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What is Partial Hospitalization?

A Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP), also referred to as “day treatment,” is a great option for receiving intensive treatment without entering into a 24-hour inpatient setting. PHP allows an individual to live at home, while entering into a treatment setting during the day. PHP is more structured than Intensive Outpatient Programs, and is an effectiveRead More

Overcoming Self-Deception to Begin Recovering

Recognizing that we have a problem with drugs and alcohol is the first step toward successful recovery from addiction and alcoholism. However, admitting the one suffers from addiction can be a difficult step. Through various forms of self-deception, someone suffering from addiction will be unwilling to seek help because they are unable to see theRead More

What is Family Therapy?

Addiction has been described as a “family disease” because it affects the sufferer and their loved ones.  Many treatment facilities offer family therapy as a way to facilitate the rebuilding of family relationships that have been damaged by addiction and alcoholism. Family plays a major role in addiction and recovery. According to the Substance AbuseRead More

Why Willpower Isn’t Enough

Everyone suffering from the disease of addiction has experienced a moment when they wanted nothing more than to be free of their dependence on drugs and alcohol. Before thoroughly engaging a process of recovery, our commitments, no matter how strong they were at the time, always failed. This is because addiction is a complex diseaseRead More

Why is Counseling Important in Treatment?

Addiction treatment involves more than just detoxification and not using drugs or alcohol. Without changing deeply embedded behaviors, it is unlikely that an individual will be able to maintain sobriety after treatment has ended. Fortunately, many treatment centers incorporate a variety of therapeutic techniques to address addiction from a variety of different mental health angles.Read More

Moving from Momentary Pleasure to True Happiness

Russell Brand, in his book Recovery, says, “What I used to think of as happiness was merely distraction from the pain.” At some point in our addiction, we often begin confusing the two. Our concept of happiness is, in reality, merely a sense of fleeting pleasure brought about by drugs and alcohol. When we beginRead More

How Long Should I Be in Treatment?

Looking into treatment options can feel overwhelming. There are 30, 60, and 90-day options, inpatient and outpatient, and different approaches to substance abuse treatment. It can be difficult to determine which option will be most effective. Fortunately, research into the effectiveness of various treatment options and lengths can help give a few suggestions about whatRead More

Addiction vs Physical Dependence

There is a common misconception that it is impossible to become addicted to a substance unless that substance causes physical dependence. Addiction is a complex disease that affects the mind, body, and spirit. Physical dependence is only related to the physical aspect of addiction, but it is not required for one to be addicted toRead More

Why Should I Wait One Year to Get into a Relationship?

When we get sober, we begin to engage in a process of personal and spiritual development that will continue throughout our lives. The first year is crucial and we should spend our time focusing on our recovery as much as possible. We may feel as though we are ready for a relationship after a fewRead More