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Residents – or their families – have given me lots of reasons why they or their loved ones don’t really need treatment for problem drinking or drug use. Often, these “reasons” arise from a simple lack of information about the brain disease of addiction or alcoholism. Equally often, these reasons stem from denial that there really is a problem. Interventionist/Family Counselor Ricki Townsend dispels many of these misconceptions in her FREE Recovery 101 eBook .

I'd like to set the record straight on one of the most common myths about treatment for alcohol or drug abuse: my loved one (or I) will be all better in 28 days. NOT! Substance Use Disorder is a brain disease that does not develop overnight. By the same token, it cannot be fixed in just 28 days. Recovery is a journey, and everyone’s path is different, but people typically need three months to go through the following stages in early recovery.

Read more: The biggest misconception about how treatment works

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The seeds of chemical dependency are much more likely to take root in the plastic, developing teen brain. And teens have distinct developmental needs that must be considered in prevention and treatment approaches. Here’s a thoughtful look at what the opioid epidemic means to youth prevention and treatment efforts. PS. Every dollar spent on prevention saves ten dollars on treatment and remediation.

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This is a guest post by Don Troutman, Founder, Clean & Sober Transitional Living

If you look up “intentional living” in Wikipedia, you will see it defined as “any lifestyle based on an individual or group's conscious attempts to live according to their values and beliefs. These can include lifestyles based on religious or ethical values, as well as coaching, personal transformation, and leadership training.” So intentional living communities can attract and embrace a variety of residents. Consider communities of Vegans, Buddhists, school teachers, Seniors, or those who choose to live a life of sobriety. Each of these communities is built on the shared values of their residents.

Read more: Why someone would choose recovery housing for 17 years

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Brain studies show that dependence on pain meds is NOT the same thing as addiction; in fact, dependence and addiction show up in entirely different parts of the brain. And chronic pain patients’ lives stand to be derailed by pain, NOT by addiction. So the opioid epidemic raises an ethical question for doctors: how to best meet the needs of chronic pain patients while using potentially addictive medications?

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