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5 Stages of Change in Addiction—How to Recognize and Address Them

5 Stages of Change in Addiction—How to Recognize and Address Them 5 Stages of Change in Addiction—How to Recognize and Address Them

Stages of Change is a commonly-used framework that helps people understand the different factors that can influence someone to change their behavior. It consists of five stages, each of which offers a specific opportunity to help someone grow and make positive lifestyle changes.
The Stages of Change model was originally developed by Dr. Arnold Relph, an American psychiatrist and now it’s often used in addiction treatment programs around the world. If you’re ready to take action and get help for your substance use, then read on! This article will help you gain a better understanding of the stages of change in addictions, tips for getting started, and what to expect if you choose to make a change for the better.

How the Body Reacts to Addiction: What Happens and How to Recover

How the Body Reacts to Addiction: What Happens and How to Recover How the Body Reacts to Addiction What Happens and How to Recover

The body reacts to stress in a variety of different ways. Some people might experience temporary anxiety, while others might develop phobias or panic attacks. Alcohol and other drugs can trigger physical reactions as well. When someone regularly ingests the same substance, their body develops a tolerance for it. This means that they need more of the substance to feel the effects that they originally experienced. This can lead them to continue consuming the substance even though they know that it is bad for them.

How to Prepare for Thanksgiving in Addiction Recovery

How to Prepare for Thanksgiving in Addiction Recovery How to Prepare for Thanksgiving in Addiction Recovery

During the holiday season, it can be a difficult time for those who have struggled with addiction. The constant reminder of happy families, wholesome activities and abundant food can be triggering for some. However, recovery is about taking ownership of your life and owning your ups and downs. That means you cannot hide from the world for another year. You have to grapple with everything that makes you uncomfortable and find a way to move forward through it all. Here are some steps on how you can get ready to face the upcoming Thanksgiving in addiction recovery.

Drug Scheduling System Explained

Drug Scheduling System Explained Drug Scheduling System Explained

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) maintains a drug scheduling system that classifies drugs based on their potential for abuse. The DEA also considers how a drug affects the human body and whether it poses an addiction risk. Practitioners, researchers, manufacturers, and distributors must adhere to strict regulations in order to sell, buy or handle these substances.
If you’re unfamiliar with the DEA’s Controlled Substances Act (CSA), you may have heard about controlled substances such as “scheduled” drugs or drugs with a high potential for addiction. But what do these terms mean? How are drugs classified under the CSA? What do these restrictions mean for individuals who use medications responsibly and those who seek recovery from substance use disorders? Let’s look at the DEA’s drug scheduling system and its implications.

Dangers of “Huffing” Compressed Air in the Wake of Aaron Carter’s Death

Dangers of “Huffing” Compressed Air in the Wake of Aaron Carter’s Death Dangers of “Huffing” Compressed Air in the Wake of Aaron Carter’s Death

What exactly is “Huffing” and what can we learn from Aaron Carter’s untimely death? The singer was tragically lost after a concerning resurgence in huffing and apparent substance use. Here we would like to discuss Carter’s struggle with addiction and the dangers of “Huffing” compressed air canisters.

Drug Tolerance: What it is and Why it’s Dangerous

Drug Tolerance: What it is and Why it’s Dangerous Drug Tolerance: What it is and Why it’s Dangerous

Tolerance, dependence, and addiction often get used interchangeably. But they’re all different words with very distinctive meanings. If you’re considering rehabilitation in your recovery journey, understanding these words and their varying meanings is crucial. Today we’ll focus on the term Drug Tolerance, its definition, and its dangerous implications.

Understanding the Difference Between Addiction and Dependence

Understanding the Difference Between Addiction and Dependence Understanding the Difference Between Addiction and Dependence

It’s easy to think of dependence and addiction as synonymous terms. After all, they are both used to describe someone who struggles with Substance Use Disorder (SUD). But the truth of the matter is that these terms are distinctive and it’s important to know the difference. Let’s review these terms and go over some quick self-assessments to gauge where you stand.

Generational Addiction and Epigenetics—How Family History Affects Substance Use

Generational Addiction and Epigenetics—How Family History Affects Substance Use Generational Addiction and Epigenetics—How Family History Affects Substance Use

Genealogy and epigenetics both play a substantial role in a person’s relationship with addiction. Researchers are discovering that the age-old saying “nature versus nurture” is more accurately “nature and nurture.” The two concepts work simultaneously to create who we are as people both consciously and on a molecular level. Generational addiction and epigenetics not only account for proclivities people are born with but proclivities towards substance use that people develop in their upbringing. An individual may be predisposed to addiction at birth or it may be ingrained in them through their environment or how they were raised. Let’s discuss how these two concepts relate to addiction—sometimes in tandem.

5 Signs You’re Enabling a Loved One and Their Addiction

5 Signs You’re Enabling a Loved One and Their Addiction 5 Signs You're Enabling a Loved One and Their Addiction

An enabler is someone who encourages or otherwise supports negative behavior. Some may do this willingly or unknowingly with good intentions. After all, enabling someone can look a lot like empowering them, and it can even start off that way. But empowering someone without giving them the room to build the skills for independence can quickly become a situation of enablement. Let’s discuss some of the ways unyielding support can become a problem of unhealthy enablement.

Interventions: How to Confront Someone About Their Substance Use

Interventions: How to Confront Someone About Their Substance Use Interventions How to Confront Someone About Their Substance Use

Being confrontational with someone you care about is never easy. But when someone you care about is risking their safety with substance use, intervention becomes necessary. But how do you approach someone about seeking help for their addiction? Where do you even start? Start here with our step-by-step guide on how to structure and conduct a successful intervention.

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