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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.

New Year Resolutions to Quit Drugs or Alcohol Aren’t Ideal

We all have different ideas about making resolutions at the start of the year. One of the most common resolutions, other than losing weight, is to quit smoking, drinking alcohol, or doing drugs. These are noble goals that can be hard to stay motivated to achieve without help.

Quitting drugs can be a complex process because the initial withdrawal symptoms may seem impossible without help from family members and friends or residential detox. Relapse could turn your resolution into remorse or regret. But there are different approaches you can take to make a lifestyle change to sober living.

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.

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.

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."

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.

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.

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?

CASE STUDY | WISH RECOVERY

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

 

 

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.

 

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.

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.

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.