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Substance use disorder

Our recovery blog is a comprehensive resource for people seeking help with substance use disorders, a helpful guide for common issues people in recovery face, evidence-based information for clinicians looking to find out more about medical detox, and for families and partners wanting to support their loved one achieve long-term recovery. We cover topics ranging from the signs and symptoms of substance use disorder, medical detox, the risks of home detox, how to pick a medical detox, how to identify if your loved one has a problem, what to expect from an inpatient medical detox, relapse prevention strategies, and critical steps for successful recovery.

How Do People Recover from Addiction?

While some might associate recovery with rehab (addiction treatment) or AA meetings, the reality is that people recover in a range of ways. Researchers measure both rates of addiction and recovery. How is Substance Use Disorder Measured? Since 1971, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) carries out a National Survey in Drug […]

Common Triggers of Relapse

Relapse — or returning to use — is a common hurdle in the road to long-term recovery, which is why we’re spending July focusing on this specific subject. This week we interviewed clinical director, Steve Carleton, LCSW, to find out why relapse happens, what the common triggers are, and possible solutions. What are the main […]

For Family and Friends

Substance use disorder impacts approximately 45 million families. Addiction is often referred to as a family disease because it affects the whole family in many ways. The sanctity of the home environment is violated — what should be calm and nurturing becomes volatile and unsafe. Familial and romantic relationships are fractured. Strong family values are […]

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