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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

Criminalizing Addiction and Criminalizing Cancer

In spite of overwhelming evidence that criminalizing drug use is not an effective way of reducing crime rates, drug overdoses, or the social issues associated with drug addiction, Attorney General Jeff Sessions moved Friday to roll America’s drug policy back at least a decade. Progress? Not really. Check out the full article here:


By |May 15th, 2017|Recovery Blog|Comments Off on Criminalizing Addiction and Criminalizing Cancer

Addicted Mothers

Mother’s Day is Sunday 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 8th, 2017|Recovery Blog|Comments Off on Addicted Mothers

Addiction Recovery is 1-2-3

Recently I had a client boldly declare, “Recovery is as easy as 1-2-3!” Of course, very curious to learn what exactly he meant by that, I replied, “Tell me more.”

Enthusiastically he responded, “You know, 1-2-3—the first three Steps in AA. You just keep using those three steps over and over again in daily life.”

I have […]

By |April 24th, 2017|Recovery Blog|Comments Off on Addiction Recovery is 1-2-3

12 Steps and Brain Science

If you’re a recovering addict and/or you work in the recovery field, you probably know there’s an ongoing tug-of-war, and sometimes a raging debate, about what is better—12-Step or traditional psychology?

Some in the psychology community have taken it upon themselves to bad-mouth and tear down 12-Step programs at every opportunity. Then there are those from […]

By |April 17th, 2017|Recovery Blog|Comments Off on 12 Steps and Brain Science

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 5th, 2017|Recovery Blog|Comments Off on Prevent Overdose Deaths!

The Big 5 Behavioral Addictions

The Big 5 Behavioral Addictions

Our first priority in our drug and alcohol addiction rehab programs at Action Recovery Group, is to help our clients get clean and sober and stay that way! Once struggling individuals get on the path of sobriety their recovery journey is not done. Not only must they continue to stay in […]

By |March 29th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on The Big 5 Behavioral Addictions

Is Addiction a Disease?

When potential clients come to the Action Recovery Group’s drug and alcohol rehab center for an addiction assessment, they often ask about the idea of addiction being a disease. This concept is uncomfortable for some in the beginning of their recovery journey. Perhaps you have wondered about this as well. Disease is defined as—a condition […]

By |March 27th, 2017|Recovery Blog|Comments Off on Is Addiction a Disease?

6 Reasons to get Sober

As an Ogden drug and alcohol rehab facility, a lot of people come through our doors for our free Clinical Addiction Assessment. Sometimes it’s because they’re forced by a parent or spouse, or ordered by the courts. Other times it’s due to coming off a recent binge and they’re at the height of their “recovery […]

By |March 13th, 2017|Recovery Blog|Comments Off on 6 Reasons to get Sober

Drug & Alcohol Addiction on Valentines Day

As a Drug & Alcohol Rehab facility, we know that Valentine’s Day can be a difficult time for those struggling with substance abuse and also for their family and friends. From heart-shaped cookies at the local coffee shop, romantic music in the grocery store or dinner specials for two advertised on the bus, it is […]

By |February 13th, 2017|Recovery Blog|Comments Off on Drug & Alcohol Addiction on Valentines Day