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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.

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.

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.

How to Use Chain Analysis to Stop Substance Abuse

When we think about our actions, we tend to concentrate on what we do. But it's the function of our conduct that lets us understand the broader picture. Understanding a behavior's purpose helps us 'break the chain' and develop better coping mechanisms. First, we must examine the sequence of events that occur when we engage in problematic conduct. We may build solutions to 'break the chain' by defining each behavior's purpose.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Cultural Alcoholism and Drinking Cultures Around the World

Alcohol consumption is a socially and culturally ingrained phenomenon that has been a part of human history for centuries. This has led to the development of cultural alcoholism, which is a term used to describe excessive and problematic drinking within a culture or social group. Social norms and ideas around drinking have shaped the history of many societies, leading to the risk of developing alcohol use disorder (AUD), chronic relapsing brain disease, compulsive alcohol use, loss of control over drinking, and negative emotional states when not using alcohol. Cultural norms about drinking alcohol can affect how and why a person drinks and feels about it. This can have a considerable effect on alcohol-related problems.


Wish Recovery Provides the Perfect Transition from a Perfect Life of Drinking to Perfect Sober Living for a Middle Age Woman.


Case Study: Overcoming Addiction with the Help of Wish Recovery. 

Harriet's experience at Wish Recovery highlights the effectiveness of a comprehensive, personalized approach to addiction treatment. By addressing the underlying factors that contribute to addiction and providing a supportive community for individuals in recovery, Wish Recovery can help individuals like Harriet achieve long-lasting sobriety and a better quality of life.

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.

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.

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.

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.

How to Use Missing-Links Analysis to Keep from Relapsing

A behavior chain is a series of events that includes a trigger, a thought, a reaction, and a consequence. As a result, it should be no surprise that other habits are the only natural barriers to any behavior change. To achieve our objectives in recovery, we must act effectively. Rather than concentrating on what is "right" or "wrong," the emphasis here is on what works in a particular setting.


For example, at a restaurant, yelling at the waitress after receiving an incorrect order may make you feel justified, but is it effective? You'd be happier and more at ease if the server quickly corrected the error and didn't feel intimidated by you for the rest of the meal.

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.

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.

5 Unbeatable Pieces of a Relapse Prevention Plan

Learn the five critical elements of a relapse prevention plan and how to create an effective strategy for long-term recovery. Watch this video now and read the article for practical tips and insights.

Recovery from addiction requires more than just eliminating the addictive behavior or substance. A positive outlook, proactive approach, and strategic mindset are essential to navigate each day successfully.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.