Bridges of Hope: Why It’s the Right Choice For You

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Bridges of Hope provides high-quality treatment for drug, alcohol, and behavioral addictions using the Eclectic Therapeutic Community approach to addiction treatment.

You may not know what goes on into an addiction rehab. All you know is you need help for your addicted loved one–and fast.

Here, we’ll give you the lowdown on the things that you need to know about addiction rehab and why Bridges of Hope is the right choice for you. Read More

Why Structure is Important in Recovery

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Find out why structure is important in recovery and what you can do to maintain structure in your life.

For those who have succeeded completing their addiction treatment or rehab program, you know that this is only the beginning. Once you step into the “real world” and go back to your families and your life, you will be confronted with a barrage of triggers and stresses at all fronts. While the return to “freedom” can be exhilarating, it can also be filled with dread and uncertainty. Read More

Which Drug Are They Using? Find Out the Tell-Tale Signs of Addiction

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You may notice that a friend, family member, parent, sibling, offspring, or colleague is showing strange behavior. You may suspect that they could be on to something as you watch them slowly yet drastically deteriorate over time. You think: This person could have a drug problem or addiction.

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Understanding Addiction

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Despite its prevalence in most of modern society all over the world, many people still have a hard time understanding addiction. Stigma and prejudice is still widespread.

Understanding Addiction

People mistake people who are addicted to drugs as people who lack willpower or are even depraved. Many also associate addiction with poverty and being useless dregs of society. However, that’s not always the case, as many who are addicted are actually successful and even influential individuals–the functioning addicts.

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In reality, addiction is a complex disease that highjacks the brain, often irreparably. No amount of willpower can often succeed in quitting this habit.

Fortunately, there are those who studied addiction and now can offer information and resources, as well as effective treatments that can lead addicted individuals to once again lead responsibly, healthy, and productive lives.

What is drug addiction?

Understanding addiction is important in order to treat it.

Addiction is a chronic, relapsing disease. It is characterized by uncontrollable, compulsive drug seeking behavior that persists despite harmful and even life-threatening consequences.

While people who were once addicted can be treated, the possibility of relapse is often there. Still, that doesn’t mean there is no hope–there IS hope.

How drugs affects the brain?

Drugs has an effect on the brain’s reward circuit, rewiring it in ways that can often leave your brain changed irreversibly.

This rewards circuit is responsible for making the person feel pleasure and motivated from repeated behaviors necessary for the person to thrive. The pleasure is often derived from behaviors such as eating, having sex, and being with loved ones. However drugs hijacks all that so that you can only find pleasure in using again and again.

Long’term use can change the brain, affecting its various functions:

  • learning
  • judgment
  • decision-making
  • memory
  • stress management
  • behavior
  • attitude

Understanding Addiction: Why do people get addicted? 

There are many factors that make a person more predisposed to addiction even after trying a drug just for the first time. These risk factors are combined to predict whether a person has a greater chance for addiction.

1. Biology. The gender, ethnicity, genes, and the presence of mental disorders

2. Environment. The immediate influences, upbringing, childhood, friends and peers, economic status, and quality of life

3.  Developmnent. The earlier a person has taken drugs, the more likely it is that it progresses to addiction.

Cure for addiction?

There is no cure-all for addiction, much like other diseases such as diabetes, asthma or any other disease has a drug or antidote.

Addiction usually takes a lifetime of treatment and therapy, but it all depends on the unique needs of a person. Some people go into rehab once and become sober for the rest of their lives, while there are those who had to go back many times for continued recovery.


 

If you or someone you know has developed an addiction, you should know what your options for treatment are. Call or text us at 09175098826 (Manila) or 09177046659 (Cebu).

Identifying Addiction: Is a Loved One Abusing Drugs or Alcohol?

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Identifying addiction can be tricky–but with these few tell-tale signs, you can easily know and get help for yourself and your loved one.

Identifying addiction, whether drugs or alcohol, can be difficult, especially when you don’t even know where to start. After all, anyone who has an addiction would more likely deny, hide, betray, and deceive their way so you won’t find out all about it.

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Teens’ Frequently Asked Questions About Drugs and Addiction

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There’s many misconceptions about drugs and addiction. Often, there are also questions, but the answers tend to bring up more queries. So here, we intend to clarify things and keep everyone informed with facts.

Here are the frequently asked questions about drugs and alcohol that most teens today, and even their parents, are asking:

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13 Key Principles of Addiction Treatment

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For people struggling with substance abuse and dependence, addiction treatment is a must. Here are the 13 Key Principles of Addiction Treatment to help keep you guided while you look for the right treatment and rehab facility for you or your loved one.

Addiction is a complex disease. It is an uncontrollable and intense, relapsing disease that drives a person to compulsively seek the substance (drug or alcohol) despite devastating and negative consequences.

To tackle drug addiction, professionals have to look at the condition of the person from all angles. The following 13 key principles of addiction treatment serve as a guide for addiction professionals, health providers, and family members to address the multi-dimensional needs of the person who is struggling with addiction. These key principles of addiction treatment will help take things into perspective as the individual gets treatment.

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Tell-Tale Signs of Addiction by Drug Type

Do you have a gnawing feeling about someone close to you because of their sudden change and odd behavior? Do you suspect that they may have a drug addiction? Read on if the tell-tale signs below check out.

Your teenage daughter, your grown-up son, your parent, your sibling, your close friend, or your superior at work. Anyone can be addicted. It’s best to keep your eyes open and alert for any tell-tale signs of addiction, which can show up immediately or through time as they become affected by these mind-altering drugs.

Now let’s find out these so-called tell-tale signs of addiction by the type of drug they use.

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Waiting Game: How Long Meth Stays in Your Body

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Methamphetamine, or locally known here in the Philippines as shabu, is a highly addictive drug that has preyed upon millions of Filipinos. Because of the proliferation of drug addiction cases in the country, employers routinely check on employees and new-hires to ensure that they are not using or are working under the influence.

Now, if you have used meth in the past and are worried about how long it stays in the body, it will take some time before it becomes undetectable through drug tests.

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100 Signs Your Partner Has A Substance Abuse Problem (Part 2)

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This is the second part of a series of articles about recognizing substance abuse in your spouse, partner, or significant other.

Aside from personal and behavioral signs of substance abuse, there are also psychological signs. This is because substances, such as illegal drugs and alcohol, also affects the brain in many significant, and often irreversible, ways.

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