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What Is Court-Ordered Treatment?

The impacts of drug and alcohol addiction are far-reaching, affecting not only the person suffering from addiction but their friends, family, and even society as a whole. People suffering from addiction are more likely to encounter legal problems than the general public because they are more likely to engage in risk-taking behaviors. Finding yourself involved…

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How to Have a Sober Summer Vacation

Summertime: the days are long, skies are blue, and fun is in the air. Summer is a time of socialization full of parties, barbecues, concerts, vacations, and hanging out at the lake, pool, or ocean. For most people, alcohol is a central part of summertime activities. For those in recovery from alcohol or drug abuse,…

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What to Expect in a Partial Hospitalization Program

A partial hospitalization program (PHP), sometimes referred to as a “day program,” is a mental health and addiction treatment option that falls in between residential and outpatient programs. A PHP provides the structure and intensive approach of an inpatient program but affords patients the ability to return home or a sober living environment for nights…

a woman battles mental health and addiction issues

Does Mental Health Play a Role in Addiction?

Mental illness encompasses a broad range of health conditions that affect a person’s emotions, mood, thinking, and behavior to the degree that it negatively impacts their daily functioning. It can be acute, coming on quickly and lasting for a short time, or chronic, where symptoms are long-lasting and persistent. There is clear evidence to support…

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Staying Sober on Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a federal holiday observed the last Monday in May to honor and mourn American military personnel who have died in the line of duty. Memorial Day is widely considered the unofficial start of summer and is often celebrated with picnics, barbecues, and parties involving alcohol and possibly other substances. These social events…

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The Importance of Mental Health Awareness Month

Since 1949, May has been recognized as Mental Health Awareness Month in the United States. This effort aims to educate the public about the wide-reaching impacts of mental illness and reduce its stigma. Throughout the month, organizations work together to advocate for policies that support people suffering from mental illness and their families. This initiative…

a man realizes he needs opioid treatment

5 Signs You Need Opioid Addiction Treatment

Opioid addiction, also referred to as opioid use disorder, is a chronic disease that can cause significant medical, mental, social, and economic difficulties. Opioids are a class of drugs that affect the nervous system by blocking pain and often creating feelings of pleasure. They have the potential to become highly addictive, especially when someone misuses…

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What Is Drug Detox Like?

Drug detoxification, commonly referred to simply as detox, is when all traces of substances are removed from the body. Detox is generally the first step toward recovery from drug or alcohol addiction and is followed by a comprehensive addiction treatment plan. The main goal of detox is to address the physical aspects of addiction so…