Addiction

Treatment

Treating Substance Abuse and Eating Disorders Together


*Melanie has struggled with her weight all of her life. She was teased as a teenager for being chubby and she tried Weight Watchers many times in college. Her weight a roller coaster of numbers. Until her twenties when she tried methamphetamine one night at a concert with friends. The high was beyond anything she ever

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Addiction

The Illusion of “The Addict” in the Family


“She just won’t stop. I have taken all of the alcohol out of the house, demanded she stop… and yet she won’t listen.” A loved one of an addict says. “Doesn’t she care about us?” “I would never tell anyone. I am so embarrassed. If she would just stop then we could move on with our

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Treatment

The Healing Effects of Acupuncture


Being in the present moment can be terrifying for many. Especially when the brain is used to artificial stimulation from substances. Yet, mindfulness practices, such as acupuncture, can be the balm to the weary soul of an addict. Research on mindfulness-based relapse prevention, offers hope even for addictions with the lowest recovery rates, such as opiate

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Treatment

When The 12 Steps Don’t Work For You


Is it called “soda” or “pop”? Depending on where you are from will determine how you refer to it. Many will argue and claim the highest authority that one is better than the other. One is right and the other is wrong… But what if they are both soda AND pop? Dialectical Behavior Therapy would

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Relapse, Treatment

Importance of Community In Recovery


“Together we must continue to face addiction because no one should ever have to overcome addiction alone.” – Huffington Post  Your recovery becomes a reality at Beauterre Recovery Institute. “Treatment enables people to counteract addiction’s powerful disruptive effects on their brain and behavior and regain control of their lives.” – Drug Abuse While Beauterre is

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Addiction, Drugs

Questions to Ask If You Suspect an Alcohol Use Disorder


According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) roughly 17 million adults (18 years or older) have an alcohol use disorder. In addition, it’s estimated that over 855,000 adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17 also have this condition. It may be difficult to know the difference between one or two

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Addiction, Treatment

Are You A Professional Struggling With Addiction?


If you were ill, co-workers and your boss would send you get-well cards and flowers. The love and support would pour out as you shared your recovery journey with family and friends. This is not typically the same situation when struggling with an addiction. Instead the fears overtake the one struggling to the point that

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Drugs

New Study Finds Link Between E-Cigarette and Tobacco Use in Teens


A new study from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) shows that there is a potential link between e-cigarettes use in teens and later tobacco use. The study found that 30.7 percent of the teens that used e-cigarettes at the time they started their ninth grade year, began using combustible tobacco — like hookahs, cigarettes

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Addiction, Drugs

Prescription Drug Abuse in the United States


The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) defines prescription drug abuse as the intentional use of medication without a prescription in a different way than prescribed, or for the feeling it causes. This is a growing problem in the United States. According to the 2013 Monitoring the Future Study, found that as a

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Addiction

What is Substance Abuse?


Substance abuse is typically defined as an over indulgence of a drug like alcohol, tobacco, and prescription or illicit drugs. Substance abuse has far reaching societal impacts; in fact the National Drug Intelligence Center estimates its economic impact to be more than $700 billion per year in lost productivity, health care costs and crime. For

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