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Top 10 Reasons Why Recovery Doesn’t Work

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When Recovery Goes Wrong Despite a drug abuser's best intentions, sometimes they relapse. The risk of relapse never truly goes away for an addict. They have to take life day-by-day. Understanding why addicts relapse can help further treatments and methods to be crafted to ensure that no one slips through the cracks when recovering from drugs. Here are ten reasons for what causes relapse in drug addicts. 1. Triggers Too often, someone who has gone through recovery is placed right back in the same situation that they came from. As such, triggers for drug use remain. The same pressures exist that drove them to drugs in the first place. Without the removal of those triggers, it's easy to relapse. 2. Addiction Addiction itself is a disease. While reasons for addiction…
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90 Days Sober: Tips for Success

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Sobriety is not a goal for you to check off a list. It's an ongoing decision that shapes the rest of your life. At Pathfinders Sober Living, we deeply understand how much patience and self-evaluation is required in order to stay sober. We also advocate evaluating sobriety through certain ranges of time, such as 90 days. These are our tips for success in our 90 Days Sober program. 1. Take it slow When you take part in our 90 Day alcohol detox or drug detox, you should try to not fixate yourself on the length. Hearing that something will last 90 days can be scary. Three months of sobriety could seem like a hurdle you'll never be able to overcome. We know that you can overcome it, but it starts…
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How Can I Prepare for Addiction Rehab?

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Preparing for the major changes in your life that help you obtain the successes we all long to achieve can make your stay at our rehabilitation facility much easier. When you set goals with your family to ensure they have access to all the tasks that need to be carried out while you are away, there is less worrying and pacing. When you have everything worked out with your employer, there should be no worries about starting fresh at a new job after your release. There are critical aspects of a stay in our rehab centers in Arizona that will go a lot smoother if you prepare in advance. Below, we have detailed five tips (from numerous drug addiction questions and answers) to help you focus on your inpatient drug…
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Signs of Relapse: Top 10 Signs Your Addiction is Creeping Back

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Addiction is defined by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) as a “chronic, relapsing brain disease that is characterized by repetitive drug use and abuse in spite of harmful consequences.” The word “relapse” is in the definition for a reason. Relapse is a part of many people’s struggle with addiction before they finally achieve lifelong recovery or succumb to the disease. Relapse can happen within the first few months of sobriety or many years after because there is currently no cure for addiction. Being knowledgeable about relapse signs and triggers will make it easier to manage your addiction. 1. Emotional Changes The first relapse symptoms that are typically noticed are changes in your overall emotional state. If you are becoming more depressed, anxious, and/or angry overall, you are more…
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What is the 12 Step Program? Does it Work?

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What is the 12 Step Program? Does it Work? Drug and substance addiction has been a significant problem in America. It is estimated that over 20 million people are struggling with one addiction or the other. More people are affected by the problem. Unfortunately, only a small group of people is willing to commit to rehabilitation programs. Only about one in every 10 people does so. This development compounds the risks of addiction. Addiction is a medical condition that requires help to overcome. The more you stay without care and support, the worse your situation becomes. What was easily treatable can become full-blown mental damage. Thanks to the 12-step program, you can now get help. The program has been in existence for almost a century. It was first introduced in…
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The Family and Friends Guide: Rehab Support

The Family and Friends Guide: Rehab Support

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When a member of the family is struggling with addiction, it will also have consequences for the entire family. Once an addicted individual starts their recovery journey by enrolling in substance abuse treatment Phoenix AZ, you may ask yourself how you can offer your support during their recovery. There are different ways you can help support your loved one while still supporting yourself. Why Should You Educate Yourself on Inpatient Recovery Centers? One of the ways that you can be prepared to offer assistance to a family member struggling with addiction is to educate yourself on the matter. By learning about the processes of addiction, and the steps that an involved in seeking adequate recovery treatment, you will be in the best possible position to assist the family member during…
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What to look for in a drug and rehab facility

What to look for in a drug and rehab facility

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Overcoming addiction to drugs or alcohol is one of the bravest things a person can do, and thankfully, there are rehab facilities available to help with the process. Unfortunately, not all drug and alcohol rehab facilities are created equal and finding the right fit can make all the difference in your treatment success. You should be proud of yourself for taking the first step in recovery by considering a rehab facility, but before you commit to the process, check out the following four things to think about when looking for quality drug and alcohol rehab facilities: 1. Read Reviews First Before deciding on a rehab facility, it would be a good idea to take some time to browse the web to read reviews from current or former clients of the…
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Withdrawal Help: How to Fight Through Opioid Withdrawal Symptoms and Come Out on Top

Withdrawal Help: How to Fight Through Opioid Withdrawal Symptoms and Come Out on Top

Gratitude, Heroin Addiction, Opiates, Recovery Tips, Relapse Prevention
Many of us know someone who has struggled with opioid addiction. If not yourself, perhaps it was a family member or close friend. Opioids affect a lot of families throughout the United States, so know that you're not alone in dealing with them. In fact, statistics from the National Institute on Drug Abuse indicate the numbers of affected patients is significant. Studies show that 21 to 29 percent of patients who were medically prescribed opioids for chronic pain end up misusing them. On top of that, over 72,000 cases of death due to drug overdose have been recorded in a single year. It's clear that opioids affect many people throughout the country. If you or someone you know is undergoing a transition to sobriety from opioids, he or she will likely experience opioid withdrawal.…
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Everything You Need to Know About Overdose Prevention Toolkits

Everything You Need to Know About Overdose Prevention Toolkits

Addiction, Heroin Addiction, Opiates, Relapse Prevention
More than 72,000 Americans died of a drug overdose in 2017. More than half of those deaths were due to opioids. Every day we read another article about someone dying from opioid abuse. Mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, and beloved celebrities like Prince, and most recently Demi Lovato, are falling victim to these drugs. Which is why the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA) has recently released updates to its Overdose Prevention Toolkits. These toolkits are helpful for overdose prevention. They can save someone's life. But first, you need to understand what these toolkits are for and how to use them properly. Keep reading to learn about overdose awareness and how to use the opioid overdose kit. Facts About Overdose Prevention Part of the problem when dealing with opioids is that those who…
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Understanding the Opioid Epidemic in Arizona

Understanding the Opioid Epidemic in Arizona

Addiction, Heroin Addiction, Opiates
The United States as a whole is facing a health crisis of epic proportions. More and more Americans are becoming addicted to - and dying from - opioids. Not one American state goes unscathed. Arizona, in particular, has slowly taken a big hit over the last decade. The opioid epidemic in Arizona now claims the lives of two people each day. The state has begun to collect data regarding opioid abuse. And recently, Blue Cross Blue Shield invested $10 million to reduce opiate misuse. But despite the efforts, many Arizonans are still misinformed about the state-wide epidemic. To help, we'll explore everything about Arizona's opioid crisis in this article. Let's begin! When Did the Opioid Epidemic Begin? The opiate epidemic is a recent phenomenon that has slowly been in the works…
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