5 Recovery Sayings You’ll Remember Forever

When I first got sober, I started hearing all these little mantras about life and sobriety. At first many of them made me roll my eyes. I didn’t want to be sober, so I sure as hell didn’t want to hear people’s inspirational quips about how great their life was without alcohol. I was angry and bitter, and these sayings … Read More

10 Shocking Statistics About Addiction in Orlando

  As we live and observe the hardships of life, we often believe it could never happen to us. This is especially true with addiction and its dangerous consequences. Growing up, I believed drugs or alcohol would never affect me because I came from a middle-class, happy family, and a good school, but I was wrong. The same is true … Read More

7 Steps To Choosing A Treatment Center

    It may sound like a funny comparison, but choosing the right rehabilitation center is a lot like choosing the right college. There are many aspects to consider – location/proximity, size, area of expertise, average age of participants, etc. In order to get the most out of a rehab experience, these factors need to be thoroughly considered and researched. … Read More

5 Things To Know About Co-Occurring Disorders

    For many individuals, alcohol and drug abuse are often accompanied by other mental health disorders such as depression and anxiety. In fact, about 50 percent of individuals with a severe mental health disorder also suffer from a substance abuse problem. While these may seem like separate issues, there is actually a term for disorders that go hand-in-hand like … Read More

Love and the Bottle: Can Your Relationship Survive Alcoholism?

Maybe you and your partner drank together at one time – and maybe you drink a little more than you should sometimes on your own. Or maybe you’ve gotten clean and sober, but your partner is still drinking heavily. However your relationship began or how your partner’s drinking may have started , today it’s clear: your partner is an alcoholic … Read More

Character Flaw, Disease, or Habit: The Addiction Debate

There is no known cause of addiction. Though researchers have tried for centuries to pinpoint a reason why some people can recreationally use drugs and alcohol and never have a problem, and others will develop a life-altering addiction, they have only been successful in identifying potential links and risk factors that may contribute to the development of an addiction disorder. … Read More

Men and Alcohol: 3 Health Hazards Caused by Binge Drinking

A couple of drinks before dinner, a glass of wine with the main course, a cocktail or two with dessert or some shots at the bar. A six-pack during the game or at a cookout. A few hours at the bar drinking with coworkers. A Friday or Saturday night at a party or a club complete with a few shots, … Read More

Why Do Addicts Lie?

Addicts lie. It’s practically part of the disorder. They lie to themselves: “I don’t have a problem with heroin. It’s under control.” They lie to other people: “I’m not high.” Some addicts may even really believe what they’re saying when they say it – or at least feel that since there is no black-and-white proof to the contrary that they … Read More

Heroin Detox FAQ: What You Need to Know

Whether you smoke heroin, snort it, or inject it – or use it alone or in combination with other substances – the fact is that if you don’t get treatment and learn how to stop using the drug safely and avoid relapse, it’s a deadly habit that will eventually take your freedom and/or end your life. The only way to … Read More

10 Ways to Move On After Relapse

Drug addiction is a chronic disease, and like other chronic diseases (e.g., diabetes) relapse is often a part of long-term recovery.   In some cases, it is just a bump in the road – a single event that stands alone and doesn’t have a huge impact on the patient. In other cases, however, one relapse can lead to another and … Read More