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What to Expect During Dual Diagnosis Treatment

A dual diagnosis occurs when both a mental health disorder and substance abuse problem co-occur. People often self-medicate when dealing with mental health issues which then exacerbates the initial complication. The Willows at Red Oak Recovery specializes in dual diagnosis treatment. Our experienced master’s level substance abuse and mental health clinicians can help you tackle…

a woman wonders if marijuana is a gateway drug

What Is the Definition of a Gateway Drug?

The 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 help them make up their own minds about which substances fall in that category. A gateway drug could…

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What Is Rational Emotive Therapy?

There 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 treatment options, they all have the same goal: to help the person in treatment experience recovery and gain…

Woman Experiencing Depression

How Addiction Impacts Women

Addiction brings unique challenges for women. If they have a problem with alcohol, they leave themselves more vulnerable to abuse by others. Women tend to become intoxicated faster because they absorb alcohol at a quicker rate than men. Women with drug addiction may become desperate enough to engage in activities that lead to dangerous situations.…

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How to Enjoy Sober Holidays

If you are new to recovery, the holidays can be an incredibly difficult time. Emotional triggers are everywhere: family conflict, financial stress, social events, painful memories of holidays past, and, of course, your weekly routine going wildly off-course. Thinking about the holidays can create stress, anxiety, and isolation. However, you can build resistance to these…

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3 Ways to Manage Emotions in Addiction Recovery

Addiction recovery can be a long and sometimes painful journey. It can be challenging to overcome physical and psychological dependence on drugs or alcohol. During the process of recovering from drug or alcohol addiction, your emotions may be all over the place. The good news is that you can find techniques to help you manage…