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FIVE SOBERING FACTS ABOUT WHAT HAPPENS AFTER ADDICTION TREATMENT

FIVE SOBERING FACTS ABOUT WHAT HAPPENS AFTER ADDICTION TREATMENT

Facts about what happens after addiction treatment.
Avoiding Relapse

Avoiding Relapse

To avoid relapse, most recovering people need to be in the warm embrace of loved ones - whether their close, biological family or the new "family" of other recovered people that they can turn to when they feel in danger of relapse.
Less Than One in Five Inmates Needing Addiction Treatment Gets Help, NIDA Reports

Less Than One in Five Inmates Needing Addiction Treatment Gets Help, NIDA Reports

Half of all prison inmates are dependent on drugs -- including many incarcerated on non drug-related offenses -- but less than 20 percent get the treatment they need, according to a new report from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).
Anxiety Disorder: Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Anxiety Disorder: Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

obsessive compulsive disorder
Compulsive Shopping & Spending Disorders… The Next Frontier of Addiction Treatment!

Compulsive Shopping & Spending Disorders… The Next Frontier of Addiction Treatment!

In my work as an addictions therapist over the last decade, it is crystal clear that many people have deeply conflicted relationships with money, wealth, spending, and consumerism in general. I've worked with clients who grew up in both financially and emotionally deprived families who felt owed "something for nothing" to make up for it. I
Dealing With the Holidays When New to Recovery Season Can Be Dangerous in Early Sobriety

Dealing With the Holidays When New to Recovery Season Can Be Dangerous in Early Sobriety

The holidays (Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's) can be a time of great joy and celebration, or a time of great pain, sorrow and depression. These can be particularly dangerous times for people who are in recovery, especially those in early recovery. Drinking and using substances were ways that we celebrated the joy, or medicated the pain. What the holidays mean to us and how we participate in them might help us to remain clean and sober.
Tips for preventing Holiday Blues and Staying Sober

Tips for preventing Holiday Blues and Staying Sober

Most people know the holidays can be a period of emotional highs and lows. Loneliness, anxiety, happiness and sadness are common feelings, sometimes experienced in startling succession. The bad news is the holiday blues can trigger relapse for people recovering from alcoholism and other drug addiction. The good news is the blues can be remedied by planning ahead.
NIXED DRINK WORRIED ABOUT TOO MUCH HOLLY JOLLY? HIRE YOURSELF A SOBER COMPANION

NIXED DRINK WORRIED ABOUT TOO MUCH HOLLY JOLLY? HIRE YOURSELF A SOBER COMPANION

NIXED DRINK WORRIED ABOUT TOO MUCH HOLLY JOLLY? HIRE YOURSELF A SOBER COMPANION
Youth Use of Legal Drugs Eclipses Illicit-Drug Use, Annual Survey Reports

Youth Use of Legal Drugs Eclipses Illicit-Drug Use, Annual Survey Reports

Youth use of illegal drugs eclipses illicit drug use. Youth prescription drug use.
It’s the Holidays. How About Just One?

It’s the Holidays. How About Just One?

I had my last drink nearly 16 years ago, so you’d think I would have assimilated pretty much every bit of unpleasantness associated with clean and sober life in a society that remains thoroughly sodden with alcohol. But I still can’t quite handle the holidays. It’s not that I’m driven to drink; just to a certain uncomfortable distraction that doesn’t leave until the holiday season thankfully does. And it’s not just that the holidays seem to have been invented for the express purpose of promoting — no, necessitating — irresponsible alcoholic consumption.
Senate Folds Mental Health Parity Into Wall Street Bailout Bill

Senate Folds Mental Health Parity Into Wall Street Bailout Bill

For those Health Blog readers who didn’t manage to read every line of the ballyhooed bailout bill the Senate passed last night, allow us to direct your attention to page 310 (Title V, Subtitle B), home to the “Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008.” What’s a mental health bill doing in a piece of legislation designed to grease the gears of global finance? Turns out, it’s just a bit of Congressional housekeeping.
Schwarzenegger Joins Opponents of Calif.’s Proposition 5

Schwarzenegger Joins Opponents of Calif.’s Proposition 5

Calif. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger joined four former state governors this week in calling for voters to reject Proposition 5, a ballot initiative intended to steer more drug offenders into treatment rather than prison, the Los Angeles Times reported Oct. 31.
FIVE SOBERING FACTS ABOUT WHAT HAPPENS AFTER ADDICTION TREATMENT

FIVE SOBERING FACTS ABOUT WHAT HAPPENS AFTER ADDICTION TREATMENT

Facts about what happens after addiction treatment.
Avoiding Relapse

Avoiding Relapse

To avoid relapse, most recovering people need to be in the warm embrace of loved ones - whether their close, biological family or the new "family" of other recovered people that they can turn to when they feel in danger of relapse.
Less Than One in Five Inmates Needing Addiction Treatment Gets Help, NIDA Reports

Less Than One in Five Inmates Needing Addiction Treatment Gets Help, NIDA Reports

Half of all prison inmates are dependent on drugs -- including many incarcerated on non drug-related offenses -- but less than 20 percent get the treatment they need, according to a new report from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).
Anxiety Disorder: Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Anxiety Disorder: Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

obsessive compulsive disorder
Compulsive Shopping & Spending Disorders… The Next Frontier of Addiction Treatment!

Compulsive Shopping & Spending Disorders… The Next Frontier of Addiction Treatment!

In my work as an addictions therapist over the last decade, it is crystal clear that many people have deeply conflicted relationships with money, wealth, spending, and consumerism in general. I've worked with clients who grew up in both financially and emotionally deprived families who felt owed "something for nothing" to make up for it. I
Dealing With the Holidays When New to Recovery Season Can Be Dangerous in Early Sobriety

Dealing With the Holidays When New to Recovery Season Can Be Dangerous in Early Sobriety

The holidays (Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's) can be a time of great joy and celebration, or a time of great pain, sorrow and depression. These can be particularly dangerous times for people who are in recovery, especially those in early recovery. Drinking and using substances were ways that we celebrated the joy, or medicated the pain. What the holidays mean to us and how we participate in them might help us to remain clean and sober.
Tips for preventing Holiday Blues and Staying Sober

Tips for preventing Holiday Blues and Staying Sober

Most people know the holidays can be a period of emotional highs and lows. Loneliness, anxiety, happiness and sadness are common feelings, sometimes experienced in startling succession. The bad news is the holiday blues can trigger relapse for people recovering from alcoholism and other drug addiction. The good news is the blues can be remedied by planning ahead.
NIXED DRINK WORRIED ABOUT TOO MUCH HOLLY JOLLY? HIRE YOURSELF A SOBER COMPANION

NIXED DRINK WORRIED ABOUT TOO MUCH HOLLY JOLLY? HIRE YOURSELF A SOBER COMPANION

NIXED DRINK WORRIED ABOUT TOO MUCH HOLLY JOLLY? HIRE YOURSELF A SOBER COMPANION
Youth Use of Legal Drugs Eclipses Illicit-Drug Use, Annual Survey Reports

Youth Use of Legal Drugs Eclipses Illicit-Drug Use, Annual Survey Reports

Youth use of illegal drugs eclipses illicit drug use. Youth prescription drug use.
It’s the Holidays. How About Just One?

It’s the Holidays. How About Just One?

I had my last drink nearly 16 years ago, so you’d think I would have assimilated pretty much every bit of unpleasantness associated with clean and sober life in a society that remains thoroughly sodden with alcohol. But I still can’t quite handle the holidays. It’s not that I’m driven to drink; just to a certain uncomfortable distraction that doesn’t leave until the holiday season thankfully does. And it’s not just that the holidays seem to have been invented for the express purpose of promoting — no, necessitating — irresponsible alcoholic consumption.
Senate Folds Mental Health Parity Into Wall Street Bailout Bill

Senate Folds Mental Health Parity Into Wall Street Bailout Bill

For those Health Blog readers who didn’t manage to read every line of the ballyhooed bailout bill the Senate passed last night, allow us to direct your attention to page 310 (Title V, Subtitle B), home to the “Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008.” What’s a mental health bill doing in a piece of legislation designed to grease the gears of global finance? Turns out, it’s just a bit of Congressional housekeeping.
Schwarzenegger Joins Opponents of Calif.’s Proposition 5

Schwarzenegger Joins Opponents of Calif.’s Proposition 5

Calif. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger joined four former state governors this week in calling for voters to reject Proposition 5, a ballot initiative intended to steer more drug offenders into treatment rather than prison, the Los Angeles Times reported Oct. 31.

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