What Happens to the Body When You Detox?

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Detox is the first step of a comprehensive alcohol or drug rehabilitation program. When your mind and body become addicted to drugs or alcohol, it forces your body’s (and especially your brain’s) chemistry to function differently. Chemical changes occur in your brain, digestive system, skin, blood stream and internal organs throughout an addiction to one or multiple substances. Regardless of whether it’s alcohol, prescription drugs, heroin or methamphetamine, quitting cold turkey, with no assistance can obviously be very difficult. Once a chemical dependency is created psychologically and physically, your body will need to adjust to the absence of those substances, which is best completed in a medically-supervised setting.

What is Outpatient Treatment & How Does It Work?

Have you or a loved one recently just begun struggling with an addiction and are wondering what options are available for treatment? Generally, there are two main types of treatment for an alcohol or drug addiction, inpatient drug rehabilitation and outpatient drug rehabilitation. ​Outpatient treatment​ is designed for those with a mild addiction who also […]

6 Relapse Triggers for Drug Use & How to Avoid Them

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Relapse triggers are environmental, social, mental or emotional situations that remind someone in addiction recovery of their past drug and alcohol use. These triggers are like mental cues that can create the innate urge for someone to use alcohol or drugs again. Situations like this may lead to a relapse if left unchecked. Different triggers […]

Know Your Addiction Triggers

Addiction Triggers

Know Your Addiction Triggers Whether you are in addiction recovery or not, do you know your addiction triggers?  Are you an addict looking to regain control of your life? Have you hit a bottom? Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired?  Do you ever wonder what the possibilities might be for happiness […]

Identifying Alcoholism – Physical and Behavioral Signs

Identifying Alcoholism

Identifying Alcoholism Identifying alcoholism as an active drinker is seldom seen.  Most of us do not like to think we have lost control of our drinking.   Like most every other alcoholic, I, too, was ashamed to admit I had a problem. It wasn’t as if I was falling down in the street or making a fool […]

End the Cycle of Addiction

End the Cycle of Addiction

 End the Cycle of Addiction   To understand and end the cycle of addiction means to first understand addiction itself. Addiction is a behavioral state that is generally characterized by compulsive and uncontrollable substance abuse. Most commonly abused substances are street drugs and alcohol.  However, it is also found in gambling, food, sex, relationships, internet, […]

Power of Laughter in Addiction Recovery

Power of Laughter

Power of Laughter in Addiction Recovery “What the hell do I have to laugh about in the midst of all of this chaos, personal wreckage, and self-pity?” Being in the throes of active addiction is not a laughing matter.  It’s an alienating disease that destroys health, relationships, careers and more.  Sounds overwhelming.  Yikes. You might […]

Sober Life: 5 Tools for the First 30 Days of Recovery

First 30 Days of Recovery

Living a Sober Life:  5 Tools for the First 30 Days of Recovery Congratulations!  Living a sober life is the biggest and best decision you may ever make in recovery.  It is critically important that you get some tools to help set right your mind. All the changes you are about to face will require […]

First Step To Recovery

First Step to Recovery

First Step to Recovery: Stop Flying Solo What compels us to take that proverbial ‘first step to recovery‘?   What compels us to do that which is bad for us?  Why do we repeatedly self-inflict pain when we know our choices are bad and that they are destructive?  We actually DO CARE, yet CANNOT STOP! […]

Tough Love for a Heroin Addict: A Death Sentence?

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Heroin Addict Tough Love? It’s an emotionally draining process in the extreme trying to get help for kids who are possessed by drugs. Addicts are tricky and using tough love on a heroin addict, or any type of addict for that matter could be a death sentence.  Remember, addicts are manipulative, powerful and have ironclad […]