What Does Addiction Do to the Brain?

What Does Addiction Do to the Brain? It is well-known that addiction and substance abuse is bad for your body. Health can quickly deteriorate, behaviors change and your brain goes through a lot of abuse and chemical changes. But, what exactly are these damages and what does addiction do to the brain? When learning the […]

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Is There a Cure for Addiction?

Is There a Cure for Addiction? Addiction is a chronic condition that leads to overdose and death. Addiction ruins lives, families and devastates communities. If you are suffering from addiction, it can be normal to ask yourself hard questions such as, “will I suffer from addiction forever? Is there a cure for addiction?” While there […]

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Why is it So Hard to Get Help for My Addiction?

Reasons It Is Hard to Get Help for My Addiction Breaking free from the prison that addiction holds you in is very difficult. It can often be a long, bumpy road to recovery because long-lasting sobriety takes a lot of effort. It can make many people stop to wonder: Why is it so hard to […]

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What is SMART Recovery?

Understanding SMART Recovery SMART Recovery is an acronym that stands for “Self-Management and Recovery Training.” According to the SMART Recovery website, the purpose of SMART Recovery is to “support individuals who have chosen to abstain, or are considering abstinence from any type of addictive behaviors (substances or activities), by teaching how to change self-defeating thinking, […]

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What Do the Stages of Change Mean to Recovery?

What are the Stages of Change? At the University of Rhode Island, two researchers named Prochaska and DiClemente deciphered that there are 6 stages individuals go through and experience while seeking addiction, going through recovery and ultimately maintaining sobriety. These stages became a model known as “The Stages of Change”, which we base our individualized […]

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Can I Get My Life Back?

Rebuilding After Addiction Treatment When you enter treatment for addiction, you are leaving behind a lot of negative consequences from your addiction. Chances are, you are finally getting help because of all of these negative consequences. You may also be thinking, “can I get my life back after treatment”? It will be hard to repair […]

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Is Addiction a Disease or a Failure?

Disease vs Choice When someone is suffering from addiction, it can be very easy for those around them to wonder how it happened. How could this person choose to drink so much, despite the consequences? How can he/she possibly choose to pick up heroin for the first time? Why do they act the way that […]

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How Important is Compassion in the Healing Process?

The Role Compassion Plays in Addiction Recovery There’s a lot that goes on when someone enters treatment for addiction. Not only have they made one of the biggest decisions of their lives, but it likely came from a place of hitting rock bottom. Getting to a place where you have realized that you can no […]

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Pre-Existing Conditions: How the New Proposed Healthcare Plan Could Deny You Coverage

Pre-Existing Conditions: How the New Proposed Healthcare Plan Could Deny You Coverage Congressional Republicans are dead-set on repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, seemingly without regard for making improvements to the system. The President’s promise was more people covered with better care at less cost. That is not what the new GOP proposal would […]

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Why Can’t People Get Healthcare in Rural America?

Why Can’t People Get Healthcare in Rural America? There is a medical crisis in rural America. There aren’t enough physicians to meet the needs of small towns, and the problem is only getting worse. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, there are more than 6,600 primary care health professional shortage areas […]

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