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Alcoholism and Young Adults

Why Don’t Young People Reach Out For Help With Alcoholism? “Alcohol isn’t really a drug…” “Alcohol is legal!” “It’s not as deadly as heroin- you know what your getting!”   Many young adults who meet the diagnosis for alcohol use disorder aren’t seeking treatment, because they don’t think they have a problem. In a recent…

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Relapse Prevention Planning

Our care coordinators at Midwest Recovery Center work with patients on extensive relapse prevention planning and aftercare planning. We know that when leaving detox, residential, or stepping down from a partial hospitalization program, intensive outpatient program, or outpatient treatment can be nerve-racking. Sometimes, when you have lived with your addiction for so long, it may…

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Exercise and Drug Addiction

Eating healthy, exercise, and drug addiction may seem like an odd combination. Recent studies show that exercise could decrease substance abuse and reinforce abstinence, while healthy eating may increase mood and long-term recovery. Exercising while using drugs is not recommended and could be very dangerous due to increased or decreased heart rate, blood pressure, and…

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Stigma of Addiction

The Stigma of Addiction The stigma of addiction is keeping people from asking for help. Stigma is a “mark of disgrace,” it is discrimination against someone for being different than the rest, it is a negative judgment. I’m not sure when being different from everyone else became a bad thing, or why we think badly…

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Am I an Addict?

Am I an addict or am I experimenting? There is a fine line between trying and abusing. So how does good, clean, experimenting become an addiction? Many people don’t even realize they’ve crossed the line between trying and abusing drugs and alcohol. The chances are if you have to ask yourself “am I an addict,”…