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3 Easy Ways to Reduce Stress During Recovery

3 Easy Ways to Reduce Stress During Recovery

Stress is dangerous in recovery. It’s one of the most common causes of relapse. For many people, using was a way of avoiding problems. Learning to face problems without recourse to drugs or alcohol is hard. Worse, people are much more sensitive to stress early in recovery because their neurotransmitters are still adjusting. Even minor setbacks can feel like a catastrophe. That’s why it’s important to manage your stress as much as possible during recovery. More information on our addiction treatment Alcohol Drugs Gambling Some ways of managing stress take a lot of work. Creating a healthier lifestyle, creating new…

Alcohol is the Real Gateway Drug

Alcohol is the Real Gateway Drug

Marijuana has typically been decried as a “gateway drug” that leads to more dangerous drugs like cocaine and heroin. This argument has resurfaced as legalisation of marijuana in the US has become more likely. The problem with this argument is that it ignores a far more obvious culprit–alcohol. Alcohol is the first substance used by about two thirds of people. Most of the remainder use tobacco first and a small percentage use marijuana first. Alcohol is legal and far more common. Even underage children and teens can get it pretty easily. And the younger they start drinking, the more likely…

FAQ on Amphetamines

FAQ on Amphetamines

Amphetamine addiction can cause very serious health side effects for brain and body. Commonly prescribed as prescriptions and commonly abused as illegal drugs, amphetamine abuse can hide under the radar. If you are concerned about amphetamine abuse for yourself or for another, please read this information and contact us today. More information on our addiction treatment Alcohol Drugs Gambling Q. What are amphetamines? Amphetamines are central nervous system stimulants that are prescribed to treat narcolepsy, asthma, and ADHD. People abuse them because they suppress appetite and prevent fatigue. Many lose weight or use them to stay away for studying. Q….

How to Choose a Sponsor in AA

How to Choose a Sponsor in AA

Not everyone needs a sponsor, but most people could use all the help they can get. If you’re new to a 12 Step program, or just thinking about starting, here are some suggestions for choosing a sponsor. More information on our addiction treatment Alcohol Drugs Gambling There’s no hurry. A sponsor is supposed to be a mentor, someone you feel you can learn from. It’s hard to get a sense of who might be a good influence on you after only a few meetings. You will probably want to find a meeting you like, then get to know some people…

What it Feels Like to Have OCD

What it Feels Like to Have OCD

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is a form of anxiety where you have distressing, repetitive thoughts which makes it harder to ignore them like fear of contamination, fear of hurting someone else, fear of your behavior, or the need for exactness. According to Irish Health 2-3% of the Irish have OCD. Sometimes it can be hard for those without this disorder to understand why those with OCD feel and do what they do. Here are explanations to what it is like to have OCD. According to The Mighty, OCD is like having a bully stuck in your head that no one sees….

13 Different Types of Addiction Therapy

13 Different Types of Addiction Therapy

When looking into addiction treatment people are often surprised by the multitude of therapy options offered by each treatment center. Professionals in the space have learned that addiction treatment cannot be approached in a generalized way. Many different therapies ensures that individual patients receive individualized treatments. Having a variety of evidence-based therapy options means that each patient will find the path of treatment which will work best for them. More information on our addiction treatment Alcohol Drugs Gambling Individualized Therapy: Sessions with a primary therapist normally once or twice a week. This is where a treatment plan is made after…

How to Strengthen Your Immune System in Winter

How to Strengthen Your Immune System in Winter

The cold is most common during the winter. According to Irish Health, the cold infects our upper airways and most people will catch the cold two or four times a year. Here are some ideas to how to strengthen your immune system during these cold months. More information on our addiction treatment Alcohol Drugs Gambling Because 80% of our immune system is in our digestive system, it is important to eat foods that have nutrients like Vitamins A, C, D,  and E as well as minerals like selenium, zinc, and omega 3s. You should also eat whole foods like animal…

What You Did Not Know About Alcoholism

What You Did Not Know About Alcoholism

Alcoholism Facts Alcoholism is a chronic, progressive, and potentially fatal disease. In Ireland and all throughout Europe, there is an ongoing problem of alcoholism. One of the best ways to be armed against alcoholism in yourself or another is through information. There are three stages of alcoholism. The first stage is drinking socially to help you feel relaxed. The second stage is thinking of drinking all the time in a way where it interferes with work, school, and your relationships. The third stage is physical dependency when experiencing withdrawal symptoms for days or weeks. See functional alcoholism. Ethyl is the…

Music Therapy

Music Therapy

Music therapy is an artistic form of therapy that uses music to improve and keep your psychological, physical, and social well-being. There are many ways to incorporate music into therapy such as singing, listening to music, or playing a musical instrument. This mode of therapy is used in rehabs, hospitals, nursing homes, correctional facilities, schools, and hospices. Music therapy helps give patients a voice that they had been unable to express. More information on our addiction treatment Alcohol Drugs Gambling Music therapy started before and after World War I and II in which musical groups would play for hospitalized veterans….

What You Are Responsible For in Recovery

What You Are Responsible For in Recovery

Taking responsibility is being accountable for your actions legally, morally, and mentally. When active addicts are confronted about their addiction, they can be known to make up a string of excuses for why they cannot stop instead of taking responsibilities for the negative consequences that come. Taking responsibility means that you are capable of making choices and that you will be held accountable for them whether they are good or bad actions. Bad things cna and do happen when your life is being controlled by addiction. Without knowledge that the power is in their hands, those who are struggling through…