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Dual Diagnosis Program

Dual diagnosis in addiction refers to patients who have both mental health issues and substance abuse problems. Some related terms (often synonymous) are comorbid or co-occurring disorders. The cases are made more complex than either by itself because of the interactions between addiction and mental illness. Each can drive the other. A classic example is ….

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What to do When your 12 Step Program isn’t Working

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 12 step programs are one way to treat drug and alcohol addiction. It is important to remember that it is not the only way. Not all 12 step programs suit the needs of the individual. Some people have a hard time with many of their concepts. When ….

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Early History of Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous has been helping to treat alcoholism, and end the cycle of alcohol addiction for more than 80 years. Their longevity is primarily due to their simple philosophies, adopted from the Oxford Group, and the attitude of mutual help. To better understand these philosophies and attitude, it is important to know the early history ….

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Non 12 Step Recovery Programs

For various reasons, some alcoholics and addicts shy away from 12 step programs. Sometimes it’s the structure or the reliance on spiritual principles. For others, they fear a group setting or they’ve heard about medications and other treatments not available in the 12 step community. I’ve even heard some complain about the lack of anonymity ….

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AA: An In Depth Look at Step 4

Alcoholics Anonymous is a community support group that focuses on different aspects of recovery and helping others achieve them. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, one of the goals of any substance abuse program is to help a person who is suffering from addiction find normalcy in their life. Alcoholics Anonymous breaks this ….

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What About Non 12 Step Recovery Programs?

12-step recovery programs have been available for many years and have helped numerous individuals in their journey of recovery. Still, the 12-step method isn’t for everyone, which is why non-12-step recovery programs do exist. Barriers to the 12-step Program Some individuals encounter barriers when attempting to use the 12-step program as a part of their ….

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What Role do 12 Step Support Groups Play in Drug Treatment?

Anyone who’s abused drugs for months at a time well knows how uncomfortable the physical and emotional effects of drug abuse can be. Emotional distress coupled with developing withdrawal symptoms can easily keep a person using drugs, with no end in sight. Overall, the drug treatment process addresses these aspects of addiction through a range ….

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Are There Any 12 Step Alternatives?

The spiritual and group aspects of 12 step programs are not for everyone. Some people are just not suited for the environment that these programs provide. In this case, there are many alternatives to the traditional 12 step programs and beliefs. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, there are many traditional ….

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