Posts in Addiction and Rehab News
Outpatient vs Inpatient Rehab: Which Is Right for You?

Substance abuse is an issue that impacts people’s lives in very different ways. For this reason, there is no one approach to rehab, which includes the decision of whether to remain at home in outpatient care or reside at the facility in an inpatient addiction treatment program. Here are some of the basic differences between outpatient and inpatient care to help you decided which is for you.

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Benefits of Stepping into Drug Rehabilitation

Addiction is an illness that leaves many people withdrawn and isolated from their loved ones and family. One of the main characteristics of addiction is that people will continue to use drugs even when their lives are falling apart. Although it can be very difficult taking the first step towards treatment, there are numerous reasons why entering rehab very often saves lives.

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Long-Term Effects of Drugs on your Brain

Addiction is a complex illness that is made so because of the damage drugs do to the brain. Substances create the pleasant effects people seek by making chemical changes in the brain, some of which can result in long-term mental health problems. There is a strong correlation with substance abuse and mental illness and yet many people are unaware of the dangers of long-term substance abuse.

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The Importance of Addressing Mental Illness in Addiction Recovery

There is a very strong relationship between addiction and mental health. Some people use drugs or alcohol to self-medicate the symptoms of a mental illness such as PTSD or depression, whereas others develop the symptoms as a direct result of substance abuse

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The Harmful Effects of Drug Abuse While Pregnant

Alcohol or drug abuse during pregnancy increases your risk of stillbirth or miscarriage. When you consider that a proportion of everything you consume passes through you to your unborn child it is not difficult to imagine that there are many other negative consequences. The effect of alcohol abuse on pregnancy is harm to both mother and unborn child.

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Why Sleeping Pills are a Slippery Slope to Addiction

Addiction to sleeping pills or other sedatives is an increasing problem in America. More people than ever are turning to medications to help them get a good night’s sleep, most of which are available over-the-counter. However, it is very easy to develop problems with sleeping pills that can spiral into addiction if the warning signs are ignored. Here we take a closer look at how addiction to sleeping pills develops and how it can be treated.

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The Differences between Addiction and Abuse

Despite our better understanding of addiction, there are still many people holding on to misconceptions about what classifies a person as an addict. This is for a variety of reasons including the negative way addiction is covered by mainstream media and its connection with a loss of moral control. In fact, addiction is an illness that develops over time. In this article, we take a look at the difference between a person who abuses substances from time to time and someone who developed addiction illness.

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Why Painkillers are Getting Abused More Frequently

Prescription painkiller abuse has become a significant problem in America in recent years due to the rising use of opioid-based medications for chronic health conditions. Many people working in the addiction field believe that the fact opiate medications are initially prescribed by physicians has made the problem somehow “acceptable”.

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Why Drug Addiction Is Starting In the Teen Years

Many adults struggling with substance use disorder have been dealing with the illness since a young age. This is an increasing problem in America that is leading more and more people into rehab than ever before. But why are teens becoming more susceptible to using drugs these days?

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Opioid Addiction: Hard to Treat but Possible to Overcome

Opioid addiction has become such a significant issue in the US that it is being referred to as an epidemic. In 2017 more than 64,000 Americans lost their lives after taking fatal doses of opioids and this figure is rising. The opioid crisis has quietly developed over the years as rising numbers of people are prescribed opiate-based meds to treat conditions causing chronic pain.

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The United States Has Declared an Opioid Public Emergency: Here's What That Means

In recent months opioid addiction in the US has reached critical levels, resulting in the Department of Health and Human Services declaring a public health emergency. Each year, around 60,000 die in America as a result of overdose and the problem is much more widespread than many people fully appreciate. This is because a lot of opioid addiction has its roots in prescription medicines, which gives the drug a more ‘acceptable’ face that belies the very real problem that currently exists.

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The Slippery Slope Between Addiction and Crime

There is an undeniable correlation between addiction and crime that is largely behind the negative perception many of us have about people struggling with the illness. It is nevertheless true that addiction opens the door for crime and that is just by nature of the fact that procuring substances that are illegal becomes a way of life for many addicts.

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The Connection Between Addiction and Mental Disorders

Addiction and mental illness often go hand-in-hand. However, it is not always clear which condition preceded the other and each individual patient is different in this respect. Nevertheless, the fact remains that the majority of people with drug or alcohol addiction disease are also suffering with another mental disorder such as depression or anxiety. These cases are known as ‘dual-diagnosis’ and it is absolutely crucial to identify both conditions and treat them separately in order to heal them.

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The Effect of Heroin and Opioids on the Brain

Opioids and heroin have specific effects on the brain that can make them particularly difficult drugs to detox naturally. According to research, there are a few natural opioids produced by the body including endorphins that effect specific protein receptors in the brain to give a feeling of wellbeing. This is the reason why physical activity often gives you a buzz or ‘high’ feeling.

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The Science behind how Addiction Works in your Body

Derived from Latin, the word ‘addiction’ means to be ‘bound to’ or ‘enslaved by’, which will resonate with anyone who has experienced addiction issues or tried to support someone else with a problem. This is because addictive behaviors have a powerful influence on the brain and in cases of prolonged substance or alcohol abuse is manifested in three very distinct ways.

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Myths about Addiction: Debunked

Addiction is something that affects millions of individuals and their loved ones throughout the world. In the US, addiction is a declared disease according to all well-respected medical communities, and yet there remains a perception in society that addiction to drugs or alcohol is a sign of moral weakness. We here at Capo Canyon Recovery want to help end the stigma.

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5 Signs You are Addicted to Prescription Drugs

Addiction to prescription drugs is becoming an increasingly large problem in the US and that’s mainly because what initially starts out as a necessary course of medication for genuine pain management can easily trigger damaging and unhealthy behaviors in people. The issue is further clouded by the fact it is almost an enabled addiction, as these are not street drugs or narcotics but medications that are commonly and legally used in daily life.

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Effects of Prescription Drug Abuse on the Body

Nearly all pain relievers, sedatives, stimulants, and tranquilizers available by prescription are potentially addicting and those abusing them often require prescription drug detox for rehabilitation. Detox and withdrawal can be complex and is individual to every person, so it’s essential to seek qualified recovery and detox for your successful recovery from addiction, like the detox program offered here at Capo Canyon Recovery. 

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Differences Between Drug and Alcohol Detox

No matter what addiction challenges you face, the process of recovery and rehabilitation can be a life-long process. Although addiction in its generic form has specific treatment options, there are a few differences between the detox process for alcohol and drug addiction to take into consideration. Here we take a look at the different treatment options pertaining to both drug and alcohol detox.

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Effects of Alcohol on Your Body

Alcohol is distributed around your body by your blood as you drink and even the smallest amount can have a physiological effect. You’ll lose a small amount of alcohol as it leaves your body in your breath and urine but your tolerance will depend heavily on how much you’ve had to eat. Food that is high in fat slows down the absorption of alcohol into your bloodstream and it will take longer to feel intoxicated although there are other, more damaging effects of alcohol on your overall health to take into consideration. 

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