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Why do people relapse after treatment?

Why do people relapse after treatment?

Posted on May 19th, 2017

While it is easier to get lured to addiction, it is extremely difficult to break the chain of dependence from the substances. The challenge of failed treatment, relapse, etc. often stand as a barrier in the way of achieving the goal of sobriety. Despite an effective treatment, it often becomes difficult for people to overcome craving witnessed post recovery. This increases the chances of a relapse. Continue reading

Using buprenorphine  in treating opioid-addicted mothers

Using buprenorphine in treating opioid-addicted mothers

Posted on April 17th, 2017

Opioids, also known as “magic pills,” have the potential to alleviate any kind of mild to chronic pain by triggering the feel good receptors of the brain. Being highly addictive in nature, they are also known for causing short-term effects, such as drowsiness, nausea, slowed breathing, etc., and long-term effects, such as increased dependence and eventually addiction. Continue reading

Going cold turkey can be a big mistake

Going cold turkey can be a big mistake

Posted on October 15th, 2015

“I quit.”

If you say that as a kid playing Little League, you’re probably in for a lecture. Say that to your employer and you’ll probably be obliged.  Telling your addictions that you’re ready to quit….well, that’s bravery. Sobriety’s a tough, often scary leap into the unknown and anyone making it deserves commendation. But too often, there’s an assumption that addictions can be quit on a dime, full stop, cold turkey. That’s a mistake. Continue reading

Women and relapsing

Women and relapsing

Posted on September 29th, 2015

Relapse is common in treatment, and can hang over the heads of patients in treatment like a specter. Writing for Psychology Today, addiction expert David Sack, M.D., reports half of all people who attempt to get sober fall back to heavy substance use, with mild to moderate slips occurring in between 70 to 90 percent. Addiction is a chronic disease, and relapse doesn’t mean that treatment has failed or that the patient has reached the end of their road, it means that the treatment needs adjusting. Just as men and women fall into the trap of addiction for different reasons, they recover from addiction in different ways as well. One of the chief differences appears to be in relapse rates, with some studies showing women relapse less than men.

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