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2014

Helping People with Addictions Stay Sober in the New Year

The new year comes with heavy partying and the peer pressure of making new resolutions. But even the best of resolutions made in an inebriated state are not fulfilled. Best resolutions are made when sober. Making a mere resolution to stay sober during the new year is not enough. Trying to stick to a new year’s resolution is often the toughest thing to do, but addictions are a different ball game altogether.

Salt Lake City Addiction Recovery

How Does Outpatient Rehab Work?

When you or a loved one struggle with an addiction, seeking help is the second step to recovery. The first step is identifying and realizing that there is a problem, and figuring out why that addiction manifested in the first place. Rehab helps you to figure out the reasons as to why and how the addiction manifested and helps you and your loved ones understand where it came from. This then aids and arms the person with the addiction, to change their thought process to being able to cope rather than turn to their addiction. Individualized coping skills are taught for a permanent, effective long term sobriety.

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What are the odds of beating addiction without rehab?

Recovery from addiction to substances or habits can seem like a long road, but it is not impossible. What makes it possible is the support from family and friends and the guidance from a team of professionals. Addiction can best be overcome with rehab programs that help the addict acknowledge the existence of a problem and then overcome it with proper medication, treatment and extensive counselling. Without rehab, overcoming serious and chronic addiction becomes extremely difficult as there is no method to the recovery and the addict can give up at any point in time.

What Is Addiction Counseling? - Pathways Real Life Recovery Utah

What Is Addiction Counseling?

Meeting with an Addiction Counselor -  Pathways Real Life RecoveryAddiction counseling is a challenging but rewarding career. The majority of addiction counselors retain an innate desire to help addicted persons get to the cause of their addiction and overcome it. The best addiction counselors possess a talent for creative problem solving, understand how to ask the right revealing questions, and are able to communicate on a very personal and meaningful level with their clients.

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Rob Ford and the 5 Most Shocking Substance Abuse Allegations in Politics

Being in the public eye, there is always a specific reality for everyone to be role models and strict expectations for them. But it’s within our human nature to make a mistake and have a bad judgment. However, we still judge people based on what we expect of our role models. Let’s be honest here, it was pretty amazing that Arnold Schwarzenegger was able to keep his affair with his housekeeper silent for over a decade, and a child came out of that. Same goes for the fact that no one seems to remember that he was videotaped doing drugs while he pumped iron, yet he was also elected as Governor! To error is human and mistakes are always made, here are some examples of that.

Utah Addiction Recovery

How Does Drug Addiction Affect The Family

Salt Lake City RehabThere has been support and assistance for drug addicts for many years now, but it has only been in fairly recent times that support and help for the families of drug addicted persons has been available. Having a drug addicted parent, sibling, or child can cause major stress on other members of a family. Because all of the focus tends to fall on the addicted individual, the needs of affected family members are not always seen or addressed.

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How Does Utah Outpatient Drug Rehab Work

Pathways Real Life Recovery in Utah has different types of outpatient treatment programs available depending on the addiction for which you require treatment. Realizing and actively researching treatments programs are great first steps into the journey of becoming a new and better healthier you. In Utah, there are three similar outpatient rehabilitation programs that combine many different types of treatment to get to the same goal. Sobriety!

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How Does Drug Addiction Affect Families?

Support for families affected by substance abuse has not been given a strong emphasis for years. The cost of setting up a solid family support system is seen as one of the major obstacles. Families are also not viewed as ‘patients’ that need to be tested and monitored. The fact is drug addiction can cause a tremendous amount of stress on the family. Some of the effects of substance abuse include:

  • Health problems such as HIV infection, physical injuries, risks taking, and premature deaths.
  • Children who belong to a family with substance abuse issues are more likely to suffer from academic, behavioral, and emotional problems.
  • Marital woes may worsen that could ultimately lead to divorce.
  • Legal and financial problems spring up as the addicted individual loses a job, drives carelessly, or abandons financial obligations.
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How to Convince Someone to Go to Rehab

Watching your friend literally self-destruct because of addiction is a frightening experience. Whether the problem stems from prescription medication or from alcohol, the irreversible damages are essentially the same. You know for sure that rehabilitation is the only solution. However, getting your friend to go to rehab is downright challenging. Addiction is a sensitive issue and when it involves someone dear to you, careful and effective intervention is needed. The challenge is how to get your friend into treatment even if the person has not been genuinely willing to take that extra step. In most instances, the road to recovery is paved by family and friends under proper circumstances.

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How Does Addiction Affect the Brain

Addiction literally mans being bound to, and such a condition is not just limited to physical disease or ailment, it takes over the entire body and mind of the affected person, who cannot function without appropriate help and support.

Any and all kinds of substances that enslave a person work their way through the brain. Drugs or alcohol or any other abusive substances are chemicals, they tap into the brain’s communication system and interfere with the way nerve cells normally send, receive and process information.

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