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Is Quitting Alcohol “Cold Turkey” Safe?

In a world where nearly every home, restaurant, resort, and even nail salon has alcohol available, quitting is not easy. Some people chose to quit alcohol to lose weight, some do it for religious or spiritual reasons, some realize that their relationship with alcohol...

Interview with Recovering Addict, John Coyle

I work with John at Amethyst and I was thrilled to have the chance to interview him for this blog piece. He is incredibly kind, humble and has been a huge inspiration to me. He works tirelessly to help those that are still suffering and I am proud to call him my...

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Amethyst Recovery Stories – Justin Greenberg

My name is Justin Greenberg and I have been clean since November 13th, 2015.   I was born and raised in Stoughton, Massachusetts. My family was really close when I was growing up and my parents have been married for over thirty years. My father coached my youth...

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3 of the Largest Drug Arrests in America in 2018

3 of the Largest Drug Arrests in America in 2018

Drug arrests are some of the most common law violations in America. This is no surprise considering America’s obvious war on drugs. Law enforcement agencies are kept busy infiltrating and looking for major drug rings. Some of these operations take years, while others...

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A Wide Open Gate: Marijuana Addiction

A Wide Open Gate: Marijuana Addiction

The question is asked all the time. Is marijuana addictive? Many people argue over this, including marijuana users themselves. While some say marijuana is addictive and others do not, one thing that is certain is that marijuana can form a physical dependence. While 9%...

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Risk Factors for Cocaine Addiction

Risk Factors for Cocaine Addiction

More Americans have a cocaine addiction than you’d think. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), approximately 1.5 million Americans struggled with cocaine abuse in 2014. Of these people, 913,000 Americans met the criteria for...

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3 Signs of Heroin Withdrawal and How to Manage Them

3 Signs of Heroin Withdrawal and How to Manage Them

It’s difficult to break free from a heroin addiction when faced with signs of heroin withdrawal. The symptoms of heroin withdrawal are so intense that they drive compulsive heroin use. This results in long-term substance abuse. One of the many effects of heroin...

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3 Tips for Easing Benzodiazepine Withdrawal Symptoms

3 Tips for Easing Benzodiazepine Withdrawal Symptoms

Benzodiazepine withdrawal symptoms are common among those who stop taking this drug. Benzodiazepines are depressants that control the central nervous system. They treat a wide array of symptoms and conditions, like seizures, anxiety, insomnia and panic disorders....

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Rehab Facilities Near Me: Why They're So Beneficial

Rehab Facilities Near Me: Why They're So Beneficial

I have had many loved ones now go through substance abuse rehab. Their mental health needed a huge check and inpatient treatment was the way to do that. Looking for a rehab facility was easier than they realized, they found amazing options close to home. While it...

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Finding Peace and Serenity in Your Addiction Recovery Process

Finding Peace and Serenity in Your Addiction Recovery Process

It is natural to be uncomfortable when you first come to your addiction recovery center. Treatment facilities are intimidating. You’re in a new place. You’re being constantly monitored. You have no social media and no internet. You’re put in the position to think...

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Going to a Long Term Rehab Program is More Effective

Going to a Long Term Rehab Program is More Effective

Addiction rehab can often seem like you’re being completely removed from the world you know. In some ways, this can be really stressful.  When you’re in residential treatment, you’re going to be placed in an environment that you’re not entirely used to. You’re moving...

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Depression or Anxiety in Alcoholics who Are Dually Diagnosed

Depression or Anxiety in Alcoholics who Are Dually Diagnosed

It's not unusual to find depression or anxiety in alcoholics. Mental health disorders are often closely linked with alcoholism. Many alcoholics find relief from stress and other inner issues by drinking. The alcohol lowers their inhibition and enhances their mood....

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Alcohol Program Therapy Uses EMDR For Overcoming Trauma

Alcohol Program Therapy Uses EMDR For Overcoming Trauma

Alcohol program therapy involves treating both an alcohol addiction and a mental health disorder. Addiction affects anyone and everyone. Mental health disorders often cause or exacerbate substance abuse. To treat the alcohol or drug abuse at its core, it’s vital that...

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