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When Drug Addiction Moves In, Family Rehab Is The Answer

When Drug Addiction Moves In, Family Rehab Is The Answer Family rehab's the treatment option of choice when one person's addiction hits everyone in the family group. That can be a parent or child, anyone under the roof whose life touches others in th family. Family treatment can begin without the addict's involvement, just like [...]

By | March 7th, 2017|Blog, Family Rehab|Comments Off on When Drug Addiction Moves In, Family Rehab Is The Answer

Trends in Addiction Risks

Trends in Addiction Risks Addiction risks so far in the 2016-2017 cycle have centered mostly on opioids. Opioid addiction has two major issues at the moment. Governmental restriction on hydrocodone has prompted many people addicted to legal painkillers to get help. However, others have turned to heroin, which has made a huge comeback since 2015. [...]

By | February 25th, 2017|Addiction, Blog|Comments Off on Trends in Addiction Risks

People Change for Better or Worse

People Change for Better or Worse People can change. People change all the time, but it's not always for the better. The hope, that desperate hope by the friends and family of an out of control addict that they'll someday make a change, is a lonely hope. It rarely has anything to celebrate. To help [...]

By | February 25th, 2017|Blog, Healthy recovery|Comments Off on People Change for Better or Worse

Acknowledging Depression Can Save Your Life

Acknowledging Depression Can Save Your Life Acknowledging depression means getting treatment for it along with addiction. Too often people think that addiction is what's causing their depression. The myth goes, "Fix the addiction and you fix the depression," but things don't work out that way at all. Depression and addiction, as well as any other mental [...]

By | February 22nd, 2017|Blog, Dual Diagnosis|Comments Off on Acknowledging Depression Can Save Your Life

Shadow Addiction: What Lies Beneath

Shadow Addiction: What Lies Beneath Shadow addiction, often known as prodromal alcoholism or prodromal addiction, is that thin edge between being functional and being a wreck. The downward spiral looms, but it hasn't quite started. A person can actually stay in prodromal addiction for months or even years. It casts a shadow on everything they [...]

By | February 21st, 2017|Addiction Education, Blog|Comments Off on Shadow Addiction: What Lies Beneath

The Best Recovery Is Slow Recovery

The Best Recovery Is Slow Recovery Slow recovery sounds like a bad idea, right? When people decide to get well, often they want sobriety right now! Addicts and alcoholics do tend to have trouble with patience. Let's look at slow recovery in depth. Slow recovery doesn't mean moderating drug usage or "cutting back". Immediate cessation [...]

By | February 19th, 2017|Blog, Healthy recovery|Comments Off on The Best Recovery Is Slow Recovery

Don’t Try to Make Addiction Rational

Don't Try to Make Addiction Rational Addiction rational? Who would try to make that kind of leap? Lots of us, when we deal with addicted friends and loved ones, even strangers, break our brains trying to make addiction rational. In the beginning of a loved one's addiction, we try those logical approaches. We tell them [...]

By | February 16th, 2017|Blog, Hitting Bottom|Comments Off on Don’t Try to Make Addiction Rational

Extended Long Term Treatment: The New Paradigm Approach

Extended Long Term Treatment: The New Paradigm Approach The New Paradigm approach to extended long term treatment isn't a treatment facility or a tenuous philosophy. It's for repeat relapsers and revolving-door rehab patients, and at its simplest form comprises a five year follow-up plan. Why so long?  A great deal of residential rehab lasts one [...]

By | February 14th, 2017|Blog, Healthy recovery|Comments Off on Extended Long Term Treatment: The New Paradigm Approach

Mending Broken Lives: Spirit and Mind

Mending Broken Lives: Spirit and Mind When we're about the business of mending broken lives, there's no doubting that the spirit and mind must be included. When we talk about the mind, we're referring to the collective cognitive abilities, coupled with personality and memories that make a human being distinct from one another. "Spirit" can [...]

By | February 7th, 2017|Blog, Thinking Distortions|Comments Off on Mending Broken Lives: Spirit and Mind

The Unknown Addict (Until It’s Almost Too Late)

The Unknown Addict (Until It's Almost Too Late) The unknown addict stands beside you daily. We don't see that person because they're doing so well. No one suspects they're staying afloat by the temporary ill-grace of drug abuse. Even if a few do wonder about the occasional oddities, the stories that don't quite add up, [...]

By | February 5th, 2017|Addiction, Blog|Comments Off on The Unknown Addict (Until It’s Almost Too Late)