About Rick Visser, ASUDC, 28-year veteran in substance abuse treatment & recovery

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The 10 Toughest Drug Addictions to Kick

As a drug and alcohol treatment facility, we help struggling individuals with every kind of substance abuse you can imagine. We’re often asked, “What is the toughest drug addiction to overcome?” Or, “Which is harder for sobriety, alcohol addiction or drug addiction?” The answer is—it depends. Every person is different with their own unique biology, […]

By |January 27th, 2015|Recovery Blog|Comments Off on The 10 Toughest Drug Addictions to Kick

Alcohol & Pot Killing Teens and Young Adults

One of the trends I’ve been watching is to see what the legalization of marijuana will do to the use of other substances. Pot legalization supporters insist that if people have easy, legal access to marijuana, then many will feel less need to use alcohol or hard drugs. After 30 years of working in-the-trenches with […]

By |January 26th, 2015|Recovery Blog|Comments Off on Alcohol & Pot Killing Teens and Young Adults

New Year’s Eve—Don’t Let one night Ruin Your Recovery!

Well, as hard as it is to comprehend, another year is just about over! Yep, tomorrow is New Year’s Eve, and we all know what that means—a PARTY!!!  The BIG question you must ask yourself is, “What kind of party will you be attending?” Will it be one that’s tons of FUN without the use […]

By |December 30th, 2014|Recovery Blog|Comments Off on New Year’s Eve—Don’t Let one night Ruin Your Recovery!

Is it time for a Drug or Alcohol Addiction “Intervention”?

During the Holidays a family member or friend’s drinking or drug use can be especially difficult to deal with, disrupting to peace and harmony in the family, and painful in so many ways. If someone you care about is struggling with drug or alcohol addiction, it might be time for an “Addiction Intervention.” Here’s an […]

By |December 18th, 2014|Recovery Blog|Comments Off on Is it time for a Drug or Alcohol Addiction “Intervention”?

Mom Posts Facebook Photo of Drunk Son Covered In Vomit

Just in case we in recovery need to be reminded about the really STUPID, and potentially DEADLY decisions we’ve made in the past, and that we CAN make in the future if we don’t keep actively WORKING our recovery, here’s an article about vomit, neknominate and potential death—

http://www.thefix.com/content/mom-posts-facebook-photo-drunk-son-covered-vomit-after-neknominate-game

 

Check out our last blogpost about Life After […]

By |December 8th, 2014|Recovery Blog|Comments Off on Mom Posts Facebook Photo of Drunk Son Covered In Vomit

Wes Bentley—There’s Life After Heroin Addiction

Here at Action, we see a LOT of clients suffering with heroin addiction. When they first join our recovery program and community, they have a hard time imagining life completely free from their heroin dependency. But, with time and consistently working in their recovery, the previously impossible happens—they break free!

Here’s one of Hollywood’s stars sharing […]

By |December 5th, 2014|Recovery Blog|Comments Off on Wes Bentley—There’s Life After Heroin Addiction

Avoid Addiction Relapse during the Holidays

I love the holiday season of the year! But for people in recovery it can be a tough time—stress, financial worries, family commitments, fatigue, intense emotions and mood swings—all of this can make us vulnerable to addiction relapse. But, you can prepare yourself for this potentially high-risk time of the year and protect the most […]

By |December 1st, 2014|Recovery Blog|Comments Off on Avoid Addiction Relapse during the Holidays

Gratitude and Your Addict Brain

The Thanksgiving Holiday is all about wonderful food, family, friends and trying to recognize and remember all the good people and other blessings we have in our lives. What you may not realize is the powerful effect that gratitude has on the human heart, brain and the role it can play in helping us be […]

By |November 24th, 2014|Recovery Blog|Comments Off on Gratitude and Your Addict Brain

Breaking the Stigma of Recovery

One of the biggest barriers to getting help for drug and alcohol addiction is the “stigma” of recovery—the fear, embarrassment and shame that struggling individuals feel, causing many to stay in the shadows and try to go-it-alone. As I often say, “We’re only as sick as our secrets.”

Imagine how tough it must be for celebrities […]

By |November 19th, 2014|Recovery Blog|Comments Off on Breaking the Stigma of Recovery

Narcissism can get in the way of Recovery!

One of the great challenges in drug and alcohol addiction recovery is the inability or refusal of the addict to really look closely at his or her poor choices and the myriad consequences, their selfish nature, character defects and many other issues. Sometimes part of this challenge can be a result of some level of […]

By |November 14th, 2014|Recovery Blog|Comments Off on Narcissism can get in the way of Recovery!