Rehabilitation from drug or alcohol addiction is serious business. The process of detoxing the body from the presence of chemicals and toxins is not for the feint of heart. The active treatment portion of addiction recovery involves layers of multi-modal therapies that require focus, effort, and commitment for a sustained period of weeks or months. […]

If you are in early recovery for a drug or alcohol addiction chances are your body has seen better days. In active addiction, most people pay little attention to nutrition and exercise, leading to eventual vitamin deficiencies, a depleted immune system, and a paunchy physique as time and energy was diverted toward acquiring, using, and […]

Alcohol abuse, alcohol addiction, alcohol dependency—with so many terms referencing an alcohol use disorder it may make the actual definition of alcoholism seem murky and confusing.  In reality, alcoholism is a complex substance use disorder with various features that help define the severity of the problem, or whether the alcohol use, although excessive, even reaches […]

As wonderful as it may seem to spend a week relaxing at a luxury detox center, especially one that is located in a gorgeous, tranquil setting, the hard reality is that detox serves a serious, and potentially life-saving, purpose.  The high-end trappings do indeed make the detox mission more comfortable, for sure. Private rooms, a […]

It is widely understood that people with an alcohol dependency who want to enter recovery should undergo a medically supervised detox. There is good reason for this guidance, as alcohol detox and withdrawal can produce highly unpredictable, even dangerous, symptoms. A medical detox is monitored by trained detox specialists who are prepared to intervene should […]

Addiction knows no boundaries, afflicting the wealthy just as profoundly as the poor.  At any recovery group meeting there you will witness the wide swath of humanity that addiction has impacted.  No matter one’s financial resources, the bottom line of addiction is that it does not discriminate. For someone at the high end of the […]

Alcoholism continues to be the dominant reason for rehab admissions in America.  While there has been a lot of attention focused in recent years on the opioid crisis, alcohol addiction represents 80% of the individuals suffering from a substance use disorder, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Alliance.  Because of the strong […]

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could just wave a magic wand and be miraculously cured of a drug or alcohol addiction?  In reality, though, the recovery journey is not so short and sweet, but actually involves a complete change in mindset and lifestyle with an eye toward a rewarding and fulfilling future—and that takes […]

Too much of anything, no matter how pleasurable it is (at least in the beginning) can lead to harmful effects. Take anything that one might enjoy—eating chocolate, shopping, playing blackjack, even exercising—and consider the harm it may cause if it is overindulged in. The adverse effects or consequences of overindulgence are well known—obesity, bankruptcy, harm […]

There is a reason for the popularity of happy hour, that post-workday stop at a local watering hole for an alcoholic beverage. When the balance between work and life is seriously out of whack there is a higher probability that those who suffer from workplace stress will gravitate toward drugs or alcohol to help modulate […]