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Can Seasonal Affective Disorder Hinder My Recovery?

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 21, 2020 / by Russ Kallina posted in Addiction, Co-Occurring Disorders, Positive Recovery, treatment program, seasonal affective disorder

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Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of seasonal depression that is not uncommon to experience at this time of year, as the days start to get shorter, and the weather gets colder. Affecting over 10 million Americans each year, SAD symptoms include oversleeping, lack of energy, overeating, and isolating yourself from friends and family.

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Covid is Causing Increased Drinking

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 16, 2020 / by Russ Kallina posted in Addiction, Positive Recovery, treatment program, covid

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While some common household products such as toilet paper and eggs have been a struggle to find in stores during COVID, there has been no shortage of alcohol.

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Both Outpatient and Remote Addiction Treatment Options at Aquila Recovery

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 04, 2020 / by Russ Kallina posted in Addiction, Positive Recovery, treatment program, remote treatment

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At Aquila Recovery of Virginia, you have the choice of what kind of treatment for your drug or alcohol addiction that you would like to receive during these difficult COVID times.  We offer both in person outpatient and remote treatment options for you, to ensure your safety while still delivering the highest level of care possible for you or your family. 

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Can I Take Prescription Drugs During Recovery?

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 12, 2020 / by Russ Kallina posted in Addiction, Positive Recovery, treatment program

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Some people in recovery from drug addiction may also suffer from other mental or physical medical issues. Of course, doctors might have prescribed medications to treat these other health concerns. If this describes you, you certainly should consider learning more about taking different types of prescription medication while you undergo treatment for drug addiction.

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A Look at Addiction Recovery Rates

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 09, 2020 / by Russ Kallina posted in Addiction, Positive Recovery

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Research into addiction rates is mixed, and long-term success rates vary greatly according to several factors. Availability of treatment programs, matching therapy type to individual needs, addressing mental health in addition to the addiction, and length of time can all play a critical role in in achieving positive outcomes in recovery. 

Based on current studies, here are some addiction recovery facts:

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If You're Defensive About Your Drinking, You Might Have a Problem

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 22, 2020 / by Russ Kallina posted in Addiction, Alcohol, treatment program

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Has anyone ever accused you have having an drinking problem? Perhaps it was a well-intentioned friend or colleague who made a “joke” that felt like it was directed at you, or a family member who outright called you an alcoholic?

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Choosing the Right Addiction Treatment Program

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 22, 2020 / by Russ Kallina posted in Addiction, Co-Occurring Disorders, treatment program

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Addiction treatment programs in the United States follow many of the same foundations and principals, but because there are not mandatory certifications, accreditations, or training you can’t expect that you’ll receive the same level of service or professionalism regardless of where you go for treatment.

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Is Drug Addiction the Same as Alcohol Addiction?

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 22, 2019 / by Russ Kallina posted in Addiction, Alcohol, About Aquila, Drugs, treatment program

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There is a common misperception that some addictions are more “serious” than others, that alcohol addiction isn't as serious as an addiction to heroin, crack, or methamphetamine. 

Common stereotypes paint images of alcoholics getting drunk at home and heroin addicts as engaged in criminal behavior, unemployed, homeless, or giving up on life. After all, alcohol is a legal and socially acceptable substance here in the U.S. Thus, it is perceived as less serious.

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The Relationship Between Alcohol and Stress

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 08, 2019 / by Russ Kallina posted in Addiction, Alcohol, About Aquila

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After a long day, there is nothing more relaxing than having a few drinks to help you unwind, right? But did you know that drinking can make you feel more stressed? 

Many people talk about having a drink to take the edge off when they are feeling stressed, but studies have shown that alcohol has the opposite effect. Alcohol increases the stress response by stimulating the production of the same hormones produced by the body when under stress. 

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How is Dual Diagnosis Treated?

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 10, 2019 / by Russ Kallina posted in Addiction, Co-Occurring Disorders, treatment program

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Substance abuse typically occurs along with other mental disorders. The co-occurrence of two or more disorders complicates recovery as one can make the other worse. If conditions are not treated together, then recovery is unlikely.  

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