Most people are quick to blame the addicts for their substance use. However, addiction is not a choice. It is a disease; one that alters the brain. This is why medical professionals nationwide call addiction a “substance use disorder,” or SUD. Like with many conditions, genetics and environment are significant factors in the development of addiction. Plus, the effects on long-term health are staggering. With this in mind, it’s not fair to label addiction as entirely preventable. This is why treatment is necessary, as it would be for any disease. The problem is this: who has the time to dedicate to recovery? Actually, everyone does. Recovery doesn’t have to bring your schedule— or your life— to a screeching halt. Intensive outpatient rehab facilities offer many of the same programs, services, and recovery benefits as any residential treatment center. Better yet, the best ones have the same rates of success.
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Post-traumatic stress syndrome, more commonly known as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), is a mental condition that often comes hand-in-hand with addiction. PTSD a daily struggle for anyone who copes with it. If you aren’t prepared to handle it, PTSD can have a negative impact on everything from your home life to your social life. Even your job could suffer if you don’t have the right recovery-related coping skills for your PTSD. Most workplace environments are full of triggers that can threaten both your mental health and your sobriety. Fortunately, dealing with PTSD triggers in the workplace isn’t impossible. Learning the kinds of measures you should take to manage your PTSD during addiction recovery in a healthy way will allow you to make progress without compromising your work performance.
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Most of us are taught throughout our lives that giving is more important than receiving. We are expected to treat others with compassion, empathy, and kindness. While this is indeed very important for leading a happy and healthy life, it’s just as important to hold ourselves to the same standard. This means being kind to ourselves through acts of self-care. Yet, it seems that treating others well comes more naturally than taking care of ourselves. When it comes to practicing self-care, it can often feel unnatural or even selfish— especially during recovery.
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Premature aging is a side effect related to a number of poor habits. Still, many don’t seem to realize just how much it can be exacerbated by the abuse of drugs or alcohol. However, what most people don’t know about premature aging is that it can more than a skin-deep issue. Addiction-based premature aging has more to do with longevity and quality of life than it does with appearances. Here are just a few examples of the effects that substance abuse and addiction can have on the normal aging process.
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Having a baby is one of the most magical things that can happen to a happy couple. However, some of the changes that come with giving birth can be hard on women. The biggest change is “the baby blues,” or feelings of fatigue and even sadness. The rollercoaster of hormones that new mothers experience is often a significant contributor to the baby blues. Thankfully the baby blues are generally temporary. However, some women experience symptoms after giving birth that exceeds a simple case of the baby blues. When normal post-pregnancy feelings tread into discernible postpartum depression, this can lead to a variety of other health complications and poor decision-making. Unfortunately, this can include the onset of substance abuse.
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Illicit drug abuse has been a widespread problem in the United States for decades. However, the misuse of prescription opioids is a more recent development that poses just as serious a public health problem. In fact, the results from a National Survey on Drug Use and Health revealed that an estimated 54 million people have intentionally used medications for non-medical reasons at least once. This sample size makes up about 20% of Americans aged 12 and older. The problem has remained prevalent for years. And, according to various professionals in the field of addiction recovery, it has become an epidemic.
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The changes that come with life after rehabilitation are often the hardest to face and adapt to for recovering addicts. The shift from a drug-fueled life to sobriety can seem stark and even a little sad— especially for those who found great pleasure in the world of drugs.
Recovery targets and addresses these kinds of feelings to help you move on, but it’s not always easy. If you’ve spent months or even years using drugs, spending time with other drug users, and enjoying locations frequently preferred in the drug community, recovery will be an uphill battle. Plus, being aware that you need to make a change and actually making that change are two very different things. And it can be especially challenging when you have to sacrifice things like friendships to make that change possible. Now, it’s good to remain in contact with friends during and after recovery. However, spending time with the people who enabled you during your life of addiction should involve extreme caution.
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Drug use is portrayed in films of all kinds, whether as a main plot point or a device to further a character’s storyline. This isn’t an uncommon problem: approximately 25 million Americans have used an illicit drug at least once in the past month, and 70% of those 18 and older have had a drink. Whether for better or for worse, substance use, both responsible and irresponsible, is a prevalent habit for a significant portion of individuals.
However, the use of substances in media isn’t always realistic. Often painted in extremes and designed to create drama and attract attention, drug use and detox in film rarely send an authentic message— or a positive one. Here’s what pop culture gets wrong about addiction, detox, and recovery.
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Addiction can be an isolating (and expensive) disease. Not everyone has the good fortune to be located near excellent addiction treatment facilities. Additionally, not everyone has the resources to travel for the best possible treatment.
If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, you’ve probably exhausted all options in your search for help. This is why the addiction recovery community created online rehab. Online rehab provides an alternative treatment plan for those who want the benefits of an inpatient or outpatient rehab program, but with more flexibility. Still, you might be wondering: do virtual rehab programs really work? Here, we look at strategies used by online rehab programs and explore whether they work.
If you or a loved one are struggling with addiction, Outpatient Services is here to help. For more information about the addiction treatment services we offer, call us at (844) 211-7944 or contact us online.
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If you are struggling with addiction, getting sober might feel like an uphill battle. However, it’s not a battle you have to fight alone. At The Treatment Center’s Outpatient Services, our staff of certified professionals helps people from all walks of life find and maintain sobriety. To help you on your recovery journey, we offer a variety of treatment options, including outpatient rehab programs geared toward patient success. For many in treatment, outpatient services provide effective healing in a comfortable, flexible setting. So, if you are searching for your best fit for treatment, look no further. We invite you to contact our professionals at The Treatment Center’s Outpatient Services to get started.
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