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Heroin Addiction Treatment - The Five Methods
© Alex Holzknecht

For anyone struggling with heroin addiction, the treatment options can sometimes seem overwhelming. Learn what treatments are available and which one may be right for you.

Learn Imagery Relaxation for Relapse Prevention

Learn to relax with imagery in 7 easy steps; it’s a great skill that protects you from relapse.

Distract Yourself! 20 Things to Try before Relapse
© Naftels

Learn this simple distraction and breathing exercise that works well to get you through periods of intense cravings.

Understanding The 12 Steps of AA – Part 2

If you are new to 12 Step programs or are coming back to the program, this two part series takes a closer look at the 12 steps of AA.

Understanding The 12 Steps of AA – Part 1

A closer look at the 12 steps of AA, breaking things down and showing you how it can support you to live a clean and sober life.

Avoid Marijuana Relapse – Identify Risky Situations

To prevent early marijuana relapse, identify high risk situations and prepare specific coping strategies in advance.

Vicodin Addiction - Your Treatment Options

Is it Vicodin addiction or just Vicodin dependence? Not sure? A self test here can help. Next, learn about effective treatment options.

Should You Quit Drinking or Drugs? 4 Ways to Find Out

Should you or shouldn’t you quit drinking or drugs? Ambivalence is normal, but you’ll feel better once you make a firm decision, one way or the other. Here are 4 easy exercises to help you.

Bored? Replace Cannabis with These 50 Activities

Boredom can kill a marijuana quit attempt, so don’t get bored! Here are 50 easy and enjoyable activities that substitute for getting high and help keep you distracted from your marijuana cravings.

How to Set a Marijuana Quit Date

Once you decide it’s time to quit, improve your odds by picking a quit date, telling loved-ones about your plan, and getting prepared.

Stopping Marijuana, 7 Common Obstacles

Want to stop smoking marijuana? Here are 7 common problems that can lead to relapse (insomnia, boredom, a need for relaxation, etc.), along with solutions for each problem.

10 Steps to Quitting Marijuana

When quitting marijuana, preparation and planning increase your odds of success. Here are ten easy exercises to complete in the week leading up to your quit date.

Oxycontin Addiction: Rehab or Suboxone/Methadone?
© Jonathon Kos-Read

This article examines the different treatment options for Oxycontin addiction. It looks at who should go to rehab versus who should go to Medication Assisted Treatment like Suboxone or methadone ...

The DSM-5: Has Your Diagnosis Changed?
© Colton Witt

With the DSM-5 the American Psychiatric Association has a new diagnostic manual. Substance abuse and dependence are now gone - replaced by mild, moderate and severe substance use disorders. Will the ...

Ambien Addiction: Treatment and Tapering
© R0bbit

Don’t quit Ambien before you know what you’re up against and have a plan for success. Learn about 2 tapering methods and one method of rapid detoxification (with flumazenil) as well as about the ...

What to Expect at Your First AA/NA Meeting
© Gemma Stiles

This article describes what to expect when you go to your first AA/NA meeting. Many alcoholics and addicts hear a lot of rumors about what happens at meetings. Some people are afraid to go to their ...

You’re Not Crazy, You’re in Recovery
© Thomas Hawk

Early recovery from addiction involves countless changes in perception, behavior, and self regulation. Diagnosing people who are less than six months sober is extremely problematic and should be ...

Should You Make a Relapse Drift Chart?
© Vipa

There are certain things you do that keep you sober and certain things that you could do that bring you closer to relapse. To make sure you do more of the former and none of the latter, take 5 ...

Test: Does Your Lifestyle Match Your Values?
© Boetter

Overcoming ambivalence: How does the ‘ideal you’ compare with the ‘current you’? Not sure? Well, take a few minutes to complete the following exercise and find out how far you’ve strayed ...

Treatment Meds: Taking Drugs to Quit Drugs?
© DylanHartmann.com

Though it might seem odd to take new drugs as a way to quit old ones, addiction treatment medications, when combined with behavioral therapies, can help a great deal to keep you on the path of ...

Addiction Treatment: Re-Learning How to Say NO
© Choose Help

If you’re trying to quit drugs or alcohol you need to re-learn how to say no. It sounds a bit childish, but it’s true and it’s very necessary, which is why most addiction treatment programs ...

The Matrix Model: Intensive Outpatient Treatment
© Astragony

Learn more about this evidence based 16 week intensive outpatient treatment program, specifically: class frequency and program length, therapies used, degree of family involvement, evidence ...

Clean and Sober: Why You Have to Give Up ALL Drugs
© Toni Blay

Want to know why an addiction to one drug means you have to give up all the other ones? Here are 4 great reasons why clean and sober needs to mean clean and sober from everything.

Couples Therapy: Getting Sober as a Team
© Toni Blay

Get research-proven behavioral couples therapy and learn how to create the kind of relationship that supports recovery instead of enabling abuse.

The "Addiction Severity" Self-Test
© Beni Ishaque Luthor

Know you have a problem but not sure how serious it is or if you need treatment? Take this 1 minute addiction severity self test and learn how your level of addiction ranks.

Quitting Marijuana: Learn Coping Skills to Improve Your Odds
© Beni Ishaque Luthor

Quitting marijuana: What separates those who succeed from those who fail? Learn about the characteristics of successful quit attempts and learn coping strategies to help you succeed in your attempt ...

Addiction Treatment: The Pros/Cons of Clinical Trials
© Hollywood Pimp

Having trouble finding or paying for quality addiction or mental health treatment? Well, if you’re lucky there’s a clinical trial recruiting subjects near you and if you’re eligible you may be ...

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Learn to relax with imagery in 7 easy steps; it’s a great skill that protects you from relapse.

The Four Ds – a Simple Relapse Prevention Strategy © Naftels

Learn this simple distraction and breathing exercise that works well to get you through periods of intense cravings.

If you are new to 12 Step programs or are coming back to the program, this two part series takes a closer look at the 12 steps of AA.

To prevent early marijuana relapse, identify high risk situations and prepare specific coping strategies in advance.

Is it Vicodin addiction or just Vicodin dependence? Not sure? A self test here can help. Next, learn about effective treatment options.

Should you or shouldn’t you quit drinking or drugs? Ambivalence is normal, but you’ll feel better once you make a firm decision, one way or the other. Here are 4 easy exercises to help you.

Boredom can kill a marijuana quit attempt, so don’t get bored! Here are 50 easy and enjoyable activities that substitute for getting high and help keep you distracted from your marijuana cravings.

Once you decide it’s time to quit, improve your odds by picking a quit date, telling loved-ones about your plan, and getting prepared.

Want to stop smoking marijuana? Here are 7 common problems that can lead to relapse (insomnia, boredom, a need for relaxation, etc.), along with solutions for each problem.

When quitting marijuana, preparation and planning increase your odds of success. Here are ten easy exercises to complete in the week leading up to your quit date.

Oxycontin Addiction Treatment: Rehab or Suboxone/Methadone? © Jonathon Kos-Read

This article examines the different treatment options for Oxycontin addiction. It looks at who should go to rehab versus who should go to Medication Assisted Treatment like Suboxone or methadone treatment. An explanation is given for what each treatment is and what would be expected of the addict for each option.

What's the DSM-5, Why Does It Matter and What’s Your New Diagnosis? © Colton Witt

With the DSM-5 the American Psychiatric Association has a new diagnostic manual. Substance abuse and dependence are now gone - replaced by mild, moderate and severe substance use disorders. Will the changes affect you? Check out the new diagnostic criteria to find out if you have a substance use disorder.

Ambien Addiction and Withdrawal: Tapering and Treatment Options © R0bbit

Don’t quit Ambien before you know what you’re up against and have a plan for success. Learn about 2 tapering methods and one method of rapid detoxification (with flumazenil) as well as about the brain changes associated with zolpidem addiction and the treatments you need to counteract these changes.

What Happens at an Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous Meeting? © Gemma Stiles

This article describes what to expect when you go to your first AA/NA meeting. Many alcoholics and addicts hear a lot of rumors about what happens at meetings. Some people are afraid to go to their first meeting because they don't know what to expect. This article clears up all the rumors and will let you know exactly what to expect.

Dual Diagnosis: The Problem with Diagnosing Mental Illness in Early Recovery © Thomas Hawk

Early recovery from addiction involves countless changes in perception, behavior, and self regulation. Diagnosing people who are less than six months sober is extremely problematic and should be avoided whenever possible. Diagnoses are labels that too often become prophecies.

Make a Relapse Drift Chart and Avoid Drifting Toward a Slip-Up © Vipa

There are certain things you do that keep you sober and certain things that you could do that bring you closer to relapse. To make sure you do more of the former and none of the latter, take 5 minutes and make up a relapse drift chart to put on your fridge and check with once a week.

Do You Need Addiction Treatment? Consider Whether Your Lifestyle Matches Your Values? If It Doesn’t…Maybe You Do © Boetter

Overcoming ambivalence: How does the ‘ideal you’ compare with the ‘current you’? Not sure? Well, take a few minutes to complete the following exercise and find out how far you’ve strayed from the life you’d love to have. If your lifestyle strays too far from your goals and values, you may want to consider serious action to get back on track.

Addiction Treatment Medications: Should You Take a Drug to Quit a Drug? © DylanHartmann.com

Though it might seem odd to take new drugs as a way to quit old ones, addiction treatment medications, when combined with behavioral therapies, can help a great deal to keep you on the path of recovery. Learn more about what’s available and why they’re used.

Addiction Treatment: Drug Refusal Skills - Why You Need to Re-Learn How to Say NO! © Choose Help

If you’re trying to quit drugs or alcohol you need to re-learn how to say no. It sounds a bit childish, but it’s true and it’s very necessary, which is why most addiction treatment programs teach drug refusal skills as an essential recovery skill to master. Want to learn how to say no like you mean it…read on.

Facts about the Matrix Model of Intensive Outpatient Cocaine or Methamphetamine Addiction Treatment © Astragony

Learn more about this evidence based 16 week intensive outpatient treatment program, specifically: class frequency and program length, therapies used, degree of family involvement, evidence supporting its effectiveness and typical benefits.

Those Good Old Bad Old Days – How Selective Memories Sabotage Recovery and How Treatment Helps You Squash Them © Tim Caynes

Selective memories of drug or alcohol use - where you remember the fun and forget the pain - are common in recovery, and unless you’re careful…they can END your recovery. Learn what triggers selective memories, how to spot them and how to squash them.

Addiction Treatment: Why You Probably Need to Quit All Drugs and Alcohol – Not Just Your Problem Substance © Toni Blay

Want to know why an addiction to one drug means you have to give up all the other ones? Here are 4 great reasons why clean and sober needs to mean clean and sober from everything.

Behavioral Couples Therapy for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse: How and Why It Works So Well © Toni Blay

Get research-proven behavioral couples therapy and learn how to create the kind of relationship that supports recovery instead of enabling abuse.

Do You Really Need Treatment? Take This Quick Addiction Severity Test and Find Out © Beni Ishaque Luthor

Know you have a problem but not sure how serious it is or if you need treatment? Take this 1 minute addiction severity self test and learn how your level of addiction ranks.

Ready to Quit Marijuana? Learn Coping Skills to Improve Your Odds © Beni Ishaque Luthor

Quitting marijuana: What separates those who succeed from those who fail? Learn about the characteristics of successful quit attempts and learn coping strategies to help you succeed in your attempt to break free. 

Should You Consider Getting Addiction Treatment Through Clinical Trials? © Hollywood Pimp

Having trouble finding or paying for quality addiction or mental health treatment? Well, if you’re lucky there’s a clinical trial recruiting subjects near you and if you’re eligible you may be up for free treatment from some of the nation’s top addiction specialists. Read on to learn about more of the benefits, and the legitimate risks, of clinical trials participation.

Drug & Alcohol Rehab Programs © Sindorella

You can’t make a good choice about treatment until you can make an informed choice about the care you need. Read on to find a listing and explanation of the most common types of residential addiction treatment programs. Just knowing what’s available and starting to think about your needs and wants takes you a great first step forward to finding a treatment program that’s right for you.

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Overview
  • Addiction: Is a condition of compulsive use of a substance, the continued use of a substance despite harms from that use and cravings to use
  • Addiction Treatment: Professional addiction treatment works about as well as treatment for other chronic conditions, like hypertension
  • Medications: In some situations, medications can ease withdrawal symptoms or drug cravings, which can make recovery easier.
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