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Is Withdrawal Bad For You?

Is Withdrawal Bad For You?

Withdrawal symptoms vary depending on which kind of addictive substance you're detoxing from, but overall, most people agree that it feels awful, both physically and emotionally. Many people, especially those who used heavily for a long period of time, report feeling...

How To Best Avoid Triggers With Addiction

How To Best Avoid Triggers With Addiction

Addiction recovery includes dealing with triggers to drink or use. Triggers can be physical, like a craving, or emotional, where an emotional reaction to a life stressor causes a need to drink or get high. Managing triggers and learning healthy coping skills are...

How To Get Help for Alcohol Use Disorder

How To Get Help for Alcohol Use Disorder

Getting help for an alcohol use disorder starts with the individual. All forms of addiction treatment require a change in behavior and habits, which is difficult for anyone to do. Plus, because many people who have alcohol use disorder are self-medicating to cope with...

How To Deal With Alcohol Cravings

How To Deal With Alcohol Cravings

Cravings are part of alcohol abuse recovery and can be overwhelming for many addicts. Even people in long-term recovery report that they still get cravings. Cravings can spark from an emotional trigger or situation that causes the person to want a drink or something...

How to Tell If Someone is Under the Influence of Heroin?

How to Tell If Someone is Under the Influence of Heroin?

Derived from the poppy plant and twice as potent as morphine, heroin is one of the most addictive and abused opioids worldwide. Annually, over 15,000 opioid overdoses in the U.S. are attributed to heroin. Only prescription opioids like oxycodone and hydrocodone, cause...

12-Step Programs Explained

12-Step Programs Explained

Peer-based 12-step addiction recovery programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA) and Cocaine Anonymous (CA) were first introduced in the 1930's. Developed by Bill Wilson (Bill W.) and Dr. Bob Smith (Dr. Bob), two alcoholics who strived to...

Most Abused Drugs in Indiana

Most Abused Drugs in Indiana

Drug and alcohol abuse affects thousands of Indiana residents and their families. Some people may have trouble controlling their drinking, while others may worry if they're addicted to prescription drugs. Even smokers aren't left out of the study conducted by Purdue...

Dangers of Mixing Trazodone and Alcohol

Dangers of Mixing Trazodone and Alcohol

If you're taking Trazadone for depression, you should know that drinking while taking Trazadone can actually make the conditions you're taking it for worse. Trazadone is commonly used to treat depression but may also be prescribed for conditions like insomnia. If you...

PTSD and Substance Abuse Statistics

PTSD and Substance Abuse Statistics

Many people who struggle with alcohol or drug addiction may actually be self-medicating an underlying mental health condition, like anxiety, depression, or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). In fact, research shows that PTSD and addiction have a strong correlation...

Xanax Treatment Options

Xanax Treatment Options

U.S. doctors prescribe more Xanax than any other benzodiazepine, including Valium and Ativan. Between 40 and 50 million Xanax prescriptions are filled every year to treat a variety of psychological and medical disorders, such as anxiety, panic disorder, insomnia,...

Treatment For Prescription Drug Addiction

Treatment For Prescription Drug Addiction

Prescription pharmaceutical medications can greatly help many people suffering from chronic pain, anxiety, depression, and a myriad of other physical and mental health conditions. Unfortunately, it's not uncommon for some people to become dependent on these drugs and...

Heroin Addiction Treatment, What To Expect

Heroin Addiction Treatment, What To Expect

For people struggling with heroin use, finding an addiction center specializing in heroin addiction is often their best option for proper care and treatment. Heroin is highly addictive and can affect your mental and physical health and damage relationships and your...

AA How It Works

AA How It Works

More people in the U.S. suffer from alcohol addiction than any other type of drug addiction. For millions, Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), an international fellowship of people with a drinking problem, has been the solution to achieving and maintaining sobriety. Alcoholics...

Should I Travel For Rehab?

Should I Travel For Rehab?

Whether you live in Indiana or elsewhere, you may wonder if you should travel for rehab. There are pros and cons to consider, including logistics. In this post, we'll examine the benefits and disadvantages of going to a new town or state to focus on your recovery from...

What is IOP

What is IOP

Thousands of people in the U.S. seek treatment for drug or alcohol dependence, also called Substance Abuse Disorder (SAD). If you're struggling with addiction to drugs or alcohol, you may be overwhelmed by the different treatment options available, from inpatient...

How Does CBT Work Step by Step

How Does CBT Work Step by Step

Cognitive behavioral therapy, or CBT, puts you in the driver seat of your recovery. This addiction treatment approach focuses on reversing negative patterns and harmful thoughts. Besides substance use disorders, it can also address depression, anxiety and other...

How to Get Your Son or Daughter Into Rehab

How to Get Your Son or Daughter Into Rehab

Sending a child to rehab is an extremely difficult decision, but it can unfortunately become necessary in some cases. While a large part of what makes it so hard is the idea of separating from your child and admitting that they have a problem, the child themselves can...

What Is the Most Effective Treatment For Addiction?

What Is the Most Effective Treatment For Addiction?

When you're thinking about getting help for addiction, it's not easy to tell which route to take. There are so many different treatment types, such as different kinds of inpatient and outpatient care. On top of that, there are also options such as group therapy,...

How Is Suboxone Addictive

How Is Suboxone Addictive

Suboxone addiction can be a risk when treating opioid addiction. However, the effects of Suboxone are much less damaging than that of other opioids, and, according to the National Alliance of Advocates for Buprenorphine Treatment, the risk of addiction is low. It's...

Is Rehab the Only Option for Substance Abuse?

Is Rehab the Only Option for Substance Abuse?

Addiction can't be cured. It can, however, be successfully treated. A person who suffers from substance abuse will never be cured. There's always a chance that they will relapse. Once a person completes treatment, they will be in recovery. Recovery is when a person...

What To Tell Your Work When You Need Rehab

What To Tell Your Work When You Need Rehab

When you've made a decision to seek rehab for drug or alcohol dependence, you've made the first step in a journey to take back your life and achieve lasting sobriety. However, if you're like more adults, you have a job and responsibilities that you may be unable to...

A Friendly LGBTQ Drug Addiction Treatment Center

A Friendly LGBTQ Drug Addiction Treatment Center

Drug and alcohol addiction crosses all borders, genders, races, and sexual preferences. However, people who identify as LGBTQ often have a higher incidence of substance abuse disorders than other demographics. Fortunately, there are several LGBTQ drug addiction...

What Is The First Step In Treating Addiction?

What Is The First Step In Treating Addiction?

Millions of adults in America struggle with drug or alcohol addiction, and thousands of people seek treatment for their substance abuse disorder (SAD). The first step in treating addiction and working towards long-term recovery is admitting that your use of drugs or...

Recognizing Heavy Drinking

Recognizing Heavy Drinking

Alcohol is one of the most common misused substances because it is legal and readily available. Many people like to have a drink after work to relax. However, this can be habit forming and lead to heavy drinking. Heavy drinking often appears long before alcoholism. If...

Adolescence Drug Use And Its Effects On Adulthood Sobriety

Adolescence Drug Use And Its Effects On Adulthood Sobriety

Teen drug and alcohol use has plagued youths in the U.S. for decades. Beyond the damage that substance abuse can do to a developing adolescent's physical and mental health, substance use at a young age may more quickly develop into an addiction and can have serious...

Dangers of Stopping Alcohol Cold Turkey

Dangers of Stopping Alcohol Cold Turkey

Alcohol is legal and easy to obtain which is why it is one of the most commonly misused substances. While a few drinks here and there seem innocent, alcohol misuse often develops and it is difficult to quit drinking cold turkey. Quitting cold turkey is also dangerous...

Signs Your Loved One Is Using Again

Signs Your Loved One Is Using Again

There is no cure for addiction. It can be treated effectively and managed well without relapse. Yet, there is often a risk that a person could begin to use again. If you suspect someone you care about is at risk for relapse, it's important to take action right away....

Drug Rehab But No Insurance. What Do I Do?

Drug Rehab But No Insurance. What Do I Do?

Many health insurance plans provide coverage for drug and alcohol addiction. For those that do not have insurance coverage for any reason, it can seem impossible to get the care you need. The key to remember is that you should not just give up. Take the time to learn...

Can You Ever Recover From Being an Alcoholic?

Can You Ever Recover From Being an Alcoholic?

One of the most common questions people have about alcohol addition, also known as Alcohol Use Disorder, is, "Can you ever recover from being an alcoholic?" To answer that question, you need to start by understanding what recovery from alcohol addiction is, and is...

What Are The 4 Levels Of Addiction

What Are The 4 Levels Of Addiction

Addiction is a slippery slope, and millions of people struggle with substance abuse disorder (SAD) each year. Full-blown addiction doesn't happen overnight. In fact, addiction has four distinct stages: experimentation, regular use, high-risk use, and complete...

What Is Huffing?

What Is Huffing?

Huffing is a term that describes the way a person may use drugs. Inhalants are chemicals that can be sniffed to create a high. Huffing, which is the act of inhaling vapors, can be a dangerous way for anyone to use these substances. It can pose a threat to overall...

Is Withdrawal Bad For You?

Is Withdrawal Bad For You?

The first step in overcoming addiction to drugs or alcohol and achieving lasting sobriety is detoxification, cleansing the body of the harmful substances. Many people struggle with addiction, and the physical side effects of withdrawal often cause many people to keep...

What Is The Most Effective Treatment For Alcohol Dependence?

What Is The Most Effective Treatment For Alcohol Dependence?

Millions of Americans struggle with alcohol dependence and abuse. When individuals acknowledge they have a problem, the first thing they wonder about is the most effective treatment for alcohol dependence. What Is Alcohol Dependence? Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD), or...

Hickory Treatment Center, Now in Albion, IN

Hickory Treatment Center, Now in Albion, IN

For those of you who are seeking a drug treatment center in Albion, IN, Hickory Treatment Center welcomes you. As a comprehensive drug and alcohol treatment facility offering support for dual diagnosis as well, we can be there to help you through this difficult time....

The Connection Between Depression And Addiction

The Connection Between Depression And Addiction

Many people who struggle with addiction also have underlying health issues that may cause them to self-medicate, such as depression. Depression can affect every aspect of a person's life, and many people may not realize they have it instead of self-medicating the...

Nurse Appreciation Week

Nurse Appreciation Week

Nurses work hard and often know more about their patients than any other medical care provider. Nurses in long-term care settings, such as those in drug and alcohol rehabilitation clinics, like Hickory Treatment Centers, help their patients not just with physical...

How Do I Know I’m An Addict?

How Do I Know I’m An Addict?

How do I know Im an addict? Many drug and alcohol treatment programs start with the individual acknowledging that they are an addict. This isn't unusual – most people don't seek professional treatment for substance abuse disorder (SAD) unless they are actually...

IOP Treatment Compares to Other Addiction Treatment Options

IOP Treatment Compares to Other Addiction Treatment Options

Intensive outpatient treatment is a type of addiction care where the patient continues living off-premises. While months of residential rehab are the typical cultural image of drug addiction, it's not always necessary. In fact, studies show that most people who...

Benefits of Inpatient Programs for Addiction

Benefits of Inpatient Programs for Addiction

It's difficult to admit that you need help when you're struggling with substance abuse, but there are many resources available once you're ready. Quitting is remarkably difficult, especially when you have to balance abstinence with normal day-to-day responsibilities....

What Happens In Medical Detox?

What Happens In Medical Detox?

Many people who enter professional, intensive rehabilitation programs have plenty of questions. Understanding what medical detox entails can help you determine whether or not you need this service before you start therapy. What is Medical Detox? Detox, or...

What Drugs Are Most Commonly Used

What Drugs Are Most Commonly Used

While drug abuse can lead to devastating consequences in situations of addiction, our culture currently normalizes high levels of casual and medicinal drug use. It's important to never use highly addictive substances without a prescription and to apply strict...

How Can You Tell If Someone Is Using Heroin?

How Can You Tell If Someone Is Using Heroin?

Heroin has an infamous reputation as one of the hardest drugs, and it's well-earned. However, this reputation can isolate people in your life who are quietly struggling with addiction. Many people manage to hide their addiction, at least temporarily. However, there...

Is Addiction Hereditary?

Is Addiction Hereditary?

While addiction is a serious problem, there's one major question that people have when they realize that drug abuse is much more common than drug addiction. For instance, it's likely that as many as 40 million American adults have tried cocaine at one point or another...

Methadone Withdrawals: What It Looks Like

Methadone Withdrawals: What It Looks Like

Methadone is a drug used to treat opiod addiction. It is a long-acting opiod agonist that reduces opiod cravings and withdrawal symptoms. It also blocks the effects of opiods in someone currently using. Methadone is safe when it is used in a clinical setting and also...

How Do Drugs Damage the Brain?

How Do Drugs Damage the Brain?

Many addicts and their families know intuitively that drugs have a profound effect on the brain. But just exactly how do drugs and drug addiction damage the brain? Drugs can make profound, and sometimes irreversible, changes to the brain chemistry and neural pathways....

What is a 12 Step Sponsor?

What is a 12 Step Sponsor?

Some of the most popular – and successful – addiction recovery programs are 12-Step programs. Based on the original Alcoholics Anonymous program, these support groups help people remain sober by working through underlying issues that may have caused them to drink or...

How Much Use Does it Take to Develop an Addiction?

How Much Use Does it Take to Develop an Addiction?

Addiction is an extremely complex phenomenon that stands at the intersection of physical and mental health. Over the centuries, we've known very little about it and there was a prevailing notion that it was simply a failure of willpower. However, we now understand...

What Are The Long-Term Effects Of Alcohol Use?

What Are The Long-Term Effects Of Alcohol Use?

Many people may recognize the short-term effects of alcohol abuse – hangovers, erratic behavior, or a dependence on the substance. And while liver failure is a fairly well-known effect of long-term alcohol abuse, there are other serious health implications that are...

Treating Addiction with Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

Treating Addiction with Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

Millions of people across the US suffer from some sort of substance use disorder, and these addictions have derailed countless lives. While the addiction epidemic has only grown more serious in recent decades, treatment methods have grown to meet the challenge. Far...

How the Opioid Epidemic Started

How the Opioid Epidemic Started

America had some 6,100 tragic opioid overdoses in 1980, but this has skyrocketed to more than 56,516 in 2020. In 2015, opioid overdoses reached a point of severity that has caused American life expectancy to begin dropping year after year. How did it happen that the...

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