Drug Rehab and Depression

Drug Rehab and Depression

  Addiction can be difficult to understand as it happens for many reasons. Understanding how drug addiction and depression go hand-in-hand can learn how to better support loved ones who are struggling.   Linking Addiction and Depression Many ways exist in how addition and depression coincide. Self-medicating is one way in which people attempt to Read More…

Our Philosophy

Step 10: Continuing On

Step ten of the twelve steps reads, “continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it”. At this point many people scoff. After enduring the hefty process of steps four through nine- taking inventory, putting one’s guts out on the table, analyzing them, cleaning them up, making amends for them when Read More…

Sober Living Do’s and Don’ts

Residential treatment is over and it is time to transition. Maybe, residential was never the option and the search is on for sober living during intensive outpatient or partial hospitalization programming. Sober Living is a means of maintaining sobriety and accountability in a home-like setting. However, with the need for sober livings far exceeding government Read More…

Picking a 12 Step Sponsor

In the early days of Alcoholics Anonymous, the first 12 step group, the idea of sponsorship didn’t quite look as it did today. Before millions of people all over the globe began following the 12 steps, only a few dozen in midwest America were using the spiritual program to get sober. When a new man, Read More…

Identifying and Handling Triggers

Addicts and alcoholics have a tendency to not handle things so well. This isn’t stigmatization as much as it is proven fact. For reasons stemming out of childhood, personality or mental disorders, certain input in an addict or alcoholic’s life translates into a volatile output. Due to their inability to process the information of such Read More…

Having a Chat: History of AA

Bill Wilson was desperate to get sober. A chronic alcoholic without an answer or solution to his ever prevailing drinking problem, Bill found himself in a sanitarium once again. This time, doctors assured him, could be the last before real damage in his brain would start to occur. A bit before then, Bill was visited Read More…

H.A.L.T.

Mankind has a few basic needs for survival. In fact, man’s brain, specifically the midbrain section, is programmed to dictate operations based on these survival needs: eat, sleep, hunt, reproduce. Among a few others, most of human thought process stems from these needs. When drugs and alcohol, eating disorders, process addictions or other behavioral issues Read More…

Getting Through a Triggering Situation

Triggers are everywhere. At least, so it seems in early recovery. Having been stripped of any last defenses and feeling like insides have been turned to outsides, early recovery leaves a person feeling incredibly raw and vulnerable. Layer after layer of patterned thinking and behavior are unearthed revealing endless information about what makes someone tick, Read More…

Emotional Management

Emotions can be odd, to say the least. Sometimes there are tears during happiness and laughter during sadness. Days can be filled with endless joy or bottomless sorrow. In early recovery especially, emotions and feelings are curious new/old experiences that can be at once exhilarating and overwhelming. Positive feelings can feel really fantastic. Less positive Read More…