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The Toxic Relationship Between Depression and Addiction

May 9, 2019 8:25 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

It’s no surprise that depression and addiction are closely related, as both conditions feed into each other in addition to having a cause and effect type of relationship. The toxic relationship between depression and addiction is hard to understand, as many symptoms of both conditions are similar in nature. When looking into a mental health disorder like depression, it is important to consider all the factors that play into and perpetuate the behaviors associated with that disorder— especially if a substance use disorder is present. Taking a Look at Addicts and Alcoholics In research dating back to studies conducted in 1964, it was found that amongst addicts, “The personality studies indicate that addicted patients frequently show psychopathic tendencies and a variety of emotional problems. There is evidence from several studies... View Article

Substance Abuse in College: A Vicious Cycle

May 9, 2019 5:19 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

College is often associated with a culture of binge drinking, partying, and drug experimentation. It’s no secret that alcoholism and drug use are generally accepted in college and universities as a type of subculture. College culture is more or less reduced to beer pong, reckless behaviors, experimenting with drugs, tailgates, smoking weed, and taking pills— even popping pills to study. Today, we’re going to take a look at how this substance abuse plays into the overall health of college students across the United States. This substance abuse affects a variety of factors in a college student’s life; “One negative behavior such as substance abuse or heavy alcohol drinking can lead college students toward a vicious cycle of poor lifestyle choices, lack of sleep, mental distress and low grades, according to... View Article

How To Organize Your Thoughts in Addiction Treatment

May 9, 2019 2:06 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

During addiction treatment, you will experience a volume of thoughts and feelings following the experience of getting back a clear mind. One of the best gifts in sobriety is gaining clarity. With a clear mind, you are now able to think and feel clearly, which will provide you with the opportunity to make positive changes. Productivity Racing thoughts can hinder productivity, especially in an addiction treatment program. Addiction treatment will provoke many thoughts and feelings, which is why it’s important to recognize these thoughts and feelings to be able to move forward. Our brain is an amazing organ, it is basically our version of a computer— so is your mind cluttered with a thousand icons on one desktop, or is it neat and organized? Which would you prefer? It’s much... View Article

Self-Sabotage: Burning Bridges Before You Can Cross Them

May 8, 2019 7:55 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Self-sabotaging behavior is extremely common, not just in addiction treatment or addiction recovery, but in everyday life. We self-sabotaged in our active alcohol or drug addiction, and we will probably continue self-sabotaging efforts in recovery. We find that self-sabotage is often driven by doubts in your own capabilities, expectations, etc. What we do know about self-sabotage is that it can be completely avoided, if you are willing to recognize, understand, and change your behavior. What is Self-Sabotage? Have you ever heard of the expression “shooting yourself in the foot”? This perfectly sums up self-sabotage. The definition of sabotage, as provided by Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, is… 1) destruction of property or the hindering of manufacturing by discontented workers 2) destructive or obstructive action 3) a. an act or process tending to hamper... View Article

How To Overcome Cravings: A Step-by-Step Guide

May 8, 2019 2:35 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Recovery holds some hardships, as you are on your way to rebuilding your life and the way that you’re living. Addiction recovery makes a drug or alcohol free life easier to live than your old life, which is why the changes you make in treatment will have lasting benefits. During addiction treatment and during recovery, you may face cravings— especially in the detoxification process. Addiction has rewired your brain to depend its functioning on the presence of a substance, having completely disrupted our brain’s natural reward system and chemical balance. Cravings are short-lived, however, they can feel as if your urge to use drugs or alcohol has completely taken over your mind. Cravings Cravings can last anywhere from a couple of minutes to ten minutes. Sometimes, when you are in... View Article

20 Prayers for Addiction Recovery

May 7, 2019 8:14 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Whether or not you subscribe to traditional religions, like Abrahamic religions (Catholicism, Christianity, Judaism, and Islam) or follow more spiritual religions like Buddhism, Taoism, etc. Spirituality in some sense is crucial for your recovery experience. Choosing a higher power, to form a source of faith, is one of the most life-changing experiences in your recovery journey. Usually, drug rehabilitation involves finding something outside of yourself to believe in, that something will provide faith, hope and courage for you as you are on your journey— in rehab and beyond. Prayers seem somewhat controversial, although you do not have to belong to a certain religion to believe in the words used in some of their prayers. We believe any form of praying is a beautiful and transformative experience. A Higher Power At... View Article

NAATP Being Sued Over Limiting Access to Addiction Treatment Resources Online

May 7, 2019 2:57 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

We make it our business to stay up-to-date in our field of addiction treatment, not only so we can stay informed on effective methods of addiction treatment, but also to gain information about anything that may be affecting addiction and the field of addiction treatment. It has recently come to our attention that a lawsuit has been filed against the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP). American Addiction Centers (AAC) has filed a lawsuit against the addiction provider trade group, NAATP. Who is AAC? American Addiction Centers is a portfolio of addiction treatment services, as they own Recovery Brands,, and Recovery,org. American Addiction Centers (AAC) claims it’s devoted to finding the best treatment option for addicts and alcoholics, whether or not that be an AAC facility. Who is... View Article

The Emotional Spectrum

May 6, 2019 8:30 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Many people feel overwhelmed when it comes to exploring their emotions, as they could feel a million different ways or not able to identify really how they’re feeling. In recovery, one of the greatest gifts (and challenges) is getting our emotions back. Active addiction leaves us in a state of numbness, where we may have trouble understanding how it is we are feeling in any given moment. The beauty of addiction treatment is learning how to understand our emotions, where they stem from, and how to process and work through them effectively. At Royal Life Centers, we offer intensive therapies including behavioral therapies— where guests will learn how to identify and regulate emotions, and use interpersonal effectiveness when expressing their feelings to others. Core Emotions Did you know that humans... View Article

Staying Sober in College: Collegiate Recovery Programs (CRPs)

May 6, 2019 3:54 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Going to college or university is often synonymous with partying or entering a stage of life where binge drinking and drug experimentation is the norm. We know that many addicts and alcoholics in recovery dread going to college, simply because their values and beliefs do not “fit in” with college culture. “Rates of substance use disorders (SUD) triple from 7% in adolescence to 20% in early adulthood, making this developmental stage critical to young people’s future” (Laudet). With high relapse rates, a support system in the college atmosphere is essential to successfully maintaining sobriety and working a program of recovery. Going to college is a threat to sobriety, as college campuses often are referred to as an “abstinence-hostile environment”; “The need for recovery support is especially high for SUD-affected college... View Article

Keeping Addicts Out of Jail and Into Addiction Treatment: Massachusetts’ “Angel Initiative”

May 6, 2019 1:40 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

We all know that addiction comes with many consequences; sometimes those consequences are legal. With addicts being arrested for drug possession and other charges each day, Massachusetts was looking for another way to handle the tragedy of addiction— hence, the creation of the “Angel Initiative”. Massachusetts is one of the states that got hit the hardest in the opioid crisis, ranking in the top ten states with the highest rate of opioid overdose and opioid-related deaths. In Gloucester, Massachusetts, police have been taking a different approach to handling addiction. Instead of arresting and locking up addicts, particularly heroin addicts, police are deciding to help get them into addiction treatment. In the first year of Gloucester’s “Angel Initiative,” 376 people approached police, asking for help with their drug problem— nearly 95%... View Article