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What is the Best Way to Get Sober?

What is the Best Way to Get Sober?

Deciding to get help for drug or alcohol abuse is a difficult first step to make. Even if you know you have a problem, it can take years before you decide that enough is enough. Feelings of guilt, shame, fear, and uncertainty often stand in the way...
How to Stop Enabling

How to Stop Enabling

Are you an enabling a drug addict or alcoholic? Enablers are usually close family members or friends, and they enable the addict by shielding them from the consequences of their addiction. Enablers might do things like give the addict money, take...
Are You Ready to Get Sober?

Are You Ready to Get Sober?

Make no mistake about it... sobriety can be challenging. You know what else can be challenging? Being a junkie. Being a heroin addict is very challenging. My biggest fear when getting sober was that I wasn't going to have fun anymore. I know...
Supporting Your Teen During Recovery

Supporting Your Teen During Recovery

Watching a loved one struggle with drug addiction and recovery is one of the hardest things a person can face, especially when that loved one is your teenage child. Parents of teens recovering from drug addiction often don't know where to turn or...
Managing Withdrawal – Introduction to Series on Managing Drug & Alcohol Withdrawal

Managing Withdrawal – Introduction to Series on Managing Drug & Alcohol Withdrawal

Withdrawal by definition means to take out, to terminate, to retreat from, to cancel, to eliminate, or to discontinue use of.  All of these definitions literally mean to stop a behavior.  In dealing with drug and alcohol addiction, withdrawal also...
Finding the Right Addiction Treatment for you Child

Finding the Right Addiction Treatment for you Child

Realizing that your child has an addiction problem can be frightening and highly upsetting. You probably already know how much of an impact drug or alcohol addiction can have on your child's life, and you might be wondering, "How can I find...
Can a Drug Rehab Help with Depression?

Can a Drug Rehab Help with Depression?

Although many people know someone who has a drug or alcohol addiction, a lot of individuals have a difficult time understanding why these addictions occur. Although there are many different reasons why people take to drugs and alcohol, one primary...
Does Insurance Cover a Trip to an Addiction Rehab Center?

Does Insurance Cover a Trip to an Addiction Rehab Center?

If you or someone who is close to you has a drug or alcohol abuse problem, you probably know that professional treatment is one of the best ways to get help. Although rehabilitation can be a crucial step in getting better, many people never get...
What if my Child is Using? – Adolescent Drug Addiction

What if my Child is Using? – Adolescent Drug Addiction

Adolescent Drug Addiction Treatment can incorporate a number of different approaches, procedures, and timelines, depending on the adolescent.  In our experience, the most effective treatment plans are those that are holistic and individualized,...
What are the Success Rates of Drug Rehabs?

What are the Success Rates of Drug Rehabs?

People commonly talk about drug rehabilitation as an essential treatment option for addicted individuals, but many addicts and their families wonder whether or not rehab really works and what type of treatment facility they should choose. By looking...
Helping a Family Member Find Recovery

Helping a Family Member Find Recovery

Few things are more painful than watching a loved one suffer from an alcohol or drug addiction, and you might wish that there was a way to help your family member stop using for good. Fortunately, it is possible to help your loved one get the help...
Inpatient Drug Rehab Process

Inpatient Drug Rehab Process

Depending on which drug rehab you go to, the process can differ. In general, the inpatient drug rehab process follows a basic progression through treatment that’s similar at the majority of places. Here’s a look at the steps you can expect to...
What Steps do I Take for a Drug Intervention?

What Steps do I Take for a Drug Intervention?

If your loved one is suffering from drug or alcohol addiction, sometimes an intervention is a necessary and effective way to get them into treatment. If you want to perform an intervention, follow these steps. Intervention Pre-Planning In the...
The Signs of Addiction:  A Guide

The Signs of Addiction: A Guide

The signs of addiction can be both explicit and more subtle.  While the signs of addiction are obvious for those who are in recovery, those signs may not be so apparent for family members and friends who are witnessing a loved one struggling with...
The Basics Of Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome

The Basics Of Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome

Dealing with Withdrawal and Detox Detoxing from an alcohol or drug addiction is indescribably difficult. After you get through it, you’re happy knowing that the worst of the physical pain is over. Detox is no small accomplishment by any means....
The Goal of Drug Rehab Treatment Programs

The Goal of Drug Rehab Treatment Programs

Drug treatment programs may take on many faces, appealing to various niche markets. The luxury inpatient or residential drug rehab centers combine a resort environment with medical facilities, spa, recreation, private and group therapy, and holistic...
Benefits Of Going To A Treatment Center

Benefits Of Going To A Treatment Center

In the rooms of AA there is often a sentiment against rehabs. Members feel that AA itself is all that it takes to get sober and that rehabs shift the focus away from working a twelve step program. Also, people in treatment tend to be younger on...
What Addiction Rehabilitation Center is Right For Me?

What Addiction Rehabilitation Center is Right For Me?

Once you have decided to overcome addiction, a vital step in the process is to find the right addiction rehabilitation center that is best to meet your needs. A network of compassionate care professionals that reach out to you in an effective and...
“Things I Learned in Rehab” – A Review

“Things I Learned in Rehab” – A Review

As a recovering addict, I am always intrigued when another addict writes a story or book about his or her experiences. Stacy Brandt's "Things I Learned in Rehab" came highly recommended and I was excited to check it out (I was even more excited by...
What is an Intensive Outpatient Program?

What is an Intensive Outpatient Program?

When an addict is ready to get clean and sober, there are several ways they can go about it. An inpatient rehab is often recommended, because it gives the person a heavily controlled environment that removes all access to drugs or alcohol. An...