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Pregnancy and Addiction: Drug Rehab Options for Pregnant Women

Addiction can affect people in a variety of circumstances, including women who are pregnant. Despite addiction being a complex condition associated with distinct brain and behavioral changes, some people instead...

How Loved Ones Can Help Veterans with Substance Abuse & PTSD

The U.S. has been at war for over 15 years now, and many of the service members who have come back from deployments involving conflict have had a difficult time...

Mental Health Stigma in the Military

Though progress continues to be made, a significant amount of stigma remains attached to certain types of mental health issues; perhaps unsurprisingly, this remains true throughout the ranks of our...

Transitioning from Active Duty to Civilian Life

Transitioning from active-duty military to civilian life can be challenging and present a number of difficulties for members of the armed forces. According to a Pew Research Center survey of...

Identifying Signs of Suicide in Veterans & How to Help

Because of the difficult situations and experiences active-duty military members face, veterans can come home from war carrying a weight they didn’t go in with. Without the right help, that...

AAC: A Community Care Provider for Veteran Care

Quality addiction care is a right in the U.S., but sometimes figuring out how to pick the right treatment can be difficult. This can be especially true for military veterans,...

Can the Drinking Culture of the Military Lead to Alcoholism?

For most U.S. service members, alcohol is a part of the military experience. A 2019 study of the drinking habits of numerous professions found that members of the military consumed...

Veteran Addiction Treatment: MISSION Act & Community Care Providers

The VA offers many essential services and programs to those who have served our country, including services that provide addiction treatment. However, it is not always clear how to access...

Tampa, Florida’s Veteran Addiction Treatment Resources

You’ll find a lot of active-duty and retired military service members in the state of Florida. Because of this, River Oaks aims to support the military community with information and...

Alcohol & Drug Detox Hotlines

This page will discuss: What alcohol and drug addiction hotlines are and who can call in. If you should call a hotline and the symptoms of addiction. What treatment options...

Substance Use: A Guide If You Believe Your Friend Is Addicted

Believing that a friend is addicted to drugs or alcohol can generate feelings of uncertainty, worry, and anxiety. Although you may question your suspicions and attribute your friend’s behavior to...

Employee Substance Use: A Guide for Coworkers and Supervisors

Employees with a substance use disorder who work under the influence of drugs or alcohol can present risks to themselves, their coworkers, and the company. Substance use in the workplace...

When Your Loved One May Be Addicted: Guide for Families

This guide will help you recognize the warning signs of addiction in a loved one, offer education about different types of substance abuse treatment, and explain how you can provide...

Finding Your Purpose in First Responders Treatment

Imagine, for a moment, that you moved at breakneck speed through life and death encounters on a regular basis. You endure rigorous training, watch the impossible become possible, and test...

When Your Loved One Leaves River Oaks

Your loved one is doing a lot of work in treatment and will face a number of challenges in the transition back into an unstructured environment. At River Oaks, we...

What Do You Need to Do After Drug Detox?

Treating addiction has been an important part of medicine and therapy for decades. As the understanding of addiction evolves, approaches to treating it are also evolving. The National Institute on Drug...

Should You Detox with Someone Else? What are the Benefits?

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) describes the 11 criteria that clinicians use to determine whether someone struggles with addiction. One of those criteria is repeated attempts to stop abusing the drug and then relapsing back...

How to Write a Bulletproof Relapse Prevention Plan

In 2016, around 21 million Americans struggled with addiction involving drugs and/or alcohol, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH).1 Addiction...

Are You Burnt out on Recovery? How Get Back on Track

Chronic stress can quickly add up to burnout, and in recovery, this can be life-threatening. It happens when you are constantly feeling pressured to perform at a certain level, and...

Can I Naturally Detox from Drugs?

The term detox, short for detoxification, is still used by many individuals in recovery and even by many treatment organizations to describe an intentionally derived process to cope with withdrawal that is...

Drug Detox and Hydration

Proper hydration is important to maintaining numerous bodily functions. The normal process of detoxification that occurs as a result of an individual’s liver metabolizing and ridding the body of toxins...

Medical-Assisted Treatment: Is Medicated Opiate Detox Right for You?

Addiction to heroin and opiate painkillers like OxyContin or Percocet is a life-changing medical disorder. Characterized by an intense withdrawal process that includes both physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms, the...

The Process of Detoxing (Day to Day)

To understand what happens to the brain and body during drug detox, it is necessary to first consider how the brain works and how drugs work in the brain. As...

Does My Insurance Cover Detox?

Depending on the substance in use, detoxification is often the first step in the drug abuse recovery process. For this reason, there is obvious concern about whether insurance will pay...

What Is Substitution Tapering?

Some drugs or medications, when misused or abused, can cause extremely uncomfortable or even dangerous withdrawal symptoms that increase the risk of relapse or can even cause injury, illness, or...

How Much Does Drug Detox Cost?

Generally, a person who struggles with alcohol or drug addiction must detox before they begin the intensive process of therapy to overcome the psychological aspects of addiction. Detox means going...

Are Drug Detox Centers Free?

Typically, before a person enters a drug or alcohol rehabilitation program, they must detox from all substances of abuse. In some instances, a comprehensive treatment program offers detox services whereas other times, the person...

Music while in Recovery

The American Music Therapy Association defines music therapy as the clinical and evidence-based application of music to accomplish individual goals, in a therapeutic relationship with a trained music therapist. This is a...

The 5 Worst Drugs to Detox From

Because addiction is a disease that changes the part of the brain responsible for rewarding tasks, overcoming addiction to anything can be a long process. Some substances can cause physically...

Using Antidepressants in Detox

In some cases, antidepressants are prescribed to an individual during detox from alcohol or drugs. Detox is often the first stage of recovery for a person struggling with addiction. Medication...

Not Sure What to Say at 12-Step Meetings? How to Make Small Talk

Showing up is everything when it comes to getting something out of 12-Step meetings and giving them the chance to help you stay sober. The thought behind that theory is...

Who Should I Surround Myself with during Detox?

Medical detox, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, is a method of safely managing withdrawal symptoms that are triggered when one ceases drug use. It is only one step...

10 Things to Look for in a Detox Center

Professional detox is a form of medical treatment, and it should therefore only be provided under the supervision of a medical professional. During the process of medical detox, a physician...

What Is Direct Tapering?

Sometimes, when a person wants to stop using a drug, just quitting cold turkey isn’t an option. With some drugs, withdrawal symptoms can be so strong that they make cravings...

What Is Titration Tapering?

When a person is struggling with drug addiction, the first step in recovery is withdrawal from the substance of abuse. Detox is the method through which the individual stops using...

Tapering: Is It Effective?

Addictive drugs commonly interact with brain chemistry and change the way the brain sends signals along the central nervous system. When a person uses drugs on a regular basis, the...

What to Do Before Detox

A lot of people get nervous about the first steps into drug addiction treatment. It’s understandable – the unknowns about the process can make a person feel a little frightened...

How to Detox from Drugs

Types of Detox Methods Different individuals may react to loss of a drug in different ways. Also, different drugs may cause issues with what would otherwise seem like a straightforward...

Managing Stress during Recovery

Stress, substance abuse, and addiction all are complexly intertwined. The Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences publishes information on the ways in which stress can be a predictor for, and...

How Long Should One Stay at a Drug Treatment Facility?

Residential treatment is an excellent resource for those who are ready to fully immerse themselves in medical detox and therapeutic treatment with the goal of putting drug and alcohol use firmly in the past....

5 Ways Drug Treatment Is Effective

There is no cure for addiction. Over thousands of years and across cultures, doctors and researchers have dedicated their lives to finding a vaccine or magic pill that will erase the...

Does My Insurance Cover Rehab?

Figuring out if your insurance covers your addiction rehab services can sometimes be even harder than making the decision to attend treatment in the first place. Constant legislative shifts, changes...

Can I Afford Drug Treatment?

The costs associated with medical services, including therapy for substance use disorders, can be high. The National Institute on Drug Abuse estimates that the average cost for a full year of methadone...

Rapid Detox

As the world progresses and technology advances, we believe the idea that faster is more effective. But is faster really better? In many instances of technological advancements, we appreciate the convenience of...

Managing Grief during Addiction Recovery

If there is one thing that is certain in life it is that change will continue to happen. When the change is not your choice or preference, however, and when...

Medications Used in Detox

The Drug Abuse Warning Network, a division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, conducted a survey in 2009 that showed that approximately 4.5 million people made emergency department visits...

Concerns of Substance Abuse Relapse

Addiction is a chronic disease. While countless individuals who suffer from addiction recover, there is always a risk of relapse back to the addictive behavior. Relapse occurs when the individual returns to an...

Mindfulness in Recovery

The notion of mindfulness or being mindful is a relatively modern Western practice in psychology, counseling, and even philosophy that borrows from more ancient sources, such as Buddhism. The concept of...

Drug Detox

Medical detox is an extremely important first step in treating drug or alcohol dependence, as it clears the body of substances of abuse so individuals can begin addressing the psychological...

How Soon Can I Be Admitted for Treatment?

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s Principles of Effective Treatment, one of the elements of addiction treatment that contributes to more positive outcomes is that treatment be readily available. Because...

The Benefits of Traveling for Treatment

When searching for substance abuse or addiction treatment, it might at first seem that getting treatment near home is the most logical and easiest solution. Concerns about being away from...

Paying for Addiction Treatment

The high cost of addiction treatment in the U.S. may be one why some people with substance abuse disorders do not go. Thankfully, the Affordable Care Act has required insurance...

What Are the Most Addictive Drugs?

Every drug has the potential for addiction as well as its own set of withdrawal symptoms, but some drugs bring more severe effects than others. Since different drugs affect different...

When Is Treatment Necessary?

National statistics show that the majority of Americans who need substance abuse treatment do not get the kind of help they need. In 2013, approximately 17 million Americans met the...

Getting Help for Drug Treatment

The decision to seek help for drug abuse and addiction requires a great deal of courage from the individual battling addiction. Sometimes individuals seek treatment after an event that served...

Leaving Treatment & Aftercare

Every person’s recovery journey is unique, so at River Oaks, we create a tailored plan for your aftercare. Leaving treatment can be intimidating, but we’re here for you. We are...

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