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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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Why Misusing More Than One Substance is Extremely Dangerous

Why Misusing More Than One Substance is Extremely Dangerous Before patients begin their treatment at Lakeview Health, our doctors, nurses, and therapists will thoroughly evaluate and assess their medical condition and addiction history so they can develop an individualized treatment plan. Often, clients reveal that they have been using more than one drug or drugs…

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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…

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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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