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5 Reasons People are Afraid to Enter Addiction Treatment

Most people who need help for addiction don’t get it. One study found that fewer than 25 percent of Americans with a substance use disorder get any sort of treatment. [https://www.nih.gov/news-events/news-releases/10-percent-us-adults-have-drug-use-disorder-some-point-their-lives] Some of those people lack access to care, either because they live in rural areas or they believe they can’t afford it. However, many…

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5 Reasons People Don’t Seek Help for Addiction

It’s an unfortunate reality that most Americans who need treatment for a substance use disorder never get it. There are a number of reasons for this. According to the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, the vast majority simply don’t think they need treatment. [https://www.samhsa.gov/data/sites/default/files/NSDUH-DR-FFR2-2016/NSDUH-DR-FFR2-2016.htm] Of the 17.7 million American adults who needed…

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Addiction Transfer

Addiction is a crafty beast. People who live with it, especially those in recovery, know this all too well. The road back to a healthier life is littered with traps and obstacles. As humans, we look for comfort and safety. As addicted people, that search tends to lead down dangerous paths. We look for shortcuts.…

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The Price of Overdose

Overdose is a reality of addiction. Any drug can kill. In 2017, 70,237 died from drug overdoses. Not everyone who overdoses dies though. Survivors are lucky. Even so, there are consequences. The human body can only take so much damage before giving out. The harm, emotional and physical, can be permanent. Emotional Aftermath Overdoses are…

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Resilience

Life can be overwhelming and confusing. The range of human emotion is vast and uncontrollable. We feel what we feel. We can experience joy and fear and rage and love in the spread of a moment. Our state of mind depends on our feelings and the stress they create, either good or bad. While we…

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Cravings

Cravings can be one of the hardest parts of recovering from addiction. In the beginning, detox takes up all of our attention partly because it is the first step to recovery. At the end of detox, though, we are well and truly sober. Now we have to find a way to stay that way and…

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Trauma

Have you experienced something that left you wondering about your place in the world? Do you have memories of something that makes you ask how you survived? Did you live through something you just can’t cope with? This is trauma and it can take over your life, resulting in addiction and mental illness, complicating an…

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The Medical Model

The first thing people need to know about addiction when they enter recovery is that it is a complex and complicated disease that requires a multi-pronged approach to treatment. It has nothing to do with the strength of character or any fault in personality. Addiction affects people’s brains, their bodies as well as their social…