Why Do People Relapse During the Holidays?

Seasonal Relapse

It’s not unusual to find that your fear of relapse has returned as the winter season arrives. The tragedy of seasonal relapse is real and needs to be recognized in order to take steps to prevent it. Christmas parties, Hanukkah ceremonies, and New Year’s Eve events are crammed with relapse triggers that rouse once-dormant cravings. […]

Precipitated Withdrawal

precipitated withdrawal

When an individual is recovering from addiction, experiencing withdrawal is almost inevitable. Withdrawal occurs when a person in recovery suffers a combination of mental and physical side effects after quitting or reducing intake of an addictive substance. Some may also experience an intensified form of withdrawal symptoms in response to the medication prescribed throughout medication-assisted […]

A Guide to Drug and Alcohol Rehab

a guide to rehab

The path to recovery from drug and alcohol addiction can be a long, difficult one—but you don’t have to do it alone. With the right help and support, you can find the strength to put your life back on track. This guide to rehab is here to provide information about the different steps of rehabilitation […]

10 Benefits of Music Therapy in Recovery


Music is powerful, it has the ability to transform or enhance your mood, among many other benefits. At Royal Life Centers, we offer music therapy for addiction treatment.  Royal Life Centers takes a holistic approach, treating the mind, body, and spirit. We believe in the power of music, and encourage all avenues of healing. We […]

Am I in a Toxic Relationship?

Toxic Relationship

If you’re trying to figure out whether or not your relationship is toxic, you may already have the answer to your question. Nine times out of ten, if you are asking yourself “am I in a toxic relationship,” that is not a positive sign.   If you are wondering if your relationship is toxic, here […]

Overcoming Stigmas of Addiction to Drugs and Alcohol

Even with all of the advances in modern medicine today, and wealth of information that can easily be obtained online, a lot of misinformation still exists to perpetuate the stigma of addiction. Specifically with addiction in comparison to other medical conditions, many still believe that it is the result of a moral failing or a […]

Stuff I Learned in AA: How To Live a Sober Life

how to live a sober life - stuff I learned in AA - alcoholics anonymous

AA, or Alcoholic’s Anonymous, is a very popular program of recovery. AA is a 12-step program, meaning you follow or “work” the 12-steps of Alcoholic’s Anonymous upon entrance into the program. The 12-steps are your guide to recovering from alcoholism. Being in this program of recovery, I’ve learned a great deal about myself and the […]

3-6-5: The Numbers I Needed to be Alive


‘Those times when you get up early and you work hard, those times when you stay up late and you work hard, those times when you don’t feel like working, you’re too tired, you don’t want to push yourself, but you do it anyway. That is actually the dream. It’s not the destination, it’s the […]

Should I Be Anonymous?

anonymity - disclosing you are in recovery

Your anonymity is a personal choice. Someone else’s anonymity is not your choice. You have absolutely no right to “out” someone else’s sobriety, clean time, recovery or whatever you want to call it. You have no right to claim they relapsed or judge the state of their recovery. This includes celebrities, politicians, public figures, it […]

The Atheist and the 12 Steps

12-steps - recovery - atheism and recovery

First, I should tell you that I’m a lifelong atheist and I am 10 years sober with the help of a 12-step fellowship. (notice I’m not saying I’m a member or representative of any single fellowship or group in that fellowship, as that would be a tradition violation). I went to 30 days of inpatient […]