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What does addiction recovery entail?

What does  addiction recovery entail?

Learning to cope: We can consider addictions as diseases in which one's motives are distorted so that pursuing a substance becomes more important than anything else. Recovery from addiction entails reordering one's life without the addictive substance. After detoxification and a period of grief one learns to live without the substance. ...Read more

Dr. Vasu Brown
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Addiction (Definition)

Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory, and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors. A person affected by addiction will be unable to consistently Abstain from use, will have Impaired Behavioral control, will have Craving or increased "hunger" for drugs or rewarding experiences, will have a Dysfunctional Emotional response, and will show diminished recognition of significant problems with their own ...Read more


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Does addiction recovery planning exist?

Does addiction recovery planning exist?

Yes: Recovery planning is very important. There are recources or people who can help. Going to aa and getting a sponsor is a form of recovery planning, talking to your doctor is another. Some therapist are specialized in recovery planning. Have a plan that involves other people is the best way to stay sober. Ex would be, newly sober, what do you do if you come across a "friend" or dealer. Need a plan. ...Read more

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Is it true that heroine addiction recovery a hopeless endeavour?

Is it true that heroine addiction recovery a hopeless endeavour?

Never hopeless: Ongoing support is needed for recovery from any addiction. Check local treatment programs, some of which may offer suboxone treatment which helps many relapse prone opiate addicts. Narcotics anonymous is often a major part of staying stopped as well. ...Read more

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What are the necessary requirements for someone who wants to work at an addiction recovery center?

Usually: A certification as a substance abuse counselor. There are a few different ways to do this. They require education and an internship along with passing a certification exam. Look up caadac and also social model recovery online. ...Read more

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Please explain how long does drug addiction recovery take?

Please explain how long does drug addiction recovery take?

Drug addiction is a: Disease. It changes your brain and leads to cravings for the drug. Even after someone has been clean and sober, the addiction does not disappear and there are signs that the brain has been changed. It is important to get help attend aa or na (narcotics anonymous) and psychotherapy to fight the disease. ...Read more

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What are treatment options for nicotine addiction recovery?

What are treatment options for nicotine addiction recovery?

Prevent withdrawal: The nicotine patch provides a constant level of nicotine in the blood, preventing acute withdrawal from smoking. The dose may be gradually reduced, allowing for a gentle detoxification which is best facilitated by mutual support, available in nicotine anonymous. ...Read more

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What is the holistic approach to drug and alcohol addiction, treatment and recovery?

What is the holistic approach to drug and alcohol addiction, treatment and recovery?

Mind, body, spirit: Holistic treatment would provide what the individual needs in order to withdraw from the addictive agent, and change the mental, emotional, social, and spiritual environment in which the addiction formed. Detox, relaxation, meditation, prayer, 12step programs, nutrition, exercise, psychotherapy, acupuncture, medications might all be used in some cases. ...Read more

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Do you know the holistic approach to drug and alcohol addiction treatment and recovery?

Do you know the holistic approach to drug and alcohol addiction treatment and recovery?

Nutrition and...: Drug & alcohol addicts usually have genetic metabolic imbalances & often benefit from high doses of vit b3 & other individualized nutrients including amino acids. They need to avoid sugar, caffeine, tobacco & food allergens. Exercise, meditation/biofeedback, counseling, medicinal herbs, homeopathy & acupuncture are also important modalities utilized in a holistic approach to recovery. ...Read more

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What is the success or recovery rate for exercise addiction?

What is the success or recovery rate for exercise addiction?

Fair: It's a lot like eating disorders in that the person afflicted thinks he/she is being 'healthy' when, in fact, their obsession is leading to unhealthy outcomes. The challenge is reversing those false beliefs. It's tough and usually requires a huge shift in thinking by the patient. ...Read more

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My husband is at an in-patient recovery facility for addiction, and he didn't do well during his experiential. What is the next step?

Experiential therpay: Not everyone will succeed the first time around; in fact, many don't. He may not have been ready for it. Or maybe the second or third time around he will get it. Individuals & their experiences are different and sometime a different approach is needed. The key is to be patient, be proactive & supportive in a positive way and never lose hope. ...Read more