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Four Strategies for Incorporating Family Into the Recovery Process

Family members who positively engage in a loved one’s recovery process can significantly increase the odds of a successful outcome, according to multiple research studies. One such study, published in the International Journal of High-Risk Behaviors and Addiction, found “the perceived social support of addicts to increase the success rate of addiction treatment.” Conversely, the (Read More…)

Understanding the Risks of CBD Oil

CBD is short for cannabidiol, a chemical which is extracted from the hemp plant and then diluted with a carrier oil like coconut or hemp seed oil. While both CBD and marijuana are derived from the cannabis plant, CBD does not contain enough tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) to produce mind-altering effects. Hemp contains 0.3% or less THC, (Read More…)

What is “Patient Brokering”?

(Understanding and Avoiding “Patient Brokering”) Patient brokering is an illegal practice used by some rehab facilities to pay a third party to procure patients for them. When at their most vulnerable, addicted people and their families are talked into believing the facility is acting in their best interests, when in reality, they’re in it for (Read More…)

Beginning the Conversation About Addiction With a Loved One

The American Psychiatric Association defines addiction as “compulsive substance use despite harmful consequences.” People with addictions are driven to continue the behavior even when it causes serious problems in their lives. Addiction is now known clinically as either alcohol use disorder (AUD) or substance use disorder (SUD), and is viewed as a diagnosable chronic disease. (Read More…)