Substance Abuse During Pregnancy

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, opioid use among pregnant women is a significant public health concern in the United States. Opioids, or narcotics, are prescription medications used to treat chronic, persistent, or severe pain. However, taking almost any type of drug during pregnancy can negatively impact the health of your unborn […]

How Shame Fuels Addiction

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Most people experience moments of embarrassment, guilt, or even humiliation at one time or another. While many overcome these emotions and reframe their thinking into something more positive, it can be next to impossible for those struggling with shame and addiction. The difference between shame and guilt Though many people use the words shame and […]

Can I Lose My Job for Going to Rehab?

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According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, approximately 70% of people who struggle with addiction are functional enough to keep their job. If you’re ready to overcome your addiction and live a life of sobriety, you might be wondering, “Can I lose my job for going to rehab?” While your concern is […]

What Is the Alcohol Detox Process Like?

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The idea of getting sober can feel overwhelming to those addicted to alcohol. If you or a loved one wants to get sober, the skilled specialists at Miramar Recovery Center do not recommend attempting to detox alone. Alcohol withdrawal symptoms can be dangerous or even life-threatening if handled without proper treatment. This is true for […]

Five Tips to Stay Sober During the Holidays

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December is an especially challenging time for those in active recovery, but staying sober through the holidays is possible and may even be fun with the right strategy. Miramar Recovery Center is sharing tips to stay sober during the holidays to help you plan ahead, set boundaries, and make sobriety your top priority. If your […]

Why Rates of Alcoholism Are Rising Among the Elderly

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Alcohol is the most used substance among the elderly. In fact, overuse of alcohol in seniors is a rising problem, with more than 65% of all adults aged 65 and older engaging in high-risk drinking (exceeding daily guidelines) at least weekly in 2020. While these figures could be attributed to the ongoing pandemic, alcohol use […]

Understanding the Dangers of Prescription Drug Abuse

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In the late 1990s, pharmaceutical companies marketed prescription opioid medications to the medical community as a nonhabit-forming treatment option for chronic and acute pain. Unfortunately, this aggressive (and even fraudulent) marketing strategy led to more and more healthcare providers prescribing what we now know to be highly addictive, prescription drugs to their patients. Still today, […]

Is There a Link Between Addiction and OCD?

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Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is one of the most common mental health disorders in the United States, affecting between 2 and 3 million men and women equally each year. What’s more, 90% of people struggling with OCD also have one or more co-occurring mental health conditions, including anxiety, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, depression, or bipolar disorder. […]

First Year of Sobriety: What to Expect

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It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the idea of getting sober and staying sober long-term, but you don’t have to do it alone. It’s important to take things one day at a time, remember it’s always okay to start again, seek help when you need it, and celebrate milestones along the way. Whether you’ve just […]