Category: Advice

Articles looking at options when people are struggling with distancing themselves from drugs or alcohol.

What Are the Similarities between Gambling and Drug Addiction?

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIH), the number of adults worldwide with a gambling disorder (including pathological gambling) is nearly 5.3% of the total population - nearly 390 million individuals. [1] In the United States, roughly 15% of Americans gamble at least once per week, with 10% of them being teenagers. [2] […]

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What to Do When an Addict Disappears

Being caught in the throes of addiction is to be caught in a state where logic, consideration, and reason are thrown out the window in exchange for the pursuit of using.  Otherwise sound individuals will engage in irrational or out of character behavior, lying, stealing, cheating, and using any means possible to achieve their end.  […]

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How do Drug Rehab Facilities Get Addicts to Come In?

Drug rehabilitation facilities use a myriad of different strategies for the recipient to receive help. One of the most difficult challenges these facilities face is that no single person is the same. Differing strategies are required in order to meet the needs of the individual patient. For some, willpower will be enough, for others following […]

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How Do You Convince an Addict to Get Treatment?

Convincing an addict to get help can seem extremely frustrating and confusing. Each person is different, and this is undoubtedly true with addictions, as well. You may have asked a loved one with an addiction to get help in the past, and received a response such as, “I’m fine”, or “It’s not a big problem”. […]

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Can a Minor Get Drug Rehab Without Parents Knowing?

Confidentiality has always been a key component of rehabilitative services.  The HIPAA law (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, signed by Bill Clinton in 1996), guarantees medical privacy, even for minors in many cases.  But does it apply to rehabilitation for minors?  Can a minor receive substance abuse rehabilitation without their parents finding out?   […]

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What Are the Effects on the Quality of Life of a Drug Addict?

Drugs are often associated with a decline in quality of life, but to what degree? You’ve probably heard of people losing their homes, friends, family, and jobs, and may be wondering if this is true for every drug addict. We talked to former drug addicts, did as much research as possible, and feel qualified to […]

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What Are the Effects of Drug Use On Blood Pressure?

Drug usage has risen over the past decade and only seems to be increasing. It seems like we all know, or have known, someone in our lives who has fallen into the addiction of drug usage. While many people think about the problems, drug addiction brings, not many people think about the long-lasting health effects […]

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Making A Reward System When You Quit Drugs & Alcohol Can Help (CBT)

No matter what the details of your addiction recovery journey, experts agree - the use of CBT (or Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, as it is known) is a powerful tool to prevent relapse and fight off temptation.  One study[1] of cocaine-dependent patients even showed 60% of patients subjected to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy remained clean upon a […]

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How to Spot Drug Seeking Behaviors: Warning Signs of Substance Abuse

Drug addiction often involves many different substances and is certainly not limited to only illegal drugs. Drug seeking behaviors can be developed from a legally-obtained prescription from a doctor, this happens quite often. One of the leading causes of drug addiction in the United States is the over-prescription of pain-blocking narcotics. These painkillers are quite […]

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Does the Affordable Care Act Health Insurance Cover My Rehabilitation Process?

Inevitably, one of the first questions asked when discussing drug or alcohol rehabilitation programs is, “will my insurance company pay for it?” If you have employer-provided or otherwise “private” insurance, you must contact your insurer to discover the exact terms under which your insurance covers your recovery journey.  However, if you are one of the […]

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