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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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Age is Not a Factor: Why Seniors are at Risk for Drug Abuse

by Rich, January 28, 2014

One of the common misconceptions of drug abuse is that it mainly affects young people. In reality, there are a rising number of older adults who struggle with this problem. They may not abuse drugs for the same reasons, but the problem still exists – and it is predicted to … Continue reading

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Do You Know the Risk Factors for Drug Abuse?

by Rich, January 23, 2014

Throughout their lives many people will drink or experiment with drugs.  But not everyone will become addicted.  So what makes some people more susceptible than others?  What puts them at a higher risk than others? There are many different contributing factors that can influence addiction and that often begin in … Continue reading

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5 Ways You Can Benefit From Quitting Drinking

by Rich, January 14, 2014

While studies have shown that red wine can promote heart health, drinking in excess can damage the body in multiple ways.  Not only does it have a physical impact, it can interfere with people’s lives as well.  It alters the way they think, act, and feel.  Quitting drinking brings with … Continue reading

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Understanding the Challenges of Dual Diagnosis

by Rich, January 8, 2014

Many drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers are equipped to successfully help patients overcome their dependence on a wide variety of substances.  However, fewer are prepared to effectively treat those who also suffer from mental health conditions in addition to substance abuse.  This is more commonly referred to as co-occurring disorders, … Continue reading

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