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Adrenaline Junkies have Higher Addiction Rates!

Did you know that people who seek high-sensation experiences are more vulnerable to substance abuse? Why? It all has to do with a powerful neurochemical known as “adrenaline.”

Adrenaline Rush

We’re all familiar with adrenaline. It’s released whenever we feel strong emotions like excitement, danger or fear. An “adrenaline rush” occurs when our body senses danger and […]

By |July 29th, 2019|Recovery Blog|Comments Off on Adrenaline Junkies have Higher Addiction Rates!

How Can You Tell if a Loved One is Abusing Pain Pills?

How does opioid addiction get started?

Pain pill addiction and accidental ODs in the U.S. are common, and in fact have reached epidemic levels. The crazy thing is how these addictions get started. The Mayo Clinic did a study on how many patients prescribed an opioid painkiller went on to get hooked on long-term prescriptions. The […]

By |July 16th, 2019|Recovery Blog|Comments Off on How Can You Tell if a Loved One is Abusing Pain Pills?

200 Years of Drug Use in America!

We often think of substance abuse and drug addiction as something that really got going in the 1960s and continued to the present day. But drug addiction has been around for a long, long time. Check out this cool study by recovery.org where they track the use of substance abuse and addiction related words across […]

By |July 3rd, 2019|Recovery Blog|Comments Off on 200 Years of Drug Use in America!

“God Don’t Make No Junk!”—Standing Up for Yourself in Recovery.

One of the great challenges in drug and alcohol addiction recovery is the shame we feel when we consider all that we have lost to addiction, and how we have hurt those we love. Facing up to and feeling legitimate remorse for past mistakes can be very healthy, especially when this feeling motivates us to […]

By |June 18th, 2019|Recovery Blog|Comments Off on “God Don’t Make No Junk!”—Standing Up for Yourself in Recovery.

From Heroin Using Bank Robber to Family Man

Every day at Action Recovery Group we see small miracles—individuals who have struggled for years with drug or alcohol addiction—starting to get their lives back, one-step-at-a-time. Many come into our drug and alcohol rehab program with a trail of wreckage in their past drinking and using lives—damage to health, family, friends and relationships; loss of […]

By |June 11th, 2019|Recovery Blog|Comments Off on From Heroin Using Bank Robber to Family Man

Memorial Day and the Addiction Battle

One of the Most Sacred Days of the Year

Yesterday we celebrated Memorial Day, which means a much anticipated 3-day weekend that occurs every year right around the end of school and the start of summer. It means camping, BBQs, yard work and family get-togethers. But for many, it means a whole lot more than that—especially […]

By |May 28th, 2019|Recovery Blog|Comments Off on Memorial Day and the Addiction Battle

No Matter How Deep and Dark the Hell of Addiction: There IS a WAY OUT!—Chad Lundell Interview

The Dark Hell of Addiction

Chad Lundell talks raw and real about his journey from the dark pit of addiction to the love and light of recovery. During his darkest times, Chad was using and dealing daily. This led to the destruction of family and friend relationships, a complete loss of peace, purpose and self-worth, and […]

By |May 21st, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on No Matter How Deep and Dark the Hell of Addiction: There IS a WAY OUT!—Chad Lundell Interview

Addicted Mothers

Mother’s Day was yesterday and a real mix of emotions for addicted mothers. At Action Recovery, we find great satisfaction in helping people from all walks of life break free from addiction, and some of our greatest joy comes when we help addicted mothers escape the hell of addiction and reclaim their lives for themselves […]

By |May 13th, 2019|Recovery Blog|Comments Off on Addicted Mothers

Addiction—Seeking Pleasure or Avoiding Pain?

Hi, this is Rick Visser. In my 30 plus years as a substance abuse counselor, I have often heard professionals and recovering addicts express the belief that drug and alcohol addiction are primarily about people running away from, avoiding and self-medicating the stress, pain and pressures of life. While I believe that […]

By |May 7th, 2019|Recovery Blog|Comments Off on Addiction—Seeking Pleasure or Avoiding Pain?

Prevent Overdose Deaths!

As a drug and alcohol rehab program, it’s our daily privilege and opportunity to work hand-in-hand with those who struggle with drug addiction. In virtually ever case, those in recovery have multiple friends and/or family members who have died from an overdose. With drug use comes the all-too-familiar and tragic reality of OD death. A […]

By |April 29th, 2019|Recovery Blog|Comments Off on Prevent Overdose Deaths!