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  • 4 Tips for Staying Sober This Summer
    4 Tips for Staying Sober This Summer
    June 26, 2017
    anemptytextlline
    The sunny days and warm weather of summer are here, and it's a time for outdoor fun. What's most important for you, as a recovering person, is staying sober this summer while enjoying the festivities. Outdoor barbecues and picnics,...
  • 3 Small Steps to Cure Failure to Launch
    3 Small Steps to Cure Failure to Launch
    June 23, 2017
    anemptytextlline
    If your adult child still lives at home with you, their failure to launch can easily become a source of tension in the household. And when that failure to launch is accompanied by a substance use disorder or behavioral...
  • Participating in Community Outreach During Recovery
    Participating in Community Outreach During Recovery
    June 21, 2017
    anemptytextlline
    One of the hardest-hit characteristics when a person is suffering from a substance use disorder is empathy. After relearning to care for one’s self, community outreach during recovery is a positive way to learn or relearn empathy for other...
  • The Adverse Effects of Substance Abuse on the Body
    The Adverse Effects of Substance Abuse on the Body
    June 19, 2017
    anemptytextlline
    Substance abuse can seriously impact one's health and well-being, because the effects of substance abuse on the body can harm its many different parts. The particular effects will depend on the specific drugs used, how these drugs are taken,...
  • Breaking the Stigma of Addiction Through Social Media
    Breaking the Stigma of Addiction Through Social Media
    June 15, 2017
    anemptytextlline
    Even after you have successfully undergone addiction rehab and are in recovery, changing your social identity from that of being a substance user to that of being someone who is in recovery can be difficult.1 Breaking the stigma of...
  • Alumni Memoirs Meet Mackenzie
    Alumni Memoirs: Meet Mackenzie
    June 14, 2017
    anemptytextlline
    My parents had what I’ll call “associates,” which is where my journey began. These associates were hired to escort me from my home in Alaska—kidnapping, in my humble opinion—to take me to a Utah-based wilderness therapy program where I...
  • Jessica Tiegs
    Rebos Reports: Jessica Tiegs
    June 14, 2017
    anemptytextlline
    This month in Rebos news, we welcome Jessica Tiegs to the Rebos team as our new family therapist! Jessica is a California native, born and raised here in Los Angeles. She currently resides in Culver City with her husband...
  • Your First Year of Sobriety
    Your First Year
    June 14, 2017
    anemptytextlline
    By Gabi DuBay Congratulations on your first year of sobriety! You might be wondering to yourself, "Now what’s going to happen?" Don't be alarmed if your body doesn’t seem to be working as it’s meant to. You're not falling apart,...
  • 6 Ways to Stay Sober at a Party
    6 Ways to Stay Sober at a Party
    June 12, 2017
    anemptytextlline
    You're going to a celebration, so prepare yourself beforehand to stay sober at a party. You're sober and would like to stay that way. Issues such as how you're going to deal with the presence of alcohol, seeing others...
  • 5 Benefits of a Pet During Recovery
    5 Benefits of a Pet During Recovery
    June 8, 2017
    anemptytextlline
    Early recovery is a challenging time as you develop and practice new habits and focus on using the skills you learned in treatment to help you stave off cravings and cope with stress and other triggers. Here are five...
  • Surgical Pain Relief for Those in Recovery
    Surgical Pain Relief for Those in Recovery
    June 5, 2017
    anemptytextlline
    Surgical pain relief for those in recovery presents major challenges. Surgery means that preoperative medication, anesthetic and postoperative painkillers are needed. When pain relief involves narcotic painkillers, someone in recovery for addiction can relapse back into substance abuse if...
  • Handling Divorce in Recovery
    Handling Divorce in Recovery
    June 2, 2017
    anemptytextlline
    For some marriages, a spouse’s addiction is a contributing factor that ultimately leads to divorce. If you are going through a divorce in recovery, your life may seem more tumultuous than it's ever been. By focusing on new beginnings...
  • Dieting in Recovery? Try These 5 Lifestyle Changes Instead
    Dieting in Recovery? Try These 5 Lifestyle Changes Instead
    May 31, 2017
    anemptytextlline
    If you're carrying around some extra pounds, you may be thinking about going on a diet. But is dieting in recovery a good idea? Early recovery is a time of drastic change for most people. You're learning new ways of...
  • Dealing with the Enabler in Your Family
    Dealing with the Enabler in Your Family
    May 29, 2017
    anemptytextlline
    Addiction is a disease, but not everyone understands this. Many people misunderstand what addiction or substance abuse is, and this misunderstanding could be enabling a close family member or friend to continue their destructive behavior. The classic enabler makes...
  • 4 Habits to Strengthen Your Recovery
    4 Habits to Strengthen Your Recovery
    May 26, 2017
    anemptytextlline
    Healthy lifestyle changes are crucial for preventing a lapse or relapse in early recovery. Changing your habits to strengthen your recovery means making healthier choices across all domains of your life. Forming New Habits to Strengthen Your Recovery: Take...
  • What Is a Dry Drunk
    What Is a Dry Drunk?
    May 23, 2017
    anemptytextlline
    What is a dry drunk? The term seems confusing at first, because “dry drunk” seems like a contradiction. How can someone be dry—not drinking—but be considered drunk? At first glance, when we examine the question of what is a dry...
  • 4 Signs of Unethical Behavior in Addiction Treatment Centers
    4 Signs of Unethical Behavior in Addiction Treatment Centers
    May 19, 2017
    anemptytextlline
    While many treatment centers want only the best for their clients and strictly adhere to a code of ethics, some centers are motivated by profit alone and demonstrate unethical behavior in addiction treatment. Some take it one step further...
  • Changes in Brain Chemistry are Key to Understanding Addiction
    Changes in Brain Chemistry are Key to Understanding Addiction
    May 16, 2017
    anemptytextlline
    A growing body of research has been key to understanding addiction for what it truly is: a complex brain disease that involves changes in brain structure and brain chemistry. Like other chronic diseases, individuals must learn to manage their...
  • Biofeedback Therapy Benefits: How Effective is it?
    Biofeedback Therapy Benefits: How Effective is it?
    May 12, 2017
    anemptytextlline
    When you shake hands with someone, you're performing a voluntary bodily function. You've consciously decided on a movement and willfully moved your muscles. Many bodily functions are not consciously performed, but are instead controlled by your autonomic nervous system....
  • How Ben Affleck's Treatment Could Benefit from Sober Living
    How Ben Affleck's Treatment Could Benefit from Sober Living
    May 10, 2017
    anemptytextlline
    Hollywood star Ben Affleck announced in March that he recently completed treatment for an alcohol use disorder. This is a positive step for the actor, who has previously participated in treatment for his illness. He recently engaged the services...
  • California Legislation: Painkiller Tax to Help Pay for Rehab
    California Legislation: Painkiller Tax to Help Pay for Rehab
    May 8, 2017
    anemptytextlline
    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2013, more than 50 percent of drug overdose deaths in the United States were related to prescription drugs. Of these fatalities, 70 percent involved prescription painkillers. In 2014, more...
  • Adventure Therapy: Effective Treatment for Depression
    Adventure Therapy: Effective Treatment for Depression
    May 5, 2017
    anemptytextlline
    Depression is a pervasive problem in modern society. According to the National Institutes of Health, 16.1 million adults over the age of 18 experienced at least one major depressive episode in the United States in 2015.1 At least 3...
  • What Happens If You Relapse in Sober Living?
    What Happens If You Relapse in Sober Living?
    May 1, 2017
    anemptytextlline
    Sober living is a transitional tool to get you from full-time inpatient therapy into independent living. But what happens if you relapse in sober living? Since a sober living home is meant to be a controlled, safe and substance-free living...
  • Preparation Eases the Transition from Sober Living to Independence
    Preparation Eases the Transition from Sober Living to Independence
    April 27, 2017
    anemptytextlline
    Sober living offers individuals in recovery an opportunity to re-learn life skills in a supportive environment with people who are going through the same issues of rebuilding life after addiction. Sober living facilities provide an atmosphere that fosters independence...
  • What Makes a Good Sponsor?
    What Makes a Good Sponsor?
    April 24, 2017
    anemptytextlline
    Addiction recovery is a lifelong journey that is sometimes punctuated with discouragement or periods of self-doubt and uncertainty. A good sponsor who has been in recovery for a number of years and is familiar with the pitfalls, questions and...
  • Important Steps in Maintaining Lifelong Sobriety
    Important Steps in Maintaining Lifelong Sobriety
    April 20, 2017
    anemptytextlline
    Dealing with an addiction is a lifelong process of learning to manage what is essentially a chronic illness. Individuals must learn the basic skills for managing their condition and then be prepared to intervene with additional therapeutic measures if...
  • What to Expect When Starting Outpatient Treatment
    What to Expect When Starting Outpatient Treatment
    April 17, 2017
    anemptytextlline
    Starting outpatient treatment can be a little scary, especially if you don't know what to expect or are worried that treatment won't work for you. Chances are, it will work, and in the process, you'll improve your overall quality...
  • How Insurance Works for Veteran Outpatient Treatment
    How Insurance Works for Veteran Outpatient Treatment
    April 14, 2017
    anemptytextlline
    Both mental and physical stress can affect those who have served our nation as members of the armed forces. The pressure of military service and combat puts veterans at an increased risk for substance abuse. Veterans who have seen...
  • What You Need to Know When You're Prescribed an Addictive Drug
    What You Need to Know When You're Prescribed an...
    April 12, 2017
    anemptytextlline
    It is possible to develop a dependency on some medications chosen for you by your doctor to treat pain, anxiety, sleep disorders or other conditions. Know what to expect when you are prescribed an addictive drug and how to...
  • 7 Tips for What To Do After Outpatient Treatment
    7 Tips for What to Do After Outpatient Treatment
    April 10, 2017
    anemptytextlline
    It's an exciting time after outpatient treatment, but it can also be a time filled with uncertainties. You're now without the support outpatient treatment provides. What are the best ways to stay sober and healthy once you've completed your...
  • What Makes a Good Outpatient Treatment Counselor
    What Makes a Good Outpatient Treatment Counselor?
    April 7, 2017
    anemptytextlline
    Outpatient treatment offers a wide variety of therapies for individuals who seek treatment for a substance use disorder. Based on hundreds of studies, psychotherapy is estimated to be one of the most effective treatment methods.1 An outpatient treatment counselor uses...
  • Types of Outpatient Treatment Therapies
    Types of Outpatient Treatment Therapies
    April 5, 2017
    anemptytextlline
    Outpatient treatment therapies used in addiction recovery programs are sometimes characterized as having identical philosophies and using the same methods for everyone. A high-quality treatment program will use a framework, but it's customized to an individual's needs and unique...
  • Inpatient vs. Outpatient Treatment What Are The Differences
    Inpatient vs. Outpatient Treatment: What Are the Differences?
    April 3, 2017
    anemptytextlline
    If you're considering seeking treatment for substance abuse, it’s helpful to know how therapy is structured so you can select the option that’s best for you. Your primary choice will be between inpatient vs. outpatient treatment options. Inpatient Treatment Being a...
  • Strategies For Staying Sober Between Outpatient Appointments
    Strategies for Staying Sober Between Outpatient Appointments
    March 31, 2017
    anemptytextlline
    Addiction maintains a strong hold on people, even after they go through detox to remove the substance from their body. Outpatient treatment programs allow patients to live at home while attending therapy, but staying sober between outpatient visits can...
  • Outpatient Treatment Counselor Bad Practices To Watch For
    Outpatient Treatment Counselor Bad Practices To Watch For
    March 29, 2017
    anemptytextlline
    Treatment for substance abuse and addiction is an ongoing process that includes counseling and making lifestyle changes. Intensive outpatient programs for substance abuse can be just as effective as residential treatment, with the added benefit of being able to...
  • How Does Insurance for Outpatient Treatment Work
    How Does Insurance for Outpatient Treatment Work?
    March 27, 2017
    anemptytextlline
    Insurance for outpatient treatment typically covers mental health and behavioral health services, which includes treatment for substance use disorders. Outpatient substance abuse treatment, also sometimes referred to as a partial hospitalization program, is when you attend therapy sessions while...
  • Whats the Ideal Duration of Outpatient Treatment
    What’s the Ideal Duration of Outpatient Treatment?
    March 24, 2017
    anemptytextlline
    If you're considering entering outpatient treatment for a drug or alcohol addiction, you may be wondering what kind of time commitment you're looking at. The truth is, the ideal duration of outpatient treatment is highly dependent on the individual....
  • The Seeds of Addiction How to Stop It Before It Starts
    The Seeds of Addiction: How to Stop It Before...
    March 17, 2017
    anemptytextlline
    The seeds of addiction can develop relatively quickly, or it can occur over a number of years. Anyone can develop a substance abuse problem or an addiction, although the majority of people who abuse drugs or alcohol—even those who...
  • 5 Common Factors of Successful Recoveries
    5 Common Factors of Successful Recoveries
    March 15, 2017
    anemptytextlline
    There are common factors in successful recoveries from addiction. While the obvious is that a person is no longer using substances, simple abstinence isn't the only sign. Successful recoveries involve exploring underlying issues and committing to significant changes.1 1. Commitment...
  • My Mom Is Addicted: What Do I Do?
    My Mom Is Addicted: What Do I Do?
    March 13, 2017
    anemptytextlline
    If your mom is showing signs of addiction, it may be a good idea to directly address the situation. The problem can cause you a lot of emotional and physical stress, and substance use poses a threat to her...
  • Dating After Rehab: What You Need to Know
    Dating After Rehab: What You Need to Know
    March 10, 2017
    anemptytextlline
    Congratulations! You've completed rehab, and you're enjoying your new life in recovery. But how does dating after rehab fit into this picture? Consider the following important points before you decide to go looking for love. Emotional Turmoil While dating may seem...
  • How to Move Past the Stigma of Addiction
    How to Move Past the Stigma of Addiction
    March 8, 2017
    anemptytextlline
    If you are recovering from a substance use disorder, one of the many challenges you may face is dealing with the stigma of addiction. It may help you if you understand why some people may react negatively to you...
  • How Exercise Impacts Recovery
    How Exercise Impacts Recovery
    March 6, 2017
    anemptytextlline
    Exercise brings with it many benefits, including for those who are recovering from substance use disorders. The ways that exercise impacts recovery include:1 Improved cardiovascular function Increased energy levels Stronger, healthier bones Better muscle tone and strength Reduced levels...
  • How to Stay on Track During the First Six Months of Sobriety
    First Six Months of Sobriety: How to Stay on...
    March 3, 2017
    anemptytextlline
    Staying sober and maintaining recovery takes effort, especially during the first six months of sobriety. How do you motivate yourself to keep recovery moving forward? Try these simple and easy ways for preserving your newfound sobriety. 1. Keep Your Spirits...
  • They're Done with Rehab Now What
    They’re Done with Rehab: What Now?
    March 1, 2017
    anemptytextlline
    Your loved one is done with rehab, which is a major accomplishment. However, a person who is fresh from rehab will be adjusting to life outside of a highly structured treatment setting. Independent living may be overwhelming, because now...
  • Loved One with an Eating Disorder How to Help
    How to Help a Loved One with an Eating...
    February 27, 2017
    anemptytextlline
    If you think there is a loved one with an eating disorder in your life, you will want to do your best to help them. The first thing you can do to help is to learn as much about...
  • My Dad is Addicted What Do I Do
    My Dad Is Addicted: What Do I Do?
    February 24, 2017
    anemptytextlline
    Your dad's addiction may be seriously affecting you and the rest of the family in many different ways. His use of drugs or alcohol may cause financial strain. It can be emotionally stressful for you to see how he...
  • Why Are Addiction Relapse Rates So High
    Why Are Addiction Relapse Rates So High?
    February 22, 2017
    anemptytextlline
    Addiction is a persistent illness for which there is no cure. Even when people who suffer from substance use disorders are successful in achieving sobriety, they will, in almost every case, experience ongoing urges to use those substances. There...
  • Setting Goals in Sober Living
    Setting Goals in Sober Living
    February 17, 2017
    anemptytextlline
    Leaving addiction behind leaves many people with a feeling of emptiness. Where they were once driven by their drug use, they may now have nothing they're seeking or working toward. This can put a serious wrench in recovery, which...
  • How to Recognize the Signs of an Impending Relapse
    How to Recognize the Signs of an Impending Relapse
    February 15, 2017
    anemptytextlline
    A relapse starts with a lapse, which is an instance of using once you're in recovery. A relapse occurs when brain function changes due to using again, and you're once again using compulsively despite negative consequences. Three Stages of an...
  • Sober in LA Part 2: New Hobbies
    Sober in L.A., Part 2: New Hobbies
    February 13, 2017
    anemptytextlline
    One of the best ways to maintain sobriety is to mindfully keep busy with healthy new hobbies and activities. Before recovery, much of your time and energy was spent finding and using drugs or alcohol, or recovering from their...
  • Dating Partner Advice in Sober Living
    Dating Partner Advice in Sober Living
    February 10, 2017
    anemptytextlline
    The first year of recovery is a vulnerable time. Known as the "abstinence stage," the focus of this period is to cope with cravings and other triggers and avoid using. This first stage of recovery includes several tasks:1 Practice honesty....
  • 5 Tips for Keeping a Journal in Recovery
    5 Tips for Keeping a Journal in Recovery
    February 8, 2017
    anemptytextlline
    If you kept a diary in your younger years, you probably know already how writing down your thoughts helps you synthesize experiences and express difficult emotions. Research has shown that keeping a journal in recovery provides a number of...
  • How to Recognize Addiction in a Loved One
    How to Recognize Addiction in Someone You Love
    February 6, 2017
    anemptytextlline
    If you suspect a loved one might be addicted to drugs or alcohol, you're probably struggling with a lot of emotions, like fear, resentment and helplessness. You may also have a lot of questions about how to recognize addiction....
  • 7 Tips for Coping with Depression
    7 Tips for Coping with Depression
    February 2, 2017
    anemptytextlline
    Depression is a common mood disorder that affects nearly every aspect of your life, from appetite and quality of sleep to personal hygiene and job performance. Far from a sign of weakness or a character flaw, coping with depression...
  • Help When You're Addicted
    How to Ask for Help When You're Addicted
    January 30, 2017
    anemptytextlline
    When you're immersed in the struggles of addiction, asking for help can be difficult if you're not sure where to begin. Denial, shame or fear may prevent you from reaching out. Let's take a look at how you can...
  • Addiction Aftercare in Los Angeles
    Increase the Odds You'll Stay Sober: Addiction Aftercare in...
    January 25, 2017
    anemptytextlline
    Continuing addiction aftercare in Los Angeles includes monitoring, learning practical life skills and self-care and therapeutic support are all important factors needed for your long-term recovery from a substance use disorder. When you opt for addiction aftercare, such as...
  • Sober living community in Los Angeles
    Finding a Sober Living Community in Los Angeles
    January 23, 2017
    anemptytextlline
    A sober living community in Los Angeles can help close the gap between the close monitoring of a formal treatment center and the freedom of independent living. Sober living communities in Los Angeles offer a good alternative for many...
  • Individual Counseling
    Individual Counseling: Time to Focus on Individual Issues
    January 20, 2017
    anemptytextlline
    Individual Counseling is primarily a form of individual or group therapy sessions. In group therapy, a number of individuals who are facing similar problems gather to discuss problems and offer support. A variety of therapy modalities are available for...
  • Family Roles in Addiction and Recovery
    Family Roles in Addiction and Recovery
    January 19, 2017
    anemptytextlline
    Addiction doesn't affect only the person who has the substance use disorder. Addiction is a disease that affects every member of the family system as they develop unhealthy coping behaviors to maintain equilibrium in a dysfunctional household.1 Family members...
  • valentine's day in recovery
    Valentine's Day in Recovery - Finding Love After Addiction
    January 18, 2017
    anemptytextlline
    Valentine's Day is a time for celebrating love and relationships, but when you're in recovery, is it really the time to be looking for love? Most relationship experts and addiction specialists caution against dating or forming new romantic relationships...
  • Sober Living Community Sobriety Support After Treatment
    Sober Living Community: Sobriety Support After Treatment
    January 16, 2017
    anemptytextlline
    Effective drug and alcohol treatment is the first step toward rebuilding a sober and productive life. The weeks and months immediately after completing a treatment program is the most critical time for individuals who are trying to rebuild their...
  • married to an alcoholic
    How to Handle Being Married to an Alcoholic
    January 13, 2017
    anemptytextlline
    It's an extremely difficult situation to find yourself married to an alcoholic. It can be even harder to ask friends or family for advice due to feelings of shame or embarrassment. What should you do if you believe you're...
  • how not to enable alcohol abuse
    How Not to Enable Alcohol Abuse
    January 11, 2017
    anemptytextlline
    In 2014, a survey reported that 6.3 million adults ages 18 and older had an alcohol use disorder.1 When it's your loved one who has the drinking problem, one of the most important points to keep in mind is...
  • hitting rock bottom
    Hitting Rock Bottom Before Starting Treatment isn’t Necessary
    January 9, 2017
    anemptytextlline
    Addiction often follows the pattern of a gradual downward spiral, with the loss of employment, close relationships and all the beneficial features of a healthy life. In the past, addiction experts believed that individuals should be "hitting rock bottom,"...
  • how to stay motivated
    How to Stay Motivated in Addiction Recovery
    January 6, 2017
    anemptytextlline
    Motivation plays an important role in each stage of change when you're in recovery. Discovering how to stay motivated is key because it enables you to seek out, make and continue successful, long-lasting changes.1 Let's take a look at...
  • Does Health Insurance Pay for Los Angeles Rehab
    Does Health Insurance Pay for Los Angeles Rehab?
    January 4, 2017
    anemptytextlline
    For some people, the ability to pay for addiction treatment is the only barrier to getting well. You want to get help, but how to pay for it remains the problem. When you or a loved one have health...
  • Students in Recovery Resuming Education After Rehab
    Students in Recovery: Resuming Education After Rehab
    December 30, 2016
    anemptytextlline
    Addiction treatment is a vital step in helping people who suffer from substance use disorder to regain control of their lives. Addiction to drugs or alcohol can have a serious impact on the lives of those who are addicted,...
  • sober living houses
    Why Sober Living Houses Are Not Bad For Your...
    December 29, 2016
    anemptytextlline
    Sober living houses are havens for people who are in recovery from addiction. It is important to understand that recovery is a key word here. People who are in recovery have managed to get themselves free of the substances...
  • Setting Recovery Goals Helps Re-Train Bran Patterns After Addiction
    Setting Recovery Goals Helps Re-Train Brain Patterns After Addiction
    December 22, 2016
    anemptytextlline
    Treatment for addiction to alcohol and drugs requires a comprehensive program of physical and emotional assessment, counseling, cognitive behavioral therapy, relapse prevention training and strategizing appropriate aftercare. Each of these methods tackles issues that contribute to addiction. Individuals in...
  • protecting your sobriety
    5 Tips for Protecting Your Sobriety in the Spring
    December 16, 2016
    anemptytextlline
    Winter can be tough in any climate for people in recovery from a substance use or eating disorder. Setting yourself up now for success in the spring will see you rolling into the new year a healthier, happier and...
  • staying sober during the holidays
    Tips for Staying Sober During the Holidays
    December 14, 2016
    anemptytextlline
    The holidays can be a very difficult time for people in recovery. Celebrations typically see the booze flowing freely, and the dynamics can be uncomfortable at family gatherings. Social events abound, and triggers may be more plentiful than usual....
  • reaching your recovery goals
    Reaching Your Recovery Goals the SMART Way
    December 12, 2016
    anemptytextlline
    Have you thought about what you'd like to accomplish next year? When the new year is upon us, thoughts turn to setting fresh goals we'd like to achieve. To set yourself up for success, it's important that the recovery...
  • new hobbies to stay sober
    New Hobbies to Stay Sober with in Los Angeles
    December 9, 2016
    anemptytextlline
    Recovery is punctuated by roadblocks, especially in the early months, but mindfully drawing on the coping skills and strategies you learned in treatment will help keep you on the path to long-term sobriety. One important task in recovery is to...
  • avoiding relapse during the holidays
    Destructive Emotions: Avoiding Relapse During the Holidays
    December 7, 2016
    anemptytextlline
    When you're in recovery, it's a huge benefit to have the support of loved ones. However, during the holidays our loved ones may inadvertently stir up feelings that can contribute to relapse. Coping with these feelings is key for...
  • stay sober while traveling
    How to Stay Sober While Traveling
    December 5, 2016
    anemptytextlline
    Whether you're headed out on a much-needed vacation or you have a work-related trip coming up, trying to stay sober while traveling has its own unique set of challenges. You're far from your support system, you're likely to be...
  • holidays without relapse
    Embracing Holidays without Relapse
    December 2, 2016
    anemptytextlline
    The holidays can be a sticky time for people in recovery, for a variety of reasons. Alcohol tends to flow freely at events and old disagreements can make family gatherings awkward or stressful. Successfully navigating family feasts and other...
  • sober holiday
    How to Have a Safe and Sober Holiday Season
    November 30, 2016
    anemptytextlline
    When the holiday season is upon us, it brings visions of cordial gatherings with family and friends at celebrations filled with happiness and joy. For people in recovery, these seemingly innocent events can actually become minefields of relapse triggers. You...
  • substitute addictions
    Substitute Addictions: Trading One Problem for Another?
    November 28, 2016
    anemptytextlline
    It's not uncommon for someone in recovery to replace a substance addiction with another compulsive, unhealthy behavior such as binge eating, shopping or cigarette smoking. These behaviors are known as substitute addictions, and they can quickly put your recovery...
  • mental health issues in california
    Mental Health Issues in Los Angeles Reflect Common Issues...
    November 25, 2016
    anemptytextlline
    Modern life can be hectic and full of pressure, and nowhere is this truer than in the Los Angeles area. Although the California pace is said to be more low-key than other areas of the country, the city of...
  • eating disorders during the holidays
    Eating Disorders During the Holidays
    November 23, 2016
    anemptytextlline
    Disordered eating is a serious problem for 30 million American men and women. Neither a phase nor a lifestyle choice, an eating disorder can lead to devastating health problems like osteoporosis, muscle loss, organ failure and premature death. Recovery from...
  • The Power of Adventure Therapy for Addiction Treatment
    The Power of Adventure Therapy for Addiction Treatment
    November 21, 2016
    anemptytextlline
    A holistic approach is essential for the best possible outcome to addiction treatment, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.1 A holistic approach is one that promotes the healing of the whole person, addressing issues of...
  • Dangerous Substances and Their Addictions
    Dangerous Substances and Their Addictions
    November 18, 2016
    anemptytextlline
    People use and abuse substances for a variety of reasons. Some may take drugs or alcohol to experience euphoria or relaxation. Others may take drugs for their stimulant effects, or to numb unpleasant emotions. Most substances with the potential...
  • Anxiety Disorder Symptoms and Treatment
    Anxiety Disorder: Symptoms and Treatment
    November 16, 2016
    anemptytextlline
    It is normal to feel anxious when we are faced with challenging situations. We may feel anxious about a pending dental appointment or upcoming job reviews, and this type of anxiety goes away once the triggering event has passed. There...
  • Rehab Never Stop Trying to Get Well
    Rehab: Never Stop Trying To Get Well
    November 14, 2016
    anemptytextlline
    Rehab is an important stage in the process of recovery from addiction, but it is not the end. There is no cure for addiction; people who develop an addiction will have that condition for the remainder of their lives....
  • What to Expect in Recovery
    What to Expect in Recovery
    November 11, 2016
    anemptytextlline
    Many people who suffer from addiction have very real concerns about what to expect in recovery. They struggle to visualize a life without taking drugs or alcohol and worry about how they will occupy themselves each day. Many also...
  • How do People Become Addicted to Drugs and Alcohol
    How Do People Become Addicted to Drugs and Alcohol?
    November 9, 2016
    anemptytextlline
    Addiction is caused by a combination of physical, mental and environmental factors. Addiction is a chronic and progressive disease of the brain that leads the person to feel compelled to take addictive substances despite being aware of the negative...
  • After Rehab Returning to Work or School
    After Rehab: Returning to Work or School
    November 7, 2016
    anemptytextlline
    Rehab provides a sheltered environment that helps you get firmly established on the road to recovery.1 You will eventually leave the rehab facility and get back to living a normal life. For many people, that means returning to school...
  • Crossing the Line The Most Addictive Drugs
    Crossing the Line: The Most Addictive Drugs
    November 4, 2016
    anemptytextlline
    The epidemic of substance abuse in the U.S. is a growing problem. The increase of people addicted to prescription painkillers, combined with the ongoing problems of illicit drug and alcohol abuse, is resulting in staggering statistics. Substance abuse costs...
  • Common Signs of Relapse
    Common Signs of Relapse: How to Prepare
    November 2, 2016
    anemptytextlline
    Just as addiction is a progressive disorder, when a relapse occurs, it is progressive as well. The stakes are high. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 40 to 60 percent of people in recovery experience a relapse.1...
  • Holistic Approach to Treatment Mind Spirit and Body
    A Holistic Approach to Treatment: Mind, Spirit and Body
    October 31, 2016
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    My Child is Addicted: How Do I Help?
    October 28, 2016
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    Addiction Treatment in Los Angeles
    October 26, 2016
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    Sober Living Facilities: A Beginner's Guide
    October 24, 2016
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    More than 20 million Americans over the age of 12 have some type of addiction. Fatalities from overdose have tripled within the last 20 years, to an average of approximately a hundred overdose deaths per day.1 Statistics like this...
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    Setting Realistic Recovery Goals During Outpatient Rehab
    October 20, 2016
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    Addiction is a chronic illness, and most people who suffer from it will need expert help to restore their health. Widespread substance abuse 1 has led a huge increase in the numbers of people needing help. During outpatient rehab,...
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    Relapse Triggers vs. Cravings: What’s the Difference?
    October 18, 2016
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    Effective treatment programs utilize a variety of therapies to tackle the biological, psychological and social symptoms of addiction. Recovery from addiction is a complex process because the disease itself is complex. Issues such as underlying mental health problems, medical...
  • Marijuana Addiction
    Marijuana Addiction: Why And How Rehab Can Be Beneficial
    October 13, 2016
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    The 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health revealed that 22.2 million people had used marijuana in the past month, making marijuana the most commonly used illegal drug.1 The report also revealed that approximately 17 percent of people...
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    Being Cured vs. In Recovery: Why Addiction is a...
    October 11, 2016
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    Science has begun to unlock the mystery of addiction. Research now indicates that having an addiction is much like having any other chronic and progressive disease. Some people may have the disease more severely than others. However, all individuals...
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    How to Achieve a Life Free from Substance Abuse
    October 6, 2016
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    Recovery from addiction is not just a question of completing a treatment program. Individuals must understand that addiction is a lifelong brain disease that requires constant monitoring and maintenance to avoid a relapse back into substance abuse. Building a...
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    The Biology of Addiction: The Effects on the Reproductive...
    October 4, 2016
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    Substance abuse harms the body in many ways, and the reproductive system is no exception. Long-term substance abuse can cause a person to become infertile and also develop other reproductive disorders. The Male Reproductive System and Addiction The male reproductive...
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    The Biology of Addiction: The Effects on Bones and...
    September 29, 2016
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    People who abuse alcohol or drugs are at high risk of developing an addiction. Once addiction develops, people experience intense cravings to keep using drugs or alcohol despite all the negative consequences of doing so. Addiction is a debilitating...
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    The Biology of Addiction: The Effects on Brain Functions
    September 27, 2016
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    People suffering from substance use disorders lose control over their actions. Once addiction sets in, the cravings and search for drugs or alcohol take over, regardless of the consequences. Even when the costs are damaged relationships, hurt friends and...
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    The Biology of Addiction: The Impact on Internal Organs
    September 21, 2016
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    The Biology of Addiction: The Effects on Your Circulatory...
    September 20, 2016
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    Your circulatory system is literally the lifeblood of your body. It includes your heart, blood vessels and blood. The cirulatory system pumps blood throughout the body, which delivers nutrients and oxygen to the different parts of the body. When...
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    Binge Drinking: Unwanted Weight Gain?
    September 16, 2016
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    Can Peer Pressure Lead to Substance Abuse?
    September 14, 2016
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    College and the Dangers of Eating Disorders
    September 12, 2016
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    September 9, 2016
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    September 7, 2016
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    September 5, 2016
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    When talking about college substance abuse, a considerable amount of focus falls on fraternities, sororities and campus parties for excessive drinking and potential for substance abuse, but tailgating is another popular activity that occurs on college campuses every week....
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    September 2, 2016
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    August 31, 2016
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    For many students, leaving for college represents the first time away from home for any extended amount of time. This sense of independence and responsibility can be exciting, but it can also lead to the formation of unhealthy living...
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    August 29, 2016
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    Understanding Depression: Signs, Symptoms and Solutions
    August 26, 2016
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    Superfoods: Eating Right for Recovery
    August 24, 2016
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    A healthy diet is a critical component of recovery. The food you put in your body has a direct impact on your physical and mental health, and making changes to your diet can dramatically improve your chances of long-term,...
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    My Boss is Addicted: What Do I Do?
    August 22, 2016
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    An estimated 22.7 Americans had a drug or alcohol problem in 2013, but only around 2.5 million of them received treatment through a rehab program. These dismal numbers reflect in part the stigma associated with addiction. The fear that...
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    My Spouse is Addicted. What Do I Do?
    August 19, 2016
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    If your spouse is addicted to drugs or alcohol, your emotions probably run the gamut from fear and anger to sorrow and frustration—sometimes on a daily basis. Addiction doesn't just affect the person who has one. The National Council...
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    Smartphone Addiction: Is It a Thing?
    August 17, 2016
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    Smartphones have become ubiquitous, with users often walking along sidewalks or sitting in restaurants with their heads bent over the screens. For many people, smartphone use has become less of a convenience and more of an obsession, taking time...
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    My Child is Addicted. What Do I Do?
    August 17, 2016
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    If you suspect that your child is addicted, you're probably experiencing a wide range of emotions, including fear, anger and frustration. Perhaps you've confronted your child but have come away more confused than before, or maybe you're reluctant to...
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    Heroin Addiction and Hope for Recovery
    August 15, 2016
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    A pervasive need for pain management has led to the development of a variety of medications that relieve pain and improve function for millions of people. These powerful drugs are generally derived from opium or are chemically similar to...
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    Opioids and Opiates: Withdrawal
    August 12, 2016
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    When you cut back on your intake of opioids and opiates after having become physically dependent on them, the immediate physical results of this drug withdrawal are unpleasant. But opioid withdrawal leads to sobriety and a new enjoyment of...
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    Opioids and Opiates: Oxycodone
    August 10, 2016
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    Oxycodone is a strong, semi-synthetic opioid that is prescribed for the treatment of moderate to severe pain. Opioid prescriptions given to patients nearly tripled in the years between 1991 and 2013. Opioids change how your brain experiences and responds...
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    Opioids and Opiates: Hydrocodone
    August 8, 2016
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    Prescription drug abuse is an epidemic in the US. One of the most commonly abused drugs is the opioid hydrocodone. A report by the Centers for Disease Control states that 78 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose....
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    Opioids and Opiates: Drug Testing
    August 5, 2016
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    Undergoing drug testing for opioids and opiates can be an important key to a client's success in overcoming addiction. Think of an opioid drug test as a way of keeping the lines of communication between you and your addiction...
  • Opioids and Opiates What's the Difference
    Opioids and Opiates: What's the Difference?
    August 3, 2016
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    The terms “opioids” and “opiates” are commonly used interchangeably, but there are differences between the two. Opiates have powerful analgesic (pain relieving) effects, and are widely synthesized for use in drugs. Opioids are drugs prescribed as painkillers and are...
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    Vaping vs. Cigarettes: Which is Worse?
    May 20, 2016
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    Cigarettes are the cause of death for about 480,000 Americans each year. The nicotine in cigarettes isn't the culprit, however. The danger comes from the tar from the tobacco and the other chemicals that are added when cigarettes are...
  • Journaling for Recovery
    Journaling for Recovery
    May 19, 2016
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    Your Unique Journey Substance abuse recovery is a personal journey, one that is unique to you and will be a path you must follow for a lifetime to avoid relapse. Expressive writing has been shown to help those who want...
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    The Dangers of Mixing Drugs and Alcohol
    May 18, 2016
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  • 5 Healthy Ways to Deal with Stress
    5 Healthy Ways to Deal with Stress
    May 17, 2016
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    Life After Treatment: Finding New Friends
    May 16, 2016
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  • How Does Alcoholism Affect My Body
    How Does Alcoholism Affect My Body?
    May 15, 2016
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    Learn How to Meditate for Addiction with 3 Easy...
    May 14, 2016
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    Yoga for Addiction Recovery
    May 13, 2016
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    Gender and Addiction: Do Men and Women React Differently?
    May 12, 2016
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    The Healing Effects of Spiritual Counseling
    May 11, 2016
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    Reaching the Unconscious Mind with Psychoanalysis
    May 10, 2016
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    Behavior Therapy: Healing Through Activity
    May 9, 2016
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    EMDR: Overcoming Trauma with Your Eyes
    May 8, 2016
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    Prescription Drug Abuse in America
    May 8, 2016
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    Support Groups for Cocaine Addiction
    May 7, 2016
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    Cognitive Therapy: Thinking Your Way to Healing
    May 6, 2016
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    Treating Trauma, Part 3: Aftercare
    May 5, 2016
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    Cocaine: The Facts and Dangers
    May 4, 2016
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    Treating Trauma, Part 2: Therapy Options
    May 3, 2016
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    Trauma can change a person's life. It is important to recognize the effects of trauma on your life and know that there therapy can help you. A traumatic experience may last for a single moment or for months, but...
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    Treating Trauma, Part I: Types of Trauma
    May 2, 2016
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    Cocaine Withdrawal Symptoms: All You Need to Know
    May 1, 2016
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    15 Simple Ways to Prevent Relapse
    May 1, 2016
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    4 Ways to Involve Family in Your Recovery Process
    April 30, 2016
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    Drug and alcohol addiction is a family disease with far-reaching effects that transcend the life of the person with a drug or alcohol addiction. According to the National Association for Children of Alcoholics, families generally react to addiction as...
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    Current Treatments for Cocaine Addiction and Abuse
    April 29, 2016
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  • How Does Cocaine Addiction Affect My Body
    How Does Cocaine Addiction Affect My Body?
    April 27, 2016
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    Cocaine is a drug that can quickly pull you into the grips of addiction. For many, professional help is needed to quit using the drug as well as to prevent relapse. Prolonged use of cocaine can harm your body...
  • Know Your Pills Concerta & Its Risks
    Know Your Pills: Concerta & Its Risks
    April 25, 2016
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  • Know Your Pills Suboxone & Its Risks
    Know Your Pills: Suboxone & Its Risks
    March 4, 2016
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    Suboxone is a prescription drug that's used as a maintenance medication for opiate addiction. Because opiate withdrawal can be excruciating and cravings are a long-term concern, Suboxone is administered in place of the opioid of addiction to stave off...
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    Methamphetamine and Your Mind, Body and Brain
    February 17, 2016
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    Know Your Pills: Opana ER & Its Risks
    February 15, 2016
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    Opana ER is an extended-release opioid medication that's used to treat long-term, severe pain around the clock. A semi-synthetic opioid agonist, Opana ER contains oxymorphone hydrochloride, which acts on the body's opioid receptors to reduce the sensation of pain....
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    Know Your Pills: Adderall & Its Risks
    February 15, 2016
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    Prescription drug abuse is a growing concern in the U.S., which accounts for just five percent of the world's population but consumes 75 percent of its prescription medications, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. While nearly half...
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    Know Your Pills: Sleeping Medications
    February 15, 2016
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    Nearly ten percent of the American population suffers from chronic insomnia, another quarter experiences occasional trouble getting to sleep and nine million Americans, or around four percent of the population, depend on prescription sleeping medications to get a good...
  • Know Your Pills The Risks and Effects of Vicodin
    Know Your Pills: The Risks and Effects of Vicodin
    February 10, 2016
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    Vicodin is an opiate painkiller used to treat moderate to severe pain. A trade name for a combination of hydrocodone and acetaminophen, Vicodin works by binding to opioid receptors in the body to ease the perception of pain and...
  • Know Your Pills Xanax
    Know Your Pills: Xanax and its Dangers
    February 8, 2016
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    Xanax is a trade name for alprazolam, a central nervous system depressant that slows brain activity. Typically used to treat anxiety and panic disorders, Xanax belongs to the class of hypnotics known as benzodiazepines. These drugs work by increasing...
  • Know Your Pills OxyContin and its Risks
    Know Your Pills: OxyContin and its Risks
    February 3, 2016
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    OxyContin is a trade name for the opioid painkiller oxycodone, which is a semi-synthetic opiate drug that works by attaching to opioid receptors in the brain and reducing the perception of pain. Used to treat moderate to severe pain...
  • Support Groups for Heroin Abuse
    Support Groups for Heroin Abuse
    February 1, 2016
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    Though overcoming heroin addiction can be challenging, you don’t have to endure it alone. To prevent relapse, it is vital that you secure a solid support system. That is why participation in a support group is an important component...
  • All you Need to Know about Heroin Withdrawal Symptoms
    All you Need to Know about Heroin Withdrawal Symptoms
    January 27, 2016
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    After heavy, prolonged use of heroin, withdrawal symptoms typically set in within 6 to 24 hours after the drug is withheld from the body. Though heroin withdrawal isn't particularly dangerous, it can be excruciating. Not everyone will experience all of...
  • Current Treatments for Heroin Addiction and Abuse
    Current Treatments for Heroin Addiction and Abuse
    January 25, 2016
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    Beating a heroin addiction is challenging, but new treatments and medical advances in recent years have made recovery easier and increased the chances of success for many. Recovery is a process of change, during which individuals improve their health,...
  • Heroin Addiction A History of the Hardest Drug
    Heroin Addiction: A History of the Hardest Drug
    January 20, 2016
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    It's hard to imagine these days, but there was a time in America when opiates were largely unregulated and widely used by the general population without fear of addiction. Throughout the 19th century, elixirs and tonics containing opium were found...
  • Heroin Abuse The Facts and Dangers
    Heroin Abuse: The Facts and Dangers
    January 18, 2016
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    Heroin is an opiate drug that's derived from morphine, which occurs naturally in the seed pod of the Asian poppy plant. Smoking, snorting or injecting delivers the drug it to the brain almost immediately. This contributes to the high...
  • Choose an IOP as your Addiction Treatment Program
    IOP: Offering Flexibility for Addiction Treatment
    January 13, 2016
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    When you are suffering from addiction and have decided to seek help, the road to recovery is different for every person. Intensive outpatient programs, or IOP, may not be the solution for everyone, but it is a proven...
  • Eating Disorders
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    January 11, 2016
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    Binge eating disorder is characterized by eating very large amounts of food in a short time period, often to the point of discomfort, accompanied by the feeling that you've lost control.
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    All About Eating Disorders, Part 2: Bulimia
    January 6, 2016
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    Bulimia nervosa is an eating disorder characterized by cycles of bingeing and purging. Bingeing is the act of consuming large amounts of food in a short time period.
  • Anorexia
    All About Eating Disorders, Part 1: Anorexia
    January 4, 2016
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    Anorexia Nervosa is a dangerous eating disorder characterized by inadequate food intake, which results in excessive weight loss, malnutrition and a number of potentially life-threatening medical conditions.
  • The Power of the Mind How Biofeedback Therapy Assists in Recovery
    The Power of the Mind: How Biofeedback Therapy Assists...
    December 30, 2015
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    One of the most effective tools for managing stress is biofeedback therapy, which teaches you to control certain body functions, such as heart rate, body temperature and muscle tension, to reduce stress on the spot.
  • Anxiety Disorders
    Don't Suffer in Silence: Anxiety Disorders are Common, and...
    December 30, 2015
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    You may be surprised to learn that constant worry and unpleasant, intrusive thoughts aren't a normal state of mind.
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    Have You Been Diagnosed with Seasonal Depression? Here's How...
    December 28, 2015
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    Seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, is depression that's related to the changing seasons. Its onset begins and ends around the same time each year—typically starting in the fall and ending in the spring.
  • Psychotherapy
    Psychotherapy: an Essential Component in Treatment and Recovery
    December 28, 2015
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    Hippocrates, the founder of medicine as a science, wrote, "The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well."
  • Aftercare: Get Prepared For After Addiction Treatment
    December 21, 2015
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    Introduction Drug addiction has reached epidemic proportions in the U.S. and other industrialized countries. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse1, the abuse of alcohol and illicit drugs costs the nation, as a whole, in excess of $417 billion....
  • Adventure Therapy It's not Just a Hike in the Woods
    Adventure Therapy: It's Not Just a Hike in the...
    December 21, 2015
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    Alternative therapies in drug and alcohol addiction treatment underlie a holistic approach to recovery, which focuses on nurturing the mind and spirit as well as the body. Quality addiction recovery programs offer a number of alternative therapies, including art...
  • It’s Not A Lifestyle Choice Addiction is a Disease
    Heroin and its Impact on Your Body
    December 20, 2015
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    It is no secret that heroin crumbles even the most upright of lives. It destroys relationships, tramples careers and depletes finances. But what does it do to your body? Like any drug, there are substantial physiological side effects to...
  • 7 Steps for A Successful Intervention
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    December 19, 2015
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    An individual struggling with drug or alcohol addiction is often the last person to realize that he needs help. An intervention is a powerful tool that shows an individual how much he is loved, but also expresses the urgent...
  • How Relationships can Enable Alcohol Abuse
    How Relationships can Enable Alcohol Abuse
    December 16, 2015
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    The decision to seek help and stop abusing alcohol is a step toward recovery, but family dynamics and relationships also play a role in the recovery process. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, or NIAAA,...
  • Don't Wait for Rock Bottom Take Action
    Don't Wait for Rock Bottom to Take Action for...
    December 14, 2015
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    It is common for people to hit rock bottom before realizing that they need help with their addiction. They lose their job, their relationships, their hope of a happier future. Then they coast at a steady decline until they...
  • Important Facts About Opiate Addiction
    Important Facts About Opiate Addiction
    December 9, 2015
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    Opiate abuse or opiate addiction can be one of the hardest drug addictions to recognize. This is due to the fact that these drugs are often prescribed by a doctor. In other words, your child or loved one most...
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    December 7, 2015
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    Addiction is one of the scariest diseases to watch a loved one go through, as addictive behavior can be a powerfully destructive force. Scientific research conducted at the University of Buffalo shows that marriages where one partner drinks heavily...
  • Is Alcoholism a Disease
    Is Alcoholism a Disease?
    December 2, 2015
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    Over 16 million Americans suffer from alcoholism, yet there still exists an overwhelming stigma that goes along with it. The truth is, though, that once drinking habits have surpassed optional and treaded into the deep waters of addiction, there...
  • Factors that Increase a Person's Risk of Addiction
    Factors that Increase a Person's Risk of Addiction
    November 30, 2015
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    When watching a loved one struggle with addiction, it is easy to fall into thinking, “What went wrong?” Unfortunately, there is no easy answer to that question. An individual’s risk for developing drug addiction is complex and...
  • 5 Financial Considerations When Seeking Treatment
    5 Financial Considerations When Seeking Treatment
    November 25, 2015
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    Seeking treatment for an addiction is a very big step on the road to recovery. Although everyone has different needs, cost plays a major role when considering different programs, centers and services. Having a clear picture of the financial...
  • Acupuncture in the Detoxification Process
    Acupuncture in the Detoxification Process
    November 23, 2015
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    Do acupuncture treatments help support sobriety in individuals who are recovering from drugs and alcohol? If you or a loved one is currently in recovery or receiving treatment for substance abuse, it is natural to be curious about the...
  • How to Develop Healthy Habits in Addiction Recovery
    How to Develop Healthy Habits in Addiction Recovery
    November 19, 2015
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    One of the most important things you can do in recovery is develop habits that promote good physical and mental health and a heightened sense of well-being. But developing good habits takes hard work, and it requires doing away...
  • How to Build Healthy Relationships After Treatment
    How to Build Healthy Relationships After Treatment
    November 18, 2015
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    Healthy relationships are a cornerstone of a life of sobriety, while unhealthy relationships can quickly lead to relapse. According to the Hazleden Betty Ford Foundation, differentiating between relationships that affirm and foster a healthy lifestyle and those that keep...
  • Addiction Asking For Help Is Not a Sign of Weakness
    Addiction: Asking For Help is Not a Sign of...
    November 17, 2015
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    It's not easy to ask for help, whether you need assistance with moving some heavy furniture or you need to call in a favor to get a particular job interview. You certainly don't want to inconvenience anyone, and you...
  • The Benefits of Group Therapy During Alcohol Recovery
    The Benefits of Group Therapy During Alcohol Recovery
    November 16, 2015
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    Group therapy is an integral part of any quality alcohol addiction treatment program. According to the Principles of Effective Treatment for alcohol abuse, which are set forth by the National Institutes on Drug Abuse, participation in group therapy and...
  • 4 Behavioral Addictions You Didn't Know
    4 Behavioral Addictions You Didn't Know
    November 14, 2015
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    Much is known about drug and alcohol addictions, which are far more prevalent and understood than other types of addiction, but lesser-known behavioral addictions can be equally harmful in terms of social, health, and financial consequences and may require...
  • The Benefits of a Sober Living Community
    The Benefits of a Sober Living Community
    November 13, 2015
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    For many who complete an in-patient drug or alcohol treatment program, making the transition from the treatment facility back into the "real" world is fraught with anxiety and uncertainty. This is particularly true if the person in recovery is...
  • Why You Should Choose Medical Detox for Withdrawal
    Why You Should Choose Medical Detox for Withdrawal
    November 12, 2015
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    You've probably heard horror stories about alcohol and drug withdrawal, and you may be putting off quitting drugs or alcohol for that reason, but withdrawal doesn't have to be a nightmare. Medical detox, which is performed at an in-patient...
  • Intervention The How To's and What Not to Do's
    Intervention: The How To's and What Not to Do's
    November 11, 2015
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    An intervention is a last-ditch effort to convince your loved one to seek treatment for a drug or alcohol addiction and involves a meeting – usually planned without the knowledge of your loved one – during which you and...
  • How to Choose and Achieve Your Recovery Goals
    How to Choose and Achieve Your Recovery Goals
    November 10, 2015
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    Making the decision to enter treatment for a drug or alcohol addiction opens up great new possibilities, and the importance of setting goals in treatment and beyond can't be underestimated. But it can be intimidating to choose and set...
  • The Effects of Opiates on the Mind and Body
    The Effects of Opiates on the Mind and Body
    November 9, 2015
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    We go through the effects opiates have on the body and the mind. Learn more here.
  • REWIRED - A Bold New Approach to Addiction and Recovery
    REWIRED - A Bold New Approach to Addiction and...
    May 14, 2015
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    Click here to learn more about our very own Erica Spiegelman's book Rewired.
  • Common Symptoms Leading to Relapse
    Common Symptoms Leading to Relapse
    December 4, 2014
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    Relapse is always possible. That's why it's important to avoid these particular symptoms.
  • Exploring Your Authentic Self on Social Media
    Exploring Your Authentic Self on Social Media
    October 24, 2014
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    Social media is everywhere, and it's easy to lose yourself. Learn how to find your authentic self on social media.
  • An Activity for a Lifetime (Golf and Its Spiritual Journey)
    An Activity for a Lifetime (Golf and Its Spiritual...
    September 19, 2014
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    Click here to learn why gold as a spiritual journey can enhance the sober lifestyle.
  • Serene Scene
    Serene Scene Interview With Ross Remien of Rebos
    August 11, 2014
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    Click here to read Serene Scene's interview with our very own Ross Remien.
  • Children of Alcohol Dependants
    Children of Alcohol Dependents
    June 25, 2014
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    Click here to learn why children of alcohol dependents struggle through life, even after they leave the home.
  • Resume Writing Basics
    Resume Writing Basics
    May 3, 2014
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    Learning how to write a resume is a necessity in today's world. We go through the basics you need to know to write a resume.
  • Monk'd Tips for Stress Free Driving
    Monk'd Tips for Stress Free Driving
    April 21, 2014
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    Driving tends to bring out the worst in us. Click here to learn monk tips for stress-free driving.
  • Bandaids
    Emergency Preparedness
    April 4, 2014
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    We break down the importance of emergency preparedness, and have tips on how to be ready for a serious emergency.
  • 5 Monk Actions to Stay Motivated
    5 Monk Actions to Stay Motivated
    March 1, 2014
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    Click here to learn the monk tips you need to know for staying motivated.
  • The Significant Impact of Volunteering
    The Significant Impact of Volunteering
    February 27, 2014
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    Volunteering creates a significant impact for your community and your personal growth. Click here to learn how volunteering helps the recovery process.
  • Small Percentage: A Client's Poem
    Small Percentage: A Client's Poem
    February 11, 2014
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    A Poem by a former client of Rebos. Click here to read Small Percentage by Anonymous.
  • How to Build a Meaningful Mentor Relationship
    How to Build a Meaningful Mentor Relationship
    February 2, 2014
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    Finding a mentor and building a relationship with your mentor is essential to staying sober. Click here to read more on the mentor relationship.
  • The Masks We Wear
    The Masks We Wear
    January 22, 2014
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    We all wear different masks in our lives. Here, Erica Spiegelman goes into the philosophy of our masks.
  • Don Miguel Ruiz's four agreements
    Don Miguel Ruiz's Four Agreements
    January 2, 2014
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    We look into Don Miguel Ruiz's four agreements on how to live a beautiful life. Click here to find out more.
  • 10 Things We Need to Say More Frequently
    10 Things We Need to Say More Frequently
    December 16, 2013
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    Think of a phrase you wish you heard more often. Is it on our list? Click here to find out.
  • Superfood: The Fig
    Superfood: The Fig
    December 10, 2013
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    Figs provide a plethora of nutritional value to keep you healthy. Click here to learn more about this delicious fruit.
  • Out from the Shadows: A Client Story
    Out from the Shadows: A Client Story
    December 1, 2013
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    A personal blog from a previous Rebos client. Click here to read more about the powerful journey one of our clients went through, and how she succeeded.
  • Hypnotherapy: Personal Training for the Mind
    Hypnotherapy: Personal Training for the Mind
    November 21, 2013
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    Hypnotherapy is a holistic and life-changing approach used to overcome the challenges in your life by training your mind. Read more here.
  • Grief as a Normal and Healthy Process
    Grief as a Normal and Healthy Process
    November 18, 2013
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    Grief is a normal part of everyone's life. Once you accept the grief, you can begin to heal. We go into the grieving process here.
  • The Simple Reason to Involve Family in Sobriety
    The Simple Reason to Involve Family in Sobriety
    November 18, 2013
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    Why should the family be involved in addiction treatment and in sobriety? Click here to find out.