Life after Rehab

Life after RehabAfter emerging from the structured, supportive environment of rehab the real world can seem daunting. In a practical sense, you will have bills to pay, a job to either find or return to, paperwork to organize and mail to sort through. Many friendships will need rebuilding or reevaluating, family members must be met with or cared for and social settings need to be entered. Before leaving rehab think about how you are going to stay sober while readjusting to your normal life in Chicago.
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How Addiction Treatment Improves Psychological Health

How Addiction Treatment Improves Psychological HealthInpatient rehab is the most effective method of treating addiction. Addiction often stems from psychological or emotional issues that need to be addressed, and time spent in rehab produces lasting results. In addition to overcoming addiction, Chicago residents will benefit from receiving treatment for any psychological issues that contributed to or resulted from the addiction.
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Dangers of Looking for Acceptance through Drug Use

Dangers of Looking for Acceptance through Drug UseDuring our teenage years we begin the arduous social and emotional process of shaping our identities and forming the methods by which we understand and relate to others. Young people in Chicago seem to highly value individuality, but the desire to fit in almost always trumps other motivating factors. This can be a good thing, as teens learn to work successfully in groups and build deeper, more substantial relationships, but the teenage longing for acceptance often leads teens into peer situations where a herd mentality overwhelms their preferences and will. It is in such situations that teenagers, encouraged by friends with whom they desperately want to fit it, may first experiment with drugs and alcohol.
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Abandonment Issues and Addiction

Abandonment Issues and AddictionAbandonment can happen at any age. Parents abandon their children. Spouses abandon each other. Siblings move away and/or become estranged from each other. In each case, abandonment can lead to dangerous behaviors when the feelings have not be processed appropriately. One of these behaviors is drug abuse. When Chicago residents who have been abandoned discover they can medicate their pain with drugs, even if it is just for a short time, using drugs becomes increasingly appealing.
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Five Tips for Safe Prescription Drug Use

Five Tips for Safe Prescription Drug UseJust because the drug comes from a doctor does not make it safe. Pain medicine and heroin both feature compounds derived from opium poppy, while prescription amphetamines share similarities with cocaine and other stimulants. Accidental addictions are common, and certain sedatives and anti-anxiety medications can be lethal if the user quits too abruptly. Other dangers include the following:

  • Overdose from too high a dose or combining with similar medications
  • Accidental poisoning of babies and children who ingest adult prescriptions
  • Drug-related accidents that occur after underestimating a drug’s side effects
  • A dangerous drug interaction from taking multiple prescription medicines at once

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What Are the Deadliest Drug Combinations?

What Are the Deadliest Drug Combinations?While all drugs are dangerous when abused, there are certain combinations of drugs that are especially dangerous and deadly and should be avoided at all costs. It is important for Chicago residents to be aware of these consequences if taking or abusing drugs, so that they can take precautions and prevent deadly combinations that can lead to bad reactions or even fatal overdoses.
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Tips for Maintaining Your Addiction Recovery

Tips for Maintaining Your Addiction RecoveryAddiction recovery is a life-long pursuit that does not stop after completed rehab. In order to have a successful drug-free lifestyle, Chicago residents must actively work to maintain sobriety for the rest of their lives. Though this sounds intimidating, there are steps that you can take to make your new lifestyle less overwhelming.
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PTSD and Addiction

PTSD and AddictionPosttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and addiction frequently co-occur and in fact have much in common with each other. PTSD happens when someone cannot cope with a traumatic event; Chicago residents who experienced combat, a natural disaster, rape or some other sort of violence may develop this crippling condition. The brain naturally associates events with sensations, such as a particular song recalling a memory or the smell of apple pie reminding people of a grandmother. In cases of PTSD these associations that can cause extreme and irrational reactions. Many of these associations are unconscious and can take people by surprise, making it difficult to cope.
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Causes of Accidental Drug Addiction

Causes of Accidental Drug AddictionAddiction is often described as a biopsychosocial disease. This means that it has biological, psychological and social components. Some physical ailments, like colds or the flu, have a relatively defined beginning, but Chicago drug users can rarely pinpoint the moment when addiction begins. There is a continuum between drug use, abuse and addiction, and often people slide into addiction without being fully aware of it.
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Benefits of Hearing Recovery Success Stories

Benefits of Hearing Recovery Success StoriesHearing addiction recovery success stories encourages the continuation of sobriety, inspires Chicago residents to seek treatment and prevents individuals from experimenting with drugs.
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