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What is Evidence-Based Treatment?

What is Evidence-Based Treatment?

If you are considering treatment for a substance abuse addiction, it is important to choose a provider who uses a safe, effective, and proven approach. Working with a treatment center that promotes evidence-based treatment (EBT) can increase the likelihood of your success in recovery. This is because evidence-based approaches are based on efficacy research and…
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What is Urge Coping?

What is Urge Coping?

No matter your stage of recovery, you are likely to experience the urge to use a harmful substance. Urges are a normal psychological and physical response to addiction. Feeling the urge to use is a common occurrence for people in recovery, so it is important to develop strategies to cope with urges to avoid a…
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What is Precipitated Withdrawal?

What is Precipitated Withdrawal?

When receiving Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) for opioid addiction, you may experience a condition called precipitated withdrawal. Although rarely life-threatening, precipitated withdrawal can be unpleasant and cause you to question whether MAT is right for you. Understanding precipitated withdrawal may help you prevent it from occurring. It can also help you know what is happening within…
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Planning for Holiday Challenges to Addiction Recovery

Planning for Holiday Challenges to Addiction Recovery

Although the holidays are supposed to bring feelings of joy and togetherness, they are often challenging for people working toward sobriety. You may face direct challenges, such as being around alcohol, tobacco, or drugs at holiday parties, or you may feel negative emotions such as shame, loneliness, loss, and anxiety as you are confronted with…
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Finding Group Therapy Near You

Finding Group Therapy Near You

Group therapy is a form of counseling recommended by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services to treat psychological disorders such as addiction and substance abuse. It is a courageous step toward long-term recovery. Sharing your experiences with others dealing with similar issues can support your effort to stay clean. Group therapy provides you with…
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The Importance of Individual Therapy

The Importance of Individual Therapy – Doing the Work

Addiction recovery involves more than detoxification and abstinence from addictive substances. Individual therapy is an integral part of addiction recovery and works to determine the causes of addiction and reduce thought patterns that could impede your progress. At Right Path Addiction Centers, our counselors use individual therapy, in addition to group and medically-assisted therapies, to…
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Forgiving Yourself in Recovery

Forgiving Yourself in Recovery

Part of the recovery process is facing the parts of yourself that you aren’t proud of. When you were at the worst point in your addiction, you may have done many things you regret, such as lying, stealing, cheating, and hurting others. Getting sober requires you to accept all your actions and make amends when…
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What Does “Cycle of Addiction” Mean?

What Does “Cycle of Addiction” Mean?

In recovery, the “cycle of addiction” speaks to the recurring behavioral and mental patterns that prevent an individual struggling with addiction from fully recovering and remaining sober. These recurring stages are called a cycle because unless the pattern is interrupted, the addicted person is likely to remain trapped in the same predictable behavior patterns. Learning…
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Why You Should Never Detox Alone

Why You Should Never Detox Alone

If you struggle with substance abuse, you may believe that all you need to do is stop using the substance to get sober. It seems reasonable to think that because the addictive substance is negatively affecting your life, cutting it out as quickly as possible will solve the problem. Unfortunately, people who try to detox…
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Financial Recovery in Sobriety

Financial Recovery in Sobriety

Substance-use disorders are expensive. Your savings may have been depleted by the cost of past drug or alcohol expenses. Steady employment and income are hard to maintain during your addiction, and it may be difficult for you to find or hold down a job during your recovery. Legal fees and the cost of treatment may…
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Anxiety and Addiction

Anxiety and Addiction

Forty million adults suffer from anxiety, making it the most prevalent mental disorder in the US. Unfortunately, less than 40% receive treatment. Perhaps this is why people who suffer anxiety are twice as likely to suffer from addiction than people without anxiety, and people with anxiety represent 30% of people with addiction. The connection between…
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Making Amends in Recovery

Making Amends in Recovery

Regardless of the nature of your addiction, it negatively impacts everyone in your life, damaging relationships and making it challenging to get the support you need for your continued recovery. Narcotics Anonymous’ 12-step plan for addiction recovery forms the basis for most addiction treatment options. Early steps involve focusing inward, but once you are relatively…
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