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3 Things to Include in a Relapse Prevention Plan

The potential of having a relapse is always present in the lives of individuals in recovery. It can happen to people who have been sober for years. Having a relapse prevention plan to fall back on can help you deal with that possibility. The presence of a relapse plan should be seen as a sign…

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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…

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7 Signs of Addiction You Need to Watch Out For

Alcohol and drug addiction affect many people globally. But it can be challenging to identify signs of addiction in your loved ones. The manifestations brought about by addiction are not just limited to physical signs, but also psychological and behavioral changes as well. Thankfully, concerned friends and family can educate themselves on the easily identifiable…

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Know the Warning Signs of Alcoholism

Surely, you’ve heard of ‘alcoholism’ before. Now it is most commonly known as ‘alcohol abuse disorder,’ which describes people who frequently drink too much alcohol. But how can you tell that someone is an alcoholic? Therefore, it is crucial to learn the warning signs of alcoholism. Fortunately, Fresh Start Recovery Center offers the mental health and…

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Am I an Alcoholic? Here’s How to Find Out

You don’t look like an alcoholic. You haven’t gotten a DUI or stolen money just to buy alcohol. But still, you are worried. You can’t help asking yourself, “Am I an alcoholic?” Alcoholism comes in many forms, and some of them aren’t what you might consider typical. Fresh Start Recovery Center can provide you with answers…

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Reports Show Maryland Overdose has Declined

Drug Overdose Deaths have Declined in Maryland In the last two years, officials locally and across the country have been allocating any and all extra resources to combat the opioid epidemic since drug overdoses were declared a public health emergency. Recently, we have seen a small amount of progress in the state of Maryland. There…

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Alcohol Awareness Month

Do you know the dangerous side effects of alcohol? Did you know there are roughly 80,000 deaths that are related to alcohol abuse every year, making it the 3rd highest cause of death in the U.S.? Alcohol, a drug thousands of people consume regularly, is the third leading cause of death in the U.S.  Although…

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Is Addiction a Disease or a Choice?

Is addiction a disease or a choice? Everyone has an opinion: is addiction a disease or a choice? Many people will argue that addiction is a string of bad choices, some will shame you for comparing addiction to a “real disease” such as cancer, and a few will ask “why can’t they just stop?” On…