What Factors Protect Against Addiction?

What Factors Protect Against Addiction?

The strange thing about addiction is that it affects relatively few people. Although most Americans drink alcohol, few develop an alcohol use disorder. Even Extremely addictive substances like nicotine and heroin only hook about a third and a quarter of users, respectively. We know there are certain risk factors that make someone more likely to develop a substance use disorder. These include genetic predisposition, mental illness, using drugs or alcohol


4 Challenges Men Face in Addiction Recovery

4 Challenges Men Face in Addiction Recovery

Although addiction and treatment have similar features for everyone, no two situations are identical. The circumstances of your life matter a great deal for your recovery. There are significant differences, for example, between young adults and older adults. Men and women also have different needs in treatment. For a long time, men have been treated as sort of the default. However, recognizing some of the key differences between men’s and


What Are the Risk Factors for Addiction?

What Are the Risk Factors for Addiction?

One curious thing about addiction is that relatively few people develop it. For example, alcohol is generally considered an addictive substance, yet although more than 60 percent of Americans drink and about half binge drink, only about 12 percent of those people develop alcohol use disorder. What are the factors that make some people become addicted while others don’t? Research shows there are roughly four main factors. Genes The biggest


3 Challenges Women Face in Addiction Recovery

3 Challenges Women Face in Addiction Recovery

Everyone’s road to recovery is different. The challenges you face in recovery often have more to do with the circumstances of you life than with the substance or addiction in general. For that reason, it’s generally helpful to treat men and women separately. Although the factors of addiction are similar for both, the distribution is often much different. Women also tend to have different life stressors, which can make a


What Should You Do After a Relapse?

What Should You Do After a Relapse?

Estimates of how many people relapse vary widely, depending on who you ask. Some studies estimate relapse rates are as low as 12 percent, while others estimate they are as high as 90 percent. These variations depend on each study’s definition for addiction and criteria for relapse, as well as different research methods and who’s conducting the study. One frequently cited study from the Journal of the American Medical Association


Advantages Young Adults Have in Addiction Recovery

Advantages Young Adults Have in Addiction Recovery

Every phase of life is different, with different challenges and different advantages. Effective addiction treatment will respect these differences. Separating patients by age group allows treatment staff to better help each patient within the context of his or her own life. Young adults have some specific challenges when recovering from addiction. These include incomplete brain development, lack of experience, lack of resources, and over-reliance on peers. However, young adults also


Does a Relapse Mean You’ve Failed?

Does a Relapse Mean You’ve Failed?

Relapse is common in addiction recovery. Estimates of relapse rates vary widely among studies. Some estimates are as low as 12 percent, while others are as high as 90 percent. These results depend on each study’s criteria for addiction and relapse, research methods, and who’s conducting the study. According to one frequently cited study in the Journal of the American Medical Association, between 40 and 60 percent of people treated


Challenges Young Adults Face in Addiction Recovery

Challenges Young Adults Face in Addiction Recovery

Every stage of life is different, with different opportunities and challenges. Addiction treatment is no exception. For most people struggling with a substance use disorder, the problem is not so much the substance as what’s going on in their lives. This makes context extremely important. Since life looks very different at different ages, it makes sense to divide patients by age group. It allows more personalized care while facilitating connection


Do You Have to Be Religious to Work the 12 Steps?

Do You Have to Be Religious to Work the 12 Steps?

Spirituality has been an integral part of AA since the beginning and continues to be to this day. The 12 steps include making “a decision to turn our will and lives over to the care of God as we understood Him,” asking God to remove defects of character, seeking “through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, as we understood Him, praying for knowledge of His will


Why is Group Therapy so Common in Addiction Treatment?

Why is Group Therapy so Common in Addiction Treatment?

Group therapy is a standard element of addiction treatment. Most treatment centers incorporate group therapy and you could even say that 12-step programs, since the earliest AA meetings, are a form of group therapy. Many studies have shown the effectiveness of group therapy for addiction and other mental health conditions, but the thought of sharing with a group makes a lot of people uncomfortable. It can be hard enough to


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