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Is It Substance Abuse or Self-Medicating?

Are you using drugs such as marijuana to manage your anxiety? What will happen if you do not have the opportunity to smoke? Your responses to these two questions will determine if you are self-medicating or have a substance use disorder. Although these terms are often used interchangeably, the meanings are quite different. However, if …

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Getting Sober After a Setback

The path to sobriety is often a rocky one, full of hills to climb and curves to navigate. It is completely normal to experience a setback or even relapse on the lifetime journey to maintain your recovery from addiction. Life is full of circumstances that can make alcohol and drug abuse recovery challenging. Fortunately, you …

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Trauma and Substance Abuse

Trauma and substance abuse are intricately connected. Many people with substance use disorders have trauma in their past or are dealing with trauma in their present lives. For them, a trauma therapy program is a crucial aspect of recovery from substance abuse. A skilled trauma therapist works with clients to unpack the root causes behind …

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Staying Sober on Valentine’s Day

It’s normal to have mixed emotions around Valentine’s Day. This holiday can create pressure and unrealistic expectations, whether you’re single or in a relationship. Many people find a romance-based holiday brings an onslaught of negative emotions, like sadness, loneliness, fear, or regret. If you’re struggling with a substance use disorder or you’re new to recovery—and …

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Stages of Alcohol Withdrawal

When someone has abused alcohol for a long time, alcohol withdrawal can be uncomfortable and even painful. The body and brain have become used to alcohol over time, and they will struggle to function correctly without it over the different stages of alcohol withdrawal. It’s essential that the withdrawal process be done safely. Our San …

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Signs of Heroin Abuse

Heroin abuse can start whether you use illegal substances or misuse prescription drugs that contain opioids. Because opioids, the active ingredient in heroin, have such strong addiction potential, it can be easy for you or someone you love to develop a dependence without realizing it. After developing an addiction to prescription opioids, it can be …

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Effects of Meth on Your Mental Health

Methamphetamine, commonly referred to as meth, is an addictive stimulant drug that can have devastating effects on your physical and mental health. While many people are aware of the physical dangers, the effects of meth on your mental health can permanently damage your brain.At The Right Step Hill Country, we understand the devastating effects of …

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How to Get Through Alcohol Withdrawal

Addiction to alcohol can have long-term consequences on physical and mental health. If you or a loved one is experiencing symptoms of alcohol withdrawal, it is important to understand the potential risks associated with addiction, as well as the steps that can be taken for successful recovery. Learning how to get through alcohol withdrawal symptoms …

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