addiction intervention

Addiction Intervention Planning: 5 Things You Need to Say

An addiction intervention isn’t an easy thing to do, but it’s often a necessary one. President Obama once wrote in National Drug Control Strategy that to succeed against addiction, “we will need to rely on the hard work, dedication, and perseverance of every concerned American.” For those who watch their loved ones struggle daily with addiction, these words are fire, burning through their hearts and pushing them to help those around them begin healing.

An addiction intervention takes a good deal of planning, however, as the discussion that occurs can be a tricky and touchy one. Mapping out the conversation in advance and making sure you say the right things can reduce the amount of stress for all involved and help the conversation flow more easily.

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Substance Abuse Treatment – Active Military Reserve

Substance Abuse Treatment for the Military

Men and women in our nation’s military have much different stressors and lifestyles than ordinary citizens. Wartime deployment and combat put individuals in our armed forces at greater risk of developing unhealthy coping habits, such as alcohol and drugs.

In addition, the military has a zero-tolerance policy on drugs. While this means that only 2.3 percent use illicit drugs, it also means that most who are struggling with drug abuse don’t get the treatment they need. They’re too afraid they’ll lose their jobs. These policies also don’t cover legal substances that military personnel might use to deal with stress, such as alcohol or prescription pain relievers. In one study, more than half of the military members interviewed admitted to partaking in binge-drinking episodes, especially when faced with stressful situation like combat and war.

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denial

I Don’t Have A Problem: Denial and Addiction

Denial is one of the main reasons why drug addiction and alcoholism are maintained and prolonged. Many researchers argue that addiction wouldn’t be possible at all without denial. If you’re reading this, you probably know an individual who refuses to acknowledge that he or she has a problem. It’s important to understand that denial is a symptom of addiction.

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whats rehab like

What’s Rehab Like? An Addiction Treatment Overview

What’s Rehab Like? 

Your life has spiraled out of control.
You’re caught in the bondage of drug addiction or alcoholism.

If you’ve been thinking about rehab and this is all new to you, you’re probably wondering what to expect.
What’s rehab like?
Is it like a hospital?
Will I be locked in?
Will I be able to talk to my family?

I’ve been asked every one of these questions by people just like you who were ready for help but afraid of the unknown.
Having a clear picture of what rehab is like can greatly reduce the fear you may have about the process and help you feel more confident about saying yes to addiction treatment.
Here’s what you should know:

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signs of heroin use

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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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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enabling

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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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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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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drug use during pregnancy

Drug Use During Pregnancy Statistics

Drug Use During Pregnancy

Approximately half of all pregnancies in the United States occur without planning. Even if a woman is trying to become pregnant, she likely won’t know about the pregnancy until she is four to six weeks along. Approximately 40 percent of women use substances, such as alcohol, opiates and/or marijuana, and are unable to quit using them even after finding out they are pregnant. What are the implications of drug use during pregnancy? 

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