mkastleman

/Mark Kastleman

About Mark Kastleman

This author has not yet filled in any details.
So far has created 132 blog entries.

Your Brain on Opiates

Here at Action, along with alcohol addiction we have a big focus on helping people break free from drug addiction. One of the greatest challenges our clients face is opiate addiction. After thousands of success stories we KNOW that with time in recovery, the addict brain can recover and rewire. It’s always great to see […]

By |January 17th, 2018|Recovery Blog|Comments Off on Your Brain on Opiates

New Year’s Resolution—a Formula for Failure?

Well, here we are nearly two weeks into the new year–already! And with every new year comes the declaration of resolutions—things we weren’t able to overcome or achieve last year and so with revived hope and a dash of optimism, we move our goals and desires into the new year. Unfortunately, for most people, New […]

By |January 10th, 2018|Recovery Blog|Comments Off on New Year’s Resolution—a Formula for Failure?

Surviving Christmas as an Addict

If you’re in drug or alcohol addiction recovery, the Christmas time of year can be a real challenge. It can be a time of opposites—fun, family and celebration on the one hand, and a lot of stress and potentially triggering environments and events on the other. Then there’s the fear of having a relapse, which […]

By |December 6th, 2017|Recovery Blog|Comments Off on Surviving Christmas as an Addict

Winter Blues and Addiction

The cold, shorter hours of daylight, being cooped-up indoors, and other aspects of winter can put many of us into a real “funk.” In fact, the winter blues can actually turn into a serious mental state known as “Seasonal Affective Disorder” or SAD.

If we’re not careful, winter can make us more vulnerable to relapsing back […]

By |November 29th, 2017|Recovery Blog, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Winter Blues and Addiction

Addiction Can Wreck the Holidays!

The Holidays can be a BIG Addiction Trigger!

I know it’s nearly impossible to comprehend, but “Yes, the 2017 holidays are here!” And with all of the wonderful things about this time of the year, there can also be a “dark side” to the holidays—the triggering of addiction.

When you have loved ones with a drug or […]

By |November 20th, 2017|Recovery Blog|Comments Off on Addiction Can Wreck the Holidays!

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?!

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!