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Understanding Physical Dependence vs. Addiction

Physical dependence is a term that many do not fully understand. While this condition mirrors some characteristics of addiction, the state of physical dependence also differs from addiction in several key ways. If you are struggling to stop using drugs and alcohol despite negative consequences, you might be facing physical dependence. Physical dependence is not…

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Typical Addict Behavior in Relationships

If your significant other is struggling with addiction, you must understand the common signs of substance abuse and how addiction can negatively impact your relationship. Taking the time to learn more about this will ensure you’re prepared to intervene if necessary and protect your significant other, yourself, and your relationship. These changes develop over time,…

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3 Signs You Need a Detox Center

The decision to seek treatment for alcohol or drug addiction can be difficult and frightening. Detox, the process in which all traces of substances are removed from the body, is generally the first step toward recovery from addiction and should be followed with a comprehensive addiction treatment program. At Westwind Recovery®, we understand that finding…

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Addiction and Mental Health: Two Sides of the Same Coin

Professionals have known for years that there is a strong connection between addiction and mental health, as it is common for them to occur together (often referred to as comorbidity). For those struggling with addiction, mental health issues, or both, it can be helpful to know why this connection exists. Mental health treatment programs are…

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Signs and Symptoms of Wet Brain

Get Help Today 1-855-815-9727 Many people know that alcohol, when overused, can create serious side effects for the individual who is drinking as well as those close to them. Alcohol addiction can cause conflict in relationships, impact your physical and mental health, and lead to legal, financial, or professional issues. In addition, alcohol poisoning and…

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Addiction in the LGBTQ Community

Among American adults, the prevalence of substance abuse and addiction in the LGBTQ community is significantly higher than that of the general population. A major reason for this is that historically, people who identify as LGBTQ have experienced greater discrimination and other familial and societal challenges than those who identify as heterosexual. Individuals who identify…

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How to Confront Your Addiction Diagnosis

When dealing with an addiction, the struggling individual might be the last person to admit that they have a problem. Often, their family and friends will express concern first and might even stage an intervention. While family members or friends may not be physicians or licensed mental health professionals, the concerned party will usually cite…