Will People Judge Me if I Say I’m Addicted?

Will People Judge Me if I Say I'm Addicted?Stigmas in society are difficult to break. For many years, addiction was portrayed as resulting from a lack of self-control or as being related to personality flaws. In recent years, however, efforts have been made to educate society to see addiction as a disease that needs medical attention. Though these efforts have had positive effects, stigmas still exist related to this condition that make it difficult for a person to obtain addiction help. Continue reading

What Should You Look for in a Men’s Addiction Treatment Program?

What Should You Look for in a Men's Addiction Treatment Program?Men have unique issues for abusing drugs, as most addicts are male. Harvard Medical School’s January 2010 Harvard Mental Health Letter reveals that men are more likely to struggle with addiction, and that in 2008 11.5% of teen and adult males struggled with substance abuse, while only 6.4% of women did. Additionally, 20% of men abused alcohol, while less than 12% of women did. Because of the discrepancies between the sexes, many addiction resources and therapy options are geared toward men, but this does not mean that recovery is simple. However, Seattle men can find the right resources for their unique needs, which will help them get started on the path to recovery. Continue reading

Three Ways that an Intensive Outpatient Program Can Help You Recover from Addiction

Three Ways that an Intensive Outpatient Program Can Help You Recover from AddictionAn intensive outpatient program (IOP) is a form of primary treatment that may be recommended for some Seattle residents who are suffering from addiction. Intensive outpatient treatment is typically offered to drug users who do not require a medical detoxification, who have already completed medical detoxification, or who have already completed a residential treatment program and are looking for supplemental treatment. Seattle drug users who have not yet received any form of treatment and whose addictions interfere significantly with their daily lives may need to consider inpatient treatment. Continue reading