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Am I Addicted to Prescription Drugs?

Prescription drug addiction is extremely common. Typically, those who become addicted to prescription medications do not intend to do so. A person may begin taking medications for an entirely innocent reason such as after undergoing surgery or to treat pain related to an injury. Because of the addictive potential of some medications, especially prescription opiates,…

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Do I Need Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy?

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is a form of mental health counseling that was created by Aaron Beck in the 1970s. CBT practitioners are trained to guide clients through a structured model over a designated number of sessions. Therapists develop a relationship with the clients during initial counseling sessions, discuss goals, develop a treatment plan, and then…

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3 Signs Your Loved One Needs Alcohol Treatment

Learning the signs of alcoholism can help you identify if you or someone you love is in trouble. If regular drinking has turned into alcohol misuse or dependency, early intervention is ideal. At Fresh Start Recovery Center in Maryland, we offer alcohol education and detox at our treatment center. To learn more about alcohol addiction…

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3 Benefits of Aftercare Programs

There are many benefits to an aftercare program. Aftercare programs are designed to help provide a safety net for those in recovery. After completing a treatment program or, if someone has recently relapsed and needs to get their life back on track, aftercare programs can assist clients by providing needed support and essential services. Reach…

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How Can Heroin Affect the Brain?

The use of heroin, especially over a long period of time, has a lasting effect on the brain. Brain damage is possible as a result of using heroin. It’s important to keep in mind that someone who ceases use of heroin, undergoes treatment, and maintains sobriety can regain much of their cognitive abilities. The experts…

Am I Addicted to Painkillers

Am I Addicted to Painkillers?

Prescription painkillers are often an unintentional gateway to opioid addiction. Powerful synthetic opiates like fentanyl have only made the opioid epidemic worse. In recent years, the introduction of these highly potent opiates has resulted in a spike in opioid-related overdoses and deaths. If you or someone you love is addicted to painkillers or other opiates,…

4 Techniques for a Sober Holiday Season

4 Techniques for a Sober Holiday Season

The holidays are a difficult time for many of us. The holiday season is especially difficult for those in recovery. On holidays where many people drink, it can be particularly challenging for those in recovery to face triggering situations. They might be asked unpleasant or intrusive questions during what is meant to be a pleasant…

3 Reasons to Seek Out a Rehab for Men

3 Reasons to Seek Out a Rehab for Men

Gender-specific rehab can help both men and women recover in a more comfortable and safe environment. In a drug rehab for men, there are counselors with experience in helping men heal. Here, clients can focus on their personal needs and develop the necessary life skills to thrive in sober living. Fresh Start Recovery Center’s men’s…

The Long Term Effects of Heroin on Your Body

The Long-Term Effects of Heroin on Your Body

It goes without saying that over time, heroin and other opiates can take a serious physical toll on a person’s body. This is partly why there is so much emphasis on early intervention and preventative measures to treat heroin addiction. The long-term effects of heroin use can alter brain functioning, cause negative behaviors, and cause…

Dangers of Addiction To Pain Pills

The Dangers of Addiction to Pain Pills

Abuse of prescription medications is prevalent in the United States today. It’s essential to be aware of the symptoms that someone you care about may be abusing pills. Unfortunately, addiction to pain pills and other medications often happens by accident. Blaming someone for their addiction never helps resolve the issue. What matters is convincing someone…