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Relapse Prevention Techniques

Each person desires to stay sober after undergoing drug detox and rehabilitation. However, withdrawal symptoms may cause an intense craving for the previously used drug. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), approximately 60% of people who struggled with addiction relapse within one year of treatment. Applying a combination of various relapse prevention…

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Dangers of Mixing Substances

Substance users may take several drugs at the same time to reduce the negative effect of the drugs used. For example, people with cocaine addiction may use benzodiazepines to avoid paranoia and anxiety. Combining several drugs can also increase the effects of substances, making one feel more stimulated. However, the results derived and the dangers…

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What Are Co-Occurring Disorders?

What are co-occurring disorders? A person who is struggling with substance abuse and a mental disorder has a co-occurring disorder. According to the National Survey of Drug Use and Health, nearly 6 million people in the U.S. have some form of co-occurring disorders.  To provide proper treatment, many addiction treatment centers in California offer a…