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Differences Between Alcohol Dependence and Alcohol Addiction

Alcohol dependence and alcohol addiction are often used interchangeably. But the two concepts are not the same. In certain cases, an individual may suffer from alcohol addiction without being physically dependent on alcohol. When this happens, it becomes difficult to know when to get help. One of the most effective ways to get help is…

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Top Commonly Abused Prescription Drugs

People require a prescription to legally acquire prescription drugs. This is because prescription medications can be a double-edged sword. On one hand, these drugs help people deal with intense or chronic pains and help them cope after undergoing major surgery. But on the other hand, using these drugs over a prolonged period can lead to…

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3 Ways to Create a Relapse Prevention Plan

When people are recovering from an addiction, they face many hurdles. Of these hurdles, the temptation to relapse is the hardest to fight off. Temptation can push you to use your drug choice no matter how long you’ve been sober. To help mitigate these temptations, we encourage people to devise a relapse prevention plan. Having…

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Understanding the Different Levels of Addiction Treatment

Many people often do not know where to begin when seeking addiction treatment because there are different levels of addiction programs. These levels vary based on the different types of services provided. The initial levels of addiction treatment are very intensive. This is often because the patient may be experiencing withdrawal symptoms. Addiction is a…

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The Purpose of an Alumni Program

Recovering from a substance use disorder is a lengthy process. Recovery begins the moment a person admits that they have an addiction problem, and they need help. The help is normally in the form of treatment in an addiction treatment facility. But this is not the only process involved for a complete recovery. After the…

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What Is the Purpose of National Recovery Month?

The purpose of National Recovery Month is to create more awareness about addiction recovery and to celebrate those in recovery from mental health issues and substance use disorders. During the month of September, addiction treatment centers in Maryland often schedule events as a way of garnering public support for addiction treatment and recovery. The event…

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6 Benefits of Gender-Specific Treatment for Addiction

Substance abuse disorders affect men and women differently. Recognizing the need for gender-specific treatment, addiction treatment centers in Maryland offer men’s programs and women’s programs that are tailored to the emotional and medical needs of each gender. A gender-specific treatment program removes the distraction that can arise by being around the opposite sex. It also…

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5 Common Triggers of Addiction Relapse

One of the first things you learn about in rehab is triggers that may have started and fueled your addiction. Triggers can range from emotions, and mental health conditions, to being around certain people or places. A situation may arise that leads to an addiction relapse. Before you know it, you are drinking or taking…