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How Replacement Addiction Can Complicate Recovery

How Replacement Addiction Can Complicate Recovery It is a phenomenon addiction professionals and people in recovery are well familiar with: replacement addiction, also known as addiction interaction. “Everyone who has battled an addiction understands the concept,” Jeanene Swanson wrote on The Fix. “You go from smoking to eating; from drinking to shopping; from sex to…

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Don’t Wait for the Consequences of Drug Abuse to Unfold Before Seeking Help

Don’t Wait for the Consequences of Drug Abuse to Unfold Before Seeking Help The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) defines addiction as a “chronic, relapsing brain disease that is characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences.” Most addiction professionals work with this definition, but the terminology of addiction is changing. In…

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Florida Votes For Medical Marijuana

Florida Votes For Medical Marijuana Florida voters overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment legalizing medical marijuana for patients with certain “debilitating medical conditions” on Tuesday. An astonishing 71.3 percent of voters approved the Florida Medical Marijuana Legalization Initiative, also known as Amendment 2. It will allow medical marijuana to be provided as a treatment for patients…

Anxiety Often Co-Occurs with Substance Use: Wells Fargo and Hand Sanitizer

Anxiety Often Co-Occurs with Substance Use: Wells Fargo and Hand Sanitizer Stress is one factor that can lead people to turn to drugs and alcohol. The pressures of work, home, and family can sometimes overwhelm people. While some find healthy ways to deal with stress, others use self-destructive means. The pressure can be particularly difficult…

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A Healing Environment for Women in Recovery

A Healing Environment for Women in Recovery Recovery is different for women. Stephanie Covington is a pioneer in the field of women’s issues, addiction, and recovery. She is also the main inspiration behind the women’s program at Lakeview Health. For Dr. Covington, a healing environment should be characterized by safety, connection, and empowerment. “In one…