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The Insanity of a Family Disease

By Keith Berger, Coordinator of Family Integrated Services During my twenty-five year career in substance abuse treatment, I’ve frequently heard family members (and clients) insist that "Alcohol isn't his/her/my problem - drugs are!" and "Alcoholism isn't his/her/my problem - addiction is!" as if the same principles of recovery from chemical dependency don't apply to any dysfunctional situation where alcohol either isn't present or isn't present enough to be identified as the primary drug-of-choice.  When I hear this, I usually ask them to consider three things: 1) Alcohol is a mood-and-mind altering chemical, therefore it is a drug 2) Alcoholism is [...]

By | 2019-05-15T12:19:21+00:00 May 15th, 2019|

Living Active Recovery

Why do people relapse after leaving treatment? Throughout my years as a substance use disorder recovery activist and interventionist, I’ve helped scores of people enter treatment. And while these folks flourished in a highly-structured setting, some struggled shortly after reentering the real world. But it doesn’t have to be that way. By understanding and applying these 3 principles, you can keep your recovery strong. Accept that Recovery Is Present Tense, Not Past Tense. If you have children, you know they are little eating machines. When mine were young, it felt like right after my wife cleared away the breakfast dishes, [...]

By | 2019-04-15T12:21:28+00:00 April 15th, 2019|

The Correlation Between Depression and Substance Abuse

According to the NIMH, as of 2014, almost 8 million people in the United States had a mental illness (like depression) along with a substance abuse problem. Depression is a prevalent problem in the United States. Compounded by substance abuse issues, it's more severe of a problem. This article helps to uncover the correlation between depression and substance abuse. This includes how the two relate to one another in a dual diagnosis, statistics, what treatment options are available, and how to get help. Depression and Substance Abuse It is common for those with depression to have a substance abuse [...]

By | 2019-06-12T14:14:37+00:00 April 9th, 2019|

Anxiety and Substance Abuse: A Guide to Understanding the Relationship

Almost 20 percent of Americans have some type of anxiety. Along with those who have anxiety, some people have co-occurring disorders. These include substance abuse. This article aims to help you understand the relationship between anxiety and substance abuse. Which happens first: anxiety or substance abuse? What are the statistics on anxiety and substance abuse? How do you get help, and what are the treatment options available? Anxiety and Substance Abuse According to an article by Smith and Book published in 2008 in the journal Psychiatric Times: Decades of research in psychiatry have shown that anxiety disorders and substance [...]

By | 2019-06-12T14:16:43+00:00 April 9th, 2019|

What Are Signs of Xanax Addiction?

There are physical and psychological signs of Xanax addiction. First of all, Xanax is prescribed for a number of issues -- mainly anxiety. However, it also works for agitation, seizures, mania, muscle spasms, alcohol withdrawal, and insomnia. What is Xanax? Its generic form is called alprazolam, and it's the most prescribed drug for psychiatric care. It works well to give users a sense of calm and to relieve the symptoms they may have (mentioned above). The problem is that Xanax is highly addictive. It doesn't always lead to addiction, but it is quite prevalent. It can also lead to [...]

By | 2019-04-09T16:29:18+00:00 April 9th, 2019|

From Train Wreck to Transformations Tech

Picture this… July 26th, 2017. Humid, sunny, and hot.  A girl, 5 ft. 4in., 107 lbs., wearing a hat, sweatpants, a sweatshirt, slippers, and wrapped in a blanket… shivering. She was smoking a cigarette and her mom came outside and handed her the phone and said, “You’re going to treatment in Florida. You have to do your intake over the phone.” She was confused and her mom explained that either she could go to treatment or pack her stuff and leave. She didn’t want to be homeless so she decided to go. Later that night her mom walked her to [...]

By | 2019-03-21T12:41:13+00:00 March 21st, 2019|

We Are Both Victims and Victimizers

By: Jonathan Rios  M.S.  LMHC, Licensed Psychotherapist We've all been victimized. This is a popular notion these days and it makes total sense. When we identify as an oppressed person who has undergone a tragedy or hardship it will often bring us attention. We may even receive a boost in social status and perhaps mobilize others to come to our defense. Victim culture rewards us when we behave as though we are weak, helpless, and offended. I frequently counsel individuals who don’t want to be “fixed” because their brokenness brings them attention, money, or security. It gets them noticed and that can [...]

By | 2019-03-07T13:33:30+00:00 March 7th, 2019|

The Three A’s of Change: Awareness, Acceptance, Action!

Imagine yourself in a dark, foul-smelling room.  Every time you take a step, you trip over shadowy objects littering the floor.  Tired and frustrated from the stumbles and falls, you clear out a corner and try to make the best of the situation by ignoring the stench and sitting still, hoping it will all just go away.  Sound unpleasant? Now imagine you live in this room. As uncomfortable as this scenario may seem, countless alcoholics and addicts have allowed themselves to live like this for years.  They have chosen the darkness and the stench.  Many were not aware that there [...]

By | 2019-02-28T13:54:45+00:00 February 28th, 2019|

8 Things You Didn’t Know About Alcohol Withdrawal

Detoxing from alcohol isn't the same as detoxing from other substances. If not done carefully and under the care of a professional, an unsuccessful attempt to quit alcohol could have serious consequences. If you or someone you love is considering getting alcohol out of their lives for good, here are eight tips you probably didn't know, but should. 1. Not Everyone Can Quit Alcohol Cold Turkey Depending on how much you drank and for how long, quitting alcohol cold turkey may not be possible. Whenever a habitual drinker stops drinking, they will experience withdrawal symptoms. For those who have [...]

By | 2019-06-12T16:03:49+00:00 February 25th, 2019|

Is Ecstacy addictive? Myths and Facts

Is Ecstasy Addictive? Eight Things You Need to Know The drug known as "ecstasy" has spread throughout the party and rave circuit to affect tens of thousands of people worldwide. But what exactly is the drug? What can it do to a human's body and mind? Finally, and most importantly: Is ecstasy addictive? Here are eight things you need to know about ecstasy: 1. What Is Ecstasy? Ecstasy is only one of the names that the drug is known by. Ecstasy is actually the slang term for the drug known as MDMA, an abbreviation of "Methyl enedioxy methamphetamine." Party culture [...]

By | 2019-02-26T14:00:59+00:00 February 24th, 2019|
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