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The “Bliss” of Heroin – and its Devastating Side Effects

by Rich, February 28, 2014

Heroin is an illegal drug that is highly addictive. Some people think that infrequent use can help them to avoid becoming addicted, but this is not necessarily the case. Even sporadic use can still lead to addiction. While the euphoria that heroin produces can be alluring, people should not lose … Continue reading

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Life After Recovery – What to Expect

by Rich, February 27, 2014

During recovery, patients undergo a wide range of therapies and activities to help them overcome their addiction. They learn to identify triggers, cope with challenges, and create healthier habits. They begin safely rebuilding their lives within a supportive environment. Once they have completed their treatment program, however, it is time … Continue reading

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5 Ways Creativity Can Help With Addiction Recovery

by Rich, February 26, 2014

Everyone travels down their own path on the way to addiction recovery. What works well for some may not work for others and vice versa. We each have our own way of dealing with different situations and finding happiness and contentment.  Through drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs patients participate in … Continue reading

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Demystifying the Myths of Cocaine Abuse

by Rich, February 25, 2014

Cocaine is a highly addictive drug that can cause damage to not only the body, but also the mind. It is often considered a type of “high class” drug because it is abused by celebrities and models and seen in countless movies and television shows. Cocaine provides an almost immediate … Continue reading

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Recognizing the Reasons Why Addiction is a Disease

by Rich, February 24, 2014

There is a long-standing myth surrounding addiction that those who become addicted lack the willpower or desire to stay clean. That they are voluntarily addicted to drugs or alcohol and can stop any time they want. While at the onset of substance abuse this may be true to some extent, … Continue reading

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Rules For Supporting Loved Ones in Addiction Recovery

by Rich, February 23, 2014

Addiction recovery is a process—and Chapters Capistrano is dedicated to helping our guests explore that process in a way that works for them. However, we believe it is important to recognize that recovery requires a great deal of support—not only from counselors and those also in rehab—but also from friends … Continue reading

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When Prescription Painkillers Use Becomes Problematic

by Rich, February 22, 2014

In the medical community, painkillers are prescribed for many legitimate reasons and can often help patients make it through chronic suffering. However, many of these prescription drugs—think OxyContin, Vicodin or Demerol—are highly addictive. In addition, this class of prescription drugs—even when taken under direct physician orders—can prompt negative side effects, … Continue reading

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The Stark Reality of Drug Overdose

by Rich, February 18, 2014

Cory Monteith. Heath Ledger. Whitney Houston. And now Philip Seymour Hoffman. These are just a few of the names that have made the headlines when it comes to drug overdose. People whose lives ended too soon due to their addiction to drugs. But they are not alone. Every day others … Continue reading

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Preparing Yourself to Enter Drug & Alcohol Rehabilitation

by Rich, February 11, 2014

Deciding to enter drug and alcohol rehabilitation is a big step. It means that you have decided to change your life for the better. While it can seem scary at first to think about the changes that you will have to make and learning to live a sober life, preparing … Continue reading

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Staying Strong: Coping with Cravings

by Rich, February 5, 2014

A major component of staying sober is dealing with cravings. Even after going through detox and rehabilitation, a recovering addict must learn how to effectively cope. The decision not to drink or use drugs is something they must consciously make every single day. It is part of building a healthier … Continue reading

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