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Chemical Dependency Treatments

Chemical dependency is defined as “the body’s physical and/or psychological addiction to a psychoactive (mind-altering) substance, such as narcotics, alcohol, or nicotine.” People become physically dependent because they give their body the substance repeatedly, and over time, they become tolerant of it. Therefore, they need to increase their dose to get the same effects from…

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Cocaine Withdrawal

Cocaine is a central nervous system stimulant, creating an energizing effect that improves cognition and creates euphoria. However, cocaine abuse can also cause you to experience insomnia and heart problems. One of the major reasons why cocaine is illegal is because it is highly prone to abuse and can lead to addiction, which can cause…

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How Choice Theory Can Aid Addiction Recovery

During substance abuse treatment, programs like individual counseling and choice theory can help you learn how to manage triggers and cravings. How does choice theory aid addiction recovery? By improving your decision-making process and helping you learn how to cope with triggers.  More than 24 million Americans used illicit drugs in the past month, while…

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How To Help A Loved One With Bipolar Disorder

While people of all ages can have bipolar disorder, most people first experience symptoms in their mid-20s. Bipolar disorder causes significant mood disturbances, making it difficult to understand how to help a loved one with bipolar disorder. Since bipolar disorder requires medications to regulate and control, regular visits to a psychiatrist are an essential part…

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First Night

The holidays are among the most common times of the year for drug use and binge drinking. Holidays can serve as triggers or encourage excessive partying, increasing your risk of overdosing. First Night is the biggest reason why January is second only to December in the number of drug and alcohol-related deaths. Substance abuse, addiction,…