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Why Are the Holidays So Stressful for People in Recovery?

 Why Are the Holidays So Stressful for People in Recovery?

The holidays are supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year. For those of us in recovery, however, the time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day can be a time of increased anxiety, temptation, and potential backsliding.
The holiday season has a unique ability to bring out the best and the worst in people. There’s an increased focus on family, friends, and social interaction during this time. However, increased stress, unexpected triggers, and unrealistic expectations can quickly outweigh the positive qualities of the season.
What Makes the Holidays So Difficult During Recovery?
For those of us in recovery, holiday stress can cause dormant behaviors to re-emerge. That’s because people tend to return to old habits during times of increased stress.
While keeping an alcohol- and drug-free home is essential to your recovery success, that might not be the case for the rest […]

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Medicaid Makes Outpatient Opioid Addiction Treatment Affordable

Medicaid Makes Outpatient Opioid Addiction Treatment Affordable

The opioid epidemic takes a staggering toll on the United States. In the past two decades, around 400,000 people have died from opioid-related overdoses. And for the first time, Americans are now more likely to die from opioid overdose than from a car crash.
Needless to say, access to opioid addiction treatment is more important than ever.
Isn’t Addiction Treatment Expensive?
We know that cost is generally the number one barrier that prevents access to treatment. Many inpatient treatment programs can cost tens of thousands of dollars for 30-day stays. While inpatient or residential treatment can be useful for some people, not everyone needs to live in a treatment center in order to achieve recovery.
Outpatient medication-assisted treatment (MAT), however, is far less expensive than inpatient treatment and it’s often covered by insurance.
MAT has been established by research and clinical science as the gold standard of care for opioid addiction. It works by using […]

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