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Study: Recovered Addicts at Lower Risk for New Addiction

Posted on November 21, 2014 in Addiction Recovery

Study: Recovered Addicts at Lower Risk for New Addiction

There is an inherent assumption by many that if you’re addicted to one drug, even if you get better, you’re likely to switch over to another. It’s a pretty disheartening concept for those struggling to overcome an addiction, making one think that, even if their treatment is successful, they just might become addicted to another drug or behavior. Now a new study has investigated this hypothesis and come to the conclusion that overcoming a drug addiction actually reduces the risk for a new addiction.

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Addict II Athlete Helps Prisoners Battle Addiction

Posted on November 7, 2014 in Addiction Recovery

Addict II Athlete Helps Prisoners Battle Addiction

So many drug addicts end up in prison because of the desperation this disease causes in its victims. Addicts will often commit crimes to get a fix – including the relatively minor crime of buying drugs on the street. The result is that many people who need treatment for addiction end up in prison getting little or no help. An innovative and ambitious program in Utah is changing the typical pattern. It is helping addicted inmates battle their demons through exercise, setting goals and replacing addiction with something meaningful.

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Positive Recovery – The Best of Both Worlds

Posted on June 12, 2014 in Positive Recovery

Positive Recovery – The Best of Both Worlds

The recovery movement—Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and all the groups that have subsequently adopted AA’s model—has been helping people get sober since the 1930s. Positive psychology, while a young field within psychology, has been highly influential in treating addictions as well as many other illnesses since the late 1990s. Finding ways to blend the best of what the recovery movement has to offer with the insights and techniques from positive psychology yields “positive recovery”—a breakthrough in healing from addictions.

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Posted on February 14, 2014 in Addiction Recovery

Moving After Rehab: The Importance of a Fresh Start

Going through rehab is a life-changing event. Coming clean from drug or alcohol addiction gives you a chance to take your life back from your disease. If you have been through a successful rehab program, you have come out on the other side with a greater sense of self-awareness, strategies for staying sober, and the determination to never give into addiction again.

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Posted on July 26, 2013 in Interview

An Interview with Steve Crump, Dallas Intensive Outpatient

Steve Crump, IOP directorAddiction recovery is all about learning new skills. In intensive outpatient treatment, clients also have the opportunity to implement those skills in a real-world environment. To Steve Crump, these opportunities are what make intensive outpatient programs (IOPs) so effective.

“In intensive outpatient treatment, clients not only learn about addiction and how to stay sober but also implement immediate changes in their lives,” he says. “Education is important but it’s not enough by itself. Clients need experience to gain a sense of mastery over the things they’ll need to do to sustain their recovery long-term. By the end of eight weeks, they know what to do because they’ve been practicing it all along.”

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Posted on May 31, 2013 in Interview

An Interview with Grant Perry, Executive Director Houston Region

Grant Perry, Executive Director Houston Region at Right StepFor nearly three decades, Grant Perry has served individuals struggling with addiction and mental health issues as well as their families. From San Diego to St. Louis, Chicago to Houston, he has directed hospital programs, inpatient and outpatient treatment centers for both adults and adolescents, and an outreach program.

In 1999, Grant joined The Right Step as a lead counselor for the adult residential program. One year later he was promoted to program director, a role he dedicated himself to for 10 years. From there, he stepped into the role of executive director.

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drug relapse prevention

Posted on April 26, 2013 in Addiction Recovery

Relapse Protection: Ten Ways to Prevent a Slip – Part 2

Continued from Relapse Protection: Ten Ways to Prevent a Slip – Part 1.

If you desire lifelong sobriety, follow these tips to prevent relapse:

6. Work the Steps—all of them. It seems obvious, given that it is called the Twelve Step program, but it’s easy to get lazy, start to cut corners, and begin asking if it is really necessary to work all of the Steps. The format works if you work it. Initially we go through the Steps to combat addiction. Later, life will present new challenges and opportunities to employ and apply the Steps anew. Continued effort in working the Steps solidifies sobriety. We will continue to use them for the rest of our lives.

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Posted on March 22, 2013 in Alcohol and Drug Treatment

We Do!

How The Right Step Can Turn an ‘Alcoholism Marriage’ into a Happy Union

Toby Rice Drews is the author of nine recovery books and is most notable for her million-selling series, “Getting Them Sober.” It is available from a variety of vendors, including peoplejam.com, a website devoted to offering items that help people improve their lives.

Drews, a former college professor of counseling and psychology, was reared in an alcoholic family, and her career has been dedicated to helping others who share the pain she endured. For more than 30 years she has written books on the subject, counseled family members, trained professionals, and presented seminars to community groups and associations.

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alcohol recovery

Posted on March 19, 2013 in alcohol and drug addiction

Recovering Completely

The Right Step’s Comprehensive Approach to Addiction Treats Both Body and Mind

With all the deftly produced advertisements for substance abuse treatment facilities on television, it’s sometimes easy to forget that, at its heart, recovery from drug abuse is a challenging process that requires both medical and psychological intervention.

A recent article on smartguy.com does an excellent job breaking down just what a recovering addict endures. Medically, the body goes through a state of detoxification – an experience that can be extremely uncomfortable. Then, once detox is complete and the body is starting to heal, the psychological work must begin. Drug abuse invariably has a psychological trigger, which is different for every addict, but it must be confronted and overcome for real healing to begin.

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