Distract Yourself! 20 Things to Try before Relapse
© Naftels

Learn this simple distraction and breathing exercise that works well to get you through periods of intense cravings.

Heroin Addiction Treatment - The Five Methods
© Alex Holzknecht

For anyone struggling with heroin addiction, the treatment options can sometimes seem confusing and overwhelming. Learn what treatments are available to stop using heroin and which one may be right ...

4 Steps to Beating Sex or Internet Addiction

Dr. Jeffrey Schwartz and his Four Step Program - through mindful awareness you can learn to overcome internet, gambling and sex cravings as you retrain your brain to stop sending such urgent messages ...

Group Therapy in Drug Treatment - An Overview

Is there strength in numbers when it comes to addiction therapy? Find out what's behind group therapy in drug treatment.

Understanding The 12 Steps of AA – Part 2

If you are new to 12 Step programs or are coming back to the program, this two part series takes a closer look at the 12 steps of AA.

Understanding The 12 Steps of AA – Part 1

A closer look at the 12 steps of AA, breaking things down and showing you how it can support you to live a clean and sober life.

Alcohol Addiction Treatment - 6 Routes to Recovery

Picking treatment can feel overwhelming, so it’s best to be pragmatic. Here are the basic options and an explanation of how your insurance company funds treatment.

Avoid Marijuana Relapse – Identify Risky Situations

To prevent early marijuana relapse, identify high risk situations and prepare specific coping strategies in advance.

The Truth about Ibogaine Addiction Treatment

Ibogaine addiction treatment - can a single session really cure opioid addiction (no withdrawal symptoms or drug cravings)? Learn more about the risks and benefits here.

Should You Quit Drinking or Drugs? 4 Ways to Find Out

Should you or shouldn’t you quit drinking or drugs? Ambivalence is normal, but you’ll feel better once you make a firm decision, one way or the other. Here are 4 easy exercises to help you.

Bored? Replace Cannabis with These 50 Activities

Boredom can kill a marijuana quit attempt, so don’t get bored! Here are 50 easy and enjoyable activities that substitute for getting high and help keep you distracted from your marijuana cravings.

How to Set a Marijuana Quit Date

Once you decide it’s time to quit, improve your odds by picking a quit date, telling loved-ones about your plan, and getting prepared.

Stopping Marijuana, 7 Common Obstacles

Want to stop smoking marijuana? Here are 7 common problems that can lead to relapse (insomnia, boredom, a need for relaxation, etc.), along with solutions for each problem.

10 Steps to Quitting Marijuana

When quitting marijuana, preparation and planning increase your odds of success. Here are ten easy exercises to complete in the week leading up to your quit date.

Tips for Coping While on a Treatment Waiting List

Tips for minimizing the time you spend on a treatment waiting list and making good use of whatever time you have to sit through.

Are You Addicted? Take the APA's Test to Find Out

How serious is your problem? Take the APA's 11 question test to self-diagnose the situation.

Intellectual Disability + Addiction: 5 Treatments
© Pink Sherbet Photography

Five ideas for improving addiction treatment for those with intellectual disability.

After Detox – Overcoming Sobriety Speed-Bumps
© Thomas Hawk

Detox not followed by treatment usually ends in relapse. Read on for a list of strange but true recovery roadblocks (why does your memory get WORSE in early recovery!) and find out how to avoid them.

Ambien Addiction: Treatment and Tapering
© R0bbit

Don’t quit Ambien before you know what you’re up against and have a plan for success. Learn about 2 tapering methods and one method of rapid detoxification (with flumazenil) as well as about the ...

Marijuana Addiction: Your Treatment Options
© Cagrimmet

A complete introduction to marijuana addiction treatment – Find out whether you need it, about treatment options and how to choose the right type and about therapies, medications and supplements ...

What to Expect at Your First AA/NA Meeting
© Gemma Stiles

This article describes what to expect when you go to your first AA/NA meeting. Many alcoholics and addicts hear a lot of rumors about what happens at meetings. Some people are afraid to go to their ...

Addiction Treatment Options - Pros and Cons
© Danielle Zeda

This article outlines the different treatment options for alcoholism and drug addiction. It explains what each treatment is like and gives some of the pros and cons of each type of treatment.

You’re Not Crazy, You’re in Recovery
© Thomas Hawk

Early recovery from addiction involves countless changes in perception, behavior, and self regulation. Diagnosing people who are less than six months sober is extremely problematic and should be ...

Should You Make a Relapse Drift Chart?
© Vipa

There are certain things you do that keep you sober and certain things that you could do that bring you closer to relapse. To make sure you do more of the former and none of the latter, take 5 ...

Test: Does Your Lifestyle Match Your Values?
© Boetter

Overcoming ambivalence: How does the ‘ideal you’ compare with the ‘current you’? Not sure? Well, take a few minutes to complete the following exercise and find out how far you’ve strayed ...

Addiction Treatment: Re-Learning How to Say NO
© Choose Help

If you’re trying to quit drugs or alcohol you need to re-learn how to say no. It sounds a bit childish, but it’s true and it’s very necessary, which is why most addiction treatment programs ...

The Matrix Model: Intensive Outpatient Treatment
© Astragony

Learn more about this evidence based 16 week intensive outpatient treatment program, specifically: class frequency and program length, therapies used, degree of family involvement, evidence ...

Clean and Sober: Why You Have to Give Up ALL Drugs
© Toni Blay

Want to know why an addiction to one drug means you have to give up all the other ones? Here are 4 great reasons why clean and sober needs to mean clean and sober from everything.

Couples Therapy: Getting Sober as a Team
© Toni Blay

Get research-proven behavioral couples therapy and learn how to create the kind of relationship that supports recovery instead of enabling abuse.

The "Addiction Severity" Self-Test
© Beni Ishaque Luthor

Know you have a problem but not sure how serious it is or if you need treatment? Take this 1 minute addiction severity self test and learn how your level of addiction ranks.

Quitting Marijuana: Learn Coping Skills to Improve Your Odds
© Beni Ishaque Luthor

Quitting marijuana: What separates those who succeed from those who fail? Learn about the characteristics of successful quit attempts and learn coping strategies to help you succeed in your attempt ...

OxyContin Addiction Treatment - Info Sheet
© shawnblog

You can break free from an OxyContin addiction, people do it every day - but if you’re like the vast majority, you will need addiction treatment to do so and you may want to consider using ...

Pregnancy Drug Treatment
© John Carleton

The issues surrounding drug treatment for pregnant women are both complicated and conversely clear. While the enactment of a comprehensive and inclusive policy towards treatment options for pregnant ...

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Heroin Addiction Treatment - Break Free with Treatments That Work © Alex Holzknecht

For anyone struggling with heroin addiction, the treatment options can sometimes seem confusing and overwhelming. Learn what treatments are available to stop using heroin and which one may be right for you or your loved one.

Should you or shouldn’t you quit drinking or drugs? Ambivalence is normal, but you’ll feel better once you make a firm decision, one way or the other. Here are 4 easy exercises to help you.

Boredom can kill a marijuana quit attempt, so don’t get bored! Here are 50 easy and enjoyable activities that substitute for getting high and help keep you distracted from your marijuana cravings.

Once you decide it’s time to quit, improve your odds by picking a quit date, telling loved-ones about your plan, and getting prepared.

Want to stop smoking marijuana? Here are 7 common problems that can lead to relapse (insomnia, boredom, a need for relaxation, etc.), along with solutions for each problem.

Treatment for Alcohol and Marijuana Abuse © Matthew Fang

An overview of the treatment that's needed when dealing a co-addiction to cannabis and alcohol.

Outpatient Addiction Treatment © Many Valdez

Depending on the severity of the addiction and the intensity of destructive behaviors, outpatient drug treatment may be considered for treatment assistance.

Why You Need Treatment after Detox - Common Challenges of Early Recovery © Thomas Hawk

Detox not followed by treatment usually ends in relapse. Read on for a list of strange but true recovery roadblocks (why does your memory get WORSE in early recovery!) and find out how to avoid them.

Ambien Addiction and Withdrawal: Tapering and Treatment Options © R0bbit

Don’t quit Ambien before you know what you’re up against and have a plan for success. Learn about 2 tapering methods and one method of rapid detoxification (with flumazenil) as well as about the brain changes associated with zolpidem addiction and the treatments you need to counteract these changes.

Marijuana Addiction Treatment – An Overview of Effective Programs, Therapies, Medications and Supplements © Cagrimmet

A complete introduction to marijuana addiction treatment – Find out whether you need it, about treatment options and how to choose the right type and about therapies, medications and supplements that work.

What Happens at an Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous Meeting? © Gemma Stiles

This article describes what to expect when you go to your first AA/NA meeting. Many alcoholics and addicts hear a lot of rumors about what happens at meetings. Some people are afraid to go to their first meeting because they don't know what to expect. This article clears up all the rumors and will let you know exactly what to expect.

The Pros and Cons of Different Addiction Treatment Options © Danielle Zeda

This article outlines the different treatment options for alcoholism and drug addiction. It explains what each treatment is like and gives some of the pros and cons of each type of treatment.

Dual Diagnosis: The Problem with Diagnosing Mental Illness in Early Recovery © Thomas Hawk

Early recovery from addiction involves countless changes in perception, behavior, and self regulation. Diagnosing people who are less than six months sober is extremely problematic and should be avoided whenever possible. Diagnoses are labels that too often become prophecies.

Make a Relapse Drift Chart and Avoid Drifting Toward a Slip-Up © Vipa

There are certain things you do that keep you sober and certain things that you could do that bring you closer to relapse. To make sure you do more of the former and none of the latter, take 5 minutes and make up a relapse drift chart to put on your fridge and check with once a week.

Do You Need Addiction Treatment? Consider Whether Your Lifestyle Matches Your Values? If It Doesn’t…Maybe You Do © Boetter

Overcoming ambivalence: How does the ‘ideal you’ compare with the ‘current you’? Not sure? Well, take a few minutes to complete the following exercise and find out how far you’ve strayed from the life you’d love to have. If your lifestyle strays too far from your goals and values, you may want to consider serious action to get back on track.

Addiction Treatment: Drug Refusal Skills - Why You Need to Re-Learn How to Say NO! © Choose Help

If you’re trying to quit drugs or alcohol you need to re-learn how to say no. It sounds a bit childish, but it’s true and it’s very necessary, which is why most addiction treatment programs teach drug refusal skills as an essential recovery skill to master. Want to learn how to say no like you mean it…read on.

Facts about the Matrix Model of Intensive Outpatient Cocaine or Methamphetamine Addiction Treatment © Astragony

Learn more about this evidence based 16 week intensive outpatient treatment program, specifically: class frequency and program length, therapies used, degree of family involvement, evidence supporting its effectiveness and typical benefits.

Those Good Old Bad Old Days – How Selective Memories Sabotage Recovery and How Treatment Helps You Squash Them © Tim Caynes

Selective memories of drug or alcohol use - where you remember the fun and forget the pain - are common in recovery, and unless you’re careful…they can END your recovery. Learn what triggers selective memories, how to spot them and how to squash them.

Addiction Treatment: Why You Probably Need to Quit All Drugs and Alcohol – Not Just Your Problem Substance © Toni Blay

Want to know why an addiction to one drug means you have to give up all the other ones? Here are 4 great reasons why clean and sober needs to mean clean and sober from everything.

Do You Really Need Treatment? Take This Quick Addiction Severity Test and Find Out © Beni Ishaque Luthor

Know you have a problem but not sure how serious it is or if you need treatment? Take this 1 minute addiction severity self test and learn how your level of addiction ranks.

Ready to Quit Marijuana? Learn Coping Skills to Improve Your Odds © Beni Ishaque Luthor

Quitting marijuana: What separates those who succeed from those who fail? Learn about the characteristics of successful quit attempts and learn coping strategies to help you succeed in your attempt to break free. 

OxyContin Addiction Treatment © shawnblog

You can break free from an OxyContin addiction, people do it every day - but if you’re like the vast majority, you will need addiction treatment to do so and you may want to consider using medications like Suboxone or methadone that greatly increase your odds of longer term success and recovery.

Drug & Alcohol Rehab Programs © Sindorella

You can’t make a good choice about treatment until you can make an informed choice about the care you need. Read on to find a listing and explanation of the most common types of residential addiction treatment programs. Just knowing what’s available and starting to think about your needs and wants takes you a great first step forward to finding a treatment program that’s right for you.

Drug Treatment During Pregnancy © John Carleton

The issues surrounding drug treatment for pregnant women are both complicated and conversely clear. While the enactment of a comprehensive and inclusive policy towards treatment options for pregnant women continues to elude us, the motivation and ideation of the essential nature of this treatment is shared by all.

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  • Addiction: Is a condition of compulsive use of a substance, the continued use of a substance despite harms from that use and cravings to use
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