Category: Counseling

Boredom

Many people find that boredom is a major trigger to using drugs, even if they may be at the right Methadone or Suboxone dose. You might use “only” once or twice a week. You might say that you are bored and don’t know what to do, so you use. You might find that hanging out …

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Surviving the Holidays

The Holiday seasons can be very stressful for many people. It is generally considered to be a time to get together with family and friends. You may feel that you don’t have people who want to hear from you. In all likelihood, the Holidays are probably the best time to make contact with people from …

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Seeing your Therapist as an Ally

Your therapist is trying to help you. This therapist may be your methadone doctor, psychiatrist, family doctor, counselor, psychotherapist,etc. In any case, they are trying to help you. In order to help you, they need all the information that you can give them. If you hold back some information, they may be missing some very …

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Quitting Smoking

It’s the new year, and many people make resolutions this time year. A very popular resolution is to quit smoking. Although studies have shown that relapse rates for smoking are higher than any other drug, the following can help you with trying to quit.  The good news is that the physical addiction to nicotine only …

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Depression, Anxiety, and Panic Attacks

Anxiety, Depression, and Panic Attacks are common complaints of people who use street drugs. Sometimes, these problems are actually a result of street drug use. Withdrawal from opioids can cause severe anxiety and depression. Being high on cocaine can cause anxiety. Coming down off of cocaine can cause depression. Prolonged use of marijuana can cause …

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Peer Support Groups – NA CA AA

Peer support groups are meetings where people who share common problems can discuss their experiences and get support from each other. These groups include Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Cocaine Anonymous, and Alanon (a group for families of alcoholics). Many people do not want to go to these meetings for various reasons. “I don’t have such …

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