Three Ways that an Intensive Outpatient Program Can Help You Recover from Addiction

Three Ways that an Intensive Outpatient Program Can Help You Recover from Addiction

Addiction is defined as a reliance or dependence on a substance or outside stimulus. Addiction to a controlled substance is very dangerous and may be life-threatening. According to the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), addiction is a disease with a chemical cause. [Read more…]

How to Find Culturally Relevant Addiction Help

How to Find Culturally Relevant Addiction Help

Culture is the collective characteristics representing a defined group of people or society. Culture can encompass language, religion, knowledge base, cuisine, arts, social habits, and more. Traditionally, culture derived from geographic regions that would pass down cultural traits from generation to generation. Nowadays, culture may refer to several subcultures and groupings, such as youth culture and LGBT culture. Race and ethnicity play a major role in creating different cultures, and this is more evident than ever, as the US has become a giant melting pot, composed of immigrants from all over the globe. Cultural diversity is both rewarding and challenging. Cultures are changing faster than ever before, and culture affects everything people do. Culture plays a major influence in shaping attitudes and beliefs about addiction, as well as impacting addiction treatment, recovery, and prevention. [Read more…]

How to Transition into Employment after Addiction Rehab

How to Transition into Employment after Addiction Rehab

Moving on with your life after going through addiction treatment or recovery can be difficult when it comes to working after rehab. There are many questions and fears that you might have, such as how to find a job, how much harder it will be as a past addict, how much to tell an employer, and how to deal with drug tests. [Read more…]

How Family Can Challenge Your Sobriety

How Family Can Challenge Your Sobriety

Regardless of how close you are to your family members, their presence or absence can have a major impact on your sobriety. Your family may play a part in your continued use, your reasons for using, and your causes for relapse. Therefore, it is extremely important for you to determine how to deal with the challenges that your family may present when it comes to maintaining your sobriety. [Read more…]

Should I Choose an Out-of-State Addiction Rehab Program?

Should I Choose an Out-of-State Addiction Rehab Program?

When an Orlando resident decides to go to rehab, she may have many questions and considerable uncertainty. However, for many people who need addiction treatment, traveling to an out-of-state rehab program can be very appealing, because it not only holds a promise for a fresh start, but it also gives recovering users an extra push to get sober. [Read more…]

How to Avoid Losing Your Job to Drug Use

How to Avoid Losing Your Job to Drug Use

For Orlando residents who abuse drugs and have jobs, little causes as much fear as a drug test. Failing a company’s drug test could result in immediate job loss, or you may not even get hired for a potential job if a company requires a clean drug history. If you face job loss, are concerned that your addiction could cause job loss or if you notice that your addiction is damaging your work, then seek professional addiction help as soon as possible. With the right help, you can not only get clean, but you can also retain your job, so there is no reason to wait. [Read more…]

How Natural Disasters Can Trigger a Relapse

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, stressful events can make drug or alcohol abuse more likely, because they encourage people either to initiate or continue drug abuse. Additionally, stress may lead recovering Orlando drug addicts to relapse. Natural disasters cause significant stress for any of the following reasons:

  • They are unexpected and people may not be prepared to deal with the destruction they cause
  • People cannot control natural disasters, which makes them feel vulnerable and unable to cope
  • Natural disasters often devastate personal property and cause physical harm, which make people feel weak and afraid [Read more…]

Finding Spirituality during Addiction Recovery

Finding Spirituality during Addiction Recovery

To build a lasting recovery, addicts often must address problems of personal relationships, family interactions, emotional skills, mood disorders and more. The situation can sometimes seem hopeless to Orlando residents struggling with addiction. To help them, many recovery programs offer a spiritual perspective to help maintain focus and motivation for the many challenges of their recovery efforts. [Read more…]

Sober Relationships after Addiction

Addiction and recovery both change relationships in significant ways. Orlando drug users usually spend time with other substance users. Addiction strains relationships with family and friends, because as addicts focus more on substance abuse, they will neglect their relationships. They often deceive others, so trust may become an issue. During recovery, new, healthy relationships need to be formed and old ones repaired. [Read more…]

Frustration during Addiction Recovery

Frustration during Addiction Recovery

Many Orlando residents find themselves feeling frustrated, alone and sad during the first few stages of recovery. This is because many believe addiction recovery should be easy and happen quickly. However sobriety is usually a lifelong struggle that takes constant work to maintain. During addiction recovery addicts must face the negative impacts of their addictions and learn to overcome any obstacles they may face during and after treatment. [Read more…]

Why Are There So Many Options for Addiction Recovery?

When Orlando residents first consider addiction recovery for themselves or for someone they love, they may be paralyzed by the many different options available such as the following:

  • Luxury rehab
  • Adventure therapy
  • Holistic rehab
  • Hospital-based treatment
  • Religious treatment
  • Detox-only
  • Equine therapy
  • Results-based treatment
  • Dialectical behavior therapy

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Do Genetics Impact Addiction Recovery?

Do genetics impact addiction recovery

Genetics do impact addiction: scientific research over the last few years has determined that certain people are more prone to addiction than others based on their genetic makeup. However, not all Orlando individuals that are prone to addiction will become addicts. However, if you are addicted, know that genetics can affect your rate of recovery, symptoms and overall quality of sobriety.
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How Do I Know If I’m Making Progress in My Addiction Recovery?

Addiction recovery involves changing thinking patterns and behaviors and treating the underlying causes of addiction. These are big changes that take time and effort, and it is easy to become frustrated when you want immediate results. Making these changes may feel uncomfortable for any Orlando drug addict, but dealing with these feelings head on and moving forward is a sure sign of progress.
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Avoid Setting Yourself up for Recovery Failure

Avoid Setting Yourself up for Recovery Failure

Accepting the need for addiction treatment is a big step. However, recovery is a process with many twists and turns. There are things that Orlando residents can do to either increase their odds of success or set themselves up for failure. Take steps today to safeguard addiction.
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Taking Personal Responsibility for a Future without Addiction

Taking Personal Responsibility for a Future without Addiction

Fortunately, there is an abundance of support for recovering addicts. Some popular means of support are as follows:

  • Support groups
  • Family support
  • Counseling
  • Aftercare programs

These groups allow Orlando addicts to express their struggles in a judgment-free environment and, in the case of counseling and aftercare programs, to seek advice from qualified professionals. These groups offer encouragement to addicts as well as helpful advice on making the most of life outside of rehab. Indeed, some addicts become so swamped with advice and support that it becomes easy for them to coast through recovery. This support is essential to recovery, yet should never take the place of personal dedication, motivation, and growth.
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