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Explaining the 11th Step of AA’s 12-Step Program

The 11th step of the Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) 12-step program says this: “Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.“ AA is careful to indicate that while the program leans into…

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The Top 10 Most Abused Prescription Drugs

You may think that only illicit drugs are dangerous. However, why are there prescription drug addiction treatment programs if that’s true? Sometimes, even drugs you can legally obtain are highly addictive. This is a public health issue at this point — the U.S. is dealing with an opioid epidemic, in part due to prescription opioids.…

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5 Signs Your Loved One Needs Drug Treatment in Massachusetts

Deciding to get admitted into a drug addiction treatment program isn’t easy. But when you struggle with addictive substance use that has gotten out of control and is starting to negatively affect your life responsibilities and close relationships, you need to deal with it. Wherever you are in the U.S., there’s likely a nearby addiction…

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Helping an Alcoholic Woman

Did you know that women are the fastest-growing population of alcohol users? This is problematic because women struggling with alcoholism may eventually experience many adverse effects of drinking too much, such as the increased risk of developing cancer, heart disease, and liver damage. It’s not only physical health that’s at risk when a woman becomes…

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The Stigma of Addiction: Breaking It In 2022

Treating the concept of alcohol or drug addiction as something that comes with a stigma is harmful to many people. Ultimately, addiction stigma can lead to feelings of guilt and shame. It can cause people to hide their addiction and even prevent them from getting professional treatment that may be life-saving or improve their quality…

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Here’s What’s Unique About Our Evening IOP

Intensive outpatient programs (IOP) are an essential aspect of care for people struggling with overcoming addiction. For many clients, inpatient care, whether in a clinic, rehab center, hospital, or another treatment facility, can be challenging or simply not feasible. For some, the typical IOP may not even fit into their regular schedule. An evenings-only IOP…

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What Are Your Chances of Staying Sober After Alcohol Rehab?

When you complete an alcohol addiction treatment program, does it mean you’re cured and will stay sober for the rest of your life? While addiction treatment is necessary to manage addictive behaviors, addiction is a chronic disease, which means there’s no cure. There’s just the continuous management of your mental health so you can avoid…

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Why Intensive Outpatient Programs Are Successful

What is an intensive outpatient program (IOP), and how does it treat people with substance use disorder successfully? First of all, outpatient programs are necessary for clients that can’t stay within a treatment facility for the length of their customized program. IOPs are also usually recommended for clients who don’t need medical detox. Overall, inpatient…