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What is K2?: Deadly Drug Awareness

March 25, 2019 3:28 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

What is K2? Synthetic marijuana , often referred to as “spice” or K2 is a deadly drug. Marketed to teens and adults as a safe, natural and legal high; on the contrary, K2 produces lethal effects. Made from a dangerous mix of industrial chemicals, sprayed onto dried plant material and packaged into appealing wrappers. These packages are often labeled as potpourri or herbal incense, clearly stating that it is not for human consumption. Regardless of the package warnings, this substance is abused regularly, by both people who already struggle with a substance use disorder but also first-time users. Drug enforcement agencies have trouble cracking down on the drug abuse, because it is technically legal to buy and use. The National Institute on Drug Abuse states that the effects of K2... View Article


A Heroin Vaccine?

March 22, 2019 9:05 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Heroin is a highly addictive illicit drug under the classification of opioids. Currently, there is an opioid crisis in the United States. From 2002 to 2016, annual deaths from heroin alone increased 533% nationwide. Heroin is becoming more and more dangerous, especially with the addition of chemicals being used to “cut” the substance, like fentanyl and carfentanyl. These chemicals are extremely potent, with even just a single grain too much of the substance causing an overdose instantly. The addition of chemicals like these, along with other unknown chemicals being added to heroin are causing overdose rates to rise even higher. Heroin use has both short term and long term effects. As stated originally by the Institute on Drug Abuse, the short term effects of heroin use include: dry mouth, warm... View Article


10 Ways Adventure Therapy Works

March 21, 2019 2:14 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Addiction treatment should involve intensive therapy, but also provide therapeutic activities that allow guests to discover the things that bring them happiness. Royal Life Centers believes in the power of nature, which is why we provide adventure therapy to help our guests heal on a mental, physical, and spiritual level. Royal Life Centers provides comprehensive addiction treatment that teaches guests a new way of life. Our treatment programs span across levels of care, in order to follow our guests through their recovery process. We offer treatment programs including: medical detox, a residential inpatient program, a partial hospitalization program (PHP), an intensive outpatient program (IOP), an outpatient program (OP), sober living and graduate housing. Our treatment programs offer many therapeutic activities, like adventure therapy, activity therapy, and equine therapy. Royal Life... View Article


12 Benefits of a Long Term Treatment Program

March 19, 2019 7:40 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Long term addiction treatment can set you up for lasting sobriety. At Royal Life Centers, we treat drug and alcohol addiction holistically, treating the mind, body, and spirit for long term recovery. Substance use disorder disrupts all aspects of life, so part of recovery is teaching a new way of life. Long term treatment programs offer many benefits. At Royal Life Centers, we provide a number of treatment programs at varying lengths. Our treatment programs include: medical detox, a residential inpatient program, a partial hospitalization program (PHP), an intensive outpatient program (IOP), an outpatient program (OP), sober living and graduate housing. All of our treatment options provide intensive therapies. Royal Life Centers provides each guest with a primary therapist, upon their arrival to our treatment facility. Primary therapists will oversee... View Article


What Are Boundaries and How Do I Set Them?

March 19, 2019 3:30 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

What Are Boundaries? Boundaries are basically a verbal confirmation of what you will or will not be willing to do or accept from others. Boundaries can be protective of psychological, emotional, or physical needs. Boundaries can vary from emotional to physical, and should be set firmly with no room for the other person to cross the boundary. You can set boundaries with varying severities, the most successful boundaries are held firmly as opposed to a loose or rigid boundary. Setting and maintaining healthy boundaries is the most important way to take care of yourself. Why Set Them? Setting and maintaining boundaries is vital for healthy relationships. Setting a firm boundary will protect your mental health, well-being and behavioral health. Setting a healthy boundary is crucial to protecting oneself, and healthy... View Article


The Spiritual Principles of Recovery: 12 Ways You Can Practice Them Every Day

March 18, 2019 5:12 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

The spiritual principles of recovery are guiding principles that correspond to the original 12 steps of 12-step recovery programs, like Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Gambler’s Anonymous, etc. These principles are laid out as guides to a way of spiritual growth and personal betterment. Addiction recovery in 12 step programs of recovery require honesty, open mindedness and willingness. The recovery process as told by groups like Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous, is an ongoing process because addiction is a disease that does not have a cure. According to 12 step programs, the way to manage your addiction as a disease is to follow the solution laid out by other alcoholics and addicts, and has been successful for them— which is following the 12 steps and guidance from other alcoholics or addicts... View Article


Why Abstinence Does Not Mean Recovery

March 18, 2019 2:45 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Royal Life Centers provides comprehensive addiction treatment. We have addiction treatment centers that offer programs to follow our guests through the recovery process, and allow them to form their own program of recovery. Alcohol use disorder and substance use disorder disrupts each aspect of life, which is why once the substance is removed, we often need intensive therapy to truly heal from the cause and effect of drugs and alcohol. This is why abstinence does not mean recovery; recovery is more than just “not drinking” or “not taking drugs”. Recovery should be a program that you live after treatment, to prevent turning to substances and also healing yourself. Addiction recovery is healing yourself from the inside out. Beginning with medical detox, where the substance is removed safely and comfortably from... View Article


10 Celebrities You Didn’t Know are in Recovery

March 15, 2019 8:38 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

No one is safe from addiction, no matter how little or how much money or fame you hold. Addiction effects everyone, even celebrities. Drug addiction recovery is needed for anyone who struggles with an alcohol or substance use disorder, but unfortunately only about 10% of addicts will receive alcohol or drug addiction treatment. Celebrity drug addiction may not be very shocking, with many deaths in Hollywood accredited to alcohol and drugs,— however, there are many celebrities who are in recovery who you may not have ever suspected to be. People in recovery end up overcoming their addiction, finding the strength to seek treatment for your addiction is the first step. Addiction can be treated with individual therapy, behavioral therapies, group therapies, support groups like 12-step programs of recovery, and other... View Article


12 Ways to Better Your Recovery

March 15, 2019 4:13 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Through out the recovery process, you should be doing things to better yourself. Addiction recovery is all about learning a new way to live, free from the constraints of drugs and alcohol. At Royal Life Centers, we support healthy habit-making that allows our guests to feel balanced and cared for. There are many ways to make small changes in your life, that will leave a large, long term impact on your overall health. In addiction, many people neglect their physical, mental, and spiritual health. Royal Life Centers wishes to teach you how to re-learn wellness, and continue practicing small changes that ultimately lead to bettering yourself. We all continue to grow, long after addiction treatment comes to an end. Treating alcohol and substance use disorder requires comprehensive addiction treatment. At... View Article


50 Ways To Cope Instead of Using a Substance

March 14, 2019 8:29 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

You’ve probably heard of coping skills, but often times those addicted to drugs or alcohol have a hard time finding other ways to cope with their emotions. At Royal Life Centers, we used a variety of therapies to teach you a new way of life. Our programs are based around building a new way of living, filled with healthy habits to replace your bad habits. Addiction treatment must provide a different way to do things, because many life skills are often overlooked in addiction. Now that you are on your journey to recovery, you need to find new ways to deal with difficult things, instead of turning to drugs or alcohol— which only give short term relief. We want you to find joy in making healthy habits, which is why... View Article