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Trauma and Outpatient Recovery

Trauma and Outpatient Recovery Discoveries have been made concerning the relationships between inpatient/outpatient recovery and trauma. Much information points to the impact of trauma on overall health. Understanding the physical, emotional, spiritual, relational, neurobiological and neurochemical aspects of trauma can drastically enhance inpatient and outpatient recovery. Traumatic experiences affect people in different ways and one’s method of coping with a traumatic experience may impact that individual’s ability to achieve recovery...

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Importance of Friends in Outpatient Recovery

Importance of Friends in Outpatient Recovery Often when individuals enter into outpatient recovery, they find it challenging to maintain old friendships without relapsing back into old habits. Making new friends in recovery can be a challenge but it is important to finding success in recovery. Loneliness can be a scary and dangerous feeling when people are in outpatient recovery– especially at first. Forming friendships is essential. Creating a network of social acquaintances can often cure loneliness and provide support and needed...

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Outpatient recovery for teens

Outpatient recovery for teens Unfortunately, teens are at a higher risk for drug and alcohol addiction. However, many teens want to recover from their addiction while being able to attend school, work, or other activities. Outpatient recovery for teens can provide just that. Further, parents may be so frustrated with their teen that they want to send them away and let someone else deal with the problems their teen is having. But, being at home during outpatient recovery can allow adolescents to be surrounded by family. And, its been proven...

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Outpatient Recovery during Thanksgiving

Outpatient Recovery during Thanksgiving Thanksgiving can be a difficult time for those in outpatient addiction recovery.  Family and friends-who insist that everyone has a drink- are in abundance and often forget about those in outpatient recovery.  Most of them simply don’t understand addiction.  They think that because they can stop after one drink, everyone must be able to stop after one drink.  Or, because one drink doesn’t lead to anything else for them it won’t be harmful for anyone else to have a drink. Even when friends and...

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Staying social in outpatient alcohol recovery

Staying social in outpatient alcohol recovery Outpatient alcohol recovery is very successful with several different treatment options and programs.  People engaged in outpatient recovery face many challenges, however.  Many individuals want to remain engaged in family and social life while recovering.  In fact, that is what leads some to participate in outpatient recovery vs. inpatient recovery.  But a fine line exists between what behaviors will lead back to addiction and what will strengthen recovery. For example, there are always...

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Outpatient Therapy Can Prevent Relapse

Outpatient therapy can prevent relapse Often when individuals are released from drug rehab, they feel that they have accomplished so much (which they have) and they have come so far (true too) and they can take a break from therapy for a while (watch out!)  Research shows that individuals who follow inpatient drug rehab with outpatient therapy are more likely to stay clean and sober and function healthier in their commitment to their new behaviors.  The answer to avoiding painful, heartbreaking, discouraging relapse, can be in continuing...

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What is outpatient treatment for alcohol?

What is outpatient treatment for alcohol? Most outpatient treatment programs geared specifically for alcohol addiction include: An expectation of abstinence from alcohol An initial assessment to determine the needs of the client Seminars and activities for alcohol treatment that the client is expected to attend Goal setting and formation of a treatment plan Rules about individual’s behavior while they attend outpatient treatment for alcohol abuse.  Breaking rules may mean individual is ejected from the outpatient program A certain number...

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Robin Williams’ addiction and depression

Robin Williams’ addiction and depression Many know that Robin Williams struggled with addiction to alcohol and cocaine during his lifetime. He admitted to being a cocaine addict in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s when his fame grew tremendously.  However, he quit cocaine cold turkey when comedian John Belushi overdosed to death in 1982 on a combination of cocaine and heroine. After this immediate stop, he was sober for 20 years. Williams’ struggle with alcohol was public knowledge.  He had struggled with alcoholism before...

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Taking Precautions in Outpatient Recovery

Taking precautions in outpatient recovery Upon completion of intense addiction rehab, most individuals are involved in some sort of outpatient recovery.  The amount of intensity involved in the outpatient process depends upon the individual and his/her goals.  It is extremely important to note, however, that precautions must be taken to avoid relapse into addiction while in outpatient recovery. Many have heard of pop star Brittney Spears.  Her life style is far different than the average person. Studio recordings, rehearsals, performances...

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What counts as a heavy drinker?

What counts as a heavy drinker? Recently, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention published some interesting statistics related to heavy drinking.  They are noteworthy because most people think it takes a lot more alcohol to be classified as a heavy drinking person. For instance, CNN (cnn.com) recently interviewed a man who guessed that 25-30 drinks a week qualified as heavy drinking and questioned a woman who said that consuming 15-20 drinks a week would make one a heavy drinker.  Both of these individuals were shocked to find how...

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