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The Stress-Vulnerability Model

In today’s world, addiction is a disease that is impacting people of all ages, races, sexual orientations, and economic classes. It is a non-discriminatory disease. Addiction has become so common that the American Psychiatric Association (APA) recently reported that one in three Americans know someone who is addicted to opioids. While opioids like OxyContin, fentanyl, … Continued

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How to Build a Support Network

Support is something that everyone, no matter who they are, requires in order to live a happy, healthy life. If you are in recovery from a substance use disorder, support is vital to your success. Having the support of others means you can flourish in your recovery. So, how can you build a support network? … Continued

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What is the “Pink Cloud”?

Addiction is a complex disease that can serve as the root cause of years of guilt, shame, sadness, and deep emotional pain. It might not always be noticeable in someone who is struggling with a substance use disorder, but the distress that they can experience can be profound and completely life-altering. So when a person … Continued

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What To Do After Relapse

Being in recovery feels like a gift, especially after living through active addiction. If you are in recovery, you know just how important it is and how much effort it takes to maintain your sobriety. The physical act of no longer abusing drugs or alcohol is not what keeps you in recovery—it’s the work you … Continued

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CBT and DBT: A Tale of Two Therapies

In addiction treatment, there are countless forms of evidence-based, scientifically sound therapies to treat the symptoms and underlying causes of this substance use disorder. From individual psychotherapy to experiential therapies like equine and ropes courses, those participating in professional addiction treatment will be exposed to several different therapies. Two of the most commonly utilized therapies … Continued

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Q & A: How Does MAT Work and What are the Benefits?

Q: What is MAT? A: MAT is the abbreviation for Medication-Assisted Treatment, a form of addiction treatment most commonly used to treat opioid use disorder.  This course of care combines medication and psychological therapies into a single comprehensive treatment plan. As with most other disorders, medication alone cannot fully treat an opioid use disorder. If … Continued

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Vivitrol Treatment in Clarksville

Opioids, both prescription and naturally occurring, are being abused by people all over the world. However, here in the United States, Amercians are consuming roughly 80 percent of the world’s entire opioid supply. This is reflected by the following: 214 million prescriptions for painkillers were written in 2016, which equals out to 66.5 opioid prescriptions … Continued

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Dual Diagnosis: What it is and How it is Treated

The several environmental, biological, and genetic factors that human beings are often faced with can significantly affect the quality of their lives. When someone has factors within his or her life that do not support healthy quality of life (whether it is controllable or not), a number of things can occur, including the development of … Continued

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Tennessee Drug Overdoses Hit Record Highs

Tennessee is often hailed as one of the greatest states in the South due to its rich musical history, sprawling acres of land, and a slow-paced lifestyle that is laid back and desirably simple. While this state is all of those things and much more, it is also a state that is riddled with drug … Continued

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