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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 someone has to learn to live and cope without the drugs or alcohol that 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 person who is 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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10 Ways Substance Abuse Treatment Benefits Your Life

10 Ways Substance Abuse Treatment Benefits Your Life

Substance abuse treatment benefits of inpatient programs include support, changing your mindset and more. Learn about substance abuse treatment benefits here.

Going to substance abuse treatment benefits addicts and makes your life so much better. I know that it did for me. It was a life-changing experience that improved nearly every aspect of life I can think of. Addiction controls how one thinks, feels, and behaves. That makes it nearly impossible to stop using without professional help. It is often recommended that people who are addicted to drugs or alcohol attend an inpatient addiction treatment facility. Making the leap from addiction to recovery isn’t easy, but it brings with it many significant benefits that are hard to overlook. Consider these 10 ways that substance abuse treatment benefits your life.

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How Do You Know If You Are an Alcoholic?

How Do You Know If You Are an Alcoholic?

Only you can decide if you are an alcoholic, but here are some questions to ask yourself that will help you understand if you have a problem with alcohol.

How do you know if you are an alcoholic? What makes a person an alcoholic? Perhaps you’re wondering because the start of a new year often brings reflection on the past as well as hope for the future. It can prompt a person to make resolutions to be healthier, and that may be motivation to look at whether he or she is an alcoholic. Addiction to alcohol, or alcoholism, is not a one-size-fits-all disease. There isn’t a blood test for it, it doesn’t consist of a specific number of drinks per day, nor can someone decide that you are an alcoholic for you. Whether or not you are an alcoholic depends on a number of conditions, the biggest being the effect that alcohol has on your life.

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Stop the Stigma of Substance Abuse: Six Things Anyone Can Do

Stop the Stigma of Substance Abuse: Six Things Anyone Can Do

The stigma of substance abuse keeps people from seeking treatment. Without treatment, many addicts will die. Learn what you can do to reduce substance stigma.

Anyone can help stop the stigma of substance abuse. A major obstacle to addiction recovery, stigma, is a set of negative beliefs that a group or society holds about a topic or group of people. Stigma results in prejudice, avoidance, rejection, and discrimination against people who have a socially undesirable trait such as drug abuse or addiction. In my own recovery process, I felt the stigma of substance abuse and it kept me from seeking help for many years. 

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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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Mental Illness and Addiction: My Co-occurring Brain Disorders

Mental Illness and Addiction: My Co-occurring Brain Disorders

You may know that mental Illness and addiction often co-occur, but do you know why? Learn about mental illness and addiction and proper treatment. Read this.

I have a mental illness and an addiction. I honestly didn’t care if I lived or died, during my decade long drug and alcohol addiction. Which is why I tried and failed at sobriety so many times. My addictions co-occurred with a mental illness called bipolar disorder. A depressive stage of bipolar, even sober, can leave me hopeless. I’d lose interest in all the things that mattered to me before. It didn’t matter to me if I got sober. There were no consequences strong enough to make me want to stop because I didn’t care if I ever saw tomorrow. I didn’t make plans for my future because I really didn’t want one. It was a slow suicide.

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Why Forgiveness in Addiction Recovery Is Important

Why Forgiveness in Addiction Recovery Is Important

There are many reasons that forgiveness helps recovering addicts maintain healthy and happy recovery, but how do you do it? Learn tips about how to forgive.

Forgiveness in my addiction recovery is important for my emotional and spiritual health. Addiction recovery takes much more than just going through the treatment process to become whole again, but it did provide me with the tools necessary to live a life that is free of alcohol. When I completed treatment four-and-a-half years ago, I had to put those tools to work and still have to remain vigilant to keep my recovery alive and successful. In treatment, I learned about addiction, triggers, relapse prevention, and the need for honesty, acceptance, and gratitude. However, there was another key element that has furthered my addiction recovery progress even more – forgiveness.

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Safe Injection Sites: What Are They?

Safe Injection Sites: What Are They?

Safe injection sites are becoming more popular across the world (Heroin Abuse, Heroin Overdose). But only two exist in North America, both in Vancouver, British Columbia. So what are safe injections sites and what benefits and concerns do they bring?

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