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Understanding the Cycle of Addiction
Circle of Hope / September 13, 2019

Drug and alcohol addiction research has clearly demonstrated that the addicted brain is chemically and physiologically different from a normal brain. Seeing addiction as a neurological disorder is critical to understanding the recovery process. What makes addiction so difficult is because it was such a strong effect on the brain: to the point where it […]

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Sober Summer Tips: Staying Dry When It’s Hot Out!
Circle of Hope / July 15, 2019

The temperature is up and the sun is shining bright this summer. There’s nothing like a refreshing nonalcoholic beverage to stay cool and beat the heat. When you’re in recovery, though, summer holiday parties where participating in the celebration all but mandates having a hard drink in one’s hand can make staying sober seem like […]

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5 Signs That Should Start Considering Rehab
Circle of Hope / July 12, 2019

According to this survey, 19.7 million American adults battled addiction in 2017. Many people, however, find it difficult to recognize they even have a problem. Instead of avoiding the issue, you can tackle it head on and take back control over your life. That way, you can get your life back on track for a brighter future. Admitting to […]

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The Path to Addiction is Not a Straight Line
Circle of Hope / July 2, 2019

In order to prevent illicit drug abuse, it is necessary to first understand the process that causes individuals to abuse drugs in the first place, and what causes some people to get hooked on them. A study has found that predicting the natural history of illicit drug use is not as easy as one might expect. Addiction Cannot […]

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Drug or Alcohol Addiction: How to Heal as a Family
Circle of Hope / June 26, 2019

The family has a central role to play in the treatment of any health problem, but family therapy is not used to maximum benefit in drug and alcohol addiction treatment. In substance abuse treatment, for instance, the individual client is the person in the family with the substance abuse problem. All of the attention is concentrated on […]

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5 Ways to Stop Enabling Your Loved One’s Addiction
Circle of Hope / June 21, 2019

Growing up, we’re taught that we should always be nice. After all, it is the polite thing to do. However, when you want to help someone you care about deal with their addiction, it goes way beyond just being nice. It takes creating healthy boundaries, getting out of your comfort zone, and saying no even when […]

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Stages of Addiction: How to Know When You’re on a Slippery Slope
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When does using drugs and alcohol turn to a habit that you cannot break? For many people, it can be difficult to identify the warning signs of addiction. This is a reason only 10% of Americans suffering from addiction will get the treatment they need.  The disease creates unawareness or denial of the addiction taking place. Yet, there […]

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How to Convince Someone to Go to Rehab
Circle of Hope / May 29, 2019

Helping convince someone you care about to go to rehab can be a true challenge. When they don’t recognize the gravity of their situation, it can feel like you’re talking to a wall. However, once enough is enough and something has to change, it is vital that you take swift action so that you can […]

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Anxiety & Substance Abuse
Circle of Hope / April 30, 2019

Some anxiety comes naturally for everyone – awaiting test results, working against an impending deadline, or expecting to hear bad news. For most of us, this feeling dissipates when the moments pass and life goes on. People suffering from anxiety disorder, however, are trapped in paroxysms of anxious thoughts, feelings, and behaviors against their will. […]

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Detox Methods: Inpatient vs Outpatient
Circle of Hope / April 23, 2019

If you’ve decided to give up drugs or alcohol, then a rehab treatment program is often the best choice for beating addiction. But you have a choice: inpatient vs outpatient. Which one is better suited for your situation? We explain the details of both so you can make the best decision. Inpatient RehabTable Of Contents1 Inpatient […]

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5 Questions To Ask Rehab Centers
Circle of Hope / April 16, 2019

Finding the right rehab centers when we are struggling with drug and alcohol abuse can be challenging. With the variety of services provided, level of treatment available, it’s easy to be overwhelmed. That’s why it is important to know exactly which questions to ask when we are in the process of deciding. The more informed you are […]

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What To Expect When Entering An Inpatient Treatment Facility
Circle of Hope / January 19, 2018

Entering an inpatient treatment center can be a scary proposition for those with a substance abuse problem. Not only are they going to have to give up their drug of choice, but they’re going to have to meet new people, and share things with those people, that they may have never told anyone. Add all […]

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