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How Alcohol Abuse Affects Women

How Alcohol Abuse Affects Women

Alcohol abuse affects women more harshly than their male counterparts for many reasons. Learn about the dangers of alcohol abuse for women at HealthyPlace, and discover why receiving appropriate treatment is so important for women drinkers.

Alcohol abuse affects women differently than it affects men, even when they drink smaller amounts. There are more health risks for women, including liver disease, breast cancer, and brain damage. While women are just as likely as men to be successful with sobriety, women who abuse alcohol may have more challenges finding accessible treatment for alcohol abuse and addiction.

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Warning Signs of Addiction Relapse in a Loved One

Warning Signs of Addiction Relapse in a Loved One

Knowing the warning signs of relapse can help you prevent addiction relapse in someone you love. Learn some of the first warning signs of relapse at HealthyPlace. Remember, it's not your job to keep someone sober, but you can help them stay sober if you know these signs. Take a quick look now.

It’s important to know how to identify the warning signs of addiction relapse when you have a loved one who is in recovery from addiction. There are some telltale signs that a person in recovery is moving toward an addiction relapse, even before they actually use drugs or drink again. When you are able to identify those signs, you may be able to help your loved one avoid relapsing and get his or her feet firmly planted back in recovery.

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Substitute Addictions in Recovery: What You Need to Know

Substitute Addictions in Recovery: What You Need to Know

Substitute addictions, or substituting one addiction for another, can become a vicious cycle. Learn why substitute addictions happen and where to get help.

Substitute addictions may become a problem when people who overcome one addiction turn to something else to fill the void. Addiction is a difficult thing to conquer, and when people have to learn to live and cope without the drugs or alcohol they have been using as a coping mechanism, they sometimes fall victim to another addiction in the process. A drinker becomes addicted to benzodiazepines. A meth addict becomes an over-eater. A heroin addict becomes an alcoholic. Substitute addictions are challenging and frustrating for friends and family to deal with, and the people who are addicted may not even recognize that they are substituting one addiction for another.

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My Dual Diagnosis of Substance Abuse Disorder and Bipolar

My Dual Diagnosis of Substance Abuse Disorder and Bipolar

A dual diagnosis of substance abuse and mental illness isn't as rare as you may think. Learn about a dual diagnosis, substance abuse disorder and bipolar here.

What can a dual diagnosis of substance abuse and bipolar lead to  –homelessness., incarceration or broken relationships. I was a walking dead person for a decade, while my co-occurring mental illnesses were left untreated. After receiving proper treatment for bipolar and and my dual diagnosis substance abuse disorder, I have found a fresh hope.

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Opiate Withdrawal Symptoms May Be Soothed with Vitamins

Opiate Withdrawal Symptoms May Be Soothed with Vitamins

Alcohol and opiate withdrawal symptoms can be brutal for those with a substance use disorder. Vitamins can help. Learn which vitamins to take and how they help.

Alcohol and opiate withdrawal symptoms can be extremely difficult, but vitamins may help people with substance use disorders by possibly easing withdrawal symptoms. Treatment methods range from quitting cold turkey to hospitalization. Sometimes medications can be prescribed to ease withdrawal symptoms (Opioids Withdrawal: How Bad Is It? Symptoms, Treatment). However, one concern for people trying to get clean is becoming dependent on another substance. It is always important to check with your doctor when considering alternative treatment so they can review your medical history and specific situation. For the scope of this post, I will cover the use of vitamins B and C for alcohol and opiate withdrawal symptoms.

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Self-Care in Recovery from Addiction Has Three Parts

Self-Care in Recovery from Addiction Has Three Parts

Self-care in recovery from addiction can be broken down into three parts. Learn more about self-care in recovery with ideas you can use to love yourself.

If you ignore self-care in recovery from addiction, you’re putting yourself at risk for relapse. So, are you burning the candle at both ends or do you make everything else a priority, always putting yourself on the back burner? Not making self-care in recovery from addiction a priority is dangerous because self-care is the foundation we build our recovery on. We are learning to love and respect ourselves by practicing mindfulness, living in moderation, implementing healthy boundaries, improving sleep patterns, eating healthily and exercising. Self-care in recovery from addiction must be a priority and can be broken down into three parts.

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Substance Abuse Stigma: An Obstacle in Addiction Recovery

Substance Abuse Stigma: An Obstacle in Addiction Recovery

Substance abuse stigma makes addiction recovery challenging. What is substance abuse stigma and where does addiction stigma come from? Learn about stigma here.

Substance abuse stigma is but one obstacle on the path to addiction recovery. Legal troubles, medical issues, psychological problems, family issues, and work-related issues make up some others. But the stigma surrounding substance abuse adds insult to injury. For some, these obstacles to addiction recovery have the power to throw a person off the path to recovery. During a time when people need love, support, and encouragement, stigma makes recovery challenging. Substance abuse stigma can be found within an addict (self-stigma) and from outside influences.

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Does Tough Love for Addicts Work?

Does Tough Love for Addicts Work?

Should you use tough love for addicts to help them get sober? Addiction is a disease, and here's why tough love is abuse in terms of addiction treatment.

“I just want to be normal. I don’t know what it’s like,” cried a tear-soaked heroin addict during a tough-love intervention. Her cry came after about 15 minutes of being yelled at, belittled, and degraded in front of 1000 viewers, all in the name of tough love. My heart broke into pieces for her because I’ve been that woman. I wanted to reach through my screen, hug her and tell her how precious she is. Tough love for addicts doesn’t work.

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Setting and Maintaining Boundaries in Addiction Recovery

Setting and Maintaining Boundaries in Addiction Recovery

People in addiction recovery often have difficulty setting and maintaining boundaries. Learn to identify healthy boundaries and how to keep them.

Setting or maintaining boundaries with family and friends may be difficult if you are in recovery from addiction. The difficulty of setting limitations with others is a natural thing to experience in recovery because when you were in active addiction it’s likely that your boundaries were severely blurred or even nonexistent. The lack of boundaries in your life at the time may have led to manipulation, abuse, allowing others to take advantage of you and put you in harm’s way. It also leads to codependency in relationships, which likely fed your addiction and kept it active. But now you are in recovery, and it’s time to learn that setting and maintaining boundaries is essential to your recovery.

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What Does Acceptance in Addiction Recovery Mean?

What Does Acceptance in Addiction Recovery Mean?

Acceptance in recovery from addiction helps free you from the attempt to control things and people you can't control. Acceptance is key to recovery. Learn why.Acceptance in addiction recovery means you learn to accept the things you can’t change and focus on the things you can. Trying to change other people, living in the past, wishing things were different, and stressing over failed plans are the things that keep us stuck and cause great turmoil in our minds. I wasted an embarrassing amount of energy on things I was powerless over during my active addiction. I was so consumed by things I could not control, that I lost focus on the ones I could. Not knowing or misunderstanding acceptance in addiction recovery set me up to continually strive against the universe.

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