Monthly Archives: December 2015

How to Talk to Your Teen about Drug Abuse

December 16th, 2015|

"Addiction is a pediatric disease. When adults entering addiction treatment are asked when they first began drinking or using drugs, the answer is almost always the same: they started when they were young – teenagers." ~ Dr. John Knight, Founder/Director of the Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse Research at Boston Children's Hospital It is every parent's worst nightmare: that their child becomes involved with drugs or alcohol. Unlike most nightmares, however, this one stands a good chance of coming true. Frightening Statistics for Parents about Teen Drug Abuse and Alcohol Use According to CBS News:

Addiction Treatment Approaches in Idaho That Work

December 16th, 2015|

Substance abuse in Idaho, just as it is in the rest of the country, is a real and growing problem. Whether you live in Boise, up in Coeur d’Alene, or to the southeast in Pocatello, the chances are that you know someone who has a problem with drugs or alcohol. A recent national survey revealed that nearly 79% of Americans believe that the best way for a person suffering from alcoholism or drug addiction to recover is to go "cold turkey” – abruptly stop drinking and using – and then simply go to group meetings

The Connection between Trauma and Addiction

December 16th, 2015|

"PTSD is a whole-body tragedy, an integral human event of enormous proportions with massive repercussions." ~Susan Pease Banitt, The Trauma Tool Kit: Healing PTSD from the Inside Out Addiction is a disease with several causal factors – genetics, environment, personal behavior, and experience, in the form of trauma. The relationship between trauma and substance abuse is complicated and closely intertwined. In other words, the road between the two goes both ways, and the negative consequences of one disorder can worsen the problems of the other. What Is Meant by "Trauma"? In psychological terms, trauma

10 Recovery Sayings to Inspire You

December 15th, 2015|

Recovering from alcohol or drug addiction is not easy. Often, the disease of addiction has worn a person down to the point that they may have almost no confidence in themselves and their ability to face the challenges and roadblocks along their path back to sobriety. Words of Wisdom Are Welcomed by People in Successful Recovery When difficulties arise – and they will – it can often be helpful to have motivational and inspirational sayings at the ready. These aren't mere platitudes. The right words at the right time can help a recovering addict/alcoholic in