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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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The Truth About Alcohol Tolerance

Drinking is nearly everywhere in our culture today. People drink on all occasions, alone and with others. Some people choose to do so simply because their friends are drinking. Others may drink in hopes of relaxing, removing any inhibitions and boosting their confidence. To some individuals, the key to achieving such a carefree feeling is …

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What Are The Stages of Liver Disease?

Liver disease is a common side effect of chronic drug use. Alcohol, heroin and performance-enhancing drugs are some of the most common substances that lead to liver disease, and eventually, liver failure.  But what are the stages of liver disease, and can they be reversed?   Stage 1: Inflammation When your liver floods with toxins …

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I Quit Drinking, Now What?

You’ve decided to quit drinking. Reading this now, you may have had your last drink, or you may still be in the process of building your resolve. At this point, you are wondering, “What’s next?” What can you expect from the withdrawal process—from your last drink to your next steps? What Does Alcohol Withdrawal Look …

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Is It Time To Stop? Facing the Realities of Weed Use

As marijuana legalization efforts move forward throughout the country, weed use has increased considerably in certain circles. Cannabis is often thought of as being less harmful than other drugs abused and even alcohol. While cannabis use may not be associated with overdose or some of the physical harm that comes with the use of “hard …

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Types of Addiction Therapy Programs

Addiction therapy programs come in several types to best fit the needs of the person seeking help. By taking a customized approach that is not one-size-fits-all, you’re set up with your best opportunity to overcome your addiction and live a healthy, happy, and fulfilling life. Here are some examples of the types of addiction therapy …

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Psychotherapy Definition in Addiction Counseling

Understanding the Psychotherapy Definition in Addiction Counseling An addiction treatment program often incorporates psychotherapy into the patient’s plan. If you’re not familiar with the psychotherapy definition in addiction counseling, it’s also called talk therapy. You sit down with a licensed counselor who understands the many factors that lead to addiction and provides supportive tools that …

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Psychiatrist vs. Therapist

When you’re looking for a mental health provider, questions might pop into your mind regarding a psychiatrist vs. therapist. Are there differences between them? At Washburn House, you’ll discover that these professions have more differences than likenesses. Some of the similarities between psychiatrists and therapists include that they both have mental health expertise and can …

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