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The Optimal Inpatient Experience: Treatment Designed for You

When you or a loved one finally come to the realization that a problem is more than a problem, and a habit has become a disorder it is time to take the next step and determine how, where, and by whom those issues can be treated.

Why can’t I stop drinking so much or using drugs?

If there were any truth to the misconception, some people have, that all anyone must do if they genuinely want to stop drinking or using drugs is to say, “No,” “I’m done,” “That’s it. I quit,” then, there wouldn’t be nearly 35 million people in the U.S. today diagnosed with a substance use or alcohol use disorder.

Treating Substance Use Disorder with Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

There are many treatment options available to help individuals with substance use disorder, SUD, and other addictive behavior problems. Many modalities, particularly behavioral therapies, have successfully helped people find their way down the recovery path from SUD. CBT has been a longstanding, go-to therapeutic choice for people with addictive behaviors.

What are the Stages of Recovery?

The Six Stages of Change—popularized by the Transtheoretical Model developed in the late 70s—has become a measuring tool in behavioral health settings. It helps people embarking on intentional change. These self-changers use the stages to navigate through the process of addiction recovery.

Basic Details about NAD + Treatment in Addiction Recovery

When a person has an addiction to drugs or alcohol, substances alter their brain functions. With continued substance use, one of the body’s most essential molecules gets depleted. The molecule is NAD+. Addiction recovery is not impossible but, it can be difficult. With the aid of NAD+ treatment, a relatively new holistic IV infusion that boosts natural amounts of NAD+, recovery is not only more of a possibility. It promises to make recovery more successful and sustainable.

Better Chances of No More AUD Symptoms After Treatment in Alcohol Rehab

It may be challenging to identify when drinking has gotten out of control, despite how obvious it is when it affects the most important aspects of life—relationships, money, mental stability, health and happiness. When is it appropriate to look for help? For rehabilitation that's even imaginable, you must first identify your problem. Friends, coworkers, or family members may bring up your issues, but only you can assess yourself.

4 Ways a Residential Rehab Can Help You Cope with Relapse

Because of the varying degrees of substance use disorders (SUDs), many individuals suffer from addiction and alcoholism, which are the most severe manifestations of SUDs. Even after treatment, ONLY 40 to 60% of people who try to stop drinking or using drugs succeed. For many people, it is practically inevitable. This reality can discourage some, but relapse prevention like what you'll receive at residential rehab can help you develop coping skills to avoid or deal with triggers to use more flexibly and productively. This adaptability makes the chances of preventing a relapse more significant, and you'll be less likely to return to previous behaviors and substance use once you leave inpatient treatment.

Here are four ways your stay at a residential rehab can help you cope with or avoid relapse along your recovery journey:

The Deadly Truth About Drinking and Driving

Many people believe that it’s OK to drink and drive because they are responsible people. But the truth is, getting behind the wheel after drinking alcohol can have devastating consequences for those around you, as well as yourself. Drinking and driving can have severe impacts on not just your safety but also others—from minor injuries to severe injuries to fines to jail time to death. Too many people believe in the fallacy of immunity that it can’t happen to them. Even if you’ve never had an accident because of drunken driving, it doesn’t mean that you aren’t responsible for other people’s lives when you drink and drive.

Drug Use in Silicon Valley: Dysfunctional Fused Drug and Work Cultures

Silicon Valley is frequently associated with technology, the internet and riches. It is the birthplace of Facebook, Apple and Google. Peeling back the veil of technical progress reveals a culture of drugs and excess that all too frequently leads to drug addiction and overdose.

The Stages of Addiction

Various stages of addiction manifest through different periods of a person's substance use. For some people, they can develop a substance-related habit quickly, within months, for example. Others may need to use substances for an extended period before progressing along the spectrum of disordered drug use, which could mean several years.

How Does Self-Acceptance Relate to Addiction Recovery?

Many people will tell you that recovery from drugs and alcohol begins with recognizing and accepting that your drinking or substance abuse is a problem. While it is an essential first step, authentic healing begins more profoundly with self-acceptance.

To accept oneself—flaws and all is what it means to be truly human. Many people who begin using drugs or develop problematic drinking behaviors do so from silent psychological prompts of low self-esteem and self-worth, which are directly linked to a lack of self-acceptance and self-love.

Does Marijuana Increase Sensuality and Lead to More Stimulating Sex?

Cannabis has long been used in traditional medicine as a sexual stimulant. The National Commission on Marijuana and Drugs found that 44% of marijuana users felt marijuana significantly increased their sexual drive. More than two-thirds of the marijuana users, men and women, said it increased sexual desire. Many of them smoked only about one joint per week.

 

What is Nad+ Therapy: Infographic

NAD+ refers to Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide. Every cell in your body has it. It is a coenzyme of vitamin B-3 or niacin, making it a small molecule that helps activate enzymes by binding to protein molecules. Enzymes are necessary because they handle over 5,000 biochemical reactions within the body.

Keeping Your Job While Going to Rehab: How to Balance Career With Recovery

Addiction to drugs or alcohol can have a profound, negative effect on a person’s ability to live a healthy, fulfilling life. Its consequences impact every aspect of a person’s well-being, from their physical and mental health to their safety and ability to have healthy relationships.

Your New Life Begins Again Today

The abuse of drugs and alcohol can cause some very dramatic changes to brain chemistry, affecting how emotions and feelings are processed.

Easing the Power of Trauma with EMDR

The repercussions of trauma can impede recovery from substance use disorder. If you are dealing with trauma and substance use issues, it can be challenging to resolve them effectively. It's important to know that trauma and substance use can work in tandem to exacerbate the effects of both conditions. Still, overcoming them and moving on towards authentic recovery by addressing both issues simultaneously is possible.

The Optimal Inpatient Experience: Treatment Designed for You

When you or a loved one finally come to the realization that a problem is more than a problem, and a habit has become a disorder it is time to take the next step and determine how, where, and by whom those issues can be treated.

The Major Differences Between In-residence and Outpatient Detox

The detox stage in a treatment program is often the most significant challenge on a patient's journey toward recovery. Patients at a rehab facility are presented with inpatient or outpatient treatment options.

Part of the decision for or against inpatient vs. outpatient is mainly determined by a preliminary physical examination, toxicology report, and other factors concerning a patient's medical history. Still, there are key treatment outcomes and other considerations.
 

Four Cognitive Distortions that Get in the Way of Recovery

It is not simple to recover from a substance use problem. It typically entails exercising self-control and avoiding individuals who might lure you back to substance use. However, one of the most challenging aspects of recovery is changing your way of thinking. Your ideas are an integral component of your substance use disorder (SUD). Negative thoughts can interfere with your treatment and healing.

Introducing Intravenous Detox: The Next Step in Safe, Medically Supervised Recovery

When considering addiction treatment options, it's critical to look at how the treatment center approaches detoxification. Detoxing involves many risks, sometimes life-threatening when attempting cold turkey at home or without medical supervision. The safest and most effective approach is to have a medically supervised detox at a treatment facility.

Start Prioritizing Self-Care for Tremendous Success and Sustainability at any Stage of Your Addiction Recovery

Let’s face it: as human beings with feelings and vulnerabilities, none of us is impervious to pain and suffering. Research shows that people who have experienced traumatic events are more prone to addiction. However, what makes the difference between those who give up and those who continue fighting in their recovery is self-care. Let’s look at why self-care is critical to staying sober and being one step ahead of a possible relapse.

Releasing the First in a New Series Exploring "Substance Use as an Emotional Response"

The spooks, ghosts, and goblins of Halloween are gone. As the collected assortment of candies starts to dwindle, the air of the season shifts to cooler, longer nights, and the turkey and tinsel of the holidays begin to appear everywhere. This can bring about stress and mental health conditions like seasonal affective disorder. Many people respond to emotional distress in many ways, from food to sex to drugs or alcohol. 

When someone has experienced trauma or is in a negative situation, how they react to this will be different for everyone. Some people respond in ways that make matters worse for themselves and the parties involved, and some respond unhealthily, like drinking or misusing drugs.

Exploring Emotional Responses without Saying “Yes, but”

In the last post in this series, we spoke about two types of emotions: primary and secondary. As we discussed, secondary emotions are easier to regulate or alter if required. An alternative response might be to be reluctant and agree in some aspects, "yes," then invalidate and defend with "but."

Wish Recovery’s First Responders Program: Helping Our Heroes Heal

If you're among the brave souls who take on the daily challenges of being a first responder, you understand that your profession can wear on your mental and physical well-being. You bear witness to some of the most heartbreaking aspects of humanity, and you often put your safety at risk to help others. It's no wonder first responders have some of the highest rates of PTSD, alcohol use disorder, substance misuse, and other mental health disorders.

Am I an Alcoholic If I Binge Drink?

Drinking alcohol is popular among many people. From daily use to only special occasions, from social to binging, they differ from moderate to unhealthy use. Binge drinking and drinking too much alcohol can raise the risks of developing alcohol use disorder (AUD). Conditions encompassed within an AUD diagnosis include those associated with alcohol addiction, alcohol abuse, and alcohol dependence.

Coping with Co-Occurring Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders

Co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders (SUDs) may be burdensome. If you have this problem, you know how tough it is to live a regular life. The National Center for Drug Abuse Statistics reports that 165 million Americans, or 60.2% of the population over 12, currently abuse drugs, including alcohol and cigarettes. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, about 8 million people, or 17.5% of those with mental health difficulties, abuse drugs. This article will discuss dual diagnosis, signs, and how to manage both conditions.

Controlling Emotionally Driven Behavior through Opposite Action

This session will discuss "Opposite Action," a dialectical behavior therapy technique. When feelings become too intense or harmful or when they cause dysfunctional emotion-driven behavior, DBT encourages the use of this technique. The point is not to deny the validity of your feelings but to reframe them in a way that will help you reach a more positive outcome.

What is NAD+ Therapy and How Can it Help Me During Detox?

NAD+ therapy is an IV treatment that is often used to combat the degenerative effects of aging, however, it is quickly gaining popularity as a treatment for drug and alcohol addiction. This trendy treatment is able to reduce withdrawal symptoms, alleviate drug cravings, boost energy levels, and improve mental clarity by healing your body at the cellular level.

After Detox and Drug Rehab, How Do You Find Work?

You've completed your treatment at a luxury drug rehab facility, and now you're ready to look for work. Gainful employment can be a very satisfying experience. It's nice to earn a livelihood and take part in the workforce again. Here are some things to keep in mind.

Prioritizing the Mental Health of Law Enforcement with Rehab for Police

Police officers are often the face of public safety in our society, but they face unique challenges that can affect their well-being and mental health. The police subculture can significantly contribute to the stigma against help-seeking behaviors for addiction and mental health issues, with officers viewing such behaviors as a sign of weakness. Unfortunately, this can lead to addiction due to stress, self-medicating, and poor mental health when emotional needs are unmet. Therefore, it is vital to understand the unique needs of police officers and create and implement strategies that address the critical issues they face. 

Why You Should Think Twice Before Using Narcotics

The United States is a highly medicated country, and doctors are willing to prescribe medications to help with any ailment or pain. But these medications come with the risk of addiction and dependence. While these medications might be effective in the short term, they can be devastating to your health in a long time. Those patients prescribed narcotics should think twice before using them because there are many other options.

Liquid Courage or Liquid Fear: Revealing the True Relationship Between Alcohol and Anxiety

Anxiety is one of the most prevalent mental health disorders today, affecting millions of people of all ages and backgrounds. It is a condition that can be both debilitating and isolating, with many individuals turning to alcohol to help alleviate their anxiety symptoms. However, while alcohol may temporarily relieve anxiety, it can also be a double-edged sword, exacerbating the condition in the long run.

 

This blog post will explore the precarious relationship between alcohol and anxiety. We will examine how alcohol affects the brain and how this can impact anxiety levels. We will also discuss how alcohol affects the development of anxiety disorders, such as genetics, self-medication, and other factors. Furthermore, we will provide evidence-based information on coping without resorting to drinking to ease anxiety.

How the Rat Race and Stress Can Put You at Greater Risk of Misusing Substances and How to Cope

Life in the fast lane can be a drag, leaving us feeling drained, disillusioned, and defeated. The hustle and bustle of modern society can take its toll and leave us feeling like we're running on fumes. The relentless push to excel and stay ahead of the curve can be overwhelming, driving our stress levels and putting our well-being at risk. Unsurprisingly, some people use substances to cope with the daily grind, leading to many problems, including addiction and other serious consequences.

 

In this blog post, we'll explore the link between the rat race and everyday or chronic stress and the increased risk of substance misuse. We'll also offer practical advice and helpful tips on coping with stress healthily, so you can avoid turning to harmful substances as a crutch.

 

Understanding Substance Misuse, Abuse, Dependence and Addiction

Knowing the differences between the misuse and abuse of drugs or having a dependence on or an addiction to psychoactive substances like alcohol or pain relievers can help you communicate to others, particularly medical and mental health professionals, about your relationship with substances. These affiliated terms of substance use may seem to represent the same thing, and you'll find that some providers use a few of them interchangeably. But, if you want to understand the breadth of your relationship with psychotropic substances, the descriptions of these terms below may be informatively revealing.

So, You’re 30 Days Sober… Now, What?

Many people start the year with a new mindset and a commitment to quitting drugs, alcohol, or other bad habits. Unfortunately, many of them relapse before the end of the first month.

The first month is crucial to the recovery process when you quit drugs. The odds of you staying sober for a month are the same as staying sober for a year. So, what can you do to increase your chances of success during your drug recovery?

Breaking the Cycle: The Complexities and Solutions of Dual Diagnosis Treatment

Consider two individuals enrolling in a rehabilitation program to address their addiction. One treatment center conducts a thorough assessment and identifies a co-occurring mental health disorder for one person. In contrast, the other center overlooks or fails to adequately address the apparent signs of psychological and emotional issues underlying the other person's substance use disorder. Which individual is more likely to achieve sustained recovery in the long run?

How to Use the Skill of Problem-Solving

To solve issues, it's not enough to identify their causes; instead, one must make concerted efforts to craft a strategy for effecting change. Specific topics that arise in regular life may be addressed using these methods. The ultimate purpose of problem-solving is to facilitate behavioral modification. As whole, dysfunctional behaviors are issues that must be addressed.

Things You Need to Know Before Quitting Drugs

Quitting drugs or alcohol can be a difficult life path, but with the proper preparation and the right knowledge, there is no reason why it cannot be done. There are many misconceptions about quitting drugs. Drug rehab can be overwhelming. It's important to know what happens when you stop drugs before committing to it. This article will take a close look at detoxification and break it down.

Recovery Types: The Differences Between Passive and Active Recovery

An essential thing to remember about recovery is that it is a process. There are two ways to recover from alcohol use and substance use disorders: passively and actively. Passive recovery involves abstinence from drugs or alcohol without treatment. In contrast, active recovery requires both abstinence and professional care. Between the passive and active ends of the recovery spectrum, exists variations in degree and many combinations of both extremes—depending on the individual in recovery. The choice between these two methods usually depends on the severity of the condition and the support system in place.

Understanding Addiction Treatment

Substance use disorder (SUD) and alcohol use disorder (AUD) are a chronic disease characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use despite negative consequences. Because of the condition's complexity, each person diagnosed requires a unique and personalized treatment plan. Your therapeutic approach should consider your physical, social and psychological needs. Proper treatment is determined by the intensity of your addiction, as well as whether you have a mental problem or a chronic medical ailment. Understanding treatment principles will assist you in making the most of your program.

3 Components of Successful Sobriety

Choosing sobriety is a commitment to prioritizing one's happiness, health, and well-being. When you leave the haze of addiction behind, you enter a world of enlightenment and self-discovery.

 

Being sober is much more than simply abstaining from drugs and alcohol; it's also about building a fulfilling life. Here are the three most important factors in a full and sustainable recovery.

Have You Heard About These Lesser-Known Benefits of Addiction Recovery?

Addiction recovery is a difficult journey with many ups and downs. However, many people don’t realize that, in addition to the apparent benefits of sobriety, there is a host of lesser-known but equally important benefits that come with recovery from a substance or alcohol use disorder (SUD/AUD). These rewards come in surprising packages and are often overlooked or underestimated by those in recovery.

 

This blog post will take a closer look at some of these lesser-known benefits. We will review the mental, physical, and emotional rewards that come with the hard work of recovery and show that the process can be advantageous.

From improved relationships with family and friends to improved physical and mental health, many excellent benefits of recovery can help make the journey worthwhile. We will also discuss the importance of taking advantage of these benefits and why ensuring they are noticed is vital.

Using Smartphone Recovery Apps

Mobile-based health (mHealth) technologies such as smartphone recovery apps can help people with substance use disorder manage their recovery in more ways than once thought possible. For example, a person can monitor their reaction to triggers, create new habits, track moods along their recovery journey and join virtual supportive communities. Mobile-based health (mHealth) technologies such as smartphone recovery apps can help people with substance use disorder manage their recovery in more ways than once thought possible. For example, a person can monitor their reaction to triggers, create new habits, track moods along their recovery journey and join virtual supportive communities.

A Brief History of the Word Addiction

The term "addiction" has historically had Latin roots, with translated meanings ranging from deity devotion to attachments to enslavement.

The Addiction Withdrawal Timeline

If you have substance use disorder or suffer from alcoholism but want to stop drinking or using drugs, you may have thought about stopping cold turkey. That’s when you abruptly stop using the substance you're addicted to. While it is commendable to want to quit drinking or using drugs, the problem with the cold turkey approach is that your body has grown accustomed to having the substance in your system, which means that your body may have started to develop a physical dependency.

ISO Is a Deadly Reason for Concern

There are rising concerns about the emergence of new synthetic opioids that may be just as deadly as fentanyl. Recently, reports have shown that isotonitazene has replaced heroin as the drug most often associated with fatal overdoses.

ISO, or isotonitazene, is now the deadliest illegal drug in the United States, surpassing fentanyl. Due to its relative novelty, the drug was not included on official prohibited drug lists, making it available for sale and purchase on underground markets.

Burning Bridges and Urge Surfing in Recovery

To prevent relapse into addictive behavior, "burning bridges" is a skill that involves radical acceptance, determination, and action. To "burn one's bridges" is to cut off all links with anybody or anything that might trigger a relapse to the addicted drug or behavior. You effectively block that route out of your life by severing the tie that binds you to addictive behavior.

A 9/11 Massacre Every Other Week: The Dangers of Fentanyl and What You Should Know

About two-thirds of the over 108,000 drug overdose fatalities in 2021 featured fentanyl or another synthetic opioid. In 2020, almost 43,000 overdose deaths were from fentanyl. This synthetic opioid is commonly used for managing pain in cancer patients and those who have undergone surgery or cannot tolerate other types of pain medication. Unfortunately, the dangers of fentanyl are numerous and well-documented at this point. The drug has been linked to countless deaths over recent years. Public health organizations have issued warnings about its use as an anesthetic, painkiller, and even a street drug. As an illicit substance, these organizations are seeing this as an issue of national security and appealing Washington to bring immediate attention before any more people die. But what exactly is fentanyl? How do you recognize it, and what are some things you need to know if you think someone around you might be using it? Keep reading to find out more!

Debunking Myths About Drug Addiction

If you or a loved one is suffering from substance use disorder (SUD) or addiction, it's understandable that you're looking for help on the internet. However, finding reliable and helpful information can be difficult due to significant misinformation, misunderstanding, and myths surrounding addiction and recovery due to rehab industry advertising, stigma, or the opinions of others who have not worked at recovering from addictive substances. This article will cover some common misconceptions about addiction and offer advice on coping.

ADHD and Substance Use Disorder: The Connection, The Challenges and the Solutions

Adult attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has a 3-4% prevalence in the general population. The condition often coexists with other clinical disorders. These other disturbances could include issues with anxiety, sleep, moods, personality, drugs or alcohol. Within the last decade, many researchers have examined the co-occurrence of ADHD and substance use problems. As with ADHD, substance use disorders (SUDs) have significant social, psychological and economic implications, making their proper treatment critical to a person’s ability to live a sustainable life. Adults with ADHD often have substance use disorders that involve nicotine, alcohol, cannabis and cocaine, to name a few.

The Impact of Primary and Secondary Emotions on Substance Abuse

Many people's decisions to experiment with drug or alcohol usage are heavily influenced by their feelings. Thoughts, emotions, and behaviors are all interconnected. As one changes, the other is impacted, and so on. A person's ideas and actions may become self-destructive when experiencing negative emotions like fear, anger, sadness, or isolation.

Recovering Family Members: 5 Tips for Support

Supporting a loved one who is grappling with addiction can be a daunting task. The question posed is, "What do you say?" "What are the things that one must refrain from saying?" Even if you care about your loved ones and want the best for them, you could sometimes feel powerless in the face of their difficulties. Fortunately, there are a variety of ways you may assist them while they overcome their addiction and stay on the right track.

 

Although recovery from addiction is a deeply personal experience, it need not be solitary. Family support can prove to be an impenetrable network that is invaluable in aiding individuals to overcome addiction.

The Role of Family Support in Recovery

When a person has a substance use disorder, it can feel like they’re stuck in a horrible dream, and they are freefalling into an immense vortex of darkness with nothing to hold on to and nothing to protect them as the seemingly endless expanse draws them in. But addiction recovery is not like a never-ending fall from off a mountain cliff or plummet into the stratosphere after being pushed out of an airplane.

 

Each day of your sobriety is another day in which you are closer to your long-term recovery goals, with people all around bolstering you. It's an ascension, not a fall. You have a support network of providers, a supportive group of peers, and the often most complex but vital support systems, your family. Your loved ones are a pep squad of cheerleading relatives who can hold you accountable and celebrate your successes.

Overcoming Shame and Guilt in Recovery and Strategies for Self-Forgiveness and Healing

Millions of people worldwide are affected by addiction, a severe and complex disorder that can cause significant physical, emotional, and social problems. It's a challenging and daunting experience for individuals who face addiction, often struggling with shame and guilt. Addressing these emotions is crucial for successful recovery. Addiction is not a moral failure but a medical condition that requires compassionate and comprehensive care. Seeking help should never make individuals feel guilty or ashamed. In this blog post, we'll explore the impact of shame and guilt on addiction recovery and provide strategies for overcoming these emotions.

Clear Mind Vs. Addiction Mind & Clean Mind

A clear mind is synthesized as the convergence point of a clean mind and an addiction mind. With a clear mind, you're sober, but you also recognize warnings and take precautions to avoid relapse.

 

To have a clean mind is to be sober and free from problematic addictive behavior for an extended time, yet to be utterly ignorant of the risks and desires associated with returning to it. Having a clean mind might make you feel like you can conquer your addiction and never give in to the urge to use substances or drink again. This is the fallacy of sobriety, in that there is the conviction that one is no longer affected by addiction.

The California Detox Difference

Detox, also known as withdrawal therapy, is the initial step for many individuals battling substance use disorders to manage their physical dependence on alcohol or drugs. It helps them improve comfortably before beginning a rehabilitation program. Even though Northern California has a few alternatives for inpatient or residential treatment, you’ll find most California treatment facilities in the southern part of the state. San Diego, Orange County, and Los Angeles are all now popular rehab locations.

The Newness of You: Building a New Life After Addiction

Taking the first step towards recovery is a crucial part of a transformative journey toward a fulfilling life of sobriety. Although it may seem daunting, you possess the strength to grow and improve daily.

 

Rebuilding a life after addiction requires immense courage, determination, and a supportive community recognizing the challenges ahead. It is a journey that necessitates introspection, progress, and the cultivation of healthy coping mechanisms to overcome obstacles.

Understanding the Functioning Substance User

There’s a segment of people within our population who misuse drugs and alcohol but skillfully keep their usage covertly tucked away in the shadows. They have a seemingly successful public life with an excellent job, lovely home, sweet family, and pleasant social affairs. They are high-functioning substance users.

Coping With Relapse and Seasonal Affective Disorder During the Holidays

The start of Thanksgiving heralds the approach of the holiday season and the holiday or winter blues for many. While the beginning of the holiday season can be exciting for some, luminous lights, cheerful music, and an infectious sense of goodwill can cause dread, anxiety, and even depression in others. For these people, the holidays can be a real challenge for the holiday blues or, in more severe manifestations, seasonal affective disorder (SAD), which is seasonal depression that starts manifesting during the fall and winter months. SAD affects up to 20% of the U.S. population. As with other forms of depression, many people with SAD also have co-occurring disorders or dual diagnosis of drug addiction, making the holiday blues even more disturbing and increasing the chances of relapse during this time of year.

Recovery and the Family

An adage in recovery circles regarding family therapy says, “The patient is the family, and the family is the patient.” This phrase is often used to describe the therapeutic relationship between therapist and client. Though it's not an exact parallel to family therapy, it also points out the need for an understanding of the family in addiction recovery.

What Does It Mean to Practice Self-Care in Recovery?

Sobriety is just one aspect of recovery. A new life awaits you if you stop using drugs or alcohol. Self-care is at the heart of a significant transition.
We all require a tune-up when we become clean since drug abuse has ravaged our health. Drug and alcohol abuse is harmful to the body, mind, and soul. Those with substance use disorders who have been inactive in their recovery treatment for months or years must take the necessary steps to rehabilitate and preserve their health.

COVID-19 vs. Addiction - Disease of Isolation?

Many health professionals view addiction as being "the disease of isolation." Because of the enforcement of social distancing across the country, COVID-19 could be a contender for that title. 

 

Data shows that preventative measures—like wearing masks and maintaining a distance of six feet  (social distancing) can minimize the spread of the virus. However, those conservative measures for protection have also proven to be a means of encouraging more social isolation than what is already experienced by those with alcohol and substance use disorder (SUD). 


 

The Importance of Aftercare in Sustaining Addiction Recovery

Recovery from substance use disorder or addiction is a journey that extends far beyond the initial stages of treatment. It requires ongoing support, guidance, and tailored strategies to ensure a lasting recovery. As we observe National Recovery Month this September, it is crucial to shed light on the significance of aftercare and its impact on individuals striving to maintain a drug-free life. Aftercare is pivotal in sustaining addiction recovery, yet it is often overlooked. This article will explore the various aspects of aftercare and its importance in helping individuals rebuild their lives, one step at a time. 

Untangling the Threads: A Deep Dive into the Complex Intersection of Substance Use and Eating Disorders

The intricate web of the co-occurrence of eating disorders and substance misuse is a complicated dance of conditions that often pair together—creating unique challenges for individuals and health professionals alike. This tandem of troubles, known in the medical world as “comorbidity,” is a subject that is often shrouded in mystery and misconceptions. In this article, we aim to shed light on this complex connection, offering insights into how these disorders interrelate and their impact on the individuals caught in their grip.

Why Should I Choose Luxury Drug Treatment Vs. a Rehab Near Me?

Choosing the right addiction recovery program is crucial to healing, particularly when considering luxury drug treatment programs. Whether you choose a local or nationwide facility, aligning your needs with the most suitable approach is essential. If you're looking for a life-changing experience that can revolutionize your journey toward recovery, a luxury drug treatment center across the nation might be the best option for you. By selecting a nationwide luxury drug treatment center, you can reap several benefits that can significantly impact your recovery journey. There are pros and cons to traditional and upscale centers. So, take the time to assess your options carefully and make the proper selection for your future.

Alcohol Sabotages Sleep Hygiene and Prevents REM Rest

According to the Sleep Foundation, over 65 million people in the U.S. use alcohol as a sedative—due to its depressant drug classification. While alcohol can make a person drowsy, it does nothing beneficial for the quality of sleep a person has when sleeping after having a drink or two.

Decoding Excellence: A Deep Dive into What Makes a Rehab One of the Best Addiction Treatment Centers

Severe substance use disorder or addiction is a complex and widespread condition that has a devastating impact on millions of individuals and families across the globe. Addiction treatment centers offer a glimmer of hope by providing the necessary support and resources to overcome substance use disorders. However, with so many treatment options available, identifying a rehab center that excels can be challenging. The hallmark of such a center isn’t merely its luxury or expense but its personalized and comprehensive approach to addressing the multifaceted aspects of addiction.

 

This article aims to highlight the defining characteristics of top-tier addiction treatment centers. We will explain the key components that set these centers apart, focusing on their ability to foster long-term recovery and lasting sobriety. We aim to help individuals and their loved ones prioritize effective, reliable, and personally tailored addiction treatment.

Focus on Growth and Healing: Why Many Drug Rehabs Don’t Take Animals

The rising trend of incorporating animals into therapy and substance abuse treatment programs has sparked a valuable conversation about the policies of drug rehabs regarding animals. This article aims to delve into this intriguing subject, exploring the dichotomy between pet-friendly drug rehabs that embrace animal therapy and those that choose not to accommodate our furry friends.

 

The decision to exclude animals from drug rehabs can be influenced by various factors, including potential health risks, distractions that may impede the recovery process, and the risk of triggering cravings or relapse among individuals undergoing treatment. Additionally, the lack of scientific data and recognized animal models for preclinical studies may contribute to the reluctance of some drug rehabs that don’t take animals.

Understanding the Science of Addiction & Recovery

Addiction is a complex condition that significantly impacts an individual's life and can be challenging to overcome without professional help. The brain, a remarkable organ with neuroplasticity, can adapt and change throughout our lives. Still, substance use disorders can hijack its natural processes and alter the brain’s structure, making it difficult for individuals to resist cravings and impulses. Substance use disorder is a chronic and relapsing condition that requires ongoing care and support.

Medical Supervision for Alcohol Detox

Alcohol addiction or alcohol use disorder (AUD) is the most common form of substance abuse, afflicting an estimated 14.4 million American adults. Heavy or long-term alcohol use can lead to life-threatening diseases, affecting productivity and relationships.

The Ripple Effect: Understanding the Relationship Between Childhood Trauma and Addiction

Childhood trauma can impact a person’s life, with severe consequences that can carry over into adulthood. Studies have found a strong connection between childhood trauma and addiction, making this a topic that deserves careful examination. In this article, we’ll explore the complex relationship between childhood trauma and addiction, taking a closer look at how trauma affects the brain, the mechanisms behind addiction, and why it’s crucial to approach treatment with a trauma-informed perspective.

Use Judgment Diffusion in Recovery to Let Go

We all play the role of a judge at some point. Opinions are another word for judgments, which may be excellent or negative. "That was the worst pizza I've ever eaten." "That cake seems to be laden with calories." Today has been a wonderful day to be outside.

 

Judgments about your self-destructive conduct are common among those with drug misuse or addiction issues. Addictions and substance abuse can hurt people's daily lives and interactions with others, so it's normal and natural that people be concerned. You'll simply make yourself feel worse if you judge yourself for being unable to quit or continue using despite the repercussions and the opinions of others.

Outside the Box: Non-Traditional Ways to Find Support in Recovery

During the challenging journey of recovering from addiction, it's common for people to seek support from non-traditional sources. These sources can provide unique benefits that can significantly impact the success of the recovery process. From holistic therapies and peer support groups to digital counseling platforms, these unconventional methods are increasingly recognized for their potential to supplement traditional therapeutic approaches.

 

Addressing the many aspects of addiction, they help individuals regain control over their lives, promoting resilience, self-awareness, and personal growth. This often leads to better treatment adherence, lower relapse rates, and a more comprehensive healing process that acknowledges the complexities of addiction. As a result, non-traditional sources of support are becoming an essential component of comprehensive treatment strategies, potentially revolutionizing the recovery landscape.

 

Firefighter Addiction Recovery Through the Fire: Extinguishing Substance Abuse

Recent studies show firefighters are more susceptible to addiction and substance abuse than the average person. Studies have shown that anywhere from 40% to 85% of firefighters report drinking alcohol in the past 30 days, and around 50% report binge drinking. Additionally, they are more prone to misusing prescription drugs. The unprecedented pressures and traumatic experiences linked to their profession may play a role in the onset of addiction and substance misuse.

 

Firefighters face physical and mental challenges and require access to rehabilitation and addiction treatment. The issue of substance abuse and addiction is a serious concern as it can significantly impede an individual's ability to carry out their responsibilities safely and effectively. This can have negative consequences on their overall health and well-being. Firefighters struggling with addiction can find the necessary support to overcome their challenges and return to their duties with renewed energy and focus through rehab and addiction treatment.

Maximizing LGBTQ+ Addiction Recovery: Effective Strategies

The journey toward sobriety is challenging, and for LGBTQ+ individuals, it can be even more difficult. The projected rate of substance abuse within the LGBTQ+ community is 30%, compared to 9% among the population. Facing discrimination, stigma, and rejection, these individuals may struggle to find the support and understanding they need. Addiction doesn't discriminate, but individuals in this subculture face unique challenges in addiction recovery, such as discrimination, stigma, and a lack of understanding and resources. Understanding these challenges and finding the proper support can make all the difference. In this article, we'll explore the unique obstacles faced by LGBTQ+ individuals in addiction recovery and provide helpful strategies for finding the support they need to overcome them.

Everything You Need to Know About the Holistic Approach to Addiction & Dual Diagnosis Treatment: The Definitive Guide

The issue of substance abuse affects people from all walks of life. However, a new approach to treatment has emerged that recognizes the various factors that contribute to addiction. This holistic approach understands that drug addiction is not simply a biological problem but a complex issue involving social, cultural, spiritual, and developmental aspects. It acknowledges that a one-size-fits-all solution may not be effective for everyone and instead focuses on integrating the mind, body, and spirit connections to promote healing. Successful treatment programs pave the way for a brighter future by addressing the individual’s needs comprehensively and holistically. Recovery is about overcoming addiction and rediscovering a sense of wholeness.

The Differences Between Drug Addiction and Obsession

Most people think of substance use as things like alcohol and drugs when it comes to addictions. When it comes to compulsions and obsessive behaviors, the first things that come to mind are gambling, hoarding and eating disorders.

Recovery Capital: Knowing the Value of Your Healing

Overcoming substance use disorder is a complex process requiring a comprehensive approach beyond avoiding drugs or alcohol. This is where the idea of recovery capital comes into play. Recovery capital involves utilizing the resources and assets available to aid in your journey toward wellness. Recovery capital includes tangible and intangible resources, such as social support networks, employment opportunities, housing, education, and psychological well-being. Accessing and utilizing these resources can unlock your potential for long-term recovery and overall wellness. Recovery capital is like a beautiful tapestry that you can weave with determination and perseverance, offering hope and healing.

Why are Bipolar Disorder and Substance Use often Mentioned Together?

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, people who have bipolar disorder are twice as likely to struggle with substance use disorder (SUD). Bipolar disorder and substance use disorder intersect at many levels for various people. Since having bipolar can lead to or worsen SUD symptoms, many people view the two as related.

When a person has a diagnosis of substance use disorder with bipolar, they have co-occurring disorders or dual diagnosis. Even though the term "dual diagnosis" is singular, people with co-occurring conditions must get integrated treatment for each illness for improved life quality.

5 Tips for Staying Sober During the Holidays

The holidays are a time of celebration, nostalgia and family traditions. However, these same festivities can trigger feelings of loss or sadness for some people, and it can be a time of increased risk for substance use, even if you’ve been sobered for some time. Substance use disorders impact about 20 million people in the United States. And more than half of these individuals live with one or more mental illnesses, including depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. It can be hard to know how to cope with your recovery from substance abuse during all the festivities and stress that come with this time of year. The good news is that there are ways you can do this without feeling overwhelmed. These five tips to stay on track with your recovery plan can help you maintain your sobriety throughout this time of year.

Prevalence and Prevention of Fentanyl Abuse and Overdose

Fentanyl overdoses remain a recurring topic in national and local news, with reports surfacing almost daily. According to the California Department of Justice, California witnessed nearly 4,000 fatalities in 2020 due to fentanyl overdoses.

Since 2013, the opioid crisis has been exacerbated by the emergence of illicitly manufactured synthetic opioids, including fentanyl and related compounds. These substances have been linked to a significant rise in overdose deaths. According to estimates, Fentanyl is believed to be 50-100 times more potent than heroin. When combined, the two substances may synergistically affect respiratory depression.

Unlocking the Secret to Addiction Recovery: The Power of the Mind-Body Connection

Are you struggling with addiction and looking for an effective way to recover? The key to successful recovery may lie in understanding the powerful connection between the mind and body. The mind-body connection in addiction recovery is an often overlooked yet essential component of regaining health and sobriety. It is important to understand the role of the mind in addiction and how the body can be impacted by addiction to create a comprehensive approach to recovery. With a greater understanding of the relationship between the mind and body, those in recovery can create an effective recovery plan that will help them achieve tremendous success and improve physical and mental well-being. This article will explore the connection between the mind and body in addiction recovery and provide strategies for utilizing this connection to facilitate a successful recovery.

Finding the Path to Sobriety: Exploring the Role of the Best Alcohol Rehabs in Successful Recovery Journeys

Alcohol use disorder is a global public health crisis, with around 3 million deaths annually due to harmful alcohol use, accounting for 5.3% of all deaths worldwide. The journey to sobriety is complex and often requires professional help and guidance. Alcohol rehabilitation programs offer essential support, therapies, and tools to help individuals overcome their addiction and regain control over their lives.

 

The best alcohol rehabs provide a structured environment that fosters healing, growth, and transformation, from detoxification to therapy, aftercare, and relapse prevention. These rehabs are pivotal in helping individuals achieve their sobriety goals and lead healthier, happier lives. Recovery from alcohol addiction is a complex process involving factors such as social identity transition, commitment to sobriety, and the role of mutual aid groups.

Exploring the Benefits and Effectiveness of Holistic Drug Rehab Programs: A Comprehensive Guide

In the ever-changing landscape of addiction recovery, there is a growing emphasis on addressing the whole person rather than just treating the addiction. Holistic Drug Rehab programs have emerged as a solution to this issue. These programs combine traditional medical therapies with various holistic approaches, including physical, psychological, nutritional, and spiritual therapies. Whether you are considering this path for yourself or a loved one or are a healthcare professional looking to expand your knowledge, this guide will thoroughly explain the principles, benefits, and effectiveness of holistic rehab programs.

Social Media’s Impact on Addiction Recovery: Staying Connected Without Triggering a Relapse

Social media has become an integral part of our daily lives. From connecting with friends and family to staying up-to-date with the latest news and trends, social media has transformed how we interact with the world. However, social media can be a double-edged sword for those struggling with addiction recovery. While it provides a platform for connecting with others and seeking support, it can also trigger a relapse and hinder recovery.

Thinking of Quitting Cold Turkey? Don't! Medical Detox Can Help Get Your Life Back On Track!

As humans, we are designed to adapt to our environment and habits. When we develop substance dependencies, our bodies adjust to the consistent presence of these substances. Thus, removing these substances often results in withdrawal— a series of physical and psychological symptoms. However, the process of detoxification doesn't have to be a tormenting experience if done correctly. This is where a medical detox comes into play, providing comfort and safety during this critical recovery phase.

Building a Strong Foundation: The Power of Structure and Routine in Recovery

Embarking on a path to addiction recovery is not for the faint of heart. It's a journey with ups and downs, requiring a whole heap of grit and a robust support system. One key component of this process is the establishment of structure and routine. It may sound a bit mundane, but trust us, it's like the scaffolding that holds up a skyscraper. Solidifying new habits for your sober lifestyle is essential to achieve lasting success—the bedrock of a stable foundation. This stability empowers individuals to develop self-discipline, enhance their mental health, and bolster their overall well-being.

Best Substance Abuse Treatment Covered by Insurance

Substance abuse affects around 20 million Americans and access to quality treatment is often a major barrier. The cost of treatment is a significant factor, making insurance coverage crucial for those seeking help. In this article, we will explore the relationship between substance abuse and insurance coverage, focusing on policies issued by employers and luxury treatment centers. Understanding the complexities of insurance coverage for substance abuse treatment is important for individuals and their families to make informed decisions and access the help they need. Nowadays, many employer-issued insurance policies include coverage for substance abuse treatment, making it accessible to a larger population.

Knowing the best treatment options covered by insurance helps individuals make informed decisions about the most suitable and effective care.

When a Drink is More Than Just a Drink: Understanding Cultural Alcoholism and Social Drinking

Alcohol is a ubiquitous part of many cultures around the world. From champagne toasts at weddings to after-work happy hours, drinking is often seen as a social activity that brings people together. However, for some individuals, a drink is more than just a drink; it is a part of their cultural identity and can lead to alcoholism (severe alcohol use disorder).

 

According to the CDC, if you exclude traffic-related and intentional alcohol-related deaths, the total number of alcohol-related fatalities in the US in 2021 was more than 54,000. That's a staggering number, highlighting many people’s complicated relationship with alcohol. Cultural alcoholism and social drinking are two sides of the same coin. On the one hand, it can be a fun way to bond with friends and celebrate special occasions. On the other hand, it can quickly spiral into a dangerous addiction that wreaks havoc on both physical and mental health.

Boundaries & Toxic Relationships: Mental Wellness in Recovery.

Good mental wellness is essential for a successful recovery from addiction; an important part is setting boundaries and avoiding toxic relationships. It is impossible to ignore our relationships’ effect on our mental health and well-being. People have different needs and ideas of what is acceptable in relationships, and it is essential only to be healthy and positive. This is especially important in addiction recovery, as it is necessary to protect yourself from the potential of relapse. Additionally, certain people, often members of our own family and social circle, can be toxic influences and actively impede our recovery process. Therefore, understanding how to set boundaries and protect yourself from unhealthy relationships is essential for maintaining mental wellness and sustaining a successful recovery. This blog will discuss why setting boundaries and avoiding toxic relationships is necessary for good mental health and addiction recovery.

Understanding Outpatient Treatment with Housing in Los Angeles County

When it comes to addiction recovery, finding a suitable treatment program that provides comprehensive support is crucial. Outpatient treatment and transitional housing are highly recommended for individuals who have completed a 30-day inpatient care and are now prepared for the next phase of their recovery process. This article will explore the benefits of outpatient treatment with housing in Los Angeles County and highlight how it can create a supportive environment for individuals striving for long-term recovery.

How Do You Deal with Dual Diagnosis?

Dual diagnosis isn't itself a diagnosis, but it is a term that describes co-occurring conditions of a substance use disorder and mental illness.

Understanding Dual Diagnosis, Co-Occurring Disorders, and Integrated Treatment

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reports that 8% of the United States adult population has a mental health disorder. If you look at half of those people, they also live with a co-occurring substance use disorder (SUD) or alcohol addiction.
 

Everything You Need to Know About the Holistic Approach to Addiction & Dual Diagnosis Treatment: The Definitive Guide

The issue of substance abuse affects people from all walks of life. However, a new approach to treatment has emerged that recognizes the various factors that contribute to addiction. This holistic approach understands that drug addiction is not simply a biological problem but a complex issue involving social, cultural, spiritual, and developmental aspects. It acknowledges that a one-size-fits-all solution may not be effective for everyone and instead focuses on integrating the mind, body, and spirit connections to promote healing. Successful treatment programs pave the way for a brighter future by addressing the individual’s needs comprehensively and holistically. Recovery is about overcoming addiction and rediscovering a sense of wholeness.

California’s Holistic Approach to Addiction Treatment

California addiction treatment centers are using a multidimensional approach to transform recovery for people struggling with substance misuse. These centers offer unique programs that aim to detoxify the body, mind, and spirit to help individuals rediscover their life's purpose and sense of self.

 

These centers have emerged as leaders in providing effective substance misuse treatment in California. They offer hope and innovation in the state's addiction treatment landscape.

 

California addiction treatment centers now offer personalized care, tailoring evidence-based psychosocial therapies like cognitive-behavioral therapy, multidimensional family therapy, and functional family therapy to individuals with dual diagnosis and mental health issues.

Normalize Relapses to Focus More on Recovery from the Inevitable

Researchers, doctors, pharmaceutical chemists, and others worldwide work hard to discover and manufacture a cure for every illness experienced within the global society. Even though addiction is a disease, unfortunately, it has no cure—with approximately 44,000 people dying of drug overdose each year in the United States.

 

 

Using CBT for Alcohol Use Disorder Treatment

Entering an inpatient rehab facility for alcohol detox, prescription drug rehabilitation, or some other detox for substance use disorder is an excellent first step in taking you down the right path headed to your recovery. The road to abstinence isn't easy, but it isn't that hard with the proper support.

Is Self-Medicating with Drugs and Alcohol Like Addiction?

When people are going through difficult times, they often turn to substances to help them get through the day. They turn to alcohol, marijuana, prescription pills and other substances to help them manage their emotions and feelings. Some people may use home remedies or drugs and alcohol to help them sleep, be social or manage pain. But how is what they’re doing any different than what people diagnosed with addiction are doing? This article will look at other aspects of self-medicating and discuss whether it is the same as substance use disorder.

When Prescription Drug Use Becomes Abuse: How to Spot the Signs

Pain is difficult to handle because it is both something we want to avoid and something that can be useful. The experience of pain lets us know that we are injured or sick, which is valuable. However, even the mildest pain forms are unpleasant, so people often buy over-the-counter pain medications. These can help with everyday or occasional pain, but there are times when they are not enough. For example, store-bought medications might not effectively handle the pain after surgery or when dealing with cancer.

Individual Therapy vs Group Therapy

A comprehensive recovery program will give patients access to various treatments and forms of psychotherapy. Group therapy and individual therapy are integral components of any high-quality treatment center. This article will explore the differences between individual and group treatment, the advantages, and how both are critical to long-term recovery. 

What is Luxury Rehab?

Luxury rehab centers are a unique type of addiction recovery center that combines traditional therapies with luxurious amenities. Unlike conventional rehab facilities, which may have a clinical and impersonal feel, luxury rehab centers aim to create an environment that fosters relaxation, rejuvenation, and healing. This often includes picturesque locations, private suites with elegant furnishings, and gourmet meals nourishing the body and soul.

How to Be the Best Version of Oneself with 7 Tenets of Transformation in Recovery

Recovery from addiction is an ongoing process that requires personal development and self-improvement. It involves recognizing one’s weaknesses, intentionally altering damaging behaviors, and releasing negative thoughts and limiting beliefs. A mindset focused on growth is essential for a satisfying life in recovery. Creating a purposeful life after recovery entails more than just avoiding addictive substances and behaviors. Below are seven “tenets of transformation” that provide practical methods for cultivating personal growth and attaining a healthier, happier existence. These principles, when embraced, empower individuals to reinvent themselves and become the best version of themselves, leading to a more fulfilling life in recovery.

The Role of Acupuncture in Substance Use Disorder Treatment

Acupuncture is one of the most popular alternative therapies for treating substance and alcohol use disorders. This ancient practice has been gaining popularity in the West in recent years. Acupuncture has many benefits, including reducing pain, improving sleep, boosting the immune system, and calming anxiety. 

Luxury rehab centers often use this therapy to help patients with withdrawal symptoms and cravings during detox and relaxation during rehabilitation. Despite its reputation as physical treatment, acupuncture can help heal on spiritual, psychological, and emotional levels.

Understanding the Different Levels of Care in Continuum Treatment for Substance Abuse

The continuum treatment concept is a dynamic, multi-tiered approach to substance abuse recovery that considers every aspect of a person's mental, physical, and social well-being. It offers a range of intensities to meet each person's unique needs and provides ongoing support and guidance even after the initial treatment phase.

Continuous care is a vital aspect of continuum treatment that ensures individuals receive continuing support and resources to maintain their sobriety and prevent relapse. It is a long-term approach to recognizing addiction as a chronic disease requiring ongoing care and attention. This provides a comprehensive solution to addiction that not only helps individuals overcome their substance abuse but also equips them with the tools and resources to maintain their recovery over the long term.

This blog post aims to provide a comprehensive guide to understanding the different levels of care offered in continuum treatment for substance abuse.