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Finding Happiness in Recovery
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Finding Happiness in Recovery

We all want to be happy, but happiness doesn’t always come easy – especially when we’ve relied on drugs and alcohol for that perceived “happiness” in the past.  Leaving behind a life we’re familiar with can be scary and challenging at first, but it doesn’t mean we can’t be satisfied and fulfilled with a new, sober lifestyle.  Just ask Justin Kan, a 35-year-old entrepreneur who recently gave up alcohol completely and has never been happier.  Here, we share some of his tips, as well as some of ours. Meditate Upon becoming sober, we’re faced with dozens of thoughts and emotions that we don’t know how to handle, especially since we’ve resorted to numbing them with drugs and alcohol in the past.  Meditation is an excellent practice to clear the mind and focus.  After a few minutes of ...
Observing Recovery Month in September
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Observing Recovery Month in September

This month is Recovery Month.  Sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Recovery Month aims to increase awareness of mental health and substance abuse issues nationwide every September, as well as celebrate the millions of Americans who are in recovery. 2019 Recovery Theme The 2019 Recovery Month theme, “Join the Voices for Recovery: Together We Are Stronger,” emphasizes the need to share resources and build networks across the country to support recovery.  From community members to first responders, emerging leaders to the healthcare community, this observance reminds us that mental illness and substance abuse affects us all, and that we are all part of the solution. Recovery Month began in 1989 as Treatment Works! Month, which honored...
Heroin Addiction Treatment in Florida
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Heroin Addiction Treatment in Florida

You never thought you’d be here, but somehow your life spiraled out of control. You’ve looked up from your heroin haze to realize that you don’t know who you are anymore.It’s a familiar feeling for many struggling with heroin addiction. The frightening thing about drugs like heroin is that they make you believe that you can’t live without them.We’re here to tell you that life without heroin is possible. More than that, you deserve to live a life where your decisions and interactions with the people you love are not dictated by drugs. You deserve to live your life to the fullest.If you’re starting the process of seeking heroin addiction treatment, here’s what you need to know about the stages of treatment and the importance of a  Florida substance abuse treatment program.Man with headache a...
25 in 25 Volunteer Spotlight – Jerianne Klein
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25 in 25 Volunteer Spotlight – Jerianne Klein

Jerianne Klein tried “tough love” approaches to deal with her loved one’s substance abuse issues. Support groups and one-on-one sessions left her feeling directionless. Searching for a family-focused option that would instill hope, Jerianne discovered SMART Recovery. “I held onto every word,” she says.  SMART Recovery tools helped Jerianne and her family stay calm and rational through the “dark days and sleepless nights,” which included her loved one’s involvement with treatment court. “I was able to lean into the law enforcement community while we navigated the legal system,” Jerianne says. Her family member entered treatment court, and the treatment recommendations aligned with the Family & Friends CRAFT (Community Reinforcement And Family Training) approach. The practical applicat...
Signs of Heroin Use: Top 10 Things to Watch For
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Signs of Heroin Use: Top 10 Things to Watch For

Heroin users are 6 to 20 times more likely to die than the average person. And that risk increases with each time an addict uses.Kicking a heroin habit is no small fete. The withdrawal symptoms are rough, and the cravings worse. Heroin addicts can feel utterly alone with their addiction, especially after alienating themselves from friends and family.But knowing the signs of heroin use can be the difference between life and death. Find out for sure if your loved one is using heroin with this guide. That way, you can intervene before they become another statistic.Keep reading for 10 signs to look out for and what to expect if your loved one fails to seek heroin addiction treatment now.10 Signs of Heroin Use to Look Out ForPeople start using heroin for many different reasons. One of the most ...
How Addictive is Alcohol
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How Addictive is Alcohol

Alcohol is one of the most popular psychoactive substances in the world. In the United States, nearly 56% of adults consume alcohol at least once a month, while more than 1 in 4 adults binge drinks monthly. Drinking is common at many social events, which can sometimes make it hard to avoid. Even though alcohol remains legal, it can lead to abuse and dependency. But how addictive is alcohol?Despite the fact that all psychoactive substances, and even certain behaviors, can lead to addiction, alcohol can cause physical dependency. There is also no timeline for how long it takes between your first drink and dependency, as alcoholism can accelerate rapidly.How Addictive is Alcohol?If you are wondering how addictive is alcohol, 33% of Americans will develop an alcohol abuse disorder in their lif...
Boozy Beach Vacation
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Boozy Beach Vacation

Boozy Beach Vacation Survey. - Rehabs.com Addiction can cost up to $200 per day. What would you do with that money if treatment was affordable? Find out if your insurance covers treatment now! About the AAC Helpline American Addiction Centers (AAC) is the leading provider for addiction treatment nationwide, specializing in evidence-based treatment and mental healthcare. With 9 locations across the U.S., AAC has a facility near ...
25 in 25 Volunteer Spotlight – Charles Novak
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25 in 25 Volunteer Spotlight – Charles Novak

Charles Novak, MS, MLADC, learned about rational emotive behavior therapy (REBT) while in prison. The approach to overcoming addiction made sense to him, but when his five-year sentence ended, Novak discovered there wasn’t a similar treatment readily available. “There only seemed to be 12-step programs,” he recalls. While studying to be an addictions counselor, he learned more about SMART Recovery. And it really clicked.  “I didn’t like the idea of powerlessness [with 12-step programs],” Novak says. He learned as much as he could about SMART Recovery, even talking at length with founding president, Dr. Joe Gerstein, about the program. A few years later, Novak brought the program to the detox center where he was working.   In 2014, Novak started the first SMART Recovery meetings in New Ha...
Opioid Crisis in America
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Opioid Crisis in America

The opioid crisis in America is a serious issue that needs to be addressed and talked about. When you are looking for help for yourself or a loved one, reach out to an opioid addiction treatment center that can help. Learn more about the opioid crisis in America and how to find help below.Opioid Crisis in AmericaThere is an epidemic going on that involves the abuse of pharmaceutical drugs. The opioid crisis in America has been overlooked for too long, especially since it has affected so many people.How Many People Use Opioids in the US?According to the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, over 130 people die from opioid-related overdoses every day. A little over 10 million people abused opioids in 2018. Also in 2018, 2 million were said to have an opioid use disorder. Many opioid u...
The 2020 Heroin Epidemic
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The 2020 Heroin Epidemic

Heroin’s an illegal and highly addictive opioid. There used to be the misconception that it was an inner-city drug. That’s not true. Today’s heroin epidemic has spread through all segments of the population.Risk Factors for AbuseHeroin’s easy to buy. You can get it at clubs, high schools, and anywhere else on the black market. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention identify people between the ages of 18 and 25 as being high-risk. Although the heroin crisis primarily affects metropolitan areas, it’s not exclusive.Someone who abuses alcohol is twice as likely to be a victim of the heroin epidemic. Dependency on opioid painkillers increases the risk 40 times. Therefore, concurrent substance abuse is a good predictor of someone’s risk. To understand the heroin crisis, consider that the...