4 Stages Of Recovery From Addiction

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Addiction is a complicated disease that is classified as both a mental illness and chronic disease. For some, addiction happens quickly, but for others, it develops over time. When you’re dealing with drug or alcohol addiction, it’s easy to feel alone. However, there are approximately 23.5 million Americans addicted to drug or alcohol, while only 11% of those people attend … Read More

Is Alcohol A Drug?

  This is a question raised, as well as misunderstood, by many people. If you ask most people to name a list of drugs that come to the top of their mind, usually alcohol is left entirely off the list. While alcohol may not be as widely known as other harder, street drugs, it is technically defined as a depressant … Read More

People, Places & Things – Do They Really Matter In Recovery?

While it might seem daunting at first, recovery is such an incredible process and journey. They always say you don’t recover from addiction by only discontinuing using. Success in recovery requires a holistic approach by creating a completely new life. Addiction affects all areas of your life so it’s only natural that in order to break the cycle, changes in … Read More

12 Long-Term Health Issues Associated With Alcohol Abuse

While extensive drinking tears apart relationships and lives, it also wreaks havoc on the human body. Consuming alcohol in excess over long periods of time can lead to many heath issues, some slightly serious and others fatal. Below is a list of the possible health outcomes associated with alcohol abuse.  Cancer. Consuming excessive amounts of alcohol can lead to several types of … Read More

7 Reasons You Should Seek Addiction Treatment

Often, an individual in active addiction is the last to realize or admit to having a problem. Family members or friends may notice and try to interfere, telling the individual to get help. But sometimes that’s not enough. It often takes the individual hitting rock bottom and coming to that conclusion on their own terms.  If you identify with items … Read More

5 Pillars Of An Aftercare Program

You’ve made the decision to get sober and have completed the intensive work of detox and treatment, so now what? Your recovery doesn’t stop there. In order to ensure a smooth transition from addiction treatment to the rest of your life, another type of programing will begin. When treatment is over an aftercare program should begin. Aftercare is a program … Read More

5 Signs Of Cocaine Dependence

Cocaine has been a popular drug of choice for decades. It’s an extremely powerful and highly addictive stimulant that can create dependency from initial exposure. When first experienced, you may have immediate feelings of euphoria and a sense of invincibility, connection with others and a rush of other pleasurable feelings. This can hook you pretty easily because it creates an … Read More

7 Mistakes To Avoid In Your First Year Of Sobriety

My first year of recovery was one in which I felt every emotion under the sun – fear, anger, confusion, happiness, pride, frustration. You name it, I felt it. In this first year I never knew what each day would bring, but day by day I eventually made it to one year of sobriety. Through that year, I learned quickly … Read More

The 3 Stages of Opiate Withdrawal

Making the decision to get sober after opiate use isn’t an easy one – especially when you know that opiate withdrawal is ahead. Even if you aren’t addicted to or abusing opiates, you will likely experience some sort of withdrawal when you stop. Due to the severity and pain involved with opiate withdrawal, many people are afraid of what lies … Read More

Inpatient Vs. Outpatient Addiction Treatment, What’s The Difference?

If you’re looking for an addiction treatment program, it can be overwhelming trying to figure out the right program for your exact needs. When it comes to addiction treatment programs, there are two main types of programs you’ll find in your search: inpatient and outpatient. Both types of treatment can provide you or a loved one with the support needed … Read More