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Why You Should Have a Relapse Prevention Plan

When someone has made the decision to seek recovery for drug or alcohol addiction, it’s important that this decision is respected and upheld. However, after completing a rehab program, it can be difficult to maintain sobriety. Environmental or social triggers can make it hard to stay away from drugs and alcohol. When you enroll in…

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Importance of Healthy Coping Mechanisms

Having healthy coping mechanisms to get you through difficult times can keep you out of fight-or-flight and help you remain in control of your life. Managing stress can be difficult for anyone, and many people may turn to drugs or alcohol to numb unpleasant feelings. Getting cognitive-behavioral therapy can provide you with healthy coping mechanisms…

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Dealing With Loss of a Loved One

When the unthinkable happens and a loved one passes away, dealing with the intense emotions that follow can be overwhelming. However, when people try to numb the pain with alcohol, they may find themselves in a worse situation than they started in. Alcohol addiction among those who have experienced grief and loss can be particularly…

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Alcoholism and Childhood Trauma

Unhealed childhood trauma makes it difficult to cope when people experience emotions that are similar to the emotions experienced during the trauma. Being unable to confront and heal from a traumatic experience causes different problems for different people. Sometimes these problems include relying on alcohol to feel numb. Alcohol numbs pain, but it does not…

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How Depression Impacts Addiction

The link between addiction and depression is strong. Substance abuse is all too prevalent among those who are also dealing with a mental health disorder. One doesn’t necessarily lead to the other in one way. According to reports in the Journal of the American Medical Association, 37% of people who abuse alcohol and 53% of people…

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The Medical Risks of Self-Medicating

According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), self-medication is defined as “the selection and use of medicines by individuals (or a member of the individuals’ family) to treat self-recognized or self-diagnosed conditions or symptoms.” There can be benefits to safe and responsible self-medication, like accessing the medication when needed and relieving pain on demand. However, the…