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Cold Medicine and Cough Syrup Addiction and Abuse Resource Guide

July 15th, 2018|

Cold medicines sold over the counter (OTC) are largely considered to be safe. Those who are sick can take these medications without causing harm to their body. When taken like the instructions suggest, the dosage is safe.  When used correctly, OTC cold medicines are effective in the management of cold or flu symptoms. Prescription cough syrups function in a similar manner to OTC cough syrups. The only difference is that they contain stronger active ingredients. Some of these ingredients may have a higher potential for abuse. It’s possible to develop a psychological and physical

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,

An Open Letter to Society from a Recovering Alcoholic

December 26th, 2016|

 Societal Pressures that Contribute to Addiction Dear Society, You suck. Honestly, people say they don’t know what they would do without other people, but I do. I would thrive. I wouldn’t have to worry about social pressures, about perceptions, or about attitudes. Since you clearly thought genetic susceptibility to addiction and mental disorders weren’t bad enough, you went and had to make it a lot more tempting to give in to the addiction. Just a little more for just a little relief, I told myself. Tomorrow would be better, I told myself. The stress will

Ashwood Recovery is Now Accredited by The Joint Commission

September 28th, 2016|

Ashwood Recovery is Proud to Announce Our Accreditation with The Joint Commission! Offering high-quality and ethical services to our clients is of the utmost importance at Ashwood Recovery, which is why we are proud to announce that we are officially accredited by The Joint Commission. Why is Being an Accredited Addiction Center so Important? Becoming accredited with The Joint Commission is a challenge as there are many rules and regulations that must be followed and confirmed in order to meet the requirements set by The Joint Commission. In a nut shell, being accredited helps ensure

2015 Drug Trends

September 26th, 2015|

Unfortunately, the culture of drug abuse and addiction is constantly in motion – here in Boise, Idaho, elsewhere in the United States, and everywhere in the world. The way and the frequency that people use their drug of choice evolves and new and ever-more-dangerous substances are introduced into society. Substance abuse is a very real and present threat here in Boise. Idaho, taken as a whole, has long had a maligned, yet unfortunately-well-deserved, reputation as a state where the rate of drug use is often higher than other places across the country. Trends with Commonly-Abused

Letter From the Founder: Celebrating 6 Years!

August 7th, 2015|

Happy August Everyone, I have wanted to start a monthly post regarding addiction and recovery for several years.  Having written articles for other sources, I enjoy being able to share my experience with those seeking information about addiction.  August is a meaningful month for to start the Ashwood Recovery article.  Ashwood is celebrating 6 years of serving the Boise Idaho area.  We first opened our doors in 2009.  While we have grown in size, our program continues to maintain adherence to our abstinence/12-step based values. I started Ashwood Recovery with hopes of changing the way

Step 4: The Truth Behind Taking a Moral Inventory of Yourself

May 4th, 2015|

Step 4: The Truth Behind Taking a Moral Inventory of Yourself You’ve taken a big step in deciding to pursue treatment for your alcohol or drug addiction. You understand the importance of working through the 12 Step Program, and even though it’s hard, you’re doing the work. Finally, you’ve reached Step 4, and it’s the one you’ve been dreading most of all because it seems as though it’s going to be the hardest one. However, in taking on Step 4, it’s important to remember the powerful truths you learned in Step 3. A Look Back

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Purple Drank

April 24th, 2015|

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Purple Drank You may have been hearing stories about a new drink that’s become quite popular with teens and young adults. It made its debut in music videos and is promoted by several famous rap artists, but there’s nothing good to be said about it at all. In fact, doctors are very concerned that the concoction might be downright dangerous to consume. What is Purple Drank? Purple drank is sometimes referred to as “lean” “syrup” or “sizzurp.” It consists of a mixture of cough syrup (which gives it

Is Outpatient Treatment Enough?

February 23rd, 2015|

Did you know that you can fully recover from your addiction with Intensive Outpatient Programs? With Intensive Outpatient Programs, you may not have to take time away from your job or your schooling to get the help you need. Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOPs) can work for you if you do not need a medically supervised detox.  For the person who has had residential treatment, it is the perfect solution for the support you will need as you return to your daily routine.  If you have never been in residential treatment, but would like the benefits

How Beliefs Influence Addiction

February 12th, 2015|

How much power does a belief have over our behavior?  Can what you are believing actually influence whether or not you will become an addict? When we are young, we begin to form beliefs based on the world as we see it.  Our culture helps us in deciding what is acceptable or unacceptable, important or unimportant, right or wrong, workable or unworkable. We then set out to create our world around an internalized belief of how life should work.  Personality traits that lead to addictive behaviors originate in deep inner beliefs. The “American Dream” has produced