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At Footprints to Recovery, we pride ourselves on continuously discovering, learning, and creating. Below you will find various forms of content; whether you’re looking for answers about treatment, hotline numbers, or new reading material – we have the resources available to you. We strive to provide our users with the best content, so please don’t hesitate to reach out if there is anything we can do for you. 

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Addiction is a chronic disease characterized by drug or alcohol seeking behavior that is compulsive, or difficult to control, despite harmful consequences.

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No singular factor can predict if a person will become addicted to drugs

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People who are addicted to drugs or alcohol are twice as likely to suffer from mood and anxiety disorders

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Most people can’t simply stop using drugs for a few days and be cured, long-term or repeated care is often needed to stop using completely and recover their lives.

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Treatment Resources

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Addiction Treatment Essentials

Treatment for substance use disorders is guided by evidence-based practices and quality clinical principles established by research studies. With that being said, addiction treatment must also be highly individualized to support long-lasting recovery from drug and alcohol abuse.

What Is Addiction?

Addiction can impact anyone. It can destroy a person’s quality of life and even result in death, but no one has to wait until they’ve “hit rock bottom” to seek help. Understanding addiction can provide more insight into your relationship with drugs and alcohol and act as the first step in finding help.

Signs of Substance Abuse

If you feel as though your drinking or drug use is beginning to negatively impact your life, it can help to understand the signs of substance abuse. Likewise, if you are a parent, family member, or friend who is concerned, addiction education is the first step in finding help for the people you love.

What Is Alcoholism?

The signs of alcoholism include an inability to control your drinking, withdrawal symptoms when you attempt to stop drinking, and continued cravings to drink even when it negatively affects your life.

What Are The Effects of Alcohol Abuse?

If you participate in patterns of heavy drinking or binge drinking, you may be wondering about the effects of alcohol abuse. Abusing alcohol can result in both short-term and long-term effects.

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The Effects Of Mixing Drugs

If you have ever taken medication, you’ve probably been warned about mixing your medicine with other drugs and alcohol. Mixing any type of drugs together result in negative interactions and severe side effects.

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What Is Drug Addiction?

An addiction (whether it’s to alcohol or something else altogether) stems from brain cell alteration. Each drug dose you take alters portions of your mind responsible for memory, reward, and decision-making.

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Prescription Drug Concerns

NIDA defines misuse of prescription medication as taking it in a way other than prescribed, taking someone else’s medication, or using medication recreationally for its desired effects.

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Drug Processing Timelines

How long it takes a drug to process out of your body will depend on several factors such as the type of drug, the dosage, and the way it was taken.  A person’s body size and metabolism can also play a role.

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What To Expect From Drug Withdrawal

When your body is dependent on drugs or alcohol, it can go into withdrawal following a break from substance use. Symptoms can range from mild to moderate or severe. Depending on the substance, withdrawal can be fatal without proper medical care.

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Short And Long-term Risks Of Drug Use

Drugs interact with chemicals in the brain and body to make you feel a certain way. While drugs can be helpful in regulating moods, helping you sleep, and managing pain, they can also have serious complications when misused.

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The Risks Of An Overdose

An overdose occurs when you take more of a drug than your body can process and can lead to significant complications or death. An overdose can happen after abusing drugs such as heroin or drinking too much alcohol in cases of alcohol poisoning.

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Mental Health & Co-occurring Disorders

(NIDA) states that about fifty percent of all people with an addiction will also have a mental health disorder, such as depression, anxiety, or schizophrenia.

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Comorbid Conditions And Substance Use Disorder

If an individual has a substance use disorder and a comorbid medical issue, both conditions require concurrent treatment.

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Finding Help For A Loved One

If you suspect someone you care about has an addiction, getting help could be critical. However, before you talk to them, do research, and seek advice from a professional.

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