Why Rehab May Take More than One Attempt

Why Rehab May Take More than One Attempt

Multiple stints in rehab can give you the resolve to get and stay clean from drugs

Ask any recovering addict if it is easy to get clean from drugs, and the answer will be no, but sobriety is worth the effort. Addiction recovery is a lifelong process that requires constant tweaking not only from the recovering addict, but also from her loved ones. So, if you need more than one stay in rehab, it is not because you are a failure, but because you are due for an update. Read more

What Is Fentanyl?

What Is Fentanyl?

Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opiate analgesic used to treat pain and is abused for its heroin-like effects

Fentanyl is an opioid analgesic used to treat moderate to severe pain after surgery or as a result of chronic pain that is not well managed by other opioids or non-steroidal analgesics. It is similar to morphine and works by bonding to opioid receptors, changing the way the body perceives pain and reducing the emotional response to pain. Fentanyl is often used when other pain medications no longer work or when there is breakthrough pain. It is often used in cancer patients who are already taking morphine or oxycodone. Read more

The Difference Between Bipolar Disorder and Normal Ups and Downs

The Difference Between Bipolar Disorder and Normal Ups and Downs

Understanding the differences between bipolar disorder and normal ups and downs can help you determine the type of help you or a loved one needs

Bipolar disorder and normal ups and downs are very different. Bipolar disorder is a type of mental illness characterized by extreme highs and lows in mood and energy level. People with bipolar disorder experience periods of extremely high energy and mood (manic), or extremely low energy and mood (depressive). Usually, there is very little time spent in a normal emotional state without the help of medication and psychotherapy. People who experience normal ups and downs in life are the norm rather than the exception. When normal ups and downs turn into something more, it is time to get help. Read more

How a Negative Self-Image Affects Depression

How a Negative Self-Image Affects Depression

Negative self-image and depression are not only linked, but they often overlap

Self-image reflects how you view your abilities, appearance and personality. It is more than just body image or physical appearance, as it is based on what you think about yourself and how you believe others perceive you. Self-image directs much of what we do and think, as the image we create of ourselves includes expectations of how we will feel, react and behave. When people respond in accordance to this self-image, they support it, which means it will even more firmly direct how we act. As a result, self-image and depression are nearly inextricable from one another. Read more

3 Signs of a Bad Therapist

3 Signs of a Bad Therapist

The right therapist can mean the difference between recovery and relapse

Choosing the right therapist is an important part of the recovery process. Your therapist should understand your unique needs and earn your trust. During rehab, your team of doctors, psychotherapists and other workers will help you accept your addiction and learn how to live a drug-free life. Continued therapy after rehab ends is also important to the success of your recovery. Many facilities offer continued therapy for their patients, and others refer patients to local therapists. In any case, a crucial step to continued recovery success is finding the right therapist. The following signs of a bad therapist can help you get started. Read more

What Is Aftercare?

What Is Aftercare?

Comprehensive individual counseling and diagnosis of all underlying or co-occurring disorders is a part of successful rehab

Most people logically think of inpatient rehab when they think of addiction recovery. While it is certainly true that high-quality treatment is a critical first step in the treatment of drug and alcohol dependence, what many people do not realize is that solid aftercare is often the key to lasting sobriety. It is this ongoing aspect of addiction treatment that sets the tone for a new life free of substance abuse. Read more

The Importance of a Strong Family in Preventing Addiction

The Importance of a Strong Family in Preventing Addiction

A strong family can go a long way toward preventing addiction

A user’s environment is one of the main factors that leads to addiction, so having a strong family that supports sobriety can play a major role in preventing addiction. While a close family does not guarantee sobriety, it can play a positive role in your life, and it can also steer you away from addiction. However, as positive as a strong family can be, an unhealthy family relationship can make it more likely that someone will abuse drugs or alcohol, a habit that can lead to addiction. Read more

PTSD and Medical Emergencies

PTSD and Medical Emergencies

PTSD may develop after a medical emergency, such as a car accident

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a debilitating mental disorder that can cripple emotional stability. It can be caused by a variety of occurrences, including military combat, violence, sexual assault, natural disasters, serious accidents and childhood abuse. Furthermore, it may also develop after a medical emergency, such as a gunshot wound, car accident or drug overdose. If you experience severe physical trauma and are being treated in an emergency setting, then you may fear for your life and develop severe anxiety that eventually leads to PTSD. Read more

Importance of a Routine in Recovery

Importance of a Routine in Recovery

Establishing a daily routine is an important aspect of overcoming an addiction

Drug addiction impacts every facet of an individual’s life, including the people he spends time with and the places he goes. Drug use can become a fundamental part of a person’s daily behavior that affects almost every decision he makes. An individual struggling with an addiction often makes decisions that have negative consequences because he is so dependent on his drug of choice that he feels as if nothing is more important than drug use. In rehab, patients are provided with the tools they need to overcome their physical and psychological addiction and to stop living for substance abuse. In order to break away from the cycle of addiction, Californians seeking addiction recovery can establish a new routine that makes it easier to avoid the people, places and activities that foster his desire for drugs. Read more

How Important Is It to Recognize Your Risk Factors for Mental Health Conditions?

How Important Is It to Recognize Your Risk Factors for Mental Health Conditions?

If a mental health condition continues untreated the likelihood of developing a problem with substance abuse or addiction significantly increases

Many people are at an increased risk for developing mental health conditions such as depression, bipolar disorder or even schizophrenia. A family history of mental health conditions is one of the most common risk factors that predisposes certain individuals to develop a mental health condition at some point in their life. Unfortunately, many mental health conditions are not adequately assessed or identified early on in the development stage, which can lead to poorer outcomes in numerous areas of life. People experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition often rely solely on their primary care provider for treatment. Primary care providers are not always equipped to adequately address mental health conditions. Seeking out mental health specialists can be more beneficial in identifying and addressing the issues before they become worse. Read more

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