March 9, 2018

What is the Pink Cloud?

The pink cloud is a feeling people sometimes experience early in recovery. It usually lasts a few weeks or months, sometimes as long as a year. It’s a sort of euphoria that comes from turning one’s life around--or at least feeling like one’s life has turned around. It’s often described as a sort of mystical experience. It’s as if turning one’s will over to to his Higher Power has suddenly cleared the path to all good things.

March 9, 2018

How to Keep Shame from Ruining Your Recovery

Guilt and shame are major drivers of addiction and relapse. They are difficult emotions to deal with because when you feel shame or guilt, you face a dilemma: you can either try to run from it, often by using, or you beat yourself up with it. Shame and guilt are hard to let go of because you feel like letting go means you condone your mistakes, and this is compounded by the feeling that by forgiving yourself, you open yourself to criticism from others.

March 7, 2018

How Goals Can Help Your Recovery

Setting goals can be an important tool for recovery. Setting realistic, concrete goals increases accountability and gives you a sense of purpose. Whether you’re already in recovery, or still thinking about it, setting goals for yourself can help you live a better life.

March 6, 2018

Overdoses are Usually More than One Drug

We usually think of overdoses being caused by one drug. We imagine someone overdosing on heroin, fentanyl, sleeping pills, or alcohol, but that’s not often the complete picture. For example, whenever a celebrity dies of an overdose, it’s never one drug. Philip Seymour Hoffman had heroin, cocaine, benzodiazepines, and amphetamines in his system. Heath Ledger died from a combination of oxycodone, hydrocodone, diazepam, temazepam, alprazolam, and doxylamine.

March 5, 2018

Proactivity vs Reactivity in Recovery

Proactive thinking is characterized by planning ahead and working toward a goal in a coherent way. Reactive thinking is more like being caught by surprise and scrambling to deal with a novel situation. Both are necessary in daily life, but if you rely too much on reactive thinking in recovery, you’re making things harder than they need to be.

March 2, 2018

13 Different Types of Addiction Therapy

When looking into addiction treatment people are often surprised by the multitude of therapy options offered by each treatment center. Professionals in the space have learned that addiction treatment cannot be approached in a generalized way. Many different therapies ensures that individual patients receive individualized treatments. Having a variety of evidence-based therapy options means that each patient will find the path of treatment which will work best for them.

March 1, 2018

FAQ on Amphetamines

Amphetamine addiction can cause very serious health side effects for brain and body. Commonly prescribed as prescriptions and commonly abused as illegal drugs, amphetamine abuse can hide under the radar. If you are concerned about amphetamine abuse for yourself or for another, please read this information and contact us today.

Q. What are amphetamines?

February 28, 2018

Music Therapy

Music therapy is an artistic form of therapy that uses music to improve and keep your psychological, physical, and social well-being. There are many ways to incorporate music into therapy such as singing, listening to music, or playing a musical instrument. This mode of therapy is used in rehabs, hospitals, nursing homes, correctional facilities, schools, and hospices. Music therapy helps give patients a voice that they had been unable to express.

February 27, 2018

Complex PTSD

Post-traumatic stress disorder is a disorder of having trouble recovering from a traumatic event. Complex PTSD is for long-term traumatic events such as being held captive, being in a concentration camp, long-term domestic abuse, prisoner of war camps, and long-term sexual abuse. It is important for those with Complex PTSD to seek treatment to recover from the years of emotional and physical abuse they have endured.

February 27, 2018

What You Did Not Know About Alcoholism

Alcoholism is a chronic, progressive, and potentially fatal disease. In Ireland and all throughout Europe there is an ongoing problem of alcoholism. One of the best ways to be armed against alcoholism in yourself or another is through information.