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What Is Physical Dependence?

There are many ways in which a person can become dependent on drugs and alcohol. It’s important to understand that addiction comes in many forms and that forming a dependence is an early sign that a person is forming an addiction. Physical dependence and psychological dependence are two indicators that a habit has formed. Physical…

When to Begin PHP Addiction Treatment for Recovery

When considering treatment options, you may realize that it’s not feasible to remain at a treatment facility full-time. A partial hospitalization program (PHP) allows for the option to return home at the end of the day. This can allow clients to maintain a sense of normalcy by seeing family and sleeping in their own bed…

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How Long Do Opiate Withdrawals Last?

Withdrawal from opiates is similar to other depressants. Keeping that in mind, opiate withdrawal can be particularly severe when an individual has developed an addiction to particularly potent synthetic opiates like fentanyl. Suppose you or someone you love is struggling with ceasing opiate abuse in part due to the fear of withdrawal symptoms. In that…

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Which Addiction Treatment Services Do I Need?

Addiction treatment services continue to evolve. Treatment options have diversified to meet today’s needs. Treatment begins with a form of detox. Getting the mind and body to an addict’s current baseline is a key component to addressing how best to proceed with treatment. However, nowadays, we have so many options when it comes to addiction…

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3 Common Addiction Treatment Therapies for Recovery

Overcoming substance abuse is something to be celebrated. While you should be thrilled with your progress, there might still be challenges ahead. Staying in recovery is a lifelong process. Ongoing therapy can help reinforce the lessons you learned in rehab while helping you avoid a relapse. Fresh Start Recovery Center offers various therapies that can…

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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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Long-Term Effects of Meth

The hit television series “Breaking Bad” made crystal methamphetamine familiar to millions. Despite how it was portrayed, make no mistake: meth is a dangerous drug that causes significant problems for individuals and society alike. But what are the long-term effects of meth? Like most drugs, the long-term effects of meth will differ by individual. Many…

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What is Dual Diagnosis?

The abuse of drugs, alcohol, or other substances presents one of life’s biggest challenges. In learning about the impact of substance abuse, you have probably come across the term “dual diagnosis.” But what is dual diagnosis, anyway? This term is used by medical professional and treatment experts to refer to the kind of treatment necessary…

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What Is Gender-Specific Treatment?

The factors involved in substance abuse are complex. Trauma, peer pressure, stress and anxiety, genetics, and even poverty can play a role. Believe it or not, your gender also comes into play — which prompts a good question: What is gender-specific treatment? Many rehab facilities maintain addiction treatment programs allowing clients who desire it separate…