The Insanity of a Family Disease

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.

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You Deserve Personalized Treatment

When it comes to substance use disorder or mental illness, the evidence is clear: Treatment works. With the right treatment, an individual can recover from either of these illnesses and…

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Cocaine and Depression: Why Getting Treatment is Important

Cocaine and Depression: Why Getting Treatment Is Important Living with depression or cocaine addiction is debilitating. However, when you’re struggling with both, each day can seem beyond overwhelming. You can…

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I Drink Because I Like It

As an interventionalist, I frequently talk to those facing alcohol and substance abuse disorder. Recently I sat with a young man I’ll call Justin, who said something like this to me:

“I am not addicted to anything except fun. I drink because I

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I Was Not a Human Being

I think the title of this sums up my active addiction pretty well, so I’m going to fast forward right into my treatment experiences. Plus, if you’ve ever seen an episode of Cops, you pretty much know how that whole forward goes anyway.

I was s

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Fun in Recovery: Building Character and Confidence

“I’ll never have fun again.” This is a phrase we hear far too often in addiction treatment. At Transformations, we strive to provide a therapeutic environment so our clients can work on all the issues they are suffering with. However, we a

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The Importance of Continuing Care After Addiction Treatment

Due to the chronic nature of drug and alcohol addiction, relapse after treatment, 40 to 60 percent by some estimates, is an unfortunate reality for many people. Before someone enters a rehab facility, they should already be thinking about their after

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It Matters to Them

I’m driving through Delray Beach with a friend. 

Tears in her eyes she asks, “How do you keep doing it? How do get up in the morning?” My friend just got done telling me that someone close to her had just passed away from a heroin overdose.

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Stress Tolerance: Building Resilience in Early Recovery

Stressful situations come and go throughout our lives and it affects each of us differently. Some of us are resilient to higher levels of stress while for others it is more of a challenge. Our innate “fight or flight” response to stress helps p

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