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abstinence vs. harm reduction - no alcohol - willingway
The main strategy in the philosophy of harm reduction is almost the opposite of abstinence. It does not look as to the “why” of the behavior, nor does it give a program for living that is better than engaging in the addictive behavior. It accepts that the alcohol and drug abuse is a reality of...
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addiction treatment vs. prison - hands jail cell bars - willingway
The increase of people in jail has exploded right along with the drug epidemic in our country. The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD), along with many other institutions, states most inmates are in prison because of substance abuse. According to NCADD, approximately 60% of individuals arrested test positive for illegal substances at...
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Outpatient Addiction Treatment vs. Inpatient Addiction Treatment - woman having medical consultation - willingway
Outpatient and inpatient addiction treatment both offer a unique set of benefits for recovery. Personal needs and the severity of the addiction are the determining factors in deciding which route is right for you or your loved one. In order to make the best decision for your drug treatment plan, it is important to understand...
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how to tell your employer you are battling an addiction - woman talking to her boss - willingway
One aspect of living with an addiction is living in denial. Most people battling an addiction did not go from having a few drinks now and again, or getting high once in a while, to a full-blown addiction overnight. It was progressive, sneaking up slowly until it became a problem. Even when it starts to...
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How to Turn down Alcohol in Social Settings - friends at dinner - willingway
In early recovery it is important to be mindful of people, places, and things that we relate to drinking. Walking into to a bar to ‘hang out with friends’ can be a set up for disaster. Visiting friends with whom you used to share a few cocktails may not be a great idea either. My...
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12 step meeting after addiction treatment - 12 step program - willingway
A big part of transitioning out of inpatient addiction treatment is having an after care plan, and a big part of an after care plan is attending meetings. Although twelve-step meetings are not the only meetings out there, this is where most alcoholics and addicts go to maintain their sobriety and learn how to deal with...
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Transitional Living Post-Addiction Treatment - female roommates - willingway
Everyone’s recovery process is different. Not everyone goes into a residential drug treatment center. Not everyone does Intensive Out Patient. Some people just decide to stop using or drinking, and stop. For the most severe addictions, residential rehab is often the best route to beginning a life in recovery because it provides medically assisted detox...
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Should you keep your Sobriety Confidential or Candid - women talking - willingway
When someone first gets clean and sober, they may find themselves in awkward situations. The friends they had at work or at home may wonder why they are not going out for happy hour or not drinking at other occasions. What to do? Do you tell them that you are clean now or do you...
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