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The Stages of Treatment

During treatment for addiction to drugs or alcohol, there are stages characterized by the early, middle, and late stages. Since addiction is an individualistic experience, each stage differs due to the condition of the person suffering from substance use disorder (SUD), the therapeutic strategies that are effective for them, and the characteristics of guidance from…

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Anger and Addiction

Addiction and anger are closely connected. The American Psychological Association defines anger as an emotion categorized by tension and aggression resulting from frustration. This frustration can arise from real or perceived injury or injustice from another person or external force. Things that may lead to anger include situations at work, at home, with friends, or…

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Chronic Health Problems and Addiction

Alcohol and drug use greatly and negatively affect millions of Americans in a variety of ways. Psychological effects, societal problems, and physical issues are all related to alcohol and drug use. Furthermore, a new study from the Massachusetts General Hospital Recovery Research Institute finds that more than a third of people who are recovering from…

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What is DBT?

Dialectical behavioral therapy, or DBT, is a form of therapy that was originally developed to treat borderline personality disorder but has since been found to be effective in treating a number of conditions including substance use disorders, eating disorders, depression, and suicidal behavior. [https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2963469/] DBT is essentially a package that uses selected cognitive and behavioral…