Addiction Versus Dependence: What’s the Difference?

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People may interchange substance addiction and substance dependence. After all, it’s easy to confuse the two terms. Depending on which organization or specialist you’re talking to, some may have the same definition, some may have different ones, and some may even not use either terms altogether. Take for example the scientific community, which prefers the term “substance use disorder.”

Let’s take a closer look. Read More

Addicted and Anxious? How to Deal with Addiction and Anxiety as Co-Occurring Disorders

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It’s natural and normal for people to worry. In moments of uncertainty, people often feel anxious. Usually, it’s before speaking or performing in public. It may also happen before taking a test. However, these feelings of worry are often temporary. Read More

The Most Successful Rehab Programs Have These Things in Common

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Success rates of rehab programs and facilities are difficult to quantify. This is primarily due to the fact that rehab facilities can’t keep track of how many of their residents or clients have stayed sober and on the path of recovery from their program for so long. It’s hard to predict life-long recovery. Read More

Insights into Common Rehab Fears and How to Overcome Them

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While rehab can be a good way for addicts to get on the path to recovery, let’s face it–it’s not an easy decision. Rehab fears are real. Furthermore, going into a rehab facility and sustaining recovery require a lot of work not just from the addict but also from their families and friends.

Here in our country, with many misconceptions about addiction and rehabilitation still widespreadt, it’s difficult for people who struggle with addiction to get the help they need. Families and friends also fear talking about getting their loved ones into rehab because they are embarrassed and afraid.  Read More

Bridges Of Hope Spreads Advocacy in Batangas League of Secretaries Seminar

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Bridges of Hope once again extends its advocacy on spreading awareness about addiction, rehabilitation, and recovery as it participated in the recently concluded seminar organized by The Batangas League of Secretaries to the Sanguinian (BLESS). Read More

Bridges of Hope Partners with D’Heights Resort & Casino to Advocate Responsible Gaming

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JUNE 26, 2019 (Clark, Pamapanga)–Bridges of Hope (BH) has added another partner in furthering its longstanding commitment to responsible gaming as they ink a partnership with D’Heights Resort & Casino in Clark, Pampanga.  Read More

Real Talk: Your Recovery Depends on Your Honesty

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As cliche as it may sound, honesty is indeed the best policy. Even in recovery.

People who are in active addiction would often find themselves lying to their loved ones and family members to protect their addiction. They may lie to their colleagues and bosses to avoid the consequences of their addiction. Throughout the course of their addiction, they may lie to different people just so they would continue using and dodge the repercussions.  Read More

3 Ways to Develop Healthy Coping Skills

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Let’s face it–life doesn’t always go our way. In fact, life gives us curveballs and all sorts of surprises that sometimes, things can get pretty chaotic. We can get stressed and overwhelmed. For many people, they turn to drugs and alcohol in order to escape it all. They turn to unhealthy and even destructive activities in order for them to cope. And of course, this is never good.  Read More

Drug Use and Addiction: Understanding the Dynamics

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How do people get addicted to drugs while others don’t? Some may be using drugs for several years and not be addicted, while there are those who may have tried drugs for just a short while and become hooked almost instantly. Why does this happen?

These are just some of the many questions surrounding drug use and addiction. The truth is, substance addiction is a complex disease, and quitting takes way more than just the will to stop. In fact, drugs change the brain in hard-hitting, often irreversible, ways that many will still find themselves seeking drugs even after recovery. Read More

The 7 Pillars of Life-Long Recovery

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When you’re in recovery, you try to commit to a life of sobriety. You change your old ways, especially your attitude. You may also need to change your friends, even move to a different city, if that’s what it takes. The things with recovery is, a change must indeed happen so that it’s harder for you to go back to your life when you were in active addiction. Read More