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Dealing with Addictions Around Thanksgiving & the Holidays

Addictions are never easy to deal with, but they become even more challenging during the holidays. Holidays bring with them tremendous pressures, sometimes good and sometimes bad.

But the one thing that's true for most people is that the holidays always make the stress much worse, and that increased stress can make it hard for you to hold fast to your goals and your recovery plan.

Despite the fact that the holidays add enough stress to make many people consider alcohol or drugs just to wind down, it's possible to deal with the stressors and difficulties. You just need to remember a few key points to help you cope.

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5 Ways Rehab Will Change Your Life

Making the transition from addiction to sobriety is a major change. It is sure to transform your life in several positive ways.

In order to make this transformation, many people will choose to enter into a treatment program of some kind. In such programs, you will have the support of addiction counselors, doctors, and maybe even other addicts. They will help you find the way to a happier and healthier life.

Here are a few ways you can expect your life to change in treatment.

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Interventions That Really Work for College Drinking

When a student heads off to college, friends, family members and loved ones hope that they are prepared both emotionally and academically for transitions and the independence that comes with college life. But for some students, drinking problems emerge with potentially serious consequences for a student’s academics, relationships and mental and physical health.

Colleges have long struggled to identify who is most at risk for developing drinking problems and which interventions best treat problems once they emerge. 

With more than 1,825 college student deaths from alcohol-related accidents, according to a 2009 study in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, it’s also a question of keen interest and scientific investigation for psychologists. What have they discovered?

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5 Ways to Deal with the Stress of an Intervention

Staging an intervention for a loved one is stressful and emotionally taxing. Having an addict in your life is difficult in its own way and leads to many strong and difficult emotions, including anger, sadness, and guilt. If someone you love is addicted to drugs or alcohol, you may feel powerless and frustrated.

Ultimately, only an addict can decide to get help, but you may be able to influence his or her decision by staging an intervention. Doing so will give you and other loved ones an opportunity to communicate with the addict about the way his or her behavior is making you feel.

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5 Ways to Have More Fun in Recovery

Recovering from addiction, whether it be a substance abuse or alcohol problem, can be an arduous and trying process. Completely reworking your life into something uncomfortable and different from what it was often is stressful and mentally taxing.

But keeping a positive attitude and an open mind toward learning new things can turn recovery from a lot of hard work to something that can actually be a little enjoyable.

Below are five ways that recovery can be more fun.

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5 Tips for Managing Triggers during Addiction Recovery

Completing treatment for substance abuse or alcohol addiction is a major accomplishment. But the real work starts when you walk out the door. You are now making a commitment to abstinence from drugs and alcohol every single day.

You will encounter cravings for your drug of choice, and for any escape, an opportunity to numb out, and perhaps, sometimes, an overall desire to not feel what you are feeling.

You will encounter triggers in the form of events, people, and subsequent emotions that will make you want to drink or get high again. What can you do in these situations?

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Living with Co-Occurring Mental & Substance Abuse Disorders

Substance abuse is defined as a pattern of harmful use of any substance for mood-altering purposes. Mental illness refers to disorders generally characterized by dysregulation of mood, thought, or behavior, as recognized by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, 5th edition, of the American Psychiatric Association (DSM-5).

When a person is suffering from both a substance abuse and a mental health disorder, it is called a co-occurring disorder. Some people refer to this as "dual diagnosis."

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), approximately 50 percent of individuals with severe mental health disorders are affected by substance abuse. NAMI also estimates that 29 percent of all people diagnosed as mentally ill abuse alcohol or other drugs.

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Can Early Childhood Factors Predict Addictive Tendencies?

Some research indicates that certain markers and behaviors observed in early development may be earmarks for future addictive patterns.

Children will exhibit some of these behaviors as early as 3 years old.

Possible Early Signs of Addiction



Being a risk taker.

Risk-taking behavior often first appears in early childhood. It may be an early sign of future substance abuse. This is the kid who climbs higher, runs faster, and engages in other physical feats that other children their age would shy away from.

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Steps Toward Recovery from Alcohol Addiction

How do you deal with alcohol addiction?

Studies show that people become alcohol dependent due to a number of reasons, including personal issues, stress and peer pressure.

Alcohol addiction will disrupt your life and destroy personal relationships. But the problem for most alcoholics is that they realize these negative effects at a later time, making it hard to accept the reality and seek treatment.

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Talking with Your Teen about Drugs & Alcohol

Sometimes parents don't really know how to approach their kids or teens to talk about important issues. They fall back on their own upbringing, relying on that history for guidance.

However, all too often, that upbringing may not have been ideal or act as a good role model.

Conversations with your kids about serious issues -- like drug or alcohol use -- isn't a big deal if you're equipped with the right tools and the right attitude. Below are some tips for talking to your teenaged daughter or son about alcohol and drug use.

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5 Signs Your Teen Needs Mental Health Treatment

Teens go through emotional ups and downs all the time. Hormones are changing, life can seem overwhelming, and without much life experience, a young adult can feel misguided. When parents are busy working, or a natural separation from family occurs, teens may turn to friends instead of parents.

Peer support can be helpful for certain issues. But when the symptoms of a mental illness are present, more than a good friend is needed.

The problem is, teens may not understand what the feelings they experience mean. As a parent, it's important to stay connected so that you notice any changes or any symptoms of a mental illness in your child.

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4 Holistic Ways to Fight Drug Addiction

Drug addiction is all too common. Rehab -- typically inpatient treatment at a special facility designed to treat addicts -- is needed when substance abuse has reached the point of physical and psychological dependence.

The approaches to healing used in rehab programs are now a mix of traditional modalities of care, like individual and group therapy, and holistic, or alternative, ways to heal, like yoga, equine therapy, and meditation.

Holistic forms of treatment are the way of the future. Here are 4 holistic ways to fight drug addiction that can be used both in and out of formal rehab.

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