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Nutrition’s Role in Overall Health Good nutritional choices are seldom a priority for someone wrestling with a substance abuse disorder such as opioid or alcohol addiction. But once the journey toward lasting sobriety has begun, nutrition can play a key role in helping to limit the risk of relapse and in reversing some of the...
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Family Whether you are close or estranged or somewhere in between, your family may loom large in the early days of your recovery. There may come a moment when you have to decide how much you want to share with your immediate and extended family members about your recovery journey. On the one hand, the...
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“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” So says Romeo as he considers Juliet—the woman he loves whose family is in constant conflict with his own—in Shakespeare’s play about star-crossed lovers. The young doomed lover is suggesting that it isn’t words or names that...
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Sound Advice Flight attendants always give passengers an important piece of advice when sharing emergency procedures: make sure you are wearing your own oxygen mask before you try to help others. After all, you’ll be no help to anyone if you collapse from a lack of oxygen, right? The same thing is true when you’re...
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pills on a paper prescription - opioid addiction
The Statistics Opioid addiction is one of the fastest and most devastating of all substance use disorders today. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that 130 people die every day in the United States as a result of opioid use. Do you have an addiction to pain meds? Are you worried your loved one...
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Almost no one has a perfect childhood. Even those with loving parents, financial security, and other positive factors in their lives are likely to experience a variety of negative situations, ranging from the minor to the truly traumatic. For some, a traumatic experience or combination of traumas can have a lasting negative impact on their...
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One of the most challenging parts of getting help is telling your employer that you need time off for treatment, but that conversation will probably go much more smoothly than you think. It’s Time You’ve taken all the online tests and you’ve listened to what family and friends have to say. You know you have...
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middle age woman looking hopeful
Moving forward after relapse is a normal part of drug and alcohol recovery. While it’s natural to complete rehab and think, “I’m cured!” no one is ever really cured of addiction. Addiction shares much in common with progressive, chronic diseases such as cancer. While you’re never really ‘cured’ of cancer, cancer can go into remission....
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Men seeking addiction treatment still outnumber women, although the gender gap is slowly closing. In 2014, the last year for which statistics are available from the federal government, approximately 68 percent of people entering treatment were male and 32 percent were female. That translates into roughly double the number of men battling a substance abuse...
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Women seeking addiction treatment should consider multiple factors. A woman’s biological, psychological, and social needs differ from a man’s requirements and so do her addiction patterns. A treatment program for women proactively addresses these unique needs to set the foundation for a strong, successful recovery. Women Experience Addiction Differently Women tend, on average, to become...
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