What Is Detox Like in Rehab?

This blog often discusses different tactics used to treat drug and alcohol abuse. One of the most common tactics is detoxification, or detox. Detox occurs at hospitals or rehab centers and involves removing toxins (alcohol and/or drugs) from people’s bodies. What is detox like? Well, detox often uses medication-assisted treatment, or MAT. MAT is treatment that uses medication to treat …

Recognizing and Overcoming Codependency 

Overcoming codependency requires that you first recognize it – and that can be difficult, especially at the beginning of your efforts to heal. Chief among the difficulties in recognizing codependency is that the patterns are often deeply entrenched and long-standing. For many of us, the patterns go back to childhood. Consequently, a good deal of codependency can initially be subconscious. However, …

What To Expect At Your First AA Meeting

Most people are a bit nervous attending their first Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meeting. That’s to be expected, as you’re entering an unfamiliar environment in an unfamiliar stage in your life. Having anxiety about the unknown is normal, and you can combat that by learning exactly what happens at an AA meeting. That way, you’ll be more prepared, and better yet, less …

Stress and EMS Responders

Stress, Addiction, and EMS Responders First responders such as EMS (emergency medical services) responders, police officers, and firefighters swear oaths to protect the public from danger. But what happens when they need help themselves? What happens when they might be dangerous themselves? First responders have extremely stressful jobs. During the course of their work, they might witness traumatic events that …

Inspiring Substance Abuse Quotes to Help Your Recovery

April 1, 2018 is (or was, depending on when people read this) Easter Sunday, a very holy day for many Christians, whose faith teaches them that Jesus Christ rose from the dead at that time. Easter is all about new beginnings and renewal, but we don’t have to be religious to believe in fresh starts. Life often gives us the …

Romance in Recovery

Today is Valentine’s Day. For many people, the holiday triggers thoughts of hearts, candy, and romance. For all we talk about love, romance, and sex, though, maybe we should explore what those topics mean, because it sure isn’t all hearts, flowers, and swooning emotion. If people are attending drug and alcohol rehab or in recovery, maybe romance might not be such …

Travel Away from Addiction

Many are told that traveling away for addiction recovery can be beneficial and it is. In general, traveling provides happiness and helps with moral for many people. When vacation time comes around people will go far out of the way to explore the different regions here on Earth. “What makes traveling so beneficial though?” There is a myriad of answers …

Addiction, Habits, and the New Year

The new year. It’s a time for a change as 2017 comes to an end and 2018 begins. People promise themselves with new year’s resolutions of going to the gym, reading more, and starting other healthy habits. However, when the new year comes in it’s time to party. Many will drink until they can’t anymore. The new year gives the …

Music Therapy for Substance Abuse

Music. It’s meditative, relaxing, therapeutic, stimulating, cultural, and acts as a communication channel. The sound itself vibrates with each one of us internally. When the metronome of the tune syncs with the acting stimuli in the brain it enhances, alters or mediates our thoughts, feelings, and reactions towards different situations. When we hear the music of different genres: funk, hip-hop, …

Kava to Combat Alcohol Addiction

Kava is a tea prepared from the Piper methysticum, a plant native to the western Pacific islands. The drink is notorious for its ability to reduce stress, anxiety, muscle soreness, and it can relieve pain. However, that is just one strain. The plant itself contains a myriad of different strains that come with effects that range from relaxation to stimulation. …