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8 Myths About Rehab You Need to Ignore

8 Myths About Rehab You Need to Ignore

With over 27 million people over the age of 12 who use illicit drugs, and 60.9 million who are considered alcohol abusers, and 16.3 million who are considered heavy drinkers, we have a problem in society today.  According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, only about 1.6 percent of people who need treatment for addiction seek help.…

The Reality of Alcohol Addiction:  No Laughing Matter

The Reality of Alcohol Addiction: No Laughing Matter

Beer commercials often feature beautiful women and funny situations. Movies often portray people partying and drinking and having hilarious situations occur. However, the reality of alcohol addiction is that it is no laughing matter. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism reports that almost 90 percent of adults have drunk alcohol at least once in their life. In 2013,…

When Can an Addict Say That They are Recovered?

When Can an Addict Say That They are Recovered?

This is a question asked by addicts as well as the average person when it comes to addiction. In recent years, addiction has been classified as a legitimate mental illness. The source of addiction comes from an abnormal prefrontal cortex, which doesn’t ever fully heal. There are many addicts who have been sober for months or years that have a…

How to Help a Friend Who Has Had Too Much to Drink

How to Help a Friend Who Has Had Too Much to Drink

Going out with friends for drinks is a great way to celebrate an evening and to have fun while enjoying one another’s company. However, if you have a friend who often has too much to drink or has drinking habits that you have become worried or concerned about, it may be time to consider talking with them and helping them…

When It’s Time for an Intervention for Drug Abuse

When It’s Time for an Intervention for Drug Abuse

Watching a loved one become more entangled in the use of drugs can be a helpless feeling. When talking seems to do no good and they are in complete denial (at least to you), it is time to take other measures. An intervention for drug abuse may be what gets them to seek the help that they need before it…

Why There is No Right Way to Ask for Help for Addiction

Why There is No Right Way to Ask for Help for Addiction

Addiction is a cruel and unforgiving master.  To achieve a state of true addiction, one usually ends up burning many bridges and losing the trust of dear friends and family.  That being said, there can come the point when an addicted person realizes that enough is enough and it is time to get help.  So with the trusted bridges half…

Teamwork in Sobriety: Why Group Therapy Works

Teamwork in Sobriety: Why Group Therapy Works

Getting sober is not a quick or easy path.  It takes a lot of time and effort to get off of an addicting substance and regain complete control over oneself. Often there are many feelings of shame and guilt that go along with addiction to alcohol or illicit drugs. These feelings cause the path to recovery to be marred by…