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Summer is Over! Time to Get Sober?

Although it’s hard to believe, summer 2017 is over! And if you or someone you love has a drinking or drug problem, then it’s likely been a summer of “party on dude!” and worry about the consequences later. Well, “later” is here—it’s called “the end of summer.” So what now? Do you get serious about […]

By |September 13th, 2017|Recovery Blog|Comments Off on Summer is Over! Time to Get Sober?

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 |August 9th, 2017|Recovery Blog|Comments Off on Adrenaline Junkies have Higher Addiction Rates!

4 Utah Drug Statistics You Didn’t Know

When it comes to drug and alcohol addiction, Utah is not typically a state most people across the U.S. think of as having a serious problem. But there’s four statistics about Utah’s drug abuse problem that may shock you. Check out this article from Alpine Recovery Lodge:  http://www.alpinerecoverylodge.com/utah-drug-abuse-statistics/

By |August 2nd, 2017|Recovery Blog|Comments Off on 4 Utah Drug Statistics You Didn’t Know

New Study compares Smart Phones to Cocaine!

There’s a new study comparing cell addiction to cocaine! In fact, smart phone obsession and dependency is becoming such a huge issue that “Smart Phone Addiction Treatment” programs are popping up!Hopelessly AddictedFor nearly a third of all teens and young adults, smart phones have taken over their lives, leading them to disengage from school, work, […]

By |July 26th, 2017|Recovery Blog|Comments Off on New Study compares Smart Phones to Cocaine!

Pain Pill Addiction

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 number is 1 in 4! […]

By |July 11th, 2017|Recovery Blog|Comments Off on Pain Pill Addiction

2 Words Could Mean You’re an Addict

It’s very rare that someone actually sets out to become an alcohol or drug “addict.” The dependence and loss of control creep up on people, kind of like the story of the “boiled frog” that lounged comfortably in the nice warm water not noticing the ever-increasing temperature until it was too late. Before you know […]

By |July 5th, 2017|Recovery Blog|Comments Off on 2 Words Could Mean You’re an Addict

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 22nd, 2017|Recovery Blog|Comments Off on From Heroin Using Bank Robber to Family Man

Stand 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 7th, 2017|Recovery Blog|Comments Off on Stand Up for Yourself in Recovery!

Addiction—Pleasure or 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 31st, 2017|Recovery Blog|Comments Off on Addiction—Pleasure or Pain?

Memorial Day and the Addiction Battle

One of the Most Sacred Days of the Year

This coming Monday is 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 […]

By |May 22nd, 2017|Recovery Blog|Comments Off on Memorial Day and the Addiction Battle