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Is Drug Use Aging Me?

It’s a common misconception that drug use only affects young people. However, drug use can have severe consequences for people of all ages. Drug use can lead to physical and mental health problems, and it can also impact your appearance. So, if you’re wondering whether drug use is aging you, the short answer is yes. …

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In Recovery for Alcohol and Substance Abuse, Nutrition Matters

The importance of nutrition is often overlooked in the recovery process. If you’re eating enough to maintain your weight, you may assume you’re getting everything you need, but that may not be true. “Recovery” means gaining back what you’ve lost, and in addiction, one of the things that people have often lost is nutritional balance. Your …

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Promoting The Stigma Against Addiction

Are You Promoting Addiction Stigma?

Words have power. What we say about addiction impacts the stigma around it. Saying words like “addicts,” “alcoholic” or even “drug-fueled” can cause problems. Stigma can lead a person to keep their addiction a secret. They may also avoid seeking help. You may not even be aware that you are promoting stigma, but a mindful approach …

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What is Stigma and Why Does it Impact Addiction Recovery

Stigma: Why it Impacts Addiction Recovery

What do we mean by “stigma” in addiction recovery?The Society for the Study of Addiction defines stigma as “a sociocultural process in which social groups are devalued, rejected and excluded on the basis of a socially discredited health condition.”  They note that it can be seen in at least three levels in addiction recovery: social, …

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Getting Sober After a Setback

Getting Sober After a Setback | Addiction Recovery

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. The passing …

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The Impact of Combining Benzos and Alcohol

Benzodiazepines, which treat many types of conditions, primarily in the mental health category, have strict warnings to avoid taking them with alcohol. Combining benzos and alcohol can lead to many issues. These include overdosing, having too strong of an effect, and creating dependence on both substances. At The Right Step Hill Country, our dual diagnosis …

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What Are Co-Occurring Disorders?

Many people who are struggling with substance abuse disorders or mental health disorders often ask: what are co-occurring disorders? According to the American Addiction Centers, co-occurring disorders occur when both of these conditions manifest at the same time. There is no distinct pattern to which of the two conditions develops first. An individual can develop …

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The Importance of Dual Diagnosis Treatment for Addicts

The importance of dual diagnosis treatment has never been this crucial before. Did you know that drug overdose is a significant concern in the US? For example, an estimated 44,000 people die every year due to substance abuse disorders. For most drug addicts, drug addiction is not only about physical struggle. After taking root, it …

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Can Mindfulness Meditation Work For Addiction?

Addiction is a serious problem that many people face today. Some experts even consider addiction to be a serious disease plaguing humanity. No matter how much we want to stop using drugs or alcohol, the treatment process can seem insurmountable. But there are many new treatments available today, including meditation, that may help you beat …

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