LIVING LIFE TO THE FULLEST WHAT DOES IT REALLY MEAN

One of the things you’ll hear often from people who have recovered from addiction is that, while they were still “using” they believed they were living their life to the fullest. Drugs and alcohol change the way our brain functions, leading us to perceive the world around us differently. For many people, just feeling something […]

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ENABLING & SUPPORTING ADDICT

How to Care for Loved Ones Without Condoning Their Behavior Watching a friend or loved one struggle with addiction is never easy, especially if they refuse to acknowledge they have a problem. The natural reaction is to support the afflicted however you can, and this is a great sentiment that can play a large role […]

WHAT DOES EARLY RECOVERY MEAN AND WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?

Early recovery is designated as “early recovery” for a reason. We talk about recovery generally, as the entirety of someone’s life which revolves around their sobriety. Early recovery is designated because it is a peculiar time in the journey of recovery. Anywhere between the first minute to the first two to three years of recovery can be […]

LIFE AFTER ADDICTION

Creating a Brighter Future Addiction is commonly referred to as a cycle. Many people who abuse substances feel guilty or depressed when coming down which, in turn, prompts them to “use” again in order to push down the bad feelings. The more this cycle repeats the worse situation becomes until eventually the victim’s only perceived solution […]

IS RELAPSE PART OF THE RECOVERY PROCESS?

Relapse is unfortunately common in recovery. However, the idea that relapse is “part of the process” is false. It is entirely possible for one to never have to experience relapse as a part of the journey to permanent sobriety. Relapse does not mean failure and is a common part of many individual’s recovery stories, but […]

OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS: THE KEY NUTRIENT FOR ADDICTION RECOVERY

Your brain runs on food. Specifically, your brain runs on the nutrients, acids, and fat in food. Even more specifically, your brain needs specific amino acids and fatty acids which can only come from food. Feeding your body is feeding your brain. Feeding your brain foods with high levels of Omegas and fatty acids is feeding your […]

WHEN DOES RECOVERY GET EASIER?

Early recovery can feel like it will never end. Working toward that first full year of sobriety is one of the most challenging yet most rewarding things you will ever do in your lifetime. Every single day of that year you will watch magnificent transformations take place. Your entire life is going to change, from […]

WHAT IS METHYLONE?

Methylone is an empathogen and stimulant drug. Methylone is the substituted cauthinone analog of MDMDA and the 3,4-methylenedioxy analog of methcathinone. Effects of using methylone may include; chest pains; high blood pressure; increased heart rate; agitation, hallucinations; delusions; paranoia; and suicidal thoughts. It is difficult to regulate or control substances such as methylone because the […]

WHAT IS FLAKKA?

Flakka, also known as alpha-Pyrrolidinopentiophenone or desmethylpyrovalerone, is a synthetic cathinone. Synthetic cathinones, or “bath salts,” are human-made chemicals that are chemically similar to the khat plant, a shrub grown in East Africa and Arabia. People chew the leaves of the khat plant for its stimulating effect, but synthetic cathinones vary greatly from natural cathinones […]

WHAT IS IOP?

IOP stands for Intensive Outpatient Program. It is a lower level of care from residential treatment, and allows an individual to have more freedom throughout their day. IOP is desirable for those who are unable to commit to the full-time care provided by more intensive treatment options, but still wish to address their problems with […]