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Does addiction last a lifetime? Part 2

Does addiction last a lifetime? Part 2

Many people seeking drug or alcohol addiction treatment worry that they are serving a lifetime sentence of addiction or that once they get sober, they will “switch addictions” and become addicted to another substance or to compulsive behavior like gambling or shopping. We began exploring whether or not addiction lasts a lifetime in Part One […]

Does Addiction Last A Lifetime? Part 1

Does Addiction Last A Lifetime? Part 1

One of the most common fears of people addicted to drugs or alcohol is that their current state of addiction means that they’re condemned to a lifetime of addiction. The nature of addiction still isn’t perfectly clear and defined by science – it’s only in the last couple of decades that it’s been defined as […]

Alcohol Treatment In MA: What To Look For

Alcohol Treatment In MA: What To Look For

If you’re looking at different alcohol treatment options in Massachusetts, congratulations! Fortunately, many treatment options are available to you, but finding the right fit can easily get overwhelming, especially if you aren’t sure what each kind of program involves. Not all alcohol treatment in MA is created equally. However, today we’re sharing what to look […]

How Can We Prevent and Avoid Drugs

How Can We Prevent and Avoid Drugs

Staying sober and being in recovery from drug addiction means abstinence from the drug you were addicted to. For some people, it may be easier to avoid drugs – they may avoid being around friends they used to get high with or may have even moved somewhere else to get away from temptation or unsupportive […]

Understanding Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome

Understanding Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome

First reported as a biopsychosocial syndrome in 1986, post-acute withdrawal syndrome (PAWS) is also referred to as persistent post-withdrawal syndrome and protracted withdrawal syndrome. Although studies involving individuals with PAWS are scarce, the opioid epidemic and rising rates of alcohol abuse disorder have renewed clinical interest in this condition. Symptoms of PAWS typically emerge within […]

Recovering from Opioid Addiction

Recovering from Opioid Addiction

Opioid addiction is a problem and affects people from all walks of life. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 9.5 million individuals in the U.S. aged 12 or older misused opioids in 2020. That is a staggering number. Addiction is difficult to break especially for opioid users. Someone who is wants […]

How To Get Sober And Stay Sober

How To Get Sober And Stay Sober

If you’re struggling with drug or alcohol use, you may be looking for the best way to get sober and stay sober. Addiction is a serious disease and one that isn’t fully understood yet by scientists and mental health professionals. What many experts can agree on, however, is that addiction is a lifelong condition and […]

Can Blacking Out Cause Brain Damage?

Can Blacking Out Cause Brain Damage?

Blacking out is clinically referred to as alcohol-induced amnesia. Drinking too much, passing out, and then waking up with no memory of what happened while you were drinking is blacking out. Passing out is not the same as blacking out. Colloquially, passing out from drinking alcohol means a person fell into a deep sleep from […]

How Do You Help Someone Who Is Recovering

How Do You Help Someone Who Is Recovering

If a friend or loved one is in early recovery from substance addiction, you may not know how you can best support them. You may be afraid to say the wrong thing or not know where to start. Care and support is an integral part of successful sobriety, and at Baystate Recovery Center, we emphasize […]

What Is The First Line Of Treatment For Alcoholism

What Is The First Line Of Treatment For Alcoholism

Alcohol addiction afflicts millions of Americans, and in fact, it’s the most commonly used drug in the country. Many people may drink to escape a painful situation, to cope or numb grief and loss, or self-medicating an undiagnosed mental illness or underlying trauma. Whatever the reason for alcohol abuse, the treatment methods are the same. […]