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Signs You Are Addicted to Painkillers

Added ByThe Willows at Red OakThe Willows at Red OakMeet The Editorial TeamPublished: June 2, 2021Updated: June 22, 2021Doctor-prescribed painkillers are an effective tool in treating short-term pain and discomfort associated with many conditions. But when used for more than the recommended time, they can begin to take over the user’s ability to manage pain…

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Sober Activities for Memorial Day Weekend

Added ByThe Willows at Red OakThe Willows at Red OakMeet The Editorial TeamPublished: May 31, 2021Updated: May 13, 2021Many recovering alcoholics find themselves dealing with temptation and risk a relapse when it comes to celebrating the holidays. With drinking being such a socially acceptable activity, it works its way into many holidays, most notably Memorial…

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Benefits of Rehabilitation for Women

Added ByThe Willows at Red OakThe Willows at Red OakMeet The Editorial TeamPublished: May 25, 2021Updated: June 1, 2021Women are often responsible for caring for the emotional, mental, and physical needs of others. That said, women affected by substance abuse and dependency may ignore their own needs as they focus on the care of others.…

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What Is the Definition of a Gateway Drug?

Added ByThe Willows at Red OakThe Willows at Red OakMeet The Editorial TeamPublished: May 15, 2021Updated: June 1, 2021The definition of a gateway drug doesn’t change. However, the substances that experts consider to be gateway drugs are up for debate. Most importantly, though, people need to understand the definition. Understanding the term “gateway drug” can…

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3 Ways to Develop Effective Coping Skills

Added ByThe Willows at Red OakThe Willows at Red OakMeet The Editorial TeamPublished: May 10, 2021Updated: May 13, 2021Drug and alcohol addiction causes damage to many aspects of life. It creates turmoil in relationships and makes it hard to do things once loved. That’s why it is so important to develop coping skills for addiction…

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Getting Treatment for Substance Use and Depression

Added ByThe Willows at Red OakThe Willows at Red OakMeet The Editorial TeamPublished: April 30, 2021Updated: April 27, 2021Those who struggle with substance use and depression face many risks to both physical and mental health if they don’t seek treatment. With proper treatment, it is possible to recover, rebuild a future of confidence and health,…

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Getting Treatment for Anxiety and Substance Use

Added ByThe Willows at Red OakThe Willows at Red OakMeet The Editorial TeamPublished: April 25, 2021Updated: April 27, 2021Just like the chicken and the egg, the conversation about whether anxiety or substance use comes first is ongoing. No one can say whether anxiety leads to substance use or whether substance use furthers a person’s anxiety,…

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Getting Treatment for PTSD and Substance Use

Added ByThe Willows at Red OakThe Willows at Red OakMeet The Editorial TeamPublished: April 20, 2021Updated: April 27, 2021There are many reasons why a person might choose to use drugs or alcohol. People often turn to them for social occasions, pain relief, experimentation, rebellion, boredom, or self-medication. In any one of these situations, it can…

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What Is Rational Emotive Therapy?

Added ByThe Willows at Red OakThe Willows at Red OakMeet The Editorial TeamPublished: April 15, 2021Updated: April 27, 2021There are many options to choose from when it comes to getting treatment for a substance use disorder. Sometimes, medication is a part of the recovery process. Other times, different therapy strategies are necessary. No matter the…