Intervention

3 Gateway Drugs That Anyone Should Be Wary Of

August 10th, 2018|

The concept of a gateway drug is not new. 3 Gateway Drugs That Anyone Should Be Wary Of Most people have heard of the idea but may not know which substances qualify as gateway drugs. It is important for everyone to be wary of gateway drugs. Part of this means understanding the risk factors of addiction and the slow progression toward physical dependence. This brief guide addresses three of the most common gateway drugs that anyone should be wary of: Alcohol Marijuana Prescription medication. These are the three most common gateway drugs. They are

Four Differences: Substance Abuse vs. Addiction

June 28th, 2017|

“We know that you use substances to alter your mood, to cover up your sadness, to ease your heartbreak, to lighten your stress load, to blur your painful memories, to escape your hurtful reality, or to make your unbearable days or nights bearable.” ~ Chris Prentiss, The Alcoholism and Addiction Cure Four Differences: Substance Abuse vs. Addiction There is often confusion between substance abuse versus substance addiction. Both abuse and addiction present a whole host of social, psychological and physical problems for the person who is struggling with these facets of substance use. However,

How Do I Know if I’m Really an Addict?

June 20th, 2017|

“Life is a series of baby steps along the way and if you add up these tiny little steps you take toward your goal, whatever it is, whether it’s giving up something, a terrible addiction or trying to work your way through an illness. When you total up those baby steps you’d be amazed over the course of ten years, the strides you’ve taken.” ~ Hoda Kotb It is not always easy to recognize addiction, which leaves many people asking: how do I know if I’m really an addict? Addiction can take on many

Powerful Tips for Avoiding Relapse

June 16th, 2017|

If you have recently started (or you are thinking about starting) recovery from addiction, you are understandably looking for the most powerful tips for avoiding relapse during this recovery process. The reality of addiction is that at least half of those who enter recovery will relapse at some point. This means that they will fall back into their old habits, whether that means heavy drinking or abusing drugs. While this relapse statistic may appear disheartening at first, it is important to understand that addiction is a very powerful disease. A fifty-percent relapse rate should actually

Why The First 90 Days Of Recovery Is So Vital To Long-Term Sobriety

June 12th, 2017|

The first 90 days of your recovery is unquestionably the most important part of your addiction recovery process. There just is no doubt. For starters, if your first 90 days of recovery don’t go well, you may not get to day 91. You’ll be too busy starting over again from day 1. Relapse is at its highest rate during the first three months of recovery. Everything will be at greatest risk, including your overall health. As a result, this is the time in your recovery when it is absolutely the most vital to take good

How to Help A Sibling Struggling With Addiction

June 8th, 2017|

Having a sibling with addiction is one of the most heart-rendering things you can go through. In fact, watching any loved one go through addiction is unspeakably difficult. You can see the problem, you know something has to be done, but you feel powerless to actually help. This is something of a mirror image to the way an addicted person feels about their own situation. They know something isn’t quite right, and they’d really like to make the necessary changes to get themselves back on track, but there’s something there that simply won’t allow that

The Scoop: Sober Living Homes and Programs Explained

June 4th, 2017|

For many of those who struggle with addiction and are going into recovery, a sober living program can be an important connecting step on the long road to sobriety. We frequently talk about the differences between inpatient and outpatient treatment. Inpatient treatment is a jumping-off point for treatment that gets people through the worst parts of their recovery. It involves getting living at a specialized facility where addiction treatment is administered. Most inpatient facilities are 24-hour treatment facilities that administer both pharmaceutical and therapeutic treatments for substance addiction, while simultaneously maintaining a controlled, sober living

Alcohol Facts and Information

June 1st, 2017|

You may know your favorite mixed drink order by heart, but is not necessarily the same thing as understanding important alcohol information and facts. This is important in order to make smart choices about alcohol. This important information can include everything from the alcohol content of different kinds of drinks to how alcohol enters and affects the body. In this post, we take the time to objectively describe alcohol facts and information that everyone should be aware of. The ultimate goal of this post is to give you, the reader, fair and insightful knowledge about

How to Confront an Addict in Your Life

September 7th, 2016|

"… just as CPR is often the first life-saving step in helping a heart attack victim, intervention is the most powerful step the family can take to initiate the recovery process." ~Jeff Jay, Love First: a Family’s Guide to Intervention The best time to get help for a substance abuse disorder is absolutely always RIGHT NOW. The disease of addiction is progressive – left untreated, it ALWAYS gets worse, inflicting increasingly-more-negative consequences upon the addict/alcoholic and their family. At its ultimate manifestation, addiction is invariably fatal. The most powerfully-effective tool that family members can use

The Cost of Addiction Treatment Versus the Cost of Addiction

September 26th, 2015|

It is a common refrain often heard among active addicts in the Boise, Idaho area – "I know I need to get help, but I just can't afford rehab!" On the one hand, some skeptics might have a hard time accepting that statement. After all, the same person who has been able to afford to pay the thousands of dollars necessary to support their drug habit is now saying that treatment is just too expensive. On the surface, that flies in the face of reason. But, on the other hand, there is a grain of