the dangers of smoking during rehab

Think Twice Before Lighting Up During Rehab

For young people working their way through addiction treatment, a smoking habit may seem like the “lesser of evils.” Not so. In addition to cancer and disease risk associated with cigarettes, a recent study now shows that smoking actually increases the risk for relapse among recovering alcoholics. “Quitting smoking will improve anyone’s health. But our…

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Pill Popping & Prescription Drug Abuse

The statistics are staggering. At just five percent of the world’s population, the U.S. consumed 75% of the world’s prescription drugs in 2010. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 54.2% of people taking prescription drugs got them from a friend or relative—not their physician. And 62% of teens surveyed said that they take…

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Are Video Games Really Addictive?

While the American Medical Association has yet to identify gaming addiction as a diagnosable disorder, compulsive video game use has become a widespread epidemic. Stories abound on the web of gamers who have become obsessed, relinquishing normal life pursuits to continue playing. Anecdotes by self-identified gamers and their families have led scientists to conduct increasing…

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Mantras For Addiction Recovery

While the word mantra originated as a Hindu “sacred utterance,” people use mantras every day to guide their efforts at home, at work, and at school. The popular culture definition of mantra has evolved to mean repetitive slogan, personal truth, or structured thought. Adopting one or more mantras as part of your addiction recovery experience…

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Do You Have An Adderall Addiction?

Adderall is a prescription drug that brings proven benefits to those suffering from narcolepsy and attention disorders like ADD and ADHD. It has long been a “study drug” of choice for healthy high school and college students seeking higher GPAs, and now it’s making its way into a hard-driven workforce requiring long hours of focus…

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Young Adults, Decisions and Consequences

Regret, guilt and shame are common sentiments experienced by young adults after a night of heavy drinking. The level of regret is often akin to the level of problems a young adult has amassed in their life as a direct result of drinking. For many, romantic relationships, friendships, grades or jobs suffer. Many can recover…

man experiencing the effects of designer drugs on the brain

What Effects Do Designer Drugs Have On The Brain?

Capable mental health therapists assisting substance-addicted young adults get back to full physical and spiritual health will know of the importance of keeping up to date with the latest knowledge about drugs and their effects. The situation is no different with what are known as “designer drugs”, which are manufactured to chemically resemble illicit drugs,…

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What The Young Adult Needs To Know About Comorbidity

A great many of those who are admitted to a young adult rehab program present with more than one disorder or illness, a phenomenon known as comorbidity. Any given young adult may have both emotional and substance abuse issues simultaneously, or they may have developed one prior to the other. Indeed, the two coexisting illnesses…

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Red Oak Recovery® Is Excited To Announce The Addition of Lynn Wadsworth, MS, LPC, LCAS, To The Team As Family Therapist

Lynn Wadsworth, MS, LPC, LCAS, holds a Master’s degree in mental health counseling from Western Carolina University and is a licensed professional counselor and a licensed clinical addictions specialist.  She has over 20 years of experience working with adolescents, young adults and families and has received advanced training in the area of Internal Family Systems…

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Red Oak Recovery® Expands Expressive Arts Therapy Program

Red Oak Recovery® has expanded their expressive arts therapy program as an additional means to reach their clients through experiential education.  Expressive arts allow for multiples avenues of creative expression, imagination, active participation, and mind-body connection where clients can take a closer look at their feelings, emotions, and thought processes. Red Oak Recovery® includes varies…