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A Guide to Sober October

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 29, 2021 / by Russ Kallina posted in Addiction, Alcohol, Drugs, Sober Living

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October is here, and it's a time when people from all across the world participate in the Sober October challenge. 

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Benefits of Attending Drug and Alcohol Treatment in Virginia

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 10, 2021 / by Russ Kallina posted in Addiction, Alcohol, Drugs, Sober Living, treatment program

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The first step to recovery is acknowledging that you need to help. Substance use disorders are complex and it requires time and commitment in order to attain sobriety. While going to treatment may seem intimidating, it doesn’t have to be that way. September is National Recovery Month, and it’s important to be aware of the types of treatment that are available across the country so that you can decide which one is best for you.

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RawRecoveryTalk: Changing The Stigma Surrounding Addiction

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 26, 2020 / by RawRecoveryTalk posted in Alcohol, Drugs, Co-Occurring Disorders, Positive Recovery

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It is so common nowadays to ask someone “What they do for a living” as a means of small talk. For 6 years my answer to this question was “I’m an addiction counselor” and as a response I would receive some variation of “Bless you, that must be so hard to work with them”. It took me a long time to realize that people did not know how to respond because of the stigma attached to addiction and mental illness in general.

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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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Their Substance Use Disorder is Affecting Your Family

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 19, 2018 / by Russ Kallina posted in Addiction, Alcohol, For Family Members, Drugs

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You might not think that your loved one’s substance use disorder is a family business, but their struggles are a complex battle that come with very real consequences to your family.  Substance use disorder is often referred to as a family disease, which is true both from a genetic and social point of view. 

You might already understand that there are physical, mental and societal challenges that come with substance use disorders and that jeopardize your family’s well-being. Let’s take a closer look at the true impact substance use disorder could be having on your family:

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The Benefits of Dual Diagnosis Treatment

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 30, 2017 / by Russ Kallina posted in Drugs, Co-Occurring Disorders

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For many people, substance use disorder is more than just a physical struggle with drugs and alcohol; it takes root in unresolved issues, trauma and mental health. In fact, nearly 6 in 10 individuals who struggle with substance use disorder are also affected by at least one co-occurring disorder, making the acknowledgement or discovery of these conditions a critical component of treatment.

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Addressing Employee Substance Use Disorder

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 04, 2017 / by Russ Kallina posted in Addiction, Alcohol, Drugs

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Retaining valued personnel is a key factor in the success of any business. When you have an employee who is battling a substance use disorder there are often several ways that it will impact your workplace – even if they are sober while they are on the job.

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Setting SMART Goals for Addiction

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 29, 2017 / by Russ Kallina posted in Addiction, Drugs

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A key to component for recovery from substance use disorder is by setting S.M.A.R.T goals (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic & Time Bound). Goals help you prioritize, achieve your aspirations, augment your motivation for growth and enhance confidence and self-worth.

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Understanding Co-Occurring Disorders

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 02, 2017 / by Russ Kallina posted in Addiction, Alcohol, Drugs, Co-Occurring Disorders

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When someone suffers from a substance use disorder and a mental health or psychiatric disorder (such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, schizophrenia, OCD, or a personality disorder), the conditions are considered co-occurring because they are occurring at the same time.

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Are My Kids at Risk?

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 02, 2017 / by Russ Kallina posted in Addiction, Alcohol, Drugs

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Parents always worry about their kids. How they will do in school, who their friends will be, what will they do for work when they grow up and will they be healthy? These are natural worries of a parent. In addition, many parents worry about if their children will develop a substance use disorder (addiction). These thoughts are certainly in the minds of parents who suffer, or have suffered from, a substance use disorder themselves. 

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