Substance Abuse Treatment

Are You Dependent on Drugs or Alcohol?

A great deal of time, energy and money have been devoted to drug and alcohol addiction. An addict is relatively easy to spot. They must have their fix, will do anything to get it and keep using despite major life problems. A more common problem is a category below addiction. Dependence is more widespread, yet…

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Which Stage Of Change Are You In?

In the substance abuse field, there is something called motivational interviewing. I use it in my work with people having drug or alcohol problems. One of the first questions I ask someone is, “What are you motivated to do?” I don’t try to persuade you to follow some plan or program. Because you won’t do…

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How to Spot a Possible Addiction

If you’re concerned that you or someone you know may have an addiction to drugs, alcohol or a problem behavior, it can be difficult to know for sure. There is a shorthand test that can help make this determination. It’s about applying the three C’s. I’m not talking about the three C’s of addiction recovery,…

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