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5 Red Flags of Crack Addiction

5 Red Flags of Crack Addiction

Although they are derived from the same substance, crack cocaine and cocaine are two different drugs. Crack or crack cocaine is processed cocaine that appears in a crystalized or “rock” form. It is hard and sharp, unlike the soft, powdered form of cocaine. When someone uses crack, they typically smoke it, although there are other…
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The Harmful Effects of Doctor Shopping

The Harmful Effects of Doctor Shopping

The term doctor shopping may be familiar to you. Doctor shopping is not the process of finding a new medical provider. It is an intentional process that occurs when someone visits multiple providers to obtain prescriptions for drugs. Sadly, doctor shopping is a common, dangerous, and illegal practice.   What is Doctor Shopping? Doctor shopping…
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How to Stay Active in Recovery

How to Stay Active in Recovery

If you are recovering from a drug or alcohol use disorder, physical activity is beneficial for healing both your body and mind. Your physical and mental health are strongly intertwined. Regular physical activity is an excellent way to maintain lasting recovery as you focus on maintaining lasting sobriety.   What is Recovery? It is difficult…
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Celebrating the Holidays Without Alcohol

Celebrating the Holidays Without Alcohol

Holiday celebrations, whether family gatherings or work-related social functions, often include alcohol. It seems alcoholic beverages and socializing typically go hand in hand. For someone in recovery from alcohol addiction, this relationship can be a complex and difficult challenge to manage safely. Suppose you want to be a part of holiday festivities but do not…
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Alcohol and Anxiety: The Link Between the Two

What, exactly, are the links between alcohol and anxiety? Anxiety is a natural, and in some cases healthy, human emotion. Everyone experiences feelings of anxiety at some point in their lives. Anxiety arises from various causes, including events, people, or situations leading to worry, concern, or discomfort about what the future (minutes, hours, or days)…
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The Truth About Coping with Relapse

The journey of recovering from addiction is not easy and rarely goes according to plan. Typically, by the time people have reached the stage where they seek addiction treatment at an addiction program like The Hills, they have already tried and failed to defeat their addiction to drugs and alcohol on their own or “cold…
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The Unlikely Side Effects of Prescription Drug Abuse

Even when used as directed, prescription drugs are potent substances that, in some cases, can be highly addictive. Prescription medications are relied on to improve health, treat disease, and address symptoms related to various mental health conditions. Although prescription drugs can make symptoms easier to manage and improve overall treatment outcomes, it is crucial to…
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Everything You Need to Know About Social Reintegration

Substance abuse and substance use disorders often begin as experimentation and, before long, evolve into problematic and potentially dangerous medical and mental health concerns. In time, relationships with family and loved ones dissolve, work and academic performance suffer, and medical and emotional health start to decline.    Unfortunately, while we know a great deal about…
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Intense Alcohol Addiction Treatment-What Can You Expect?

Estimates provided by the NIAAA (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism) indicate more than twenty million American adolescents, teens and adults have an alcohol use disorder or alcoholism. Unlike some other addictions, alcohol dependence does not happen after a single use; it emerges from long-term alcohol use and abuse.    Is Alcohol Addictive? Alcohol…
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