How is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Beneficial in Treatment?

The Benefits of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in Addiction Treatment

Cognitive behavioral therapy is a form of psychotherapy. Cognitive behavioral therapy helps addiction specialists implement strategies for improving treatment response. This type of therapy uses incentives to provide positive reinforcement. For example, an individual will receive some type of reward

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Relapse Prevention: Understanding and Avoiding Triggers

How to Prevent Relapse by Avoiding Triggers

Addiction interferes with the way the brain functions to control vital organs. Addiction changes all aspects of a person’s life including relationships and responsibilities and can lead to severe mental and physical health complications or early death. The euphoric effects

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Tips for Safely Quitting Alcohol and Staying Sober

Tips for Safely Quitting Alcohol and Staying Sober

Excessive alcohol use can lead to harmful mental and physical changes in your body. Over time, the alcohol takes control of your brain’s normal functions and creates a physical dependency. When you drink alcohol, neurotransmitters release dopamine, which is why

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Woman reading in addiction recovery

Is Reading Important in the Addiction Recovery Process?

Ever since we were young kids, we were told that reading books is important for our educational development. In school, we were required to read several different novels to learn about the “classics” and significant historical events. Many children had

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Why Your Loved One Might be Reluctant to Seek Treatment

Why Your Loved One Might be Reluctant to Seek Treatment

Addiction puts a person at risk for life-threatening health complications. Substance use disorders and  addiction cause brain damage, liver failure, nerve damage, heart attack, overdose, and early death. Mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, or paranoia develop from substance

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How to Approach a Friend about Their Addiction

How to Approach a Friend about Their Addiction

If you are concerned about a friend’s addiction, you might find it difficult to approach them about the issue. When you are concerned about a loved one’s addiction, that person may not think they have a problem. It can be

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The Danger of Alcohol-Induced Blackouts

The Danger of Alcohol-Induced Blackouts

Blackouts were once associated with alcoholism but can happen when a person drinks a lot of alcohol too fast. Blackouts cause long-term damage. High levels of alcohol impair the part of the brain that forms new memories. A blackout is

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Finding Support in Recovery

Finding Support in Addiction Recovery

Support from sober loved ones and friends are import for success in recovery. Positive reinforcement and encouragement strengthens you through the journey to substance-free living. New, sober friendships often develop in group meetings. Sponsors are Very Important In AA, a

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Creating A Healthy Support System For Recovery

Creating A Healthy Support System for Addiction Recovery

During the treatment process, many avenues for support are available right within the treatment grounds. Learning to create a support system outside of treatment is important for transitioning into after care and independence. Family Not everyone who comes to treatment

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