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  • The Rules of Rehab: Embracing Blackout Time

    It's smart to focus on yourself while in treatment, not the drama of the outside world.

    It's smart to focus on yourself while in treatment, not the drama of the outside world.

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    Most rehabs have a rule that, for a certain number of days at the beginning, you aren’t allowed to communicate with the outside world. No phone, email, etc. It can be a scary prospect…at first. Taking a Time Out Here’s what I realized about halfway into my blackout period: This period of isolation is there […]

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  • An Introvert’s Guide to Rehab: Meeting the Others

    Here are five tips for introverts when tackling your first day of rehab.

    Here are five tips for introverts when tackling your first day of rehab.

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    If you enter a rehab after you’ve gone through the detox process, you’ll probably be taken straight to the residential floor – a place you’ll call home for the next several weeks. There will be a lot of intake interviews, and the others on your floor will want to find out who you are. Here […]

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  • An Introvert’s Guide to Rehab: Taming the Fear

    Don't let anything stand in the way of your success in treatment.

    Don't let anything stand in the way of your success in treatment.

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    The prospect of going to rehab is scary. What will the people be like? Will they make me do weird things? Will everyone hate me? For the introvert, it can be even harder. Media representations of rehab show it as a place where intimate secrets are shared with strangers. For those of us who don’t […]

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  • Is 28 Days Really the Magic Number?

    Why do rehab programs generally seem to go with a 28-day treatment plan?

    Why do rehab programs generally seem to go with a 28-day treatment plan?

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    What happens on day 28? Does the brain re-wire? Do cravings cease? After four weeks of treatment, is the struggle suddenly over? No, no and no. Scientists have not discovered that 28 days is the perfect length for rehab treatment. Far from it. Day 28 Here’s what happens on day 28: Insurance stops paying. Yep, […]

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  • PAWS: Round Two in the Withdrawal Fight

    What you don't know about Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome can hurt you.

    What you don't know about Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome can hurt you.

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    It’s safe to say we’ve all heard some horror stories about the withdrawal symptoms experienced immediately after quitting drugs and alcohol. But turns out there’s a second stage of withdrawal that’s not as widely known. PAWS 101 Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome, or PAWS, is a series of post-acute symptoms specific to those addicted to benzodiazepines, barbiturates, […]

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Is 28 Days Really the Magic Number?

Why do rehab programs generally seem to go with a 28-day treatment plan?

What happens on day 28? Does the brain re-wire? Do cravings cease? After four weeks of treatment, is the struggle suddenly over? No, no and no. Scientists have not discovered that 28 days is the perfect length for rehab treatment. Far from it. Day 28 Here’s what happens on day 28: Insurance stops paying. Yep, […]

PAWS: Round Two in the Withdrawal Fight

What you don't know about Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome can hurt you.

It’s safe to say we’ve all heard some horror stories about the withdrawal symptoms experienced immediately after quitting drugs and alcohol. But turns out there’s a second stage of withdrawal that’s not as widely known. PAWS 101 Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome, or PAWS, is a series of post-acute symptoms specific to those addicted to benzodiazepines, barbiturates, […]

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