Family Therapy is Important in Recovery

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Family Therapy is Important in Recovery Recovery from addiction often begins on an individual level but is most often improved when families get involved in strengthening and supporting the person in recovery. Addiction is referred to as a “family disease” because it impacts every member of the family in some way. Further, addiction can be triggered or perpetuated by family issues or contention as well. Thus, successful addiction recovery often involves family therapy to strengthen the individual in...

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Benzo Use on the Rise?

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Benzo Use on the Rise? A recent article published in the American Journal of Public Health titled, Increasing and Overdose Mortality in the United States, 1996–2013, by Marcus A. BachhuberMD, MSHP, Sean HennessyPharmD, PhD, Chinazo O. CunninghamMD, MS, and Joanna L. StarrelsMD, MS indicates that benzo use is on the rise in a big way in the US. The study examined correlations and trends in benzo prescriptions and overdoses in US adults. Benzodiazepines are defined by as, “a type of medication known...

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Relaxation in Recovery

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Relaxation in Recovery . Many activities and practices of relaxation and meditation are designed to release tension from the body. In recovery, releasing tension can have many desirable outcomes. indicates the following benefits of using relaxation techniques: “* Relief of stress * Sleeping better at night * Improved concentration * Increased ability to learn * Improved memory * Increased blood flow to major muscles * Reduced feelings of anxiety * Increased confidence in the face of challenges *...

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Employment after Rehab

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Employment after Rehab After rehab, many individuals are concerned about finding employment. They worry about the time they’ve been out of the work force due to inpatient rehab. They may feel concerned about whether or not to disclose past substance abuse and stress about future employers discriminating due to substance abuse. Rest assured, however. Studies show that more than 23 million adults – 10 percent of the U.S. population – consider themselves to be in recovery from drug or alcohol abuse. Noting this...

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Loneliness: A Public Health Crisis

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Loneliness: A Public Health Crisis A recent study published in Fox News authored by Julia Naftulin indicates that loneliness is now thought to be more of a danger to society than obesity in terms of health. The article discusses how although each of us feels lonely from time to time, a new study shows that feeling lonely is on the rise and the dangers of feeling lonely are a major health threat. A new study conducted by Julianne Holt-Lunstad, PhD, professor of psychology at Brigham Young University was discussed...

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Natural Disasters Can Trigger Relapse

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Natural Disasters Can Trigger Relapse Natural disasters, such as the recent flooding in Houston, Texas, can be devastating and can lead individuals in recovery to relapse. Many people may experience serious stress during a natural disaster as well as in the aftermath which can evolve into an anxiety disorder known as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). When individuals have struggled with drug or alcohol addiction, the combination of PTSD and stress is one of the most common causes for relapse. Further,...

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