What is the Smart Recovery Program?

What is the Smart Recovery Program?

Addiction to drugs and alcohol is an ongoing problem in our country. According to some sources, as many as 23.5 million people over the age of twelve (or possibly even more) are dependent on one of these substances in the United States today.

Sadly, only about twelve percent of them receive treatment for their addiction.

Many people continue to use for years, or even decades, and cannot break free no matter how hard they try. This is obviously detrimental to their physical health, but addiction ruins lives in many other ways as well. People suffering from addiction have difficulty keeping jobs, pursuing their dreams, and maintaining relationships with others.

Fortunately, there is help available. There are a wide variety of treatment options for people who want to get clean and sober. One option is the SMART Recovery Program. Continue reading “What is the Smart Recovery Program?”

How to Spot, Recognize, and Treat, a High-Functioning Alcoholic

A 2018 survey revealed that 86% of adults have consumed alcohol at some point in their lives. With those kinds of numbers, is it any surprise that alcohol is one of the most socially acceptable drugs?

A high-functioning alcoholic doesn’t fit the classic stereotype. They might be successful at work and have a lot of healthy relationships, which leads people to believe that they don’t have a problem when in fact they do.

Despite being embraced by society, alcohol is unhealthy when you drink it in excess. Do you find yourself having several alcoholic drinks throughout the week? Does your loved one drink even while on the job?

Let’s further discuss how to recognize and treat high-functioning alcoholism.

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Seven Ways to Cope with Alcohol Withdrawal and Stop Cravings

Seven Ways to Cope with Alcohol Withdrawal and Stop Cravings

Approximately 88,000 people die every year from alcohol-related causes. This makes alcohol the third leading preventable cause of death in the country.

Many people are attending meetings, checking into rehab, and getting help to remain sober. As a recovering alcoholic, however, it can feel difficult to cope with alcohol withdrawal symptoms alone.

It helps to have a game plan.

Let’s go over seven tips for coping with withdrawal symptoms. With these tips, you can maintain your sobriety and work to save your own life.

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How to Overcome an Addiction: Types of Therapy and Treatment Options for Substance Abuse

How to Overcome an Addiction: Types of Therapy and Treatment Options for Substance Abuse

Recent statistics tell us that around 30% of driving fatalities stem from driving under the influence of alcohol.

In this light, it’s understandable that you could be in for severe consequences if you’re caught driving while impaired. The only way out is to attend therapy or rehabilitation for your crime.

These are some of the types of therapy available to help you get on the road to recovery.

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Difference Between Substance Use and Abuse

What is the Difference Between Substance Use and Substance Abuse?

In 2016, more than 20 million people in the US were diagnosed with substance abuse disorders within the previous year. These disorders included abusing either alcohol or drugs. The sad ending to a number of these stories is that there were over 70,000 addicts who died from an overdose in 2017.

Many people use the terms substance use, and substance abuse, interchangeably. Even though many people can differentiate between the concepts of use and abuse, the definition becomes blurry after a while. Some believe they are using a substance responsibly, when in actuality they are putting themselves at risk of abuse, and eventually addiction.

Let’s discuss the key differences between substance use, and substance abuse. Knowing those differences could save a life.

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