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Is Drug Addiction the Same as Alcohol Addiction?

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 22, 2019 / by Johnny Allem posted in Addiction, Alcohol, About Aquila, Drugs, treatment program

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There is a common misperception that some addictions are more “serious” than others, that alcohol addiction isn't as serious as an addiction to heroin, crack, or methamphetamine. 

Common stereotypes paint images of alcoholics getting drunk at home and heroin addicts as engaged in criminal behavior, unemployed, homeless, or giving up on life. After all, alcohol is a legal and socially acceptable substance here in the U.S. Thus, it is perceived as less serious.

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How is Dual Diagnosis Treated?

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 10, 2019 / by Johnny Allem posted in Addiction, Co-Occurring Disorders, treatment program

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Substance abuse typically occurs along with other mental disorders. The co-occurrence of two or more disorders complicates recovery as one can make the other worse. If conditions are not treated together, then recovery is unlikely.  

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Dating in Recovery

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 27, 2019 / by Johnny Allem posted in Addiction, Sober Living, SMART Recovery, treatment program, Dating in Recovery

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There is an unwritten rule against dating during addiction recovery. Recovery programs commonly recommend abstaining from dating the first year. Recovery is all about healing and learning how to live without substance use, and that first year of sobriety can be a challenge. Navigating the dating scene or starting a new relationship while working through recovery is a recipe for disaster. 

Managing Emotions

At the beginning of a new relationship, we are inundated with emotions — thrilling highs and lows. Learning to manage emotions is one of the greatest challenges of recovery since drugs and alcohol are typically used to numb emotions.

Choosing a Partner

The rush or highs of dating can be intoxicating, literally. Those fresh out of recovery may be susceptible to that intoxicating feeling which can lead to substituting one addiction for another. Infatuation can be mistaken for love. Thus, someone could fall victim to the pitfalls of dating because they have not fully resolved their emotional issues of seeking things outside themselves to fill a void within.

Developing an unhealthy attachment to someone can also derail recovery efforts. Within that first year of recovery, one is still emotionally unstable and unhealthy.  If you are emotionally unhealthy, then you are likely to attach to other unhealthy people. People in recovery often look to others to rescue or fix them. It can be especially burdensome to put your emotional baggage on your partner, making forming a healthy relationship impossible. 

Once you have successfully completed treatment and waited a year, you will have a better chance of picking the right partner.  Recovery programs help people to develop coping skills and to seek comfort within themselves rather than with drugs or relationships.

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Step 1 of Addiction Treatment: Being Ready to Receive It

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 13, 2019 / by Johnny Allem posted in Addiction, SMART Recovery, treatment program

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Denial is often the greatest obstacle to alcohol dependence recovery. After all, it is not only difficult to identify the problem, but also to admit you have a problem.

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Helping Your Loved Ones Stay Sober In 2019

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 14, 2019 / by Johnny Allem posted in Alcohol, Sober Living, Positive Recovery, SMART Recovery, treatment program

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When a loved one announces that they plan to start the New Year sober, it can be an enormous relief. However, cutting back on drinking is just the first step. Recovery is an ongoing process and the support you offer your loved ones is often invaluable during their New Year's resolution.

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Dual Diagnosis: How can anxiety affect my recovery?

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 16, 2018 / by Johnny Allem posted in Addiction, Co-Occurring Disorders, treatment program

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Mental health and substance use disorders go hand in hand. At times it is difficult to separate one from another. More often than not, each condition exacerbates the other. More than 50% of those suffering from a substance abuse disorder have what is considered dual diagnosis. The term dual diagnosis is more commonly referred to as a co-occurring disorder .

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Co-Occurring Substance Use and Seasonal Affective Disorder

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 02, 2018 / by Johnny Allem posted in Addiction, Co-Occurring Disorders, treatment program

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For anyone struggling with substance use disorder, the stress of the holidays can be overwhelming, but those diagnosed with co-occurring Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) can find it especially challenging.

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10 facts you didn’t know about co-occurring disorders

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 18, 2018 / by Johnny Allem posted in Addiction, Co-Occurring Disorders, treatment program

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In the USA, nearly 6 in 10 individuals who struggle with substance use disorder also experience some other kind of mental health issue at the same time. We call these dual diagnosis or co-occurring disorders and, when it comes to substance use, they’re far from uncommon.

Here are 10 things you may not know about co-occurring disorders:

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The Role of Denial in Addiction Treatment

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 06, 2018 / by Johnny Allem posted in Addiction, treatment program

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Denial. Most issues in life start with some sort of denial and if you want to make a change in your life you need to face the issue and stop denying that it is there. This is true for dealing with trauma, for substance use disorder and for any change you want to make in your life. When it comes to treatment for substance use disorder, denial is a significant contributor to your success (or lack thereof).

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12-Steps Program vs. Smart Recovery: Choosing What Fits

[fa icon="calendar'] May 18, 2018 / by Johnny Allem posted in Addiction, SMART Recovery, treatment program

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Treatment for substance use disorder comes in many forms and understanding the options available can often help you take the first steps towards recovery and forming better lifelong habits. While there’s a myriad of options available, let’s take a look two programs that are particularly popular during sobriety journeys and how you might choose between them.

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