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Longer Treatment May Prevent Relapse

Posted on April 1, 2014 in Research & News

Longer Treatment May Prevent RelapseTeens entering treatment for substance addiction often face a difficult time upon exiting. When returning to the situation they were in when they were using the only difference may be that they are sober and trying to remain sober.

Relapse is common. The National Institute on Drugs Agency (NIDA) reports that approximately half of individuals that finish drug treatment relapse once the treatment is complete. For some individuals, the cravings are so intense that they return to the substance and begin and cycle of recovery and relapse that can go on for years. 

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Alcohol Use During Recovery From Drug Dependence Leads to Relapse

Posted on January 29, 2014 in Recovery

Alcohol Use During Recovery From Drug Dependence Leads to Relapse Drug dependence is the standard term for a physical/chemical reliance on the effects of a drug to experience a sense of normalcy. Some drug-dependent people develop the cravings and dysfunctional behaviors that mark the onset of drug addiction, and subsequently require treatment to overcome their condition. In a study review published in 2013 in the journal Addiction, researchers in the U.S. and Australia examined the potential effect of alcohol consumption on efforts to recover from drug dependence or drug addiction. In particular, the researchers wanted to know if alcohol can become a substitute source of addiction or play a role in drug addiction relapse.

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Understanding Triggers That Can Cause a Relapse in Your Teen After Rehab Treatment

Posted on August 26, 2013 in Research & News

Understanding Triggers That Can Cause a Relapse in Your Teen After Rehab TreatmentFor some teens, the hardest stretch of drug rehab may not be the time spent living in the rehab facility but in the weeks and months which follow. The rehab environment is fully supportive and everyone around shares a single goal. Once that teen completes rehab, however, he/she will return to a world with many of the same stresses, temptations and influences that led to drug use. There will be less oversight, less support and more drug use triggers for the teen to deal with.

The biggest challenge to staying sober is the fact that the brain has learned some bad habits -using drugs has actually rewired the brain, and overcoming the brain’s initiative is a tough row to hoe.

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Avoiding Relapse: Dealing with Cravings

Posted on May 6, 2013 in Recovery

Avoiding Relapse: Dealing with CravingsThe treatment of addiction often requires a multi-step approach. Detoxification comes first, and depending upon all the specifics-the substance or substances, the amount used, your specific history of using drugs and/or alcohol-can be a medically supervised, hospital-based and potentially life threatening procedure. Getting “clean”-removing the substances from your body safely-is only step one. For many people, step two involves rehabilitation, which has everything to do with moving from clean to sober. Rehab is where you learn to be sober, and love it. Rehab is where you learn the skills to move from surviving to thriving. But step three is often something you need to address in an on-going way for the rest of your sober life: how to prevent relapse.

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Brain Changes That Can Lead to Drug or Alcohol Relapse

Posted on February 21, 2013 in Research & News

Relapse is the general term used to describe a return to drug or alcohol use by people recovering from addictions to those substances. Experience of a relapse is a common event in the recovery process, and mainstream sources estimate that as many as 90 percent of all recovering addicts relapse at least once before attaining long-term or permanent periods of abstinence. Some people think of relapse as an indication of weak character or as some sort of failure of willpower. However, in reality, it has a strong physical basis in the long-term brain changes associated with addiction.

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Why is Relapse so Common?

Posted on August 2, 2012 in Recovery

Relapse is a persistent and contentious problem for drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs. Going through treatment and then turning back to the substance is seen as a failure, either of the individual who relapses or of the treatment itself. It’s hard to determine whether these assumptions are true, particularly because of the various competing explanations and the fact that it is quite widespread. Finding out about how common it is and the various explanations for it can give you a better understanding of relapse and the various factors which may play a part.

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The Benefits of Being Social for the Introverted Addict

Posted on July 20, 2012 in Recovery

To be an introvert means to be misunderstood. Most people are extroverted and don’t understand why some people are quiet, take time to think before they speak, and often prefer a good read to a conversation. To extroverts, these people seem shy, reserved, and maybe even snobbish. If you are an introvert who also happens to be struggling with addiction, you may be misunderstood to the extreme. While there is nothing wrong with being introverted, it is simply how you are wired, there are some real benefits to breaking away from your typical behaviors and adding more social components to your life in order to overcome an addiction.

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Drug Cravings, the Key to Unlocking Addiction Treatment

Posted on May 5, 2012 in Drug Addiction Treatment

Anyone who has struggled with drug or alcohol related addiction understands the role that cravings play in addiction treatment. Thoughts precede action and as such, the addict who continuously dwells on his or her desire to get drunk or high is susceptible to relapse.

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Including Housing in Substance Abuse Treatment Program Reduces Relapse Rates

Posted on March 6, 2012 in Recovery

Individuals who have an addiction to a substance like drugs or alcohol sometimes enter treatment and struggle through detoxification, only to relapse in the months following. For some, multiple attempts are made at treatment programs, resulting in a pattern of treatment and relapse cycles.

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Drug Rehab is a Great Tool to Helping Those With Addictions Fight Their Battle

Posted on March 2, 2012 in Addiction Therapies

The struggle to overcome an alcohol or drug addiction is a long journey, highlights a mental health magazine article. Despite all the love and support of friends, family and professionals, addicts will always face triggers in their lives.

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