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Learning to Recognize Your Alcohol Triggers

Recovery, especially early recovery, can be a veritable minefield for people who are trying to overcome an alcohol use disorder. Here’s a look at how recognizing your triggers, and avoiding them, will serve you well.

Mar 17th, 2020
The Residential Treatment Advantage

It stands to reason that a residential drug and alcohol treatment home is better than an outpatient drug rehab clinic. But, have you ever stopped to ask yourself why?

Feb 21st, 2020
Genetic and Ancestral History Matters in Dual Diagnosis

DNA technologies have transformed our modern society in so many ways. It’s almost unfathomable to think of life without this science today. DNA is used to help us discover our ancestral roots and find long-lost loved ones.

Feb 17th, 2020
Genetic Testing for Mental Health Medicines

In the last couple of blog posts, we've discussed genetic DNA testing for the predisposition of mental health disorders, diseases, cancer, and the importance of genetic testing for dual diagnosis.

Dec 16th, 2019
Importance of Genetic Testing in Dual Diagnosis

Last week we breached the topic of genetic testing and how it can affect mental health treatments. This week we wanted to dive in a little deeper and zero in specifically on dual diagnosis.

Dec 15th, 2019
High THC Marijuana Use and Mental Health

With the legalizing of marijuana for recreational use in California and other places, we find the industry alive and well. Maybe too well. You see, there are lots of specialty commercial growers who are pumping up the volume on the THC.

Mar 9th, 2020
Dual Diagnosis - Mental Health Treatment’s Newest Technology

Some things in dependency treatment are constant and steadfast, however, it’s not all that way. The technology is getting better every day. There are many new technologies on the horizon that will revolutionize how we treat dependency and addiction.

Feb 7th, 2020
Detoxing from ‘Benzos’ Drugs – Harder Than You Think

What are Benzos Drugs? Well, they are benzodiazepine drugs. You've probably heard of valium, and yes, it is a benzodiazepine drug. You've probably heard someone you know make a derogatory comment; "take some valium, why don't you?"

Jan 6th, 2020
Alcohol Use Disorder

According to the National Survey of Drug Use and Health, about 21.5 million adult Americans battle with substance use disorder. About 80% of those who are struggling with substance abuse disorder are abusing alcohol.

Dec 27th, 2019
Life after Rehab: What’s Next?

Completing a rehab program is a major accomplishment in itself—of the 23.5 million Americans who could benefit from addiction treatment, only 11 percent get the help they need.

Oct 17th, 2019
Preparing For The Withdrawal Process

The National Survey on Drug Use and Health estimated that in 2013, 17.3 million people in the United States were chemically dependent on alcohol and 6.9 million more were addicted to or abusing drugs.

Oct 6th, 2019
The Prescription Opioid Abuse Epidemic

Prescription opioid drugs, which include commonly prescribed medications such as OxyContin and Vicodin, can provide effective, safe pain relief when used as prescribed. However, the risk of prescription opioid abuse and developing a dependency is high, and

Oct 5th, 2019
Understanding Methamphetamine Abuse

Methamphetamine abuse is a fast-growing drug problem in the United States. Research shows that over 13 million American adults and adolescents have experimented with methamphetamines, and a large number of these people have ended up addicted to the substan

Oct 3rd, 2019
8 Simple Ways to Prevent Relapse

When you're dealing with a chronic disease like addiction, the risk of relapse is an ongoing concern. The relapse rate for addiction is similar to those for other chronic conditions like asthma and diabetes—it hovers around 40 to 60 percent.

Sep 29th, 2019
Tips for Staying Clean After Opioid Detox

Detoxification is difficult, if not done correctly relapse becomes all too common. It's especially difficult with opioid addiction. Did you know that three out of four people relapse within a month after detoxification?

Sep 25th, 2019
Safe Alcohol Detox

Is it possible to do a safe alcohol detox on your own at home? Well, generally speaking, with mild alcohol dependency a very strong-willed person can safely detoxify themselves at home. It's not easy but it can be done, and it can be done safely.

Sep 16th, 2019
The Signs of Alcohol Withdrawals

It probably comes as no surprise that alcohol withdrawals get worse as one becomes more dependent. Most everyone knows what a hangover is like, it hits you the next morning and you deal with it the next day, and after 24-hours everything is pretty much bac

Sep 12th, 2019
Recovery Process: 5 Ways to Include Family

In many respects, the path to addiction recovery is a team effort. Like a race car driver, the addiction sufferer must do the driving to cross the finish line, but the pit crew provides the driver with essential support in much the same way that addiction

Aug 22nd, 2019
Detox Withdrawal: Symptoms of Alcohol Withdrawal

Alcohol is the most widely used drug in the world. Harmful drinking leads to 88,000 deaths annually in the U.S. Alcohol is the third leading risk factor globally for developing illnesses.

Aug 16th, 2019
Is It Possible to Detox and Work at the Same Time?

Asking for a lengthy period of time away from work is never easy, but it's especially intimidating if you need the time off for detox. You may wonder if it's possible to continue working while you complete detox on an outpatient basis.

Aug 9th, 2019
The Risks of Detoxing When Pregnant

Pregnancy comes with many inherent challenges and potential complications. If you're also struggling with substance abuse, the situation becomes even more stressful. Drug and alcohol use is known to harm an unborn child, but the detox process also involves

Aug 4th, 2019
Detox: What Precautions and Safeguards Should You Take?

Detox is a critical first step on the road to long-term sobriety. It's normal to feel a bit overwhelmed and even apprehensive when you're venturing into new territory; however, medically supervised detox programs include many precautions and safeguards des

Aug 2nd, 2019
Do I Need Detox? Some Important Considerations

Getting started on the path to recovery from a substance use disorder frequently involves the need for detoxification. Perhaps you’ve wondered if detox is something you may need to get your life back in order.

Jul 21st, 2019
What Is Chemical Dependency?

Chemical dependency is often used interchangeably with other terms such as addiction, substance abuse or drug habit. Chemical dependency refers to a person's inability to stop using substances upon which they've become dependent without suffering certain

Sep 22nd, 2016
How to Recognize the Signs of Addiction

Addiction is a chronic and relapsing disease that affects brain function and behavior. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, once an addiction has developed, it almost always requires professional intervention to stem the cycle of remission an

Sep 19th, 2016
Factors That Can Increase Addiction Risk

As addiction experts will tell you, anyone can become addicted. However, some people may have a higher addiction risk and are more influenced by a combination of genetic and environmental factors.

Sep 13th, 2016
What to Expect at Your Detox Facility

You can expect your detox facility to feature highly qualified medical professionals and addiction specialists who are trained to administer the most effective addiction treatments and therapies today.

Sep 9th, 2016
Addiction in Your Life

Addiction is an insidious illness that can eventually take control of a person's life. Anybody who risks experimenting with drugs can become addicted.1 One of the most disturbing things about this illness is that people who have it are often in denial, ref

Sep 6th, 2016
When is the Right Time to Start a Detox?

Drug and alcohol abuse can take over your life and keep you from being the person you want to be. Entering a detox program can get you started on the path toward long-term recovery, but you may not be sure if this is the right time to make the commitment.

Jul 28th, 2016
Detoxing at Home: Is It Safe?

When a person is ready to start a life of sobriety and detox from drugs or alcohol, they have a few options for how to conduct their detox, including doing it unsupervised at home.

Jul 26th, 2016
Relapse: Knowing the Signs

Addiction is a relapsing disease, and the challenges of recovery continue long after leaving the treatment center. The rate of relapse for addiction is close to those of other chronic conditions, such as heart disease and diabetes—around 40 to 60 percent.

Jan 1st, 2016