• Residential treatment

    Residential treatment

    In the United States, residential treatment centers offer live-in programs for substance abuse, behavioral problems, and mental illnesses. Often referred to as rehab, short for rehabilitation facilities, these centers are often a last resort in the struggle against mental illness or addiction. They offer individuals the chance to remove themselves from their current situation, detoxify, […]

  • Outpatient Treatment Programs

    Outpatient Treatment Programs

    Outpatient treatment programs refer to non-live-in drug and alcohol addiction programs. These are sometimes referred to as Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOPs) because they involve a number of meetings several days per week, which may be scheduled around the patient’s other obligations. Although the individual is permitted to live at home and go to work or […]

  • Gambling Addiction

    Gambling Addiction

    Gambling is an activity that involves risking something of value, most often money, with the expectation of getting something of higher value. Also known as compulsive gambling or gambling disorder, a gambling addiction occurs when an individual cannot stop gambling in spite of damaging outcomes. As with drugs and alcohol, gambling stimulates the brain’s reward […]

  • Food Addiction

    Food Addiction

    Most people tend to overeat from time to time – say, at a dinner out at a restaurant or on special occasions it might be easy to justify continuing to eat even after you feel full. A food addiction, also known as binge eating or compulsive overeating, is far more severe. A binge eater regularly […]

  • Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD)

    Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD)

    Problem drinking affected approximately 17 million American adults over the age of eighteen in 2012, accounting for more than 7% of the adult population. Problem drinking is more likely to affect men than women, with 11.2 million men and 5.7 million women respectively affected. Those under the age of eighteen can also receive a diagnosis. […]

  • Betty Ford

    Betty Ford

    The Betty Ford Center (BFC) is a non-profit organization that provides residential treatment programs for substance dependence and addiction. The BFC is located in Rancho Mirage, just outside of Palm Springs, in Southern California. In addition to outpatient, inpatient, and day services, the Center also offers resources and activities geared towards families, with the goal […]

  • Detoxification


    The term “detoxification” was introduced in an early twentieth-century theory on autotoxins by George E. Pettey that has since been discredited. The word, however, has stuck around, coming to refer to the process of removing toxins from the body. In this case, toxins may include drugs, alcohol, and even unhealthy food substances. What is Detoxification? […]

  • 12-Step Facilitation Therapy

    12-Step Facilitation Therapy

    In the process of treating an addiction, therapeutic methods are crucial. Therapy can help the individual to identify and evaluate the underlying beliefs, characteristics, and damaging experiences that contribute to the development of an addiction, with the goal of eventually overcoming them. Twelve step therapy (TSF) is one approach to assisting addicts in doing so. […]

  • Books


    How Can Books Help? Self-help books are an excellent resource for anyone who is in the recovery stages of an addiction. Self-help books might treat general topics related to addictions; alternatively, they might offer substance-specific information. In both cases, they offer a structured approach towards helping the recovering addict understand how and why addictions develop […]

  • Drug Addiction

    Drug Addiction

    Drug addiction is a complex disease that involves both physical, mental, and behavioral symptoms. Overcoming drug addiction is much more than a matter of choosing to quit taking drugs. It is not about willpower or making ethical decisions. Prolonged drug use actually changes the chemicals and structures of the brain, stacking the odds against the […]

Regaining Your Strength

Addiction can tear apart even the strongest of people, constantly testing one’s willpower and sense of control. It not only affects the individual who is suffering from addiction, but their loved ones, career, sense of self and overall life. Research and education are important tools to help get a better understanding of addiction and to learn about symptoms, treatment options and support networks.

Rehabilitation is one of the most popular and effective treatment options available as it is often seen as a whole health care approach, including therapy and identifying possible triggers. Sharing a setting with other people who are wrestling with the same issues can help one to draw strength, consolation and a new sense of freedom from their old way of life. Accepting that one has an addiction is the first step in going for help and getting the right form of treatment. 

  • Go To: Types of Addictions
    There are many different classes and families of drugs, all of which have a different effect on the central nervous system (CNS). Alcohol is a depressant; like other depressants it has a dampening effect on the CNS. The dampening effect results in reduced cognitive ability, motor coordination, and increased reaction time. In contrast to depressants, stimulants work to increase CNS activity[…]

  • Go To: TherapiesTherapy is an essential tool for fighting an addiction. Therapy can help an individual suffering from substance dependence to pinpoint the psychological, emotional, and behavioral factors that may have contributed to the progression of the disease. When a substance abuser detoxifies and the drug or substance is no longer in their system, therapy is an essential part of the process of preventing relapse[…]

  •  Go To: TreatmentsThere are a number of different treatment options for individuals suffering from drug and alcohol addictions. The type of treatment will depend on the severity of the addiction, the patient’s situation, and his or her personal characteristics. Detoxification is a crucial first step in the process of overcoming addiction. Detoxification involves removing all traces of the substance, whether alcohol or drugs, from the body[…]

  • Go To: Top Rehabilitation FacilitiesRehabilitation or “rehab” for short refers to residential programs that offer short- and long-term treatment programs for individuals suffering from drug and alcohol addiction. Most programs involve a detoxification period, followed by therapy. All are abstinence-based; however, some may use drug-treatment methods to help patients with symptoms of withdrawal. A significant number of rehabilitation facilities operate based on the Twelve Step philosophy[…]

  • Go To: Recovery ResourcesThe process of finding recovery following addiction is not an easy one. Indeed, relapse is a very real and likely possibility for the majority of addicts of undergo detoxification. Research is beginning to emerge, however, on what can be done to promote recovery and prevent relapse. Once the substance is metabolized and out of the patient’s system, there is a lot of work to be done. One of the first steps is therapy, which should be continued for at least one year[…]

Maintaining Sobriety

woman in line smilingCommitment to one’s sobriety and overall health can be challenging but the rewards are beyond worth it. There are many things that addiction can take away from a person without them even noticing it. The decline can be slow or rapid, but the results are almost always the same. A life the individual never thought that they would be living because their relationships, finances, career, and sense of self are all being taken from them due to an unhealthy addiction.

Treatment from addiction is not a cure, but an ongoing lifelong process, and that is why commitment is key. Falling back into the same old routines with the same people can lead to trouble, often triggering a relapse. Once sobriety has been achieved the right surroundings, support systems, and continuing education are crucial in maintaining sobriety. Ongoing communication with a person that one feels safe with is essential so that there will be support in place when are stresses that would normally cause them to use.