Blog

How Does Drug Rehab Work?

How Does Drug Rehab Work?

Many people have heard the term “rehab” before but few actually understand what it really means. This can be a difficult topic to address as rehabs tend to vary depending on where the treatment is being received and also in the programs they offer for the different...

How An Addict Thinks

How An Addict Thinks

Addiction can be a hard disease for non-addicts to understand. Often there is the expectation that if an addict really wanted to stop using, they just would stop purchasing and using substances. At the same time, an addict’s behavior and thought patterns often seem...

Careers: Recovery Pitfalls, Part II

Careers: Recovery Pitfalls, Part II

In part two of this recovery pitfalls series, I’ll be talking about work and careers in recovery. As I discussed in the first part, anything that we try to replace a program of recovery with will lead to trouble. Nothing external to the self can fix whatever internal...

Can Addicts Really Recover?

Can Addicts Really Recover?

Substance addiction affects the lives of many people and has been around for centuries. Despite how commonplace addiction has always been, it has only been in the last 50 years or so that it has been considered to be a serious disease. Technology and research are...

The Gym: Recovery Pitfalls, Part I

The Gym: Recovery Pitfalls, Part I

A common pitfall for recovering addicts is basing our recovery on something outside of ourselves instead of on internal change. The three most common culprits are probably work, working out, and romantic relationships. These are things that most people want to have...

Acute Withdrawal and PAWS

Acute Withdrawal and PAWS

When an addict decides to get clean and abruptly stops using their drug(s) of choice they experience negative physical and psychological conditions known as acute withdrawal symptoms. The symptoms and their severity vary depending on the type and amount of drugs being...

Part of the Problem or Part of the Solution?

Part of the Problem or Part of the Solution?

If we are a loved one of an alcoholic/addict, we must consistently be asking ourselves this question: Am I helping their recovery or am I helping their addiction? We all know the words: codependent, overly attached, loving them to death, etc. For many...

Suboxone Withdrawal and Treatment

Suboxone Withdrawal and Treatment

Suboxone was developed as a medication to treat opioid addiction. It contains buprenorphine and naloxone, a partial opioid agonist and an opioid antagonist respectively. Together, buprenorphine and naloxone ease the withdrawal process while also counteracting the...