means we have to be on the lookout for things that could trip us up; those little crossroad moments and decisions that can easily spiral into a relapse. Here are 12 of the most common things you might do in early recovery that have the potential to destroy your hard work and put you in danger.

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addiction recovery

Getting Through Xanax Withdrawal: What You Should Know

Are You Experiencing Xanax Withdrawal? 


Xanax, the trademark name for Alprazolam, is a medication prescribed to provide temporary relief from panic and anxiety disorders. It increases a neurotransmitter called GABA, which soothes the brain when it becomes overexcited. Some individuals may begin to self-medicate, however, which leads to increased use over a short period of time and physical dependence. When the drug is no longer available, or available in smaller doses, Xanax withdrawal can occur.

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Oxycodone addiction

How to Avoid Oxycodone Addiction (50% All Users Become Dependent)

Want to break free of Oxycodone addiction?

Oxycodone is a type of opioid pain medication that mimics drugs, such as heroin and morphine. Oxycodone is a controlled substance that is effective at relieving pain, but highly addictive. In fact, the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) states that approximately 50 percent of all individuals who take Oxycodone for a consecutive period of three months will still be taking it five years later.

For individuals trying to free themselves from the grip of this medication, this is quite a grim outlook. However, you don’t have to be a statistic.

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addicted seniors

Addicted Seniors: Talking to Your Parents About Treatment

Are You an Adult Child With an Addicted Parent?


Addicted seniors. It's a real problem.


If your parents were ill, you’d do anything you needed to in order to help them. Unfortunately, when adult children begin to see their older parents sink into alcoholism or drug addiction, they often are unsure how to approach the situation. It’s difficult to see a 50- or 60-year old parent and come to the realization that they may be an alcoholic or addicted to pain medication; then, to find a way to talk to them about it without damaging the relationship can be very difficult.
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