Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

Drug Addiction Help

Why Do Many People in Recovery Work in the Treatment Field?

Many recovering addicts work in the treatment field as addiction counselors, monitors at sober houses and etc. Recovering addicts have several opportunities to enter the treatment field, no matter what field they originated from or studied prior to recovery. Since addiction is a brain disease, people from all walks of life struggle with it, so having a diverse staff from various walks of life can benefit... [Read more]

Why You Can’t Treat Just One Half of a Dual Diagnosis

Most addicts suffer from at least one underlying mental health disorder that they medicate with drugs or alcohol. Dual Diagnosis treatment simultaneously treats both the addiction and any of the following co-occurring disorders: Depression Bipolar disorder Process addiction (compulsive gambling, sex, eating, self-harm and etc.) Posttraumatic stress disorder Attention deficit / hyperactivity disorder Self-esteem... [Read more]

Finding Purpose After Addiction

Addiction recovery is best managed by those who see purpose in maintaining sobriety. Having purpose in recovery can help people overcome temptations, which reduces the risk of relapse. If a recovering addict has no purpose to abstain from drug cravings, then she will likely experience multiple relapses. Without purpose, the cycle of addiction, treatment and recovery can continue without end. Finding... [Read more]

CBT: The Very Basics

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, often called CBT, is a short-term psychotherapy that focuses on changing the thought patterns of an individual. When the thought process behind a struggle is transformed, the patient can move forward and embrace a healthier way of thinking. Here are some of the main principles of CBT therapy: CBT focuses on thought patterns. What an individual thinks about and how he... [Read more]

Adapting to the Reality that Your Loved One Is Addicted

Addiction is difficult to accept both for users and their family members. One of the first barriers to recovery, both for users and their families, is denial that the problem exists. The Journal of Neuropsychiatry explains that “patients with alcohol dependence often underestimate the amount of alcohol they consume, the duration of their drinking problem, or the impact alcohol has had on their personal... [Read more]