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Gregg Makuch

Gregg helps get the word out about The Clearing. When he’s not riding his bike and enjoying the beauty of the San Juan Islands, Gregg loves to cook and spend time with his family.
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How Much Does Rehab Cost? What it Takes for Effective Addiction Treatment

When people first start researching inpatient addiction treatment programs, they soon discover that costs fall somewhere between free and astronomical.

In this post we’ll unpack the reality of rehab costs, and how to get what you pay for. You’ll learn about the level of expenditure you should expect for a high-quality inpatient addiction rehab program. And we'll give you an honest look at our own rehab costs so you know where the money goes.

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Does Insurance Cover Rehab Costs?

OK, you've made the commitment mentally. You've decided to go to alcohol or drug rehab and solve your problem hopefully for good.

But have you thought how to pay for rehab? Does insurance cover rehab? If so, how much?

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How to Find High-Quality Residential Addiction Treatment Centers

Have you battled with addiction off and on throughout your life? If so, you’re undoubtedly familiar with various types of residential addiction treatment centers. However, do you know what separates the high-quality ones from the rest? Typically, it pays to look at what the therapists focus on—and for how long.

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Will the Opioid Epidemic Ever End?

More than three million people in the United States are addicted to opioids, and over 33,000 of them die each year as a result of accidental overdoses. The opioid epidemic is a serious and growing problem, leading some to question whether there’s an end in sight. 

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What Is Depression?

When you’re feeling sad, people might say that you’re depressed. However, is this a correct assessment? Medical experts believe that depression is so much more. What is depression, and how does it affect addiction treatment?

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How Depression Symptoms Can Complicate Your Addiction Recovery Journey

For individuals in the early stages of addiction treatment, depression symptoms are common due to a lack of dopamine. Dopamine is a pleasure chemical that the brain creates in order for you to repeat certain actions and be happy.

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Facts About Childhood Trauma [Infographic]

Children thrive when parents raise them in a safe and nurturing environment. Unfortunately, far too many young people suffer through trauma during their formative years. Childhood trauma can often lead to substance abuse and addiction, and learning about the connection can be key to embracing change and gaining emotional stability.

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Is Addiction a Disease? What Medical Experts Think

Some say that struggling with a substance abuse problem is a sign of bad decision-making and poor moral fiber. Experts disagree with this somewhat flip assessment. Sure, a bad choice might have gotten you started, but biochemical changes make it extremely difficult to stop. So, is addiction a disease, and if so, what is its target?

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Learn How to Stop Drinking

We believe you can learn to stop drinking. While you may feel discouraged by alcohol addiction now. But, with professional help, peer support, and a solid plan, long term sobriety is possible.

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What Is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

Many rehab centers adopt the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous to treat addiction. However, not everyone believes that this treatment method is effective. In the realm of alternatives, there's one popular method. Although many people have heard of it, they often ask, "What is cognitive behavioral therapy?"

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