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What Is LSD Addiction?

Lysergic acid diethylamide, commonly referred to as “LSD” or “acid,” is a psychedelic hallucinogen that produces changes in perception, sense of time and space and emotions. LSD is active at very small doses (around 20 micrograms). The drug is most commonly taken orally, in the form of tablets, droplets, or most commonly blotter paper that is absorbed on the tongue and swallowed.
Although LSD is considered to be a non-addictive drug, users often become addicted to the sights, sounds, and revelations they experience while under the influence, also called “tripping.” Users can develop both a tolerance and a psychological dependence to psychedelic drugs like LSD. There have been documented cases of prolonged, intense use causing negative side effects such as paranoia or psychosis.

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What Is Ecstasy & MDMA Addiction?

Ecstasy is the street name for a version of MDMA, chemically known as methylenedioxy-methamphetamine. It is an illegal, synthetic drug classified as a stimulant with potentially hallucinogenic properties. Molly is another name for MDMA. Both ecstasy and molly are made from MDMA, but ecstasy is used to describe a ‘designer’ version in pill or tablet form, while molly is the name used for the white powder or crystal-like substance.
Although molly is marketed as a pure form of MDMA, because it is a white powder there is no way to tell if it is actually pure or if it has been ‘cut’ (mixed with) other substances, which can commonly include:

Cocaine
LSD
Heroin
Amphetamine
Caffeine
Rat poison

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What Is Alcohol Addiction?

Alcohol is a legal, controlled substance that lowers anxiety and inhibitions. It also has a broad range of side effects, from loss of coordination to slurred speech. Not everyone who drinks is an alcoholic, but anyone whose life is negatively affected by alcohol on a consistent basis is considered to have an alcohol use disorder. Alcohol is commonly consumed as a drink in various forms, including beer, wine and hard liquor.

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What Is Oxycodone Addiction?

Oxycodone, as found in OxyContin, Roxicodone or Percocet, is a powerful opioid painkiller. It is one of the most commonly abused prescription drugs in the United States (2019 Government Health Statistics) and many other countries around the world.
Many people who abuse oxycodone start out taking a prescribed amount—but as their body develops a tolerance to the drug, they need a higher dose to maintain the same relief or high.
The transition from use to abuse to addiction can be a quick and dangerous road. Oxycodone is a powerful drug and offers much-needed relief to many people struggling with painful or terminal conditions; as such, it can be hard to stay in control.
Oxycodone addiction is a very serious condition – not only is it an expensive and debilitating addiction, overdose from oxycodone is a very real—and potentially deadly—possibility.

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What Is Morphine Addiction?

Morphine is an opiate drug prescribed by a physician to relieve severe pain. Morphine takes its name from Morpheus, the Greek god of dreams, due to its euphoric properties which are often described by users as a dreamlike state. The drug can be taken in the form of a tablet, syrup, injection or smoked.
Morphine has the potential to be highly addictive, as tolerance to it develops rapidly. In the United States, morphine is listed as a Schedule II drug that is used to treat moderate, severe, and chronic pain. It is also used for pain relief after major surgeries, treatment for cancer-related pain, and shortness of breath at the end of a patient’s life.

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What Is Benzodiazepine Addiction?

Ketamine has hallucinogenic and sedating effects, which produce an out of body experience (dissociative) in which the user feels detached from themselves and reality. A ketamine user’s perceptions of sight and sound can often be distorted, making it difficult for them to move. For this reason, and because it is odourless and colourless, it has been used as a ‘date rape’ drug. In some extreme cases users have reported feeling a ‘near death’ experience while others have experienced feelings of ‘complete bliss’.

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What Is Ketamine Addiction?

Ketamine has hallucinogenic and sedating effects, which produce an out of body experience (dissociative) in which the user feels detached from themselves and reality. A ketamine user’s perceptions of sight and sound can often be distorted, making it difficult for them to move. For this reason, and because it is odourless and colourless, it has been used as a ‘date rape’ drug. In some extreme cases users have reported feeling a ‘near death’ experience while others have experienced feelings of ‘complete bliss’.

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What Is Fentanyl Addiction?

Fentanyl is an opioid pain reliever which is between 50 and 100 time stronger than morphine. Fentanyl is a synthetic pharmaceutical drug that is legally available by prescription from a doctor.

Fentanyl is used to treat patients who are in severe pain, such as after surgery, during cancer treatment or when a patient is experiencing breakthrough pain (a flareup of intense pain that ‘breaks through’ whatever narcotic pain relief the patient is already taking). It is also used as part of general anaesthetic or conscious sedation during surgery or painful medical procedure.

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What Is Marijuana Addiction?

Marijuana is a psychoactive drug that alters perception. Marijuana contains tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the chemical compound that causes the drug’s effects. The effects of marijuana may be different for everyone and depend on how it is consumed. Smoking marijuana produces a faster, shorter-lived high than taking it orally.

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What Is Methamphetamine Addiction?

A member of the Amphetamine family of drugs, meth, or methamphetamine, is a highly addictive central nervous system stimulant. Under the influence of meth, users experience a rush of dopamine produced by the drug. Dopamine is the chemical in the brain that is responsible for feelings of pleasure, as well as motivation, memory retention, learning, and reward processing. The rush of dopamine produced by meth is much higher than the natural amount of dopamine that is produced in the brain, which causes people to continue using the drug in order to keep those heightened pleasurable feelings.
Many individuals who use meth take it over a period of many days and nights, staying perpetually high, which typically leads to a tolerance of the drug. Having taken it for a prolonged period of time, the user requires higher and higher doses to feel the same effects and the cycle of addiction begins.

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What Is Heroin Addiction?

Heroin is one of the most addictive substances in existence. It is a potent opiate drug made from morphine, a natural substance taken from the seed pod of the various opium poppy plants grown in Southeast and Southwest Asia, Mexico, and South America. It comes in a white or brown powder, or a black sticky substance known as black tar heroin. Users inject, sniff, snort or smoke heroin.

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What Is Cocaine Addiction?

It is important to note from the outset that cocaine is a highly addictive substance. An individual does not need to be a long-time user to develop an addiction to cocaine. It can happen very quickly and can go unnoticed by friends and family for a remarkably long time. What starts off as seemingly harmless experimentation and ‘fun’ can quickly turn into a potentially life-threatening addiction with significant personal, professional, financial, and familial consequences.

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How to Stay Sober: Essential Tips Part 2

Our loved ones are the most important people in our lives; the people we want to share things with, the people who we support and who we seek support from. However, being in a relationship with a partner that has an addiction to alcohol or drugs can lead to an unhealthy relationship with emotional stress, negativity, chaos, confusion and even abuse.
Substance abuse can eventually destroy a couple by undermining trust, which weakens the bond between partners. If children are part of the relationship, conflicts over parental responsibilities, as well as neglect, can occur as the result of one partner’s drinking or drug use.

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How to Stay Sober: Essential Tips Part I

Our loved ones are the most important people in our lives; the people we want to share things with, the people who we support and who we seek support from. However, being in a relationship with a partner that has an addiction to alcohol or drugs can lead to an unhealthy relationship with emotional stress, negativity, chaos, confusion and even abuse.
Substance abuse can eventually destroy a couple by undermining trust, which weakens the bond between partners. If children are part of the relationship, conflicts over parental responsibilities, as well as neglect, can occur as the result of one partner’s drinking or drug use.

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Living with an Addict or Alcoholic Partner

Our loved ones are the most important people in our lives; the people we want to share things with, the people who we support and who we seek support from. However, being in a relationship with a partner that has an addiction to alcohol or drugs can lead to an unhealthy relationship with emotional stress, negativity, chaos, confusion and even abuse.
Substance abuse can eventually destroy a couple by undermining trust, which weakens the bond between partners. If children are part of the relationship, conflicts over parental responsibilities, as well as neglect, can occur as the result of one partner’s drinking or drug use.

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10 Signs You May Be Addicted to Your Prescription Medication

When people think about drug addiction or drug abuse they tend to think about ‘recreational’ drugs and illegal substances such as cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin or crystal meth. However, drug addiction is not limited to these so called ‘street drugs’. Many individuals who take prescription medications often fall victim to abuse and addiction. Simply because the medication is prescribed by a medical professional, the risks of abuse do not go away – addiction and dependence are still very stark realities for many.

Misuse of prescribed medications, especially opioids, central nervous system depressants, sleeping pills and stimulants are a serious public health problem in the United States. In 2017, an estimated 18 million people misused such medications at least once in the previous year. The number of drug overdose deaths decreased by 4% from 2017 to 2018. More than 67,000 people died from drug overdoses in 2018 in the United States and of those deaths, almost 70% involved prescription opioids.

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Group Rehab vs. Individual Rehab

When we look to the future and the period ‘after COVID’, it’s clear there will be a lot of changes in our lives – how we do things, what our priorities are, who we do things with, how we work, how we socialise and even how to take holidays. If you are planning to go to a rehab facility after COVID, you may now have additional safety and health concerns. The Lighthouse Bali provides individual one-on-one care. We believe this approach gives you a much higher level of personal attention to your unique program needs and wants, plus it reduces the possibility of you becoming ‘lost in the crowd’. It also means that our existing programs are already well suited to handle the post COVID period. Here’s how we help you to recover from your addiction or alcoholism whilst minimizing the risk of COVID transmission during your stay.

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Is Your Drinking Out Of Control?

Alcohol is part of life for people around the world but if your alcohol consumption is increasing, at what point does it become out of control? Many people find it difficult to distinguish between a heavy drinker and an alcoholic – and there is a difference.
If the amount you are drinking, or the frequency with which you are drinking, is increasing you are right to be concerned. Here are 8 alert signs that you should take seriously if you are to avoid becoming dependent upon alcohol.
One of the most common questions people ask themselves is, “is my problem bad enough that I need rehab?” Only you can answer this, but if your addiction or alcoholism is affecting your life in a negative way, yet you still continue to drink or use, the answer is most likely yes.

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Do I Need to Go To Rehab?

When it comes to drug and alcohol abuse, it can be difficult to be objective and to admit that you need help. If substance abuse is causing negative effects in your life, it is time to take a closer look and come to terms with the fact that you have a problem. Once you can accept that, you’re already on the path to recovery. The next step is to decide how to get clean and sober.
One of the most common questions people ask themselves is, “is my problem bad enough that I need rehab?” Only you can answer this, but if your addiction or alcoholism is affecting your life in a negative way, yet you still continue to drink or use, the answer is most likely yes.

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How to Handle Change in Recovery

The world around us is constantly changing and we are no different. The phrase “change is the only constant” couldn’t be more true now. For those in recovery, change can be difficult and this is especially the case when in the early stages of the recovery process. It’s also important to remember that change is even difficult for those not in recovery – as human beings, we are usually more comfortable staying in the status quo.

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Preparing to Attend Rehab after COVID-19

Rehab is a big step, so being prepared is key – just as you would prepare for any other big change in your life. It’s normal to feel a level of stress; the following tips outline what you can do, both mentally and physically, in the weeks leading up to your stay in rehab.

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How to Help an Addict / Alcoholic at Home

Alcoholism and addiction are terms used to describe someone with a physical and psychological dependence on alcohol or drugs. They may have problems controlling their habits or choose to keep drinking or using even though it causes problems. These problems may interfere with their professional and social relationships or even their physical health.

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What Is An Online Recovery Program?

An online recovery program is designed to help you embrace sober living in a healthy and balanced way. Your online program will provide you with the tools and support you need to achieve a happy and fulfilling life without alcohol or other substances. Our online recovery programs include all of the components of our residential program that can be carried out online (see inclusions below)

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Creating a Healthy Lockdown Schedule For Those in Recovery

How are you spending your time during lockdown? Are you missing structure and finding yourself drifting? Here are 11 key components to include in your weekly schedule to endure you stay on track in your recovery…
Need some additional support? Check out our online counselling and online recovery program options!

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10 Ways to Strengthen Your Recovery During Lockdown

Lockdown, although challenging for many, is an ideal time to focus on yourself and really work on developing and strengthening your recovery. It’s easier said than done though, what can you do when so much seems off limits? Here are 10 ways you can make the most of this time and emerge from lockdown even more solid than ever in your sobriety….

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Getting Help While On Lockdown: Online Therapy And Counselling

The beginning of lockdown offered us time to recoup, relax, and somewhat respect some much needed time off from our busy lives and busy schedules, and we found solace in the safety of our homes. With Covid-19 showing no sign of easing off the gas any time soon, this sense of isolation has become somewhat of an imprisonment with more people struggling to cope with the emotional strains of the unknown.

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Coping With Cravings On Lockdown

While on lockdown, cravings might appear to be much stronger and / or more frequent than you might have experienced previously (or you might only be experiencing them for the first time now). This is to be expected! Most of us have some element of additional stress in our lives at this time, combined with less activities, or less variety of activities, to keep us physically and mentally stimulated due to the confines of lockdown.

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Home Detox vs. Rehab Detox During COVID-19

Deciding whether to attempt to detox at home or attend rehab is often a difficult decision to make. Depending on individual personal circumstances, you may find positives and negatives relating to either approach to getting clean and sober. In this Blog we look at the benefits and drawbacks of both methods and how these may have changed in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Self-Isolating, Isolating and Coronavirus

Most addicts and alcoholics are all too familiar with isolating and its pitfalls. For some addicts, isolating characterized their drinking and using from the very beginning. For others, isolating came later as a result of damaged relationships. Isolating is not just a by-product of addiction, it can also be a trigger and that’s why most programs of recovery promote connections and fellowship. Ask anyone who has relapsed what happened prior to them picking up again, and usually they will have stopped going to meetings and started to isolate some time before re-engaging in their addictions.

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The LGBTQ+ Community And Recovery

Substance abuse and addiction is a significant problem within the LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, and Asexual) community. People who identify as LGBTQIA are at a greater risk for substance abuse and addiction with up to 30% of the population being affected.

These threatening statistics highlight the importance for more substance use recovery programs that support LGBTQ+ individuals.

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Take Your Recovery With You: Travel Tips

Includes a few useful recovery tips while traveling to help you have a smooth and sober trip. The most important tip is to always have a plan and a backup up when that plan falls apart! Traveling can often include surprises that can be handled easily when you have a plan!

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Addiction and the Brain PT. 2

Our brain is the site for all mind-altering drug interactions. Drugs and alcohol manipulate the biochemistry of the brain and change how the neurons communicate with each other. These changes alter the users’ perceptions, emotions, thoughts and behaviors over time. This chemistry change can have a life long impact but often full recovers after a prolonged period of recovery.

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Gratitude: The Cure-All for Wellbeing

Around the clock peace of mind seems like an impossible task. The Idealism of lofty gurus and monks is that they have devoted their lives to meditation and spiritual matters, shuttered in monasteries and temples high on distant mountain tops. Lots of ways exist to bring a sense of ease and comfort in our lives. We don’t all have to put on robes and sit for hours on end. A powerful tool that can be adopted and applied by everyone is simple: Gratitude.

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Addiction and the Brain PT. 1

Studies have shown that drug and alcohol use creates abnormalities in the brain. Drugs and alcohol can also have an effect on what we call brain plasticity. Plasticity in this context is the ability of cells to remember. Children and teens are particularly sensitive to changes in brain plasticity as a result of drug or alcohol use. The good news is that research in this area is helping us understand how to reverse the damage.

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Art Therapy in Recovery

Around the clock peace of mind seems like an impossible task. The Idealism of lofty gurus and monks is that they have devoted their lives to meditation and spiritual matters, shuttered in monasteries and temples high on distant mountain tops. Lots of ways exist to bring a sense of ease and comfort in our lives. We don’t all have to put on robes and sit for hours on end. A powerful tool that can be adopted and applied by everyone is simple: Gratitude.

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Have Yourself A Sober Little Christmas

Christmas; one of the most challenging times of the year for anyone who has or is struggling with early recovery or active addiction. It is not easy. Feelings of isolation may arise, including frustration, despair, anger, and loneliness. You are not alone. Hundreds and thousands of people are also walking this road less travelled, and we are here with some festive tips to support you.

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Indiscriminate Addiction: Part 2

Addiction touches every group of our society. It has been my experience to walk into a meeting and see a movie star sitting next to a homeless person, sitting next to a single mom, sitting next to a teenager, sitting next to an elderly man, and so on. The common denominator is that we are all afflicted with the same disease, and in search of the same goal, a release from addiction.

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Indiscriminate Addiction: Part 1

Addiction touches every group of our society. It has been my experience to walk into a meeting and see a movie star sitting next to a homeless person, sitting next to a single mom, sitting next to a teenager, sitting next to an elderly man, and so on. The common denominator is that we are all afflicted with the same disease, and in search of the same goal, a release from addiction.

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Bali Individual Recovery Retreat

With over 2.4 million results for subjects such as sober festivals, yoga retreats, resorts and holidays, it is evident that people are beginning to see that a life of sobriety offers the opportunity to broaden your experiences in life rather than limit them.

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Tools For Resentments

Resentments have been named the ‘number one’ offender for addicts and alcoholics. Learn about how to spot them, what causes the, and what to do about them.

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Relapse Awareness Guide

There are often warning signs prior to a relapse – this blog will discuss the signs of emotional, mental, and physical relapses. Find out what’s going wrong and how to get back on track – you may need some professional help to do so – and that’s okay!

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Replacing Addictions In Recovery

Addiction replacement, or transferring of addictions is a very common behavior response in recovery. We often substitute addictions to fill the void or to chase the same feeling or high that the previous addiction produced. It could be switching from drinking to eating chocolate or from drugs to sex.

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Tips For Staying Sober During The Holidays

The idea of staying sober over the holidays can be scary when in early recovery or active addiction. As the holidays quickly approach, so do the holiday parties and family events, both of which can be difficult to navigate. A good goal for these holidays? Instead of focusing your energy on buying presents, focus on being present.

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Bali: A Haven for Addiction Recovery

Bali might be well known for its party nightlife, but the island is also beginning to bloom as a center for drug and alcohol rehab centers where you’ll find thriving clean and sober communities of both expats and locals who offer each other support and friendship.

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Am I An Alcoholic?

Aftercare can be the make or break in long-term success in addiction recovery. What does quality aftercare look like? And why do you need it?

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