Why Women Need Empathetic, Female-Focused Addiction Treatment

Women Need Empathetic, Compassionate Addiction Treatment Addiction affects men and women differently, and their addiction recovery processes are different, too. Women face a unique set of challenges when it comes to the way they experience addiction and how well they respond to rehabilitation. We’ll take a look at what those are, and how women can choose a treatment program that meets their gender-specific needs. Women Have Different Reasons for Becoming Addicted Although they’re slightly less likely to abuse drugs than men, women appear to be more susceptible to addiction. And they cite different reasons for starting their drug use in the first place, such as weight control and self-medicating mental health disorders. They’re more likely to be triggered by certain life events like divorce or child custody battles. And, because women can often incur trauma as a result of domestic abuse and discrimination, they’re more…

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Recovering The Whole Person

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Holistic Rehab- Whole Person Recovery  A life of active addiction takes its toll on a person. It affects the person as a whole. The mental, emotional, and spiritual damage can be devastating. All aspects of a person’s life is negatively affected. Therefore, for recovery to be effective, with lasting results, all aspects of the person needs to be addressed, and heal. A comprehensive holistic rehab is optimal for long term recovery. Good rehab is so much more than just stopping drinking. Stopping is the easy part. It’s staying stopped, and living live on the basis of what life presents, with peace of mind and tranquility. That’s what good, healthy, holistic recovery is about. Abstinence Is Only A Beginning  Simply stopping the use of drugs and alcohol is not enough. You have been through a life-changing experience in addiction. It changed the person…

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The GOD Bag

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A Spiritual Tool for Recovery The GOD BAG I’ve heard the term ‘God Bag’ or ‘God Box’. What does it mean? How can this tool help me in recovery? 12 Step recovery programs offer many promises. A particularly great one is the promise of receiving a ‘kit of spiritual tools’. These tools help keep us sober, one day at a time. AA literature actually tells us this simple kit will be ‘laid at our feet’ (p. 25 BB). The toolbox is not thrust into our face or hands but rather offered as a gift. Significantly, that means we can use them if we want to, but we never have to. First, let’s be clear about the word GOD. In 12 Step Recovery, and most treatment centers, it is explicit that GOD is as ‘you understand Him’. And, we expand ‘Him’…

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English Speaking Addiction Treatment for Expats

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English Speaking Addiction Treatment For Expats in Latin America Trying to find private, self-pay, excellent English speaking addiction treatment fpr alcohol & drug rehab in North America right now can be really difficult. The United States is undergoing massive changes in the rehab ‘scene’. If you live outside of Canada or the United States of America (USA), you may not be aware of what is being called an ‘opioid epidemic’. An incredible influx of heroin, and two synthetic heroin-like drugs, fentanyl and carfentanil (or carfentanyl) are flooding the streets of cities and towns across America. Opioid Epidemic filling US and Canadian Rehabs Morgues are overflowing, babies are born addicted. OD’s are so commonplace that teachers, librarians and shop keepers are learning how to administer an injection of naloxone (Narcan). Narcan is a short term immediate antidote to an opioid overdose. It…

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Does My Loved One Need Rehab?

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NEED REHAB? Common Signs That Your Loved One Needs Drug and Alcohol Treatment Does your loved one need rehab? How do you know when it’s time to ask your loved one to seek help for their problem? It’s tough. Drinking alcohol is ingrained in our society and many drugs are often glamorized, so knowing when to stop — knowing when drinking or using drugs have become a problem — is hard to figure out on your own. Does your loved one suffer from addiction? Does he or she need rehab? However, we have been providing counseling and holistic therapy for the treatment of addiction and alcoholism long enough to know how to spot all the warning signs. And while there are many different signs, below are the most common for you to watch for. If your mother, son, father, daughter, husband, wife, sister,…

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Recovery Outside The Box : The Benefits of Traveling for Addiction Recovery

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Benefits of Traveling for Addiction Recovery When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it. – Henry Ford Traveling for addiction recovery offers fresh perspectives allowing for transformative change. When considering all the options out there for addiction recovery, you will find there are all types of programs. There are in-patient, out-patient, in-state, out-of-state, national, and international addiction treatment facilities. Some drug rehabs are 12 step based or holistic in nature. Many are large institutions, some are small, private alcohol & drug rehabs. Many are local, close to home, others are international in scope in travel destinations abroad, out of country. It is important to consider your needs and resources in choosing the best program for you. There are many options to choose from. There are a lot of good…

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How to Get My Son to Go to Rehab

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A Parental Nightmare: “How to Get My Son to Go to Rehab” Living with Addiction Living with somebody who is addicted to alcohol or drugs can be incredibly stressful. You may even begin to experience a loss of identity because so much of your focus is on the needs of this other person. If you have other kids, you may need to protect them from the addict’s outbursts or erratic mood changes. The question becomes, “how to get my son to go to rehab”. You have been living with Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. You know he’s crazy sometimes. Sober he is charming and sociable. Perhaps, others only see his lovable side. But in the privacy of his home, among people who love him, he unleashes his insecurities and tremendous self-hate on you. ~ Margaret Joyce – The Turmoil of Someone Else’s Drinking…

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How Do I Pay For Drug Rehab?

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How Do I Pay For Drug Rehab? It is very unlikely that anyone has ever saved up a fund just in case they ever needed to go to some form of addiction treatment, codependency therapy, or drug rehab. We hear of college funds, but no parent ever plans on their child needing addiction treatment.  Addiction in it’s various forms and expression is an equal opportunity disease. Addiction cares not whether you have a doctoral level education. Alcoholism never asks what color your skin is, or who your parents are.  Codependency, alcoholism and other addictions know no socio-economic boundaries, is not concerned with your age, how many languages you can speak, or if you can carry a tune. Addiction, like lightning, strikes wherever it likes, sometimes taking one in a family, sometimes sparing only one in a family. But when addiction…

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Choosing the Best Private Pay Drug Rehab For You

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Different Types of Addiction Treatment Centers There are many types of drug rehab alcohol treatment centers in the world to choose from. There are many state and provincially funded centers for those with limited financial resources.  More often than not these facilities have long wait lists and are crowded. Staff is often under-educated, underpaid and overworked – although surely well-intended. Your roommates may be coming from the penal system, and not really interested in getting clean and sober, but rather staying out of prison.  You can read more about government subsidized treatment here. Read on to learn about choosing the best private pay drug rehab for you. Private Pay Drug Rehab For people with any type of financial means, the clear choice is private pay drug rehab. There are many such facilities in the United States and Canada, and indeed,…

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