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How To Support Your Adult Child in Addiction Recovery

May 10, 2019 5:40 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Parents give unconditional love, which is one of the most powerful and purest things in the world. Parents just want to help their son or daughter; they want to do everything they can to make life better, no matter how their adult child has treated them through out their active addiction. If you have an adult child in addiction recovery, there needs to be some awareness of behaviors that could harm your loved one or hurt the relationship. This purity in rooted in good intention and unconditional love, but sometimes, the behaviors of a parent need to be re-routed to do what’s best for their adult child— no matter how hard it may be. What happens with families who are strained from addiction, is a distortion of natural parenting. Things... View Article

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Royal Life Centers CEO, Frank Cid, Featured on

April 24, 2019 7:46 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Frank Cid, the owner, founder and CEO of Royal Life Centers, aligns his treatment center’s quality of care with his own dedication to helping end the stigma around addiction. Royal Life Centers is a nationally accredited branch of treatment centers, recognized for providing the highest standards in addiction treatment and using only the best practices. Frank Cid’s addiction treatment facilities are an extension of himself; meeting addiction with the care, compassion and understanding that addicts need. Royal Life Centers focuses on holistic healing through their variety of addiction treatment programs, which include: medical detoxification, a residential inpatient program, PHP, IOP, sober living, and other aftercare/alumni programming.

The Ultimate Guide To Making Decisions in Early Recovery: The AC²E Method

April 11, 2019 3:21 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Addiction Drug addiction is a chronic behavioral disorder that “impacts brain chemistry and circuitry and results in compulsive drug-seeking and drug-using behaviors that interfere with daily functioning. A high level of drug dependency, co-occuring medical or mental health disorders, polydrug abuse, family history of addiction, high levels of stress, experience of trauma, and low level of support at home can all contribute to the onset of addiction” (American Society of Addiction Medicine). No matter the circumstances, recovery from drug addiction is possible. Sometimes making decisions is hard to do, but it is especially hard to make decisions in early recovery from drugs or alcohol. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health in 2014 (NSDUH), one in ten American adults had used an illicit drug in the previous... View Article

What Is An Inpatient Treatment Facility For Drug Addiction Like?

February 22, 2019 5:21 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

You may have a lot of pre-conceived notions about what an inpatient treatment center looks like. Influences from television and movies can lead you to believe it’s like being in a glamorous day spa, full of pampering and luxuries. There are also portrayals on the opposite end of the spectrum, making treatment programs appear gloomy and bleak. The truth is that most treatment facilities will fall somewhere in between these two extremes. Inpatient treatment should be fun and enjoyable, while at the same time push you to explore new areas and encourage self-growth. During treatment, you’ll likely meet some wonderful people, including staff members, therapists, nurses, as well as peers who are in treatment with you. You’ll be encouraged to push yourself, which can be difficult at times, but there... View Article

Early Warning Signs And How To Prevent A Relapse

February 20, 2019 5:31 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Recovery from drug or alcohol addiction can be a long, winding road. There are going to be up’s and downs and all kinds of twists and turns along the way. The truth is that maintaining sobriety can be challenging! It requires a daily level of vigilance and self-awareness, that without, can lead to an unfortunate reality of recovery. Relapse happens. But a relapse, or a “slip” as its commonly referred, begins long before you use a drink or a drug. It is a slow process that starts well before you actually pick up a substance. Relapse prevention is one of the main reasons people seek treatment. Simply stopping on your own may last for a period of time, however, it almost never lasts. Relapse prevention techniques aim to identify the... View Article

Getting Over The Shame of Relapse

February 15, 2019 5:46 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

So you’ve been doing the work. Going to meetings, attending aftercare, and working the steps. You’re finally putting some time between you and the last time you picked up alcohol or drugs. Then all of a sudden, without warning—BAM—you’re using or drinking again. So what went wrong? Everything was going so well and out of nowhere, you were lured back to the self-destructive substances that almost ruined your life. But was it REALLY out of nowhere, or was there something you may have missed along the way? Part of dealing with a relapse is determining why it happened so that you don’t repeat the same mistakes again. Sometimes the reasons are more obvious. Hanging with the wrong crowd, complacency, and neglecting your program, are all common mistakes. It can also... View Article

Signs Your Loved One Needs Drug Addiction Treatment

February 12, 2019 8:51 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Substance use disorders can take many forms in everyday life. Sometimes those with a drug and alcohol problem never truly show any obvious problems. Their addiction is well hidden from the outside world, or so they think. Even with the ability to conceal their problems, more times than not, the truth eventually comes out. It may take more time than those with an outward facing addiction, however, there are usually still signs of alcohol addiction or drug addiction. On the other hand, substance abuse and mental health disorders sometimes make their way into every aspect of personal, family, and work life. These problems can wreak complete havoc on the lives of everyone involved. These types of substance abusers are typically far less discrete. Although they may not be openly doing... View Article

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Will My Insurance Pay For Drug Treatment?

February 8, 2019 9:43 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

When it comes time to enter into a drug rehab program or alcohol treatment center, one major consideration is how to pay. There are many available options including loans, payment plans, and private pay, however, the most common form of payment is health insurance. If your drug rehab program could be covered by insurance, that is ideal. This is why we work with many health insurance providers, because we strive to make our addiction treatment as accessible and affordable as possible. If you want to use your insurance to pay for drug rehab you may have lots of questions. It’s not always clear what kind of treatment is covered and what out of pocket costs you might incur. Being covered by insurance could mean that your health insurance provides full-coverage... View Article

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Comedian Artie Lange Avoids Jail Time By Entering Into Long-Term Drug Treatment Center

February 5, 2019 8:35 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Long-troubled comedian Artie Lange is reportedly sobering up in a New Jersey jail after testing positive for cocaine and morphine. According to his legal team, he’s scheduled to enter into a long-term treatment program any day. Posts from “Team Lange” on his Twitter account explain that Lange entered the Essex County Correctional Facility on January 30. This comes less than two months after he tested positive for several substances during a probation violation hearing in December 2018. According to his lawyer, Frank Arleo, Artie could be under lock-up until February 6 until he’s eventually transferred into a long-term inpatient substance abuse program. News of Lange’s recent trouble broke on January 30 when “Team Lange” posted that Artie would be “undergoing a long term treatment program”, wrapping up the post with... View Article

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How Do I Know If Alcohol Is Becoming A Problem?

January 15, 2019 8:49 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Alcohol is one of the most widely abused substances in the United States. According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), 15.1 million adults suffer from Alcohol use disorder. What starts out as having a couple of drinks at a social event or on the weekend can rapidly turn into problem drinking. The problem is that many people are unable to see, especially in themselves, the fine line between normal drinking and abuse. Frequently, the first people to notice when your drinking is out of control are the ones closest to you. Co-workers and family members who see you on a daily basis are typically first to notice any changes in behavior. While some of the signs are easily recognizable, others can be more difficult to see.... View Article