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Is Marijuana A Gateway Drug?

The question, “Is marijuana a gateway drug?” comes up a lot for those who aren’t sure about the effects of cannabis. Some believe it’s a “soft” drug that doesn’t cause any harm. However, some think it’s harmful due to its addictive qualities. According to data from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), the …

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Can I Be Physically Addicted to Weed?

Many people who smoke say you can’t become physically addicted to weed. However, research says 30% of people who use it develop an addiction. While not everyone who uses it gets addicted, that doesn’t mean it can’t be a problem. The number of people addicted to weed is on the rise. In 2002, about 7% …

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Why You Need Medical Supervision During Withdrawals

Often, the barrier that keeps individuals from pursuing a life in recovery is the knowledge that the first step—withdrawal and detox—is mentally taxing and physically and psychologically demanding. The detox process can be very painful. It can even create or exacerbate risks to your health. This is especially when you attempt it without medical supervision …

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What Does Meth Do To Your Body?

Meth is an illegal drug that can give you a false sense of energy. Also known as “speed” or “crank,” crystal meth is an incredibly addictive stimulant that impacts your nervous system.  The high you get from meth can be very strong and pleasurable, but it’s also very dangerous. Meth can cause long-term damage to …

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What is Non-12-Step Alcohol Rehab and How Can It Help?

Alcohol Treatment Programs: Different Paths to the Same Goal Nearly everyone in recovery is familiar with the 12-step program concept. Alcoholics Anonymous was the first such program, beginning in 1935. Since then, many other alcohol treatment programs have followed in its footsteps. While 12-step fellowships have helped millions of people recover, they are not the …

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What to Expect When Dating a Recovering Alcoholic

Regardless of who you are, relationships are full of difficulties—dating a recovering alcoholic comes with its own set of trials and tribulations. Although we have objections to reducing someone’s relationship success based on this singular fact about them, their recovery journey is a significant factor nonetheless.  Loving someone in recovery can require extra understanding and …

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5 Tips to Living Your Recovery Truth

Seeking treatment is an excellent—and in some cases, life-saving—idea for individuals struggling with drug or alcohol dependency or addiction. Contacting professionals for admission into a treatment program means you’ve recognized that the life you’re living was tainted by substance use, and you are newly committed to yourself and improving your health. As you prepare for …

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Unrealistic Expectations In Addiction Recovery

The “Expectation vs. Reality” memes circulating social media. These show side-by-side comparisons that illustrate discrepancies in how we think things should go versus how they actually turn out. It usually elicits a few chuckles from those scrolling by. This is also a good image of what it’s like when one’s expectations in addiction recovery do …

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How Do I Choose Where to Go for Addiction Treatment?

When you or someone you know is finally at the point of seeking professional help for substance abuse the next steps can be overwhelming as you learn about the addiction treatment options available. Deciding the best route out of active addiction and into recovery will be rocky. What factors are most important? Beyond knowing if …

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