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The Holidays are a “Bermuda Triangle of Addiction”

As we approach the Holidays which are generally a time of joy and celebration for most people we should keep in mind that holidays can also be equally hard as well for many of us. Holidays may be particularly difficult for individuals who are in recovery from addiction. The holidays, Thanksgiving,  Christmas and New Years have […]

By |November 8th, 2017|Recovery Blog|Comments Off on The Holidays are a “Bermuda Triangle of Addiction”

Addicts in Denial

If you’re close to an addict you know about the negative effects addiction can have. You may have put up with lies, manipulations, emotional attacks and perhaps even physical abuse. You likely deal with a lot of fear, sadness, pain and worry. As a result, it’s very common for a “co-addict” to experience depression and […]

By |November 1st, 2017|Recovery Blog|Comments Off on Addicts in Denial

Becoming the Person I Drank to Be

Early in the recovery process, a common challenge is giving up the booze or drugs that your “addict brain” convinced you were necessary to “be all that you could be.” Often an addict will make comments like, “When I drink I’m the life of the party! But when I’m sober I’m shy and scared.” Or […]

By |October 25th, 2017|Recovery Blog|Comments Off on Becoming the Person I Drank to Be

7-Day Pain Pill Limit–That’s Your Answer?!

Earlier this year, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie met with President Trump’s Commission on Combatting Drug Addiction and Opioid Crisis where officials form the pharmaceutical industry and the government outlined the details of a new partnership designed to get a handle of the opioid addiction crisis.

Part of the proposal was to take what has been […]

By |September 27th, 2017|Recovery Blog|Comments Off on 7-Day Pain Pill Limit–That’s Your Answer?!

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