Christian Shire

Christian Shire

As a recovering addict, a trained therapist and an addictions author, i write on all matters pertaining to addiction, recovery and treatment, and I beleive that there is always hope

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Addicted? 3 Reasons to think twice about rapid opiate detox

Rapid opiate detox promises a one day painless period of detox off of heroin or pills. Although it sounds fantastic, critics of the procedure have argued the health risks, the costs and the limited efficacy of a rapid opiate detox do not make it a worthwhile choice for addicts seeking a better life of opiate sobriety.

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Alcohol rehab? What to do when Grandma drinks?

As adults transition into young old age, they are again at an increased risk for alcohol abuse and alcoholism. Unfortunately, the effects of alcohol on older adults are magnified, and the risks to health and welfare increased. Older adults respond very well to treatment, and letting them continue to drink is never a kindness.

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Drug rehab; 3 Reasons to Stay in Drug Rehab for More than a Month

Choosing to stay on in rehab even after graduation can help with sobriety in three important ways, and when employed as in a rehab as a recovering addict and advisor, you maintain access to the therapies of rehab, you remove the stress of an immediate return to the outside word and temptation, and you give something back, using your story and the authority of a period of successful sobriety to assist those newly sober.

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Relapse…5 Things you need to do immediately, if you slip after drug rehab

No matter who you are or how seriously you take your personal battle towards sobriety, the statistics say that you are likely to slip at least once after drug r alcohol rehab. Here are 5 things you need to do to make sure a slip doesn’t become a full blown relapse.

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Addicted? How to Detox off of Alcohol and Pain Pills Together

A concurrent addiction to pills and alcohol plagues increasing numbers of Americans, and with the ever increasing ease of access to prescription pharmaceuticals, the problem is likely to get worse. There are a number of serious issues surrounding the dual use and abuse of pills and alcohol, and these include acute health dangers, long term health risks, and the necessity of a very intense and uncomfortable detox.

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5 ways to stay sober after drug rehab. You never have to use again!

Some people can use a month of drug rehab and stay sober for life, most of us can't. Here are 5 things you can do to improve your odds of sobriety after the end of drug or alcohol rehab.

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Insomnia can lead to relapse. 8 ways to get to sleep at night; even while going through withdrawal!

We don’t often think of sleep as a risk factor to relapse and abuse, but insomnia during long term withdrawal is a significant predictor of further abuse. This is very problematic as one of the symptoms of long term withdrawal off of a great many drugs is a prolonged period of sleep disturbances. Here are 8 ways to get to sleep at night, even while going through withdrawal.

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Alcoholism; 3 ways family can help a recovering alcoholic stay sober

You can never fight the battles of alcoholism recovery for someone you love, but that doesn’t mean that family can't help a lot on the road to sobriety. Although the recovering alcoholic must walk the lonely road to sobriety alone, there are three concrete actions that a loving and supportive family can take to help out along the way.

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No Relapse! 3 ways to stay sober after drug or alcohol rehab

Drug or alcohol rehab is unfortunately no guarantee of long term sobriety, and a great many people fail to see sobriety through the end of the first very risky year after rehab. Here are three things you can do to maximize the odds of staying sober and staying healthy after the end of drug or alcohol rehab.

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Alcoholism; The Emergency Intervention; When You Can’t Wait, Run an Intervention on Hours Notice

Nothing works better than a well planned and careful family intervention to convince of a need for drug or alcohol treatment. But there are times when the use behaviors become so extreme that they present an immediate danger to self or others, and family cannot afford to wait and plan before running an intervention. Here's how to run an emergency intervention on only hours notice.

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Addiction; A 20 Minute Way to Stop Drug Abuse Before it Becomes Drug Addiction

For people who are abusing drugs or alcohol, but whose use has not yet progressed to the level of dependency or addiction, sometimes a brief and casual intervention can influence a substantial change in behaviors. This brief intervention, run by a doctor or other trusted figure of authority, educates as to the dangers and reveals a level of concern; and amazingly, this brief and minimally disruptive form of intervention works more often than not.

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Rapid opiate detox. Detox on Sunday, back at work on Monday…too good to be true?

The claims made by rapid opiate detox clinics sound very inviting to addicts wanting to end their addictions, but fearful of the pains of withdrawal. The clinics and the procedure remains quite controversial, and critics argue that the expense and lack of any therapy makes relapse an expensive probability, and that the questionable safety record should also cause grave concerns.

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Free drug and alcohol rehab at the Salvation Army

For those without insurance or the means to afford private are, the Salvation Army offers low cost or even free access to months of residential drug and alcohol rehab.

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Pill Addiction; How to Beat an Addiction to Ultram

Although Ultram is widely prescribed as a lower risk alternative to prescription pain killers such as vicodin or methadone, thousands of people have developed enduring and entrenched addictions to the drug. The detox is serious and painful, and professional treatment and therapy is often required to better the situation.

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Pill Addiction; 3 ways to beat an Ultram addiction

Although touted as a less addictive and safer alternative to opiate type pain pills, Ultram is addictive, and the detox off of Ultram long and arduous. Once addicted you have three alternatives when attempting detox, and there are certain risks and benefits associated with each.

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