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Safety at Rehab

Social distancing is something we all now must embrace during this time of this pandemic. While limiting large gatherings and social interactions are critical to stopping the spread of COVID-19, the practice will have other consequences — in particular, on recovery from substance abuse. Outpatient treatment programs have begun canceling or closing their doors to…

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Epidemic vs. Pandemic

Epidemic vs. Pandemic COVID-19 has pushed a new word into our vocabularies: “pandemic.” Sadly, it’s not the only public health emergency facing the United States. One of the most challenging remains the epidemic of drug abuse, which has claimed more than one million lives over the past two decades. For individuals struggling with addiction, what’s…

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How Motivational Interviewing Is Used To Begin Substance Abuse Treatment

Motivational interviewing is a treatment modality developed in the early 1990’s. Two clinical psychologists, Miller and Rollnick, were major contributors. It was intentionally designed to help people succeed in substance abuse treatment. As a result, motivational interviewing and addiction go hand in hand.  Taking control of your addiction takes personal motivation. You may have begun…