Best 20 Books About Addiction Recovery

By BrightView BrightView Meet The Editorial Team Published: February 18, 2023 Updated: August 17, 2023 No matter where you are on your journey to recovery, it helps to have stories from peer groups who understand what you are going through. This is also helpful for friends and family members as they support you through the recovery process. While self-help books are not a solution for long-term recovery, they can be very helpful for your “emotional recovery”. There is no replacement for a comprehensive treatment program to help anyone struggling with…

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How Long Does it Take to Become Dependent on Opioids?

By BrightView BrightView Meet The Editorial Team Published: February 16, 2023 Updated: September 22, 2023 Opioids are highly addictive, as they relieve pain and produce euphoria. They also account for a disproportionate number of fatal drug overdoses in the U.S. each year. How long does it take to become dependent on opioids? What treatment is available for individuals with opioid use disorder? Getting answers to these crucial questions can reduce harm and promote recovery. If you or a loved one struggles with opioid addiction symptoms, it’s essential to seek help…

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Mental Effects of Heroin Addiction

By BrightView BrightView Meet The Editorial Team Published: February 13, 2023 Updated: September 22, 2023 While opioids like fentanyl and oxycodone get more press than almost any other addictive substance, their chemical progenitor, heroin, remains an impactful and deadly presence. Thousands of people struggle with heroin use disorder each year, and the risk of death by overdose remains high for those who use this extremely addictive drug. The mental effects of heroin addiction are likewise severe. If you or a loved one struggles with heroin dependency, please seek help from…

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Having a Sober Valentine’s Day

By BrightView BrightView Meet The Editorial Team Published: February 10, 2023 Updated: September 22, 2023 Having a sober Valentine’s Day can be easier than you might think with a bit of forethought and commitment to self-care. While this holiday might feel associated with alcohol or drug use, it’s possible to have a great time without these substances, whether you plan to spend time on your own, with friends, or with a significant other. If you or a loved one could use help getting free from alcohol or chemical dependency, Brightview…

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Signs of Heroin Overdose

By BrightView BrightView Meet The Editorial Team Author Dan Bielecki, LPCC-S, LICDC-CS Dan Bielecki, LPCC-S, LICDC-CS Dan is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with supervision designation (LPCC-S) and a Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor… read more Published: February 8, 2023 Updated: February 24, 2023 Tens of thousands of people in the U.S. die from opioid overdoses each year, including heroin overdoses. Thankfully, those numbers have decreased slightly due to the broader availability of life-saving drugs like Narcan. However, Narcan is no substitute for a heroin addiction treatment program. While it…

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What Are the Signs of Alcohol Poisoning?

By BrightView BrightView Meet The Editorial Team Published: February 7, 2023 Updated: February 24, 2023 At BrightView, we understand the significance of alcohol addiction and the risks associated with its consumption in excess. Our compassionate addiction specialists are ready to help you begin your journey to lifelong sobriety. If you are concerned about a loved one who may suffer from addiction and may be at risk of alcohol poisoning, reach out for help today. Call 888.501.9865 to learn about alcohol addiction treatment options and how BrightView can help. What Is…

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What Is Drug Tolerance? Is It The Same As Dependence?

By BrightView BrightView Meet The Editorial Team Published: February 6, 2023 Updated: February 24, 2023 Neither drug tolerance nor dependence should be taken lightly, as both could potentially lead to a substance use disorder that requires professional treatment. If you or a loved one is struggling with a substance use disorder or has become dependent on a drug, BrightView can help you get your life back on track. Please reach out to us today at 888.501.9865 to learn about the drug addiction treatment options we offer, as well as the…

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How Do Meth Addiction Treatment Centers Work?

By BrightView BrightView Meet The Editorial Team Published: February 2, 2023 Updated: February 24, 2023 Many Americans struggle with methamphetamine addiction. Meth addiction can lead to a range of short and long-term health problems, making it hard for people to live their lives and manage their responsibilities. People who struggle with addiction often have a hard time performing at work, having good relationships, or taking care of their families. Methamphetamine is a highly-addictive stimulant. Users experience euphoria and increased energy but can also experience irregular heartbeat, weight loss, high blood…

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Benefits of Intensive Outpatient Drug Treatment

By BrightView BrightView Meet The Editorial Team Published: February 1, 2023 Updated: February 24, 2023 Anyone who has struggled with drug addiction knows that the journey to recovery is an individual one. For some, an inpatient program seems like the only path to success. However, some people cannot uproot their lives to enroll in an inpatient program for drug treatment. Thankfully, there are options to accommodate you on your path to recovery. When you are looking for an outpatient program that provides a higher level of assistance than traditional outpatient…

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What Are the World’s Most Dangerous Drugs?

By BrightView BrightView Meet The Editorial Team Published: January 30, 2023 Updated: October 18, 2023 Drug overdose is now the leading cause of accidental death in the United States, surpassing the number of fatalities due to car accidents. To evaluate the causes of these unnecessary deaths, researchers are studying a broad range of factors that may contribute to them, including the rise in mental health issues, the availability of both prescribed and street drugs, and the toxic combination of substances. Sadly, some of the world’s most dangerous drugs are responsible…

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