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Substance Abuse in the National Guard & Reserves

While being a member of the National Guard and the Reserves is very honorable, national guardsmen and reservists may face challenges, including substance use and mental health concerns. In this…

Coast Guard Substance Abuse Trends and Resources

Military service members are at higher risk for developing substance use disorders (SUDs), including people who are or were in the Coast Guard.1 Military service can also lead to increased…

Substance Abuse and Addiction in the Marines

Substance abuse and addiction know no boundaries and can affect people from all walks of life. Unfortunately, this includes military personnel and veterans. There is a growing concern in the…

Addiction Resources for Airmen: Substance Abuse in the Air Force

Substance abuse is a problem in our Armed Forces, just like it is among civilians. Each branch has unique challenges when it comes to addiction and mental health disorders, and…

Drug and Alcohol Abuse in the Army

Military service can be very stressful, especially for personnel deployed to active combat zones. Sometimes, service members can develop unhealthy behaviors like turning to substances while in active duty, or…

Our Residential Treatment Program at Recovery First

Denise O’Connell, CEO of Recovery First, has over 30 years of experience in the mental health and substance use disorders treatment area. Here, she introduces Recovery First’s residential treatment program,…

Sailors and Substance Abuse: How the Navy is Dealing with Addiction

Substance Abuse in the Navy Substance abuse is an issue in the Navy, just as it is in all branches of the military and among the civilian population. However, drinking,…

Life After the Military: Transitioning from Service Member to Civilian

After being in the military, veterans face a variety of challenges reintegrating into civilian life. This article will discuss these challenges, the existence of transition stress, and resources that are…

How the Military is Addressing Stigma around Mental Health

Nearly 60% of military service members suffering from mental health problems don’t seek help.1 The stigma against seeking help can pose a significant barrier for veterans suffering with these issues….

Community Care Providers for Veterans

What is Community Care? When a veteran is seeking treatment for medical or behavioral health, the Department of Veterans Affairs provides numerous options beyond VA services through the Veterans Community…

MISSION Act and Community Care Providers

The MISSION Act allows eligible and qualified veterans to receive treatment through community care providers when they can’t access care through a local Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) facility. Eligible…

Florida Veteran Addiction Treatment Resources

With a high concentration of military personnel in Florida—both active duty and retired—Recovery First aims to provide a hub of resources for addiction treatment and recovery specifically for veterans. Substance…

Drug and Alcohol Addiction Hotline Guide

Trying to find help when you or a loved one is dealing with substance abuse can be a challenge, and you may be confused as to where to turn for…

Resources for Families and Loved Ones

Addiction is a disease that not only affects the person with the substance use disorder (SUD), but also those surrounding them. As a friend or family member to someone who…

What to Do if Your Friend is Addicted to Drugs or Alcohol?

It’s a tough situation to be in when you realize one of your friends may be suffering from drug addiction or alcoholism, and there isn’t usually an easy solution. On…

What to Do When a Loved One Is Addicted

Watching a loved one struggle with addiction can be one of the most heartbreaking things life throws at you. Addiction is a disease that doesn’t always look the same for…

What to Do When a Coworker or Employee Is Addicted?

Substance abuse in the workplace is not uncommon. Reports show that as many as 23% of those surveyed have been exposed to coworkers using or being under the influence of…

When Your Loved One Leaves Recovery First

What Is the Discharge Process? We know how anxious you will be for your loved one to return home. We are here to work with you during this life-changing moment….

Why Are Military Veterans More Prone to Opioid Abuse?

Active duty members of our armed forces are more likely to encounter dangerous situations that can lead to injury. From time in combat to carrying heavy equipment or using ill-fitting…

Military Veterans & Smoking

Why Are Veterans More Likely to Smoke? Veterans of the United States Armed Forces are at a high risk of smoking cigarettes. This group struggles with higher rates of mental…

Female Veterans and Substance Abuse

Are Female Veterans More Prone to Substance Abuse? Service women often experience unique struggles while serving their country. While female veterans face similar problems as their male counterparts—such as homelessness,…

How Families of Veterans Are Affected by Substance Abuse

Families of veterans can experience psychological and emotional stress while their loved one is deployed, and after they have returned home and retired from the service. Mental health disorders from…

Veterans And Suicide Risk

Why Are Veterans at a Higher Risk of Suicide? Military veterans are more likely than the civilian population to develop specific mental health problems, like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and traumatic…

Veterans and Co-Occurring Disorders

The term co-occurring disorders—also referred to as dual diagnosis or comorbidity—refers to a diagnosis of two or more mental disorders, including substance use disorders, at the same time. As more…

PTSD in Veterans & Treatment

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a type of psychiatric or mental health disorder that occurs in some people who experience a traumatic event, such as:1 War or combat. A serious accident…

Are Veterans More Likely to Develop Alcoholism?

Alcohol is at the top of the list of substances abused by veterans.1 Illicit drug use in the military tends to occur less often than in the civilian population due…

Does VA Insurance Cover Addiction Treatment?

The short answer to the question of whether a military veteran’s insurance—if it’s provided by the federal government—will cover treatment for a substance use disorder is “yes”. But while some…

Veterans and Substance Abuse

Service members in the U.S. Armed Forces sacrifice a lot to serve their country. Sometimes, those sacrifices leave them with mental health disorders like alcohol or drug abuse. Post-traumatic stress…

Finance FAQ: What You Need to Know in Early Recovery

Money matters are almost always primary for people in early recovery. After months, if not years, of addiction, most people have a pile of debt and no ability to pay…

Finding LGBTQ-Friendly Treatment Centers

About 10 million American adults, or around 4.1 percent of the US adult population, identify is lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer/questioning (LGBTQ). A larger percentage of people who identify…

First Responders Addiction Treatment: How to Seek Help

When most people imagine a first responder, they may imagine an ambulance with medical professionals aboard, a police unit, firefighters, or the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Of course, these professionals…

Family Therapy: What Are the Benefits?

Family therapy is a type of therapy that employs interpersonal strategies to address issues affecting the health of a family. The central idea in family therapy is that individual problems…

What to Know About the 12 Steps

The 12-Step program is a model that helps people suffering from addiction by giving them a set of structured steps to follow to achieve recovery. The steps are designed to…

Drug Rehab for Parents

A Partnership for Drug-Free Kids reveals that 23 million Americans are currently addicted to alcohol or drugs. Many of these individuals are parents. In all cases, addiction doesn’t just affect the individual;…

Drug Rehab Centers for Couples

A substance abuse problem can easily tear apart a relationship, but what happens when the people in the relationship are both using drugs? What happens when drug use, by one…

The Dangers of an At-Home Detox

Some people may think that the detox process is something they can undergo on their own at home. The thought of entering a professional facility may seem like an unnecessary…

Payment Options for Partial Hospitalization Programs

Partial hospitalization programs for addiction fall between residential or inpatient treatment and outpatient programs in terms of how much time is spent at the treatment center. Inpatient programs require clients…

Where Do Parents Seek Rehab and Recovery? 

Addiction is a far-reaching and complex disease that disrupts lives and families. According to the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), approximately 21.5 million American adults suffered from addiction…

What Are the Major Signs of Addiction? 

An estimated 21.5 million adults in the United States (people who were at least 12 years old) struggled with drug and/or alcohol addiction in 2014, according to the National Survey on…

How Long Should You Stay in Addiction Treatment? 

One of the most frequently asked questions when embarking on a drug treatment programs is: “How long do I have to stay in treatment?” Concerned about their ability to afford…

Supporting a Friend Through Addiction Treatment and Recovery

If someone you care about is in recovery from addiction, your support of their choice to stay sober is huge. It can play an incredibly positive role in helping them…

What is a Partial Hospitalization Program?

A Partial Hospitalization Program, also known as a Day/Night Substance Abuse Program by some Florida drug rehab centers, offers valuable services to people who are suffering from alcoholism or drug…

Why Addiction Is Considered a Disease

Why Addiction Is Considered a Disease The fact that modern-day conversations about addiction use the word and idea of disease represents a seismic shift in how the medical and public communities understand…

What Are the Side Effects of Naloxone?

Naloxone has become a blockbuster drug in recent years, since it is one of the few effective ways of stopping an opioid overdose temporarily. This drug has been used for years…

How Does Naloxone Work?

Naloxone is a drug that temporarily counteracts opioid overdose. It has been in use among medical professionals since the 1970s, but it has recently been approved in new forms such as nasal…

How Can PTSD Lead to Substance Abuse in Veterans?

People with a post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) diagnosis may turn to drugs or alcohol to cope with the symptoms. Military veterans experience high rates of PTSD in large part due…

Living Your Recovery on Thanksgiving

For many people, Florida is a destination location – not just for Spring Break, family vacations, and retirement, but for recovery as well. An untold number of people bravely leave…

What Makes Drug Treatment Effective?

With so many types and styles of drug addiction treatment programs and services to choose from, it can be difficult to immediately discern which one will be the most effective. The fact…

Danger of Withdrawal Symptoms

Withdrawal symptoms are a cluster of psychological and physical symptoms that occur when a person who struggles with substance dependence attempts to quit using the substance. For example, if a person…

The Kindling Effect and Addiction

Drug addiction is not a disorder that develops overnight. From a person’s first use to the development of ongoing negative consequences that indicate a serious problem to finally identifying the source…

Does Coventry Health (Aetna) Care Cover Rehab?

Serving individuals and groups, as well as Medicare and Medicaid recipients, Coventry Health Care offers a wide range of comprehensive healthcare coverage options. In May 2013, Coventry Health Care was acquired by Aetna,…

Building Your Support Network: How to Make New Friends in Recovery

One of the best ways to stay focused in recovery is to surround yourself with positive people who are not only interested in helping you to live your life well…

Does Obamacare Cover Rehab?

New healthcare reforms emerged in the United States in the early 2010s. These reforms aimed to provide affordable and accessible health care insurance coverage to previously uninsured Americans. According to…

Heroin Withdrawal Timeline

The chronic use of heroin or any opioid drug will Heroin is a seriously addictive drug. Like all of the opioid drugs heroin use will inevitably result in some level…

Medications Used for Heroin Treatment

According to an article in The New York Times, an estimated 2.5 million Americans were dependent on or abused opioids in 2012. This abuse was mostly in the form of painkillers, although…

Dangers of Detoxing at Home

Oftentimes, detox is the first step in the process of recovering from an addiction. A quick online search shows slews of websites promising at-home detox methods, from “natural” remedies to the classic “cold…

Medications for Detox

When a person has an addiction to a substance and decides to overcome this addiction, the person must first detox from the addictive substance. The best outcomes for detox involve medical…

Alcohol and Drug Detox: What Happens When You Detox?

Detoxification from addictive substances is, in a clinical setting, referred to as medical detox, or medically managed withdrawal. This process involves medical oversight while a person stops taking the addictive substance and…

How to Pay for Rehab: Does My Insurance Cover Addiction Treatment?

For people who struggle with a substance use disorder, an addiction program may be a good way to begin recovery and achieve long-term sobriety. While the value of rehab is…

‘It’s Not Me, It’s You:’ When You Have to Break up with Your Sponsor

In the 12-Step program, the sponsor-sponsee relationship can be a very important benefit for those who choose to take part. Meeting regularly with someone who has been where you are,…

Comprehensive Addiction Treatment: What It Means, Why You Need It

Prior to active use of drugs and alcohol, people will have a range of experiences that inform the reasons why they find comfort in drinking and getting high. Then, during…

Drug Addiction Aftercare & Alumni Program

When you’re nearing the end of your treatment with us, your case manager will begin to talk about your discharge plan. Having a clear path defined for you before you…

Americans want Drug Rehab Over Jail

Two Thirds Of Americans Favor Drug Treatment, Not Jail Time For Heroin & Cocaine Abuse Americans are slowly changing with the times and over 67% of those recently polled elected…

What is Drug Addiction Treatment?

For many people drug addiction treatment is the last thing standing between them and a slow, miserable death. This is because the disease of addiction is without question a progressive…

Addiction Treatment: Relapse Prevention

Addiction treatment centers and alcohol rehabs are most successful when they focus on the issues that cause recovering addicts and alcoholics to relapse. However, many treatment centers focus on the…

What to do with your Pets during Drug Rehab

Deciding what to do with your pet while you’re in rehab is a bigger obstacle than you might think. Few rehab centers allow pets because of safety and liability issues,…

What Happens when Drug Treatment is Interrupted

Even the most effective drug treatment programs can unfortunately get interrupted for a variety of reasons. It can be interrupted by a relapse, the patient suddenly refusing to participate or…

Making Time for Recovery Part 2

In part 1 of Making Time for Recovery we discussed the importance of exercise and nutrition as part of a daily recovery program for addiction or alcoholism. And while it…

Differences Between Drug Detox and Inpatient Rehab

The differences between drug detox and inpatient rehab are critical to understand while you are performing your due diligence to find a program that suits you best. One thing to…

The Complexity of PAWS and Addiction Treatment

Addiction Treatment professionals agree that Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (P.A.W.S.) is one of the most difficult challenges that Alcoholics or Addicts face in the early stages of their recovery. It is…

Studying Drug Detox In Massachusetts

According to the Patriot Ledger, in Boston, the Senate formed its own special committee Thursday to study drug addiction and treatment options with a focus on addressing what is described…

Drug Rehab for Celebrities: Is it Legitimate?

The celebrity rehabilitations portrayed in the popular media do not show what most people experience during drug rehab. Television shows and news programs about stars’ addictions have become wildly popular,…

Looking for Drug Detox

Drug dependency is a gradual process. As the body is so resilient, its tolerance can increase to combat what it considers are ill effects. That’s why we increase our drug intake to get the same feeling. And unfortunately when an individual wants to stop, the effect on the body can be devastating. The withdrawal can be debilitating, causing bone and muscle pain, regurgitation, confusion, intense cravings, insomnia, cold flashes, anxiety and depression. Proper evaluation, before, during and after drug detox is critical. Clinicians must constantly evaluate the patients bloodstream for drugs and complex behavioral issues. Everyone is different, but a drug detox is never easy and attempting it alone and under inappropriate supervision can be problematic. Only a licensed, professional detoxification center should be engaged for the arduous process.

Looking at Drug Detox

Looking at Drug Detox Drug detox consists of programs designed to help individuals dealing with substance addiction. There are many types of addiction that covers almost every spectrum of pharmaceuticals….

Going to Drug Rehab? Better ask this one Question

Going to drug rehab is a big step for many people and there are probably a ton of questions you’d like to ask before you venture off into sobriety. However,…

How to Find Free Drug Addiction Treatment

Free drug addiction treatment isn’t easy to come by, but with a little bit of planning and research, you may be able to get the help you need at no…

Veterans Administration & Helping Addicted Veterans

There is a natural tendency for people to criticize the government, and the Veterans Administration is no exception, with news stories and criticism that the agency doesn’t do enough to…

The 7 Types of Symptoms of Protracted Withdrawal

Protracted withdrawal from drugs or alcohol consists of a number of symptoms that generally begin to occur shortly after detox and the acute stages of withdrawal. While there are dozens…

Cardinal Rules of Drug Rehab Centers

If you or a loved one is about to go through a drug rehab program, you should know that there are some important rules that must not be broken during…

Why Going Away for Drug Rehab Works

Attending a treatment program or a drug rehab center located down the street from where you once used drugs is probably not an effective way to achieve sobriety. There are…

Can You Get Fired for Going to Drug Rehab?

Getting fired for going to rehab is a legitimate concern for those struggling with drug addiction or alcoholism. In fact, fear over workplace discrimination may be a principle reason why…

The Addiction Counselor Explained

What the addiction counselor looks for first are the root causes of an addiction. That’s because addiction and substance abuse have serious impacts on not only the individual but the…

HIPAA and Your Rights as a Drug Rehab Patient

HIPAA or the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 was passed by the US congress under the Clinton administration. The Act is designed to provide various protections for…

Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO Insurance for Drug Rehab

Clinical drug treatment is the best way to get clean if you’re struggling with an addiction. While it can be expensive, Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO insurance for rehab provides…

Saving on Drug Treatment with Value Options Insurance for Rehab

Finding coverage for drug rehab can be one of the most difficult and confusing parts of your recovery. Fortunately, Value Options insurance for rehab provides addicts with a variety of…

Addiction Recovery with United Behavioral Health Insurance

If you’re struggling with addiction or alcoholism, then finding coverage for rehab can seem daunting and frustrating. Healthcare costs are rising, and many companies are adding to their lists of…

Overcoming Addiction with Blue Cross Substance Abuse Insurance

Paying for rehab can seem overwhelming when you’re struggling with a drug or alcohol addiction. Fortunately, Blue Cross substance abuse insurance can help you pay for the treatments you need….

Getting Magellan Substance Abuse Insurance through your Employer

Magellan substance abuse insurance is one of the best ways for you or your loved ones to pay for drug rehab. While it isn’t always easy to find coverage, Magellan…

Finding Coverage through Managed Care Concepts Insurance for Rehab

If you’re an addict in need, then Managed Care Concepts insurance for rehab may help you to get coverage for drug treatment. Detox, outpatient care, and inpatient programs can be…

Do Addicted Infants Need Drug Rehab?

Infant addiction is one of the most disastrous and shocking consequences of the current drug abuse epidemic. Pregnant mothers who consume drugs or alcohol pass those substances along to their…

Compsych Insurance for Rehab: Are You Covered?

Paying for drug rehab is one of the most stressful aspects of addiction recovery. Fortunately, Compsych insurance for rehab can help you and your loved ones to get the treatments…

Cigna Insurance for Rehab: Your Options as an Employee

If you’re struggling with a drug or alcohol addiction, trying to figure out your insurance coverage can be extremely stressful. Fortunately, you may be able to get extensive coverage through…

Understanding Blue Cross Blue Shield Federal Insurance

Serious addicts and alcoholics who seek Blue Cross Blue Shield federal insurance for rehab are treated to a nationwide network of nearly forty smaller companies under the BCBS umbrella. This…

Getting quality Cigna insurance for rehab and detox programs

Many addicts and alcoholics across the country chose Cigna insurance for rehab. Cigna is a supporter of care and treatment for mental illnesses, including substance abuse and other biological mental…

Choosing the right Humana insurance for rehab plans

Whether you’re seeking treatment for substance abuse, alcoholism, nicotine-dependency or other mental illnesses, Humana offers quality coverage for behavioral therapies. Regardless of your choice in HMO or PPO, you’ll be…

Behavioral Health Coverage Under ComPsych Insurance for Rehab

For addicts and those suffering from other mental health ailments, it is often very difficult to find true health insurance coverage that meets your rehabilitation and detoxification needs. However, ComPsych…

Drug Rehab: The Evolutionary Basis of Addiction

Now that the medical community understands that addiction is a disease, many researchers have been exploring its biological origins. Though few drug rehab patients would claim that substance abuse has…

Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO Insurance for Rehab

An HMO is the most cost-effective choice for many people seeking rehab for substance abuse or other mental health scenarios. Of the available insurance providers, a popular choice is Blue…