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Getting Help for Addiction

How to Get Help for Addiction

First – congratulations! Whether you’re someone who suspects they may have a problem or the relative of someone struggling with addiction, you’ve just done the hardest thing. By researching this topic, you’ve taken the first step to healing. Below, we’ve outlined some key steps to getting help for addiction. From [...]

Sober Vacation Plans

Vacation: A Guide to Traveling While Sober

As you become accustomed to your recovery, you’ll probably want to begin breaking up routine with some new, exciting experiences. A wonderful way to approach this is by setting aside some time for a vacation. Whether you decide to hit the beach or hide away in a cabin in the mountains, sometimes a [...]

California Primary Care Providers

California Rehabs Partner with Primary Care Providers

America’s opioid epidemic is the topic of many news stories, most of which are negative and create cause for concern. However, once in a while some good news about potential treatment will come to light. Recently,Politico reported that California has decided to use its recent federal grant to build a landmark addiction treatment [...]

Alcohol as a Public Health Issue

Alcohol as a Public Health Issue

Each year, over 50 million people experience harm because of another person’s drinking, according to a new study from the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. Similar to society’s collective response to secondhand smoke, researchers claim that there should be a public outcry about the secondhand effects of [...]

Gratitude in Addiction Recovery

The Role of Gratitude in Addiction Recovery

Depression and anxiety can wreak havoc on one’s recovery – just when everything should be going well, you may be tempted to use drugs or alcohol again. In these moments, it can be helpful to call on one of the strongest correlates to happiness: gratitude. By cultivating feelings of thankfulness, you can improve your [...]

After Detoxification

What Happens After Detoxification?

Many people, especially those trying to free themselves of alcohol and benzodiazepine addictions, choose to participate in a medically-supervised detoxification program. Generally, this process takes place with the help of supplementary medications and other withdrawal symptom management. Detox is the first step on the road to sobriety, but what happens when your program is [...]

Leaving Rehab

After Rehab: How to Transition Out of Addiction Treatment

It’s often said that real recovery begins at the conclusion of your time in rehab. As you leave an addiction treatment facility and return to your daily life, you’ll face many challenges and obstacles on your road to sobriety. Today, statistics say that relapse rates hover between 40% and 60% of those who [...]

Vaping and E-Cigs: What You Need to Know

E-cigarettes are relatively new – they’ve only been on the shelves in the United States for just over a decade. Because of this, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is just now beginning to fully understand the long-term effects of vaping. There are many misconceptions surrounding e-cigs – some [...]

Cross Addiction

What is Cross Addiction? | Don’t Swap One Addiction for Another

Cross addiction occurs when those addicted to a specific substance decrease or completely cease their use of that substance. These people then begin using a different substance under the false assumption that it won’t cause the same problems with addiction. For example, someone who has received treatment for an [...]