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Warning Signs of Benzo Abuse

Like many prescription medications, benzodiazepines can be abused and lead to addiction. These sedative drugs can play a crucial role in helping someone with severe anxiety or panic disorder feel calmer so they can function. But when taken excessively or recreationally, they can lead to dangerous side effects. Learn about benzo abuse warning signs to …

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What Are the Types of Peer Pressure?

Peer pressure is a powerful force. It is one of the most effective ways to change someone’s behavior. While peer pressure can lead to positive behaviors, it can also influence you to engage in harmful behaviors like excessive drinking or drug use. Learning to stand up to peer pressure can protect you from its potent …

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Peer Pressure and Substance Abuse

Peer pressure is a normal part of growing up. Young people are constantly surrounded by their peers and exposed to the values and beliefs of others. People tend to be influenced by others similar in age, social status, gender, race, education level, and appearance. While peer pressure can be positive or negative, some types of …

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Moral Inventory and Recovery

Overcoming addiction is no easy task, but with the right treatment program, you can find your way through it and to what awaits on the other side—a healthy life of sobriety. Even if you have already tried to quit alcohol or drugs before but failed, you can still achieve recovery. Finding the most appropriate treatment …

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What Are Defects of Character in Recovery?

Trying to overcome addiction without a plan can set you up for failure. The 12-step program used by Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) provides the structure needed to give you a sense of direction as you navigate recovery. But you do not have to go through it on your own. Finding an addiction treatment center that offers …

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Can Someone Find Out If You’re in Rehab?

Many people struggling with addiction or substance use disorder (SUD) want to seek treatment but feel they cannot. They may worry about confidentiality, insurance coverage, and the potential for stigma when friends and family find out that they need help for drug or alcohol misuse. However, finding an accepting and supportive community is integral to …

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