Do I Need Help for a Gambling Addiction?

“We can all help prevent suicide. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. Call 1-800-273-8255.” Many people enjoy playing slot machines at the casino, buying lottery tickets, and betting on their favorite […]

What You Can Expect in Treatment

Admitting you have a problem with drugs or alcohol is a huge step in recovery. It can be scary to ask for help for a substance use disorder or addiction. Knowing what to expect in treatment before you go can prevent additional stress and anxiety. Recovery is hard work and a life-long process. Each facility […]

Can The Family Heal After A Loved One’s Addiction?

A family needs a lot of time to heal after a loved one’s addiction. Addiction is a chronic brain disease that affects all aspects of a person’s life. Addiction leads to financial problems, physical and mental health issues, job loss, and broken relationships. Regaining trust and rebuilding relationships with family will take some time. If […]

The Benefits of Holistic Treatment for Addiction

Addiction affects all aspects of your life. Drugs and alcohol are harmful to your physical and mental health and can lead to long-term health problems. Addiction destroys relationships with loved ones and interferes with daily responsibilities. It leads to decreased productivity and job loss and causes drastic changes in mood and emotional stability. Drugs and […]

What Helps An Addictive Behavior?

A person who engages in addictive behavior continues to participate in an activity such as drug or alcohol use, work, exercise, compulsive gambling and shopping, sex, or eating disorders, despite negative consequences. According to Ruth C. Engs, RN, EdD, Applied Health Science, Indiana University, “Any activity, substance, object, or behavior that has become the major […]

Starting Over After Addiction

Making the commitment to get treatment for addiction is a huge step in the recovery process. It can be very difficult to acknowledge you have a problem with drugs and alcohol. The stigma surrounding addiction makes it hard to ask for help. Starting over after addiction can seem overwhelming, but there is hope in recovery. […]

How Long Will I Stay in Residential Treatment?

The length of time you spend in residential treatment depends on your needs, the severity of addiction and the duration of substance abuse. Like addiction, everyone’s treatment is unique and tailored to each situation. Someone struggling with addiction to intense drugs, such as heroin or crack, would benefit from a longer stay in residential treatment. […]

Nobody Is At Fault For Your Loved One’s Addiction

Addiction is a complex disease and can be attributed to physical, psychological, and social vulnerabilities. While these factors can influence drug or alcohol use, no one is at fault for your loved one’s addiction. Addiction happens to anyone, regardless of race, sex, age, and social status. Blaming someone for a loved one’s addiction is hurtful […]

What Do I Do To Support Veterans Suffering with PTSD and Addiction?

“We can all help prevent suicide. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. Call 1-800-273-8255.” Veterans who sacrifice their lives to defend our country often come back home from combat with post-traumatic […]

Marijuana: A Gateway Drug?

Many people argue that marijuana is safe because the withdrawals are not as intense as they are with other substances. There is also a misconception that marijuana is not addictive. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (2018), “marijuana use disorder becomes addiction when the person cannot stop using the drug, even though it […]