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Caroline McGraw

Caroline Garnet McGraw is a writer and speaker who, like her literary BFF Jane Eyre, would always rather be happy than dignified. She's the creator of A Wish Come Clear, a personal development blog that gives you carte blanche to change your life. Her writing has appeared on sites such as The Huffington Post, Momastery, Positively Positive, and MindBodyGreen. An honors graduate of Vassar College, Caroline lives and works in Florence, Alabama.
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Affordable Inpatient Drug Rehab Costs and Options

The cost of addiction treatment - and specifically inpatient drug rehab - varies dramatically. Inpatient rehab will cost more than outpatient rehab, and available programs range from hundreds to thousands of dollars per day for a 30-day program. So, what constitutes an affordable inpatient drug rehab?

Here's our advice: don't just consider the upfront rehab cost. Instead, think about the value and the overall fit.

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Out of the Wreck I Rise: Interview with Neil Steinberg

Addiction is easy to fall into and hard to escape. It destroys the lives of individuals, and it has a devastating cost to society. The National Institute of Health estimates that seventeen million adults in the United States are alcoholics or have a serious problem with alcohol.

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Understanding the Schick Shadel Method and Counter Conditioning


What exactly is the Schick Shadel method and counter conditioning? Does it work to treat addiction? What are the pros and cons? 

Counter conditioning (also known as aversion therapy) focuses on training the brain to avoid alcohol or drugs through negative associations.

Schick Shadel Hospital in Seattle pioneered this methodology, and the facility is one of the foremost counter conditioning practitioners.

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Book Review: When Your Partner Has An Addiction

What do you do when your partner has an addiction? Stay or walk away?

Perhaps you’re wrestling with this question, having heard well-meaning advice from friends and family who tell you to just leave rather than run the risk of enabling.

That leaves you wondering, Does simply staying in a relationship with someone who abuses drugs or alcohol constitute enabling?

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How Dual Diagnosis Treatment Heals Addiction

Did you know that most people who have a dual diagnosis - an addiction coupled with a mental or emotional health issue  - aren’t receiving treatment for either condition?

Unfortunately, it’s true. The recent US Surgeon General’s report Facing Addiction in America found that more than 40% of people with addiction have a dual diagnosis, yet fewer than half of these people receive treatment for either disorder.

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Addiction and Your Brain: The Internal Recovery Journey

Did you know that addiction literally changes your brain? Abusing addictive substances physically alters the structure of your mind, leading to a destructive spiral. Does this sound familiar to you?

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Why The Clearing's Rehab Success Rate Is So High

Have you ever heard of an addiction recovery program with 80%+ success rates? This is unheard of in the modern addiction treatment industry.

Yet here we are, tucked away in a corner of the country on beautiful San Juan Island, WA. What’s the secret to our success?

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Interview: When Your Partner Has An Addiction

Photo credit: Connie Ma

Today we're speaking with author and activist Christopher Kennedy Lawford. He has spent twenty years in the film and TV industries as an actor, lawyer, executive, and producer. He's the author of three New York Times best selling books, Symptoms Of Withdrawal, Moments Of Clarity, and Recover To Live.

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The Surgeon General's Report on Addiction

photo credit: Keoni Cabral

In November 2016, the Surgeon General made history by releasing an in-depth report on addiction in the United States. 

Surgeon General Dr. Vivek H. Murthy compares this report to the milestone Surgeon General report on the dangers of smoking, which was published in 1964.

The new report states that over 20 million Americans are addicted to drugs, but only about 10% are receiving any sort of addiction treatment. Get the full summary here.

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Why Heroin Relapse Rate Is So High

Did you know that heroin got its name from the German word for “heroic” (heroisch)? Chemists in the 1890s employed the term heroisch for high-potency drugs … and heroin certainly fit the bill.

Plus, early users said that the drug made them feel -- you guessed it -- heroic! For years, heroin was marketed as a safe, non-addictive sedative and cough remedy.

We now know heroin is highly addictive and heroin relapse rates are very high. Why?

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