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Drugs in the Digital Age

Over the last 4 years, the so-called war on drugs has literally ground to a halt as more than 300 different  ‘legal highs’ flood the U.S. border.

Legal highs are chemical compounds synthesized in labs that stimulate or depress the central nervous system the way that mimics banned substances such as pot, cocaine, meth and heroin.

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Dealing with Early Sobriety Triggers

The real work to stay sober begins when you leave treatment.  Your commitment to abstain from drugs, food or alcohol is contingent upon your ability to identify triggers and a willingness to learn how to deal with them.  Practice these 4 tips when managing triggers in recovery.

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When It’s Time to Tell the Family About Your Addiction

Coming to terms with your addiction is the first step on the road to recovery. Once you’ve done that, it’s time to tell your loved ones what’s been happening. Although it’s not something we look forward to, following these guidelines will help you accomplish the next step as smoothly as possible. Remember that you will continue communication with your loved ones as you go through treatment and they may want to seek additional support for themselves to help them deal with their own emotions. After you’ve had that all important talk, it’s now time to focus on yourself and do the work that only you can do.

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Dual Diagnosis: Substance Abuse and Mental Illness

According to the National Alliance of Mental Health, dual diagnosis is a term used to describe people with a mental health disorder who have coexisting problems with drugs and/or alcohol.

Recent studies suggest that nearly one-third of people with all mental illnesses and approximately one-half of people with severe mental illness, such as bipolar and schizophrenia, also experience substance abuse.

The relationship between the two is complex, and the treatment of people with co-occurring substance abuse and mental illness is more complicated than the treatment of either condition alone.

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