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Blog 2019-03-07T19:40:41+00:00

From Train Wreck to Transformations Tech

Picture this… July 26th, 2017. Humid, sunny, and hot.  A girl, 5 ft. 4in., 107 lbs., wearing a hat, sweatpants, a sweatshirt, slippers, and wrapped in a blanket… shivering. She was smoking a cigarette and her mom came outside and handed her the phone and said, “You’re going to treatment in Florida. You have to do your intake over the phone.” She was confused and her mom explained that either she could go to treatment or pack her stuff and leave. She didn’t want to be homeless so she decided to go. Later that night her mom walked her to [...]

March 21st, 2019|Addiction Recovery|

I Drink Because I Like It

As an interventionalist, I frequently talk to those facing alcohol and substance abuse disorder. Recently I sat with a young man I’ll call Justin, who said something like this to me: “I am not addicted to anything except fun. I drink because I like it!” I didn’t argue with him. While I might have suspected that Justin was in denial about the nature of his drinking, I am not the All-Knowing God capable of looking inside of him. Instead, I told him I was glad to hear that. Then I asked him if it would be okay if I asked [...]

March 13th, 2019|Substance Abuse Treatment|

We Are Both Victims and Victimizers

By: Jonathan Rios  M.S.  LMHC, Licensed Psychotherapist We've all been victimized. This is a popular notion these days and it makes total sense. When we identify as an oppressed person who has undergone a tragedy or hardship it will often bring us attention. We may even receive a boost in social status and perhaps mobilize others to come to our defense. Victim culture rewards us when we behave as though we are weak, helpless, and offended. I frequently counsel individuals who don’t want to be “fixed” because their brokenness brings them attention, money, or security. It gets them noticed and that can [...]

March 7th, 2019|Addiction Treatment|

The Three A’s of Change: Awareness, Acceptance, Action!

Imagine yourself in a dark, foul-smelling room.  Every time you take a step, you trip over shadowy objects littering the floor.  Tired and frustrated from the stumbles and falls, you clear out a corner and try to make the best of the situation by ignoring the stench and sitting still, hoping it will all just go away.  Sound unpleasant? Now imagine you live in this room. As uncomfortable as this scenario may seem, countless alcoholics and addicts have allowed themselves to live like this for years.  They have chosen the darkness and the stench.  Many were not aware that there [...]

February 28th, 2019|Addiction Recovery|

8 Things You Didn’t Know About Alcohol Withdrawal

Detoxing from alcohol isn't the same as detoxing from other substances. If not done carefully and under the care of a professional, an unsuccessful attempt to quit alcohol could have serious consequences. If you or someone you love is considering getting alcohol out of their lives for good, here are eight tips you probably didn't know, but should. 1. Not Everyone Can Quit Alcohol Cold Turkey Depending on how much you drank and for how long, quitting alcohol cold turkey may not be possible. Whenever a habitual drinker stops drinking, they will experience withdrawal symptoms. For those who have [...]

February 25th, 2019|Addiction Treatment|

Is Ecstacy addictive? Myths and Facts

Is Ecstasy Addictive? Eight Things You Need to Know The drug known as "ecstasy" has spread throughout the party and rave circuit to affect tens of thousands of people worldwide. But what exactly is the drug? What can it do to a human's body and mind? Finally, and most importantly: Is ecstasy addictive? Here are eight things you need to know about ecstasy: 1. What Is Ecstasy? Ecstasy is only one of the names that the drug is known by. Ecstasy is actually the slang term for the drug known as MDMA, an abbreviation of "Methyl enedioxy methamphetamine." Party culture [...]

February 24th, 2019|Addiction Treatment|
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