Monthly Archives: July 2016

Be in the Know: Street Names and Nicknames for Commonly-Abused Drugs

July 25th, 2016|

In a very real sense, the almost 25 MILLION people in this country who use illegal drugs regularly make up a distinct subculture of Americans. They have their own industry – the drug trade – and even their own language. If you are an outsider – a non-partaker of illicit substances – then it can be hard sometimes to understand exactly what is going on in a conversation, and if you have a loved one who is actively addicted, that lack of knowledge can be a barrier that can prevent you from getting them the

5 Reasons Therapy Really Does Improve Your Life

July 18th, 2016|

Whenever someone is new to recovery and are just starting out on the journey of sobriety, they try to mentally prepare themselves for the physical difficulties of getting clean – i.e., withdrawal symptoms. But too often, those same people are surprised to learn just how much of their addiction had nothing to do with physical dependence. Even when physical dependence has subsided, addicts and alcoholics are still at considerable risk of relapse if other psychological and social factors are not addressed. This is why counseling is such an absolutely necessary part of addiction treatment, because

What Does Meth Addiction Look Like?

July 11th, 2016|

"We all understand the horrific impact that methamphetamine and other illegal drugs have on each and every individual who uses these substances. Many become addicted, lives are ruined, families are disrupted, and those in search of those illegal drugs often commit property crimes to fund their addiction." ~United States Attorney for the District of Idaho Wendy Olsen, calling methamphetamine trafficking the "biggest drug problem faced by Idaho" What Does Meth Addiction Look Like? Call it what you will – crank, crystal, speed, ice – methamphetamine is a intensely-addictive drug that destroys lives. According to

What is EMDR and How Does It Work?

July 4th, 2016|

"Most people come into therapy because they know something is wrong. There is an "I" that feels locked up and knows that there is a better way…EMDR can remove the block that is preventing the natural movement toward health. It can release you into the present you always wanted for yourself, a present where you can feel free and in control." ~Dr. Francine Shapiro, PhD, EMDR: The Breakthrough Therapy for Overcoming Anxiety, Stress, and Trauma It is generally accepted that one of the causal factors for substance abuse can be exposure to some past in