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When Happy Hour is No Longer a Happy Place: The Healthy Alternatives

Happy hour at a favorite bar can mean letting off steam, meeting new people, or simply just forgetting a tough day at work, and all for a lower price. But, for some, going to a bar for happy hour is never a good idea. Although millions indulge in this pastime, a rapidly growing number of…

Finding Firm Ground: You Don’t Need to Hit Rock Bottom to Embrace Recovery

The phrase “hitting rock bottom” has its origin in digging a hole so deep that it hits bedrock and can go no lower. There is a popular belief that addiction treatment will not be successful until the person struggling with addiction has lost everything and has no more resources to lean on for food, shelter,…

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Can I Benefit from Inpatient Rehab Even Though I Have Young Children?

Part of the problem for addicts, especially single parents, is being able to overcome their addiction while at the same time providing care and support for their young children. Unfortunately, for the addict and children, it can make rehab much more difficult. Parents are faced with many temptations that could cause a relapse. They might…

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Why There’s Nothing “Casual” About Drug Use

Even so-called casual drug use can have long-term and damaging effects on your health, brain, independence, freedom, future, and life. Whether it is having an occasional episode of binge drinking or popping more prescription painkillers than prescribed, there are numerous ways one can go from “casual” drug use to addiction. Many casual drug users believe…

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You Don’t Have to Hit “Rock Bottom” Before Seeking Drug and Alcohol Rehab

There is a common misconception that addicts must first hit “rock bottom” before they can get help through an outpatient or inpatient drug addiction treatment program. Unfortunately, this misconception is not only believed by many addicts but also their family and friends. The concept of hitting “rock bottom” came about because of the belief that…

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The Danger of Turning to Prostitution for Active Drug Users

Many studies have found a connection between prostitution and drug abuse. In the world of sex work, prostitutes may use drugs to cope with their lifestyle or be provided with a supply by pimps as a form of control. The connection is seen especially in those working on the street or via cell phones and…

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The Real Danger of Adolescent Suboxone and Heroin Use

Heroin and opioid use, in general, has reached crisis levels nationally, and New Jersey is no exception. Suboxone, also an opioid, has been used to treat heroin and prescription opioid abuse since 2002. It had been considered difficult to abuse, as just 40% of the brain’s opioid receptors are activated.1 However, Suboxone addiction treatment has…

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Outpatient vs. Inpatient Substance Abuse Treatment

The standard approach to substance abuse treatment involves detoxification and management of the withdrawal process in a medical setting. An overall treatment program goes beyond these stages to address the psychological and behavioral aspects of addiction. There are two basic forms of treatment—inpatient and intensive outpatient therapy. What Is Inpatient Treatment? Often referred to as…

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Protecting the Positives: Is an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) Right for Me?

Addiction has a broad impact on career, family, and living situations. Sometimes fear of losing the good things stops us from seeking the help we need on the road to sobriety. With intensive outpatient treatment options available, there is no need to wait and allow the addiction to slowly dissolve what is still strong in…

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What Is Vivitrol?/Vivitrol 101

For the past few years, opioid usage has spread like a wildfire, causes thousands of deaths across the U.S. Deaths attributed to opioid use have continued to increase. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, around 115 Americans die from an opioid overdose each day. This is five times higher than the numbers…