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What Happens to Your Heart on Cocaine?

Cocaine is a stimulant that can create a wide range of health problems, including cardiovascular issues like heart disease and sudden cardiac arrest. Aside from the immediate cardiac risks of cocaine ...
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Understanding the Relevance of Gender-Specific Rehab

Addiction is a common disease, but it presents unique challenges for every patient. Therefore, it is not appropriate to utilize a one-size-fits-all approach in addiction recovery programs. ...
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Answering Family Members' Questions About a Loved One's Addiction

When someone is struggling with addiction, he or she is not the only one suffering as a result of drug or alcohol dependence. Watching a loved one become entangled with substance abuse can be ...
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Making the Transition from Detox to Rehab

Detox is a necessary step in recovery for individuals breaking an addiction to alcohol, opiates, cocaine, and other recreational drugs that create powerful physical dependencies with continued use. In ...
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Coping with Guilt During Recovery

Guilt is a feeling that is common with drug and alcohol addiction, and it is a frequent relapse trigger for many individuals who have gone through treatment with an addiction recovery program. ...
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Coping with Addiction Cravings

During recovery and sober living, cravings for drug or alcohol are one of the biggest challenges that former addicts may face. While cravings will likely be most frequent in the early stages of ...
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Understanding Opiate Withdrawal

Prescription drug abuse is a growing problem in the United States, and this type of addiction is largely centered on the use of opiate drugs, which are prescribed as painkillers. Opiates include ...
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How Drug Addiction Impacts the Brain

Alcoholism and drug addiction essentially hijack the brain. In a healthy person who does not need drug rehabilitation, pleasurable stimuli such as eating and social interaction trigger the reward ...
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Getting Real About Relapse

It’s commonly said that relapse is another part of the lifelong process of addiction recovery. Although relapse is certainly best avoided whenever possible, the important lesson to be learned is ...
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Comparing Physical Dependence and Addiction

At a drug rehab, you will learn about the progressive nature of drug addiction and its causes. Drug rehabilitation specialists recognize that physical dependence and addiction are not the same ...
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Exploring the Link Between Nutrition and Recovery

It’s often thought that in the initial stages of addiction recovery, nutrition is of little concern, given the more pressing problem of drug addiction. Yet, well-balanced nutrition is essential ...
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The Devastating Health Effects of Meth

Drug rehabilitation can save lives. If you or a loved one has been abusing methamphetamine, you should know that meth causes dire physical and mental health problems. When you watch this video, ...
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How Do Addictions Develop?

One of the issues you will explore at drug rehabilitation is how your addiction began. You’ll learn to identify the triggers that may have led to your initial drug use as well as how drug ...
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Getting Help for Traumatic Stress During Recovery

When you are admitted to an inpatient drug rehab, one essential step of your addiction recovery involves identifying the underlying causes of your drug addiction. For many people, a traumatic event or ...
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4 Facets of Long-Term Recovery

Addiction is a complex disease and addiction recovery is a lifelong journey. Even after you successfully complete your treatment program, you may find that living in sobriety requires a conscious ...
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The Widespread Risk of Prescription Drug Abuse

Prescription drugs are among the most rapidly increasing forms of drug addiction. In part, this is because they are relatively easy to obtain compared to illegal substances such as cocaine and heroin. ...
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Exploring the Inpatient Detoxification Process

Once an addict has reached the decision to seek help, the first step in addiction recovery is detoxification. Since drug and alcohol addictions can lead to severe withdrawal symptoms, it is highly ...
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Teaching Families About the Treatment Process

Individuals who are recovering from drug addiction can benefit from the support of their loved ones. In fact, studies have demonstrated that a strong support network can improve addiction recovery ...
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Examining the Characteristics of MDMA Abuse

MDMA, also known as ecstasy or Molly, is a psychoactive drug. There are no acceptable medical uses of MDMA. The drug first came into widespread use at nightclubs and raves in the U.S. Individuals ...
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Supporting a Family Member During Treatment

When family members and friends take an active role in addiction recovery, recovery rates improve. If your loved one is entering a drug rehab, you can support him or her by learning about the nature ...
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How Holistic Therapies Support Recovery

Addiction is a unique disease. It involves psychological and physical health issues, in addition to changing family dynamics and other aspects of life. Because of this, many people who are struggling ...
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Comparing Partial Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient Treatment

Retreat at Lancaster County offers a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) and an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) to meet the diverse needs of our patients as they work through addiction recovery. ...
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Breaking Down Dangerous Myths About Alcoholism

Alcoholism is a serious disease that affects countless individuals across the country. It is a disease that takes a heavy toll on a person’s health, relationships, career, and all other aspects ...
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Drug Addiction Risk Factors

A drug addiction is often accompanied by co-existing mental conditions or emotional trauma, and pinpointing these risk factors and triggers can be essential for effective treatment in an addiction ...
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The Benefits of Holistic Therapy [INFOGRAPHIC]

Having someone you care about struggle with substance abuse can be very difficult. Addiction can have serious ramifications on your personal, professional, and social life, and may cause problems with ...
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