Getting the help needed to treat a drug or alcohol addiction is the first step to take in the quest to manage this chronic, relapsing disease. The importance of enlisting the help of professionals in the field of addiction and recovery is key, as treating addiction successfully requires this high level of expertise. An addict … Continue reading Addiction Treatment Success Rates For Outpatient and Residential Patients
In a succession of revelations through which the heroin addict eventually becomes disenchanted with the using lifestyle, he or she decides it is finally time to quit. Self-disgust for the destruction that heroin addiction has wrought in their life and the lives of loved ones is one key motivator for getting clean, as well as … Continue reading Steps to Getting Help with Heroin Withdrawal
Recovery is hard, and it’s taxing on anyone’s mental health. One of the best ways to prepare your mind for what’s coming is to take some time to practice some sort of mindfulness exercise. Just a few minutes a day of meditation, prayer, or focus breathing can relieve stress and reduce the risks of a relapse.
The Celebrate Recovery versus Alcoholics Anonymous discussion When I originally wrote about Celebrate recovery, almost two years ago it was enjoyed by some, but not a "popular" article. What has blown my mind is the comment section. It has taken on a life of its own. So it only made sense, to pull it out, … Continue reading Is “Celebrate Recovery” A Good Alternative to 12-Step Programs?
Most everyone is familiar with the 12-Step program associated with Alcoholics Anonymous. This popular fellowship program has been around since the late 1930s assisting members worldwide in their quest to live a life without drugs and alcohol. What is less familiar, but just as significant in the addiction and recovery world, are the non 12-Step … Continue reading Non 12-Step Addiction Rehab Programs Explained
Addiction Treatment is Over - Now What? It takes a lot of guts to admit there is a substance abuse problem and begin the difficult path to getting sober and free again. Addiction treatment is a major step, but it’s not the whole process. In fact, the process will continue for the rest of … Continue reading Moving Forward: What Needs to Happen When the Addiction Treatment is Completed
TMS Offers Latest Treatment Option for Depression You have tried everything. Searching in earnest for a cure for the depression that sidelines you on a daily basis, you have tried multiple medications and various forms of psychotherapy. After experiencing no relief from symptoms, and having to suffer a myriad of nasty side effects from the … Continue reading What is Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)?
More and more often an education is required to secure a job; many companies see a college degree as a sign of initiative and good follow through skills. If you’re diligent you can prepare yourself for the challenges of college while keeping your recovery program intact. Most addiction starts in late adolescence, so setting and … Continue reading 5 Tips to Prepare Yourself for College in Recovery
The Powerful Highly-Addictive Drug The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is advising doctors to cut back on the dose and length of opioid prescriptions for pain when possible. The agency released 12 recommendations for doctors and other health care prescribers in March. Prescription opioids are powerful, highly-addictive drugs such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, and morphine. … Continue reading Doctors Told to Drastically Reduce Opioid Prescriptions for Pain
Addiction Answers Drug and alcohol addiction are confusing subjects, so you are going to have a lot of questions. Find answers to 10 of my frequently asked questions below. Can you legally force a family member into rehab? I get this question a lot. The short answer is no. However, it varies by state. In some … Continue reading Get the candid answers you need about drug and alcohol addiction