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Can I Get Professional Addiction Treatment on a Budget?

It’s estimated that two-thirds of the world’s supply of illicit drugs are consumed in the U.S., a country that accounts for just 5 percent of the global population.1 At any given moment, only about 11 percent of people addicted to alcohol or drugs are receiving any type of treatment.2 In the face of these two […]

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The Importance of Supporting and Encouraging a Loved One’s Recovery

For people who have little experience or knowledge of addiction, recovery may seem relatively straightforward. A person addicted to alcohol or drugs just needs a stint at rehab to get clean, right? Unfortunately, it’s not quite that simple. Addiction is a powerful, chronic brain disease that’s as much psychological as it is physical. Its effects […]

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Is There Such a Thing as a “Functional Addict”?

When people consider the effects of addiction, they may envision the negative stereotypes that are often associated with drug and alcohol abuse. Consequently, some of the most common perceptions of addiction are really just presumptive judgments. People assume that addicts are thieving criminals who can’t be trusted, are profoundly selfish and self-indulgent, and should always […]

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The Stages of Addiction

In spite of how much we’ve learned, the general population tends to have a very poor understanding of addiction. Is it a disease or is it a behavioral issue? To define addiction merely as a brain disease does very little in the way of explaining how the disease develops. Addictions don’t form overnight, so what […]

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So You’re Married to an Addict… Now What?

Picture this: You meet the man or woman who seems to be your perfect match. The two of you marry, maybe buy a home and start a family, going through all the motions one would expect of a contemporary married couple. Then you discover, after several years of wedded bliss, that your other half has […]

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Addiction: A Choice?

When it comes to the world of addiction treatment and research, perhaps no question carries as much weight as the one that seeks to understand just how much free will addicts have over their behavior. The reason lies in the implications. Say addiction is a condition underpinned by choice. If that’s the case, society is […]

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Rock Bottom – Do You Really Have to Go There?

You may have heard about rock bottom. It’s the point at which the consequences of having an addiction have reached record levels. While you may have lived with unpleasant fallout resulting from alcohol or drug use for some time, rock bottom can sometimes help you truly acknowledge how difficult things have become. At rock bottom, […]

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Our Violent World Is Especially Dangerous for Children Who Use Drugs or Act Out. What Can We Do About It?

You hear a lot these days about how violence influences our children, and it often seems like horrific news is everywhere we turn. Add to this mix the intense brutality of many video games that are popular with teens and song lyrics that make even progressive parents raise their eyebrows, and it’s no wonder why […]

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