7 Dangerous Pitfalls to Watch For in Early Recovery


Tuesday, May 30, 2023

If you are in early addiction recovery, congratulations! You’ve accomplished what may be one of the most important achievements in your life, believe it or not. There is no area of life that addiction does not affect. That can mean a lot of pain and loss for many of us. But it also means that … Continued

Methadone Detox Vs. Methadone Maintenance


Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Addiction to opioids, such as heroin or prescription painkillers, can be difficult to overcome— but it is possible. Methadone is often used as a treatment option for opioid addiction because it reduces withdrawal symptoms and cravings. However, there are two different approaches when it comes to using methadone: detoxification and maintenance.    In this blog … Continued

Is it Dangerous to Mix Melatonin and Alcohol?

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Tuesday, May 23, 2023

Combining substances can sometimes lead to unexpected consequences, and one such combination that raises concerns is mixing melatonin and alcohol. Melatonin, a hormone that regulates sleep-wake cycles, is often used as a sleep aid, while alcohol is a widely consumed depressant. In this blog post, we delve into the potential dangers of combining melatonin and … Continued

Inpatient Vs. Outpatient Treatment For Addiction


Monday, May 15, 2023

Addiction can be a difficult and tiring journey, but there is hope for recovery. However, choosing the right treatment program can be overwhelming and you might be wondering what options are out there.  Inpatient and outpatient programs are two common options in addiction treatment. Both have their advantages and disadvantages depending on your unique situation. … Continued

How Addiction Breaks Relationships


Monday, May 8, 2023

Relationships can be the most beautiful aspect of our lives, but they are also fragile and require constant attention. Unfortunately, addiction has become a growing problem in today’s society, and it is one of the major reasons why relationships break down.    Whether it’s drugs, alcohol, gambling, or anything else, addiction can have a devastating … Continued

What Happens When You Mix Meth and Alcohol?

Thursday, April 27, 2023

Mixing drugs and alcohol is never a good idea, but when it comes to meth and alcohol, the consequences can be deadly. Unfortunately, many people believe that combining these two substances will intensify their effects or help them achieve a greater high.  However, in reality, mixing meth and alcohol can result in severe physical and … Continued

Can You Get Addicted to Weed?


Thursday, April 20, 2023

Is Weed Addictive? It’s hard to deny that cannabis consumption has become much more popular in recent years. Weed is now legalized for recreational use in a number of states (24 at the time of writing) and dozens more are considering legalization, while medical marijuana programs have spread across the entire country.  With so many … Continued

How Does AA Help People Stay Sober?

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Thursday, April 13, 2023

No one said recovery was easy, and if you’re addicted to alcohol and looking for a new way to beat the bottle, Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) might just be a part of your solution. For over 85 years now, AA has helped millions of people stay sober with the support of a fellowship involving working the … Continued

April is Alcohol Awareness Month

April is Alcohol Awareness Month

Thursday, April 6, 2023

April is Alcohol Awareness Month, a time to recognize the profound impact that alcohol use can have on our lives. Sadly, the U.S. struggles with one of the highest rates of alcoholism in the world: according to recent statistics from The National Institutes on Health (NIH) an estimated 14 million Americans are struggling with an … Continued

How to Admit You’re Addicted

Monday, February 27, 2023

How Do You Know You Are Addicted? Let’s face it, you can’t admit to anyone else that you have a problem with drugs or alcohol until you accept it yourself. The fact you are reading this blog means you probably recognize that you have a problem on some level already. Perhaps you’re already convinced but … Continued

What Does Dual-Diagnosis Mean?

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Tuesday, February 14, 2023

Dual-Diagnosis is a term used to describe individuals who suffer from both mental health issues as well as substance abuse. It’s a growing issue in the United States, and one that requires specialized treatment. The complexity of Dual-Diagnosis requires more than just treating the symptoms of addiction. In order for individuals to have successful recovery, … Continued

How Do You Repair A Relationship After Addiction?

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Thursday, February 9, 2023

If Addiction Is Harming Your Relationships You Can Get Sober— And Repair Your Broken relationships Addiction is a devastating illness that can take a serious toll on relationships. The person struggling with addiction may have difficulty expressing their needs, they can hurt others unintentionally with the side-effects of their illness, and disappointment is a hallmark … Continued

Can You Detox Your Brain?


Tuesday, January 31, 2023

There are lots of reasons why people ask the question, can you detox your brain? If you are experiencing confusion, a lack of focus or enthusiasm, for example. Others may seek to detox the brain for general health reasons, much the way body detoxes are done. One of the most common reasons people ask can … Continued

Is Relapse Part of Recovery?


Thursday, January 26, 2023

Relapse is a concern for anyone in early recovery and for the people who love them. Much research has been done into the causes of relapse over the past 20 years in an effort to make addiction treatment more effective. This has paid off in the form of modern alcohol and drug treatment centers like … Continued

Is Alcohol Inflammatory (Does It Cause inflammation In The Body?)

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Monday, January 16, 2023

Is Alcohol Inflammatory? Does drinking alcohol cause inflammation in the body? This is a question that many people ask, and unfortunately, it’s not an easy one to answer. Most of us know alcohol causes all kinds of health problems: heart problems, gut problems, immune system problems. Just about every body system can be negatively affected … Continued

What Is Meth Induced Psychosis?

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Sunday, January 8, 2023

Understanding meth Induced psychosis Methamphetamine, more commonly known as meth, is an illicit drug with a wide range of both short- and long-term effects. One of the most serious of these is a condition referred to as “meth-induced psychosis”.  Meth Psychosis is a state in which individuals experience an altered reality characterized by paranoia, hallucinations, … Continued