What to Expect at Your First 12 Step Meeting


It can be difficult to distinguish a substance abuser from a non-abuser. In fact, many individuals become substance abusers without realizing it themselves. However, as substance abuse and recreational intoxication become dependency and addiction individuals begin to experience a variety of physical health, psychological, and behavioral changes. Depending on one’s substance of choice, continuous substance abuse can […]

Oxford House

An Overview of the Oxford House Model


The disease of addiction causes a number of different, profound effects. Addicts experience the deterioration of physical health including the destruction of a number of bodily functions and organs, the decline of mental and emotional health, the damage or loss of important relationships, and a number of other effects that are the direct result of […]

Leaving treatment early

Why People Leave Addiction Treatment Early


The process of recovery from alcohol and drug addiction is complicated, time-consuming, and takes a lot of individuals’ efforts. Although there are a number of individuals who complete a treatment program and remain abstinent indefinitely, the reality is that there are many who will require more than one round of treatment before a sober lifestyle […]

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Indiana Drug Rehabs: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly


The addiction epidemic is in full swing, both nationally and globally. Individuals are developing alcohol and drug dependencies at higher rates than ever before, making substance abuse a problem in even the smallest communities. Despite the prevalence and accessibility of addiction treatments nowadays, it’s still estimated that only one in every ten individuals suffering from […]


What Is the Florida Model of Addiction Treatment?


Years of research and study have led to the enlightened understanding of alcohol and drug addiction as a disease. More specifically, addiction is a chronic, progressive disease of the brain, causing individuals to obsessively, compulsively relapse back to harmful behaviors. Most commonly associated with substance abuse, addiction often begins as curiosity about recreational intoxication. However, […]

A Reason for Thankfulness

How a Gratitude List Can Help Your Recovery | A Reason for Thankfulness


Over the course of active addiction, individuals experience a variety of negative and profoundly harmful effects that occur as a direct result of their chemical dependencies. The effects of addiction manifest rather quickly with some of the earliest being physical in nature; individuals often experience changes in weight and personal hygiene while generally looking unkempt […]

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The Scary Reality of Food Addiction


It used to be that addicts were thought to merely be selfish, self-serving individuals who were weak of character and will, overindulging in life’s pleasures. As a result, the most well-known addictions—to alcohol and drugs—were largely criminalized, resulting in many addicts receiving punitive treatments such as jail time rather than being encouraged to recovery. Moreover, […]

Relationship Between Suicide and Addiction

The Scary Relationship Between Suicide and Addiction


Nobody who experiments with substance abuse intends to become an addict. A common misconception that individuals have been the tendency to believe that they’re the exception to the rule of continued substance abuse inevitably resulting in addiction. Becuase suicide and addiction have been shown to have a strong connection, getting treatment for the addiction can potentially […]

Ohio TREAT Act

Ohio TREAT Act for Detox Treatment – Good News for Addicts


The disease of addiction has progressed from an unseen bacteria that subtly sickened society from within to a major scourge to humanity. Over the past several decades, more and more individuals are turning to substance abuse for a number of reasons; sometimes it’s to take treatment of painful conditions into their own hands or perhaps due […]

Five Most Dangerous Drugs

The Five Most Dangerous Drugs in the United States


Although it’s a disease with many contributors—biological or genetic, developmental, behavioral, social, and even circumstantial—addiction develops differently for everyone. Consequently, those who suffer from addiction tend to experience symptoms on a very individualized basis depending on a number of factors, including the individual’s age, length of time spent in active addiction, and even the substance […]