- Addressing Lingering Guilt and Shame in Recovery
Carrying guilt associated with your past will undoubtedly put your sobriety in jeopardy. So how do you deal with lingering guilt in recovery?
- Becoming a Sponsor is a Major Recovery Milestone, & Here’s Why
Becoming a sponsor is one of AA’s final steps, but it’s about more than just “paying it forward.” The role of becoming a sponsor also plays heavily into one’s own recovery. Here are a few of the many benefits you’ll find when you become a sponsor. The Inspiration Goes Both Ways It’s a sponsor’s job... View more
- Was NXIVM Created to Feed Keith Raniere’s Sex Addiction?
Was NXIVM Created to Feed Keith Raniere’s Sex Addiction?Keith Raniere has made headlines recently with more details surrounding his sexual exploits coming to light. Speculation has come about as to whether he suffers from a legitimate sexual addiction, and while many would agree this is the case we seem to be looking at a more... View more
- Online Resources to Help You Maintain Your Sobriety
Many of us are spending a lot of time at home. So what kind of online resources are available for those in recovery?
- Do I Have a Drinking Problem?
If you're someone asking, "Do I have a drinking problem," then we're here to help... Here's how to identify a drinking problem.
- Why Are Drugs So Addictive?
We know that alcohol and drugs are powerfully addictive. But many people don't know why, so we're answering why drugs are so addiction.
- Common Questions (& Answers) About Sober Living
Do you have unanswered questions about sober living homes? Well, we've got the answers... Find out more in this sober living Q&A.
- The Ultimate Guide to Intensive Outpatient Treatment
Intensive Outpatient Treatment can be an asset. Here's everything you should know about IOP with answers to your biggest questions.
- The Role of Twelve-Step Programs in Recovery
Twelve-step programs have helped millions to get sober. What kind of role do twelve-step programs play in addiction recovery?
- MDMA Addiction: Fact or Fiction?
MDMA is typically associated with partying, but are we underestimating this drug? Should MDMA addiction be a real concern, or is it fiction?
- 10 Tips for Living a Sober Life
Getting sober is only the first step to recovery. So we've made maintaining your sobriety easier with these 10 tips for living a sober life.
- Which Substances Are the Most Addictive?
All substances are dangerous and addictive to a degree, but some are more addictive than others. Which are the most addictive substances?
- Helping vs. Enabling: What’s the Difference?
All addicts benefit from the support of their loved ones. But how do you help without enabling? This is our helping vs enabling breakdown.
- 8 Things to Know About Sober Living
Sober living has become a major asset to recovery for many people. If you have reservations, here are 8 things to know about sober living.
- Kratom, Explained
Many drugs are prone to abuse, but Kratom is one that many people are unfamiliar with. This is Kratom explained: What is it? Is it addictive?
- Anxiety Disorder vs. Panic Disorder: What’s the Difference?
Are anxiety disorder and panic disorder the same thing or different? Find out in our anxiety disorder vs panic disorder breakdown.
- Halfway Homes vs. Sober Living vs. Transitional Living
Is there a difference between halfway homes, sober living homes, and transitional living homes? Or are they the same? Let's find out...
- What is a Sober Companion?
Sober companions are becoming a common tool for sustaining one's sobriety. But what is a sober companion? Does having a sober companion work?
- Anger Disorders & Substance Abuse: What You Should Know
A number of emotional disorders have been associated with addiction... But what about anger? Are anger disorders and addiction related?
- Does Sober Living Actually Work?
Sober living is a common follow-up to addiction treatment. But do sober living homes actually work? Are they necessary? Let's find out...
- Will My Health Insurance Plan Cover a Sober Living Home?
Most health insurance providers cover addiction treatment, but what about sober living homes? Will my health insurance plan cover a sober living home?
- The Four Cs of Addiction, Explained
Addiction is a complex illness. However, the four Cs of addiction allows us to distill addiction to its most basic tenets. So let's break them down.
- The Psychology of Addiction
Addiction is a brain disease that has many profound effects on the brain. To give you a better understanding, let's break down the psychology of addiction.
- Which Mental Health Disorders Increase Vulnerability to Addiction?
There are many things that can lead to addiction, including mental disorders. So let's look at the top mental health disorders that can lead to addiction.
- Tolerance, Dependence, Addiction: Is There a Difference?
Tolerance. Chemical dependence. Addiction. These are common terms, but it's not easy to know which is right in each situation. So let's break them down.
- Are Creative People More Likely to Become Addicted?
Many brilliant creatives have had lifelong struggles with substance abuse... Why? Is there a connection between creativity and addiction? Let's find out.
- Addiction Comorbidity, Explained
Addiction comorbidity is when someone suffers from addiction as well as a co-occurring disorder... and we're taking a look at this concept in more detail.
- The Truth About Crime & Substance Abuse
Many people assume that crime and substance abuse go hand-in-hand, but is it true? Let's take a look at some real data and facts to answer this question.
- How to Have Fun While Staying Sober On Holidays
Alcohol and holidays often go hand-in-hand in our minds. But what if you're in recovery? Here's how to have fun while sober during holiday celebrations.
- What (& Who) is the 27 Club?
The "27 Club" is infamous for its many talented, well-known members who were taken before their times. But what is the 27 Club? And who are its members?
- A Brief History of Addiction Treatment
Where does modern addiction treatment come from? How did it develop? These questions — and more — are answered in this brief history of addiction treatment.
- COVID-19, Explained
In light of the coronavirus pandemic, it's important to separate the facts from the fiction. So this is COVID-19, explained.
- Inpatient vs. Outpatient Treatment: What’s the Difference?
All addiction treatment programs are either inpatient or inpatient. But what's the difference? This is our inpatient vs. outpatient breakdown.
- What is Case Management?
Case management is often an essential part of addiction rehabilitation. But what is case management? Why is it beneficial?
- Common Excuses People Give to Avoid Rehab (& How to Respond)
People avoid addiction treatment for many reasons, so we put together a list of the most common excuses people avoid rehab and how you can overcome them.
- Deconstructing the Addiction Stigma
Despite having a better understanding of this deadly disease, addiction remains highly stigmatized. So what's the deal with the addiction stigma?
- The Serenity Prayer
“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.” The Serenity Prayer The Serenity Prayer’s AA History The serenity prayer holds particular significance in the recovery community, especially in 12-Step groups. In fact, some refer to it as “the... View more
- Why Rehab is Just the First Step
Going to rehab for treatment doesn't mean you're done with recovery. In fact, drug rehab is the first step of many in the recovery journey.
- 7 Relapse Prevention Strategies That Actually Work
Completing addiction treatment is just the first step of recovery, so here are some of the best relapse prevention strategies for maintaining your sobriety.
- How to Give a Loved One Support in Recovery
Addiction treatment helps people to get sober, but loved ones' support is how they stay sober... So here's how to give loved ones support in recovery.
- What is Outpatient Rehab?
Outpatient rehab allows patients the opportunity to stay in their environment, while providing a structured therapy regime consisting of peer engagement.
- What is After Rehab?
Now that you've completed an inpatient rehab facility what happens next? As many as 60% of people relapse after treatment making outpatient so important.
- What is Rehab Like?
The thought of attending rehab can be intimidating. However, more than anything attending inpatient rehab is similar to going to summer camp.
- Who Is Most At Risk of Drug Addiction?
Anybody can become addicted. But who is most at risk of drug addiction? Let's break down which demographics have above-average addiction rates.
- Help Someone with Addiction Pt. II
Here are three tools you can use if you find yourself in a situation where a loved one is battling a substance abuse disorder and needs help with addiction.
- Risk Factors for Addiction
What causes addiction? Although there's not a definitive answer, we do know the most common risk factors for addiction. And we're breaking them down...
- Help Someone with Addiction Pt. I
Here are three tools you can use if you find yourself in a situation where a loved one is battling a substance abuse disorder and needs help with addiction.
- Sober Living
Silicon Beach Treatment Center offers excellent sober living options for those enrolled in our outpatient programs. To learn more call us at 833-LA-REHAB!
- Perception is Reality
We can look at all the things we go through as blessings because they got us to where we needed to be, or we can let our past demoralize us from regret.
- Social Wellness: Wellness Pt. 8
Social wellness is determined by the people we spend time with and our community. It is the relationships we have and our interactions with others.
- Occupational Wellness: Wellness Pt. 7
Occupational wellness is the level of fulfillment we find in work and feelings that our work makes a difference. Additionally it looks at work-life balance.
- Financial Wellness: Wellness Pt. 6
Financial wellness is the act of understanding how to positively handle your finances. Poor finances impact both your physical and emotional wellbeing.
- Environmental Wellness: Wellness Pt. 5
Environmental wellness motivates us to remember to be considerate of everything around us. t's knowing the role of your ecological footprint.
- Intellectual Wellness: Wellness Pt. 4
Intellectual wellness is associated with how we use our mind: how often we actively pursue new endeavors, our creativity, and our critical thinking.
- Spiritual Wellness: Wellness Pt: 3
Spiritual wellness goes far beyond religious practices. One of the most important aspects to this is finding a greater purpose in our lives.
- Emotional Wellness: Wellness Pt. 2
Emotional wellness helps prevent us from becoming a slave to our emotions by evaluating how well we’re handling our feelings. Life becomes more balanced.
- Physical Wellness: Wellness Pt. 1
Physical wellness (regular exercise and a healthy diet) is important to living your best life and regaining your identity after a substance abuse disorder.
- Mindfulness and Addiction
Mindfulness. It’s a fascinating concept and one that can greatly help a person on their road to recovery. As the word implies, mindfulness is the ability to objectively interpret events without influence of your own personal bias. It’s a person’s impartial, conscious understanding or awareness of the world around them in the present moment. One... View more
- Three Reasons to Spend the Holiday in Rehab
You might be looking ahead and thinking, “this year I get my life back”. Why wait? Here are three reasons spending the holiday in rehab is your best option.
- Addiction Aftercare
To continue maintaining sobriety after being involved in a program can be extremely difficult. An addict going back to the environment in which they were in before can be very triggering.
- Heroin Withdrawal
The time it takes to withdraw from heroin, like many other drugs, depend on the length of time that one used, frequency and dosage.
- Marijuana Detox
The detoxification symptoms from marijuana vary from each person and they can cause serious discomfort.
- Alcoholism Rehab
For someone to admit they a problem and them being open to seeking help is just the beginning, but an extremely important step towards maintaining sobriety.
- Overcoming Old Habits
Our lives run on the habits we create. Just about everything we do in life is based off a habit we’ve developed at some point in time. Some habits help us in life, while others hold us back. Some bad habits, like an addiction, can negatively impact your ability to live your best life.
- How Treatment Centers can Further Help Program Alumni
From the outside, recovering from an issue like substance abuse might seem like a process that has somewhat of a beginning and end. However, the end of treatment is only the beginning of the journey to recovery. Because of this, many treatment centers maintain an open line of communication with program alumni, acting as a... View more
- Effects of Binge Drinking on the Brain
Effects of Binge Drinking on the Brain In America, alcohol is an integral part of the social scene. A 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that an estimated 52.2 percent of Americans aged 12 or older were current alcohol users. Alcohol is the most commonly abused drug in the U.S., despite the... View more
- Triggers and Cravings
Triggers and Cravings Triggers and cravings can be one of the most difficult aspects of recovery from alcoholism and drug abuse. A trigger is anything that brings back painful thoughts, feelings, or memories having to do with your addiction. This could be your drug of choice, a location you frequented or even a person you... View more
- Prescriptions for Dangerous Doses Dropping
Dangerous Doses for Prescriptions Dropping A recent federal analysis found prescriptions for higher, more dangerous doses have dropped the most sharply, by 41 percent since 2010. In 1999 the nation’s problem with opioid addiction was just starting. An analysis by the Federal Center for Disease Control and Prevention also found that the rate for prescriptions... View more
- Abuse vs Addiction
Abuse vs Addiction While the terms abuse and addiction are often used interchangeably, the reality is that they are each describing a different type of person. The terms do have some similarities in that they both negatively impact their lives. We’ll take a closer look at these two terms to better distinguish the difference between... View more
- Understanding Drug Relapse in Addiction
Drug Relapse in Addiction Relapse, in the context of drug use, involves the recurrence of pathological drug use after a period of abstinence. There are various types of substances that may cause addiction or dependence, such as depressants, stimulants, or nicotine. Relapse is now often viewed as the rule rather than the exception in addiction... View more
- Alcoholism Warning Signs
Warning Signs of Alcoholism If you are concerned that a loved one is struggling with alcoholism, there are warning signs that you can look for to determine if they are addicted to alcohol. While many signs are easily recognizable, others may be more difficult to identify. The severity of the abuse can also play a... View more
- Women and Addiction
About Women and Addiction The approach used to treating addiction is different for each individual. This same idea applies to the treatment approach used for men and women. Until the 1990’s the majority of addiction studies focused on men. It wasn’t until women were required to be added to the studies that significant differences were... View more
- Tips for Maintaining Positivity in Addiction Recovery
Maintaining Positivity in Addiction Recovery While there is really no way to avoid negativity completely in life, you can make the commitment to focus on positivity instead. In addiction recovery, there will be extremely difficult days where you will struggle and won’t want to leave the comforts of your bed, these are the times where... View more
- Tips for Staying Sober in College
Tips for Students Choosing to Stay Sober in College According to the Wall Street Journal, students between the ages of 18 and 24 represent the largest-growing demographic of individuals seeking treatment for drug abuse. Some students may be coming to college already having been sober in high school. Others may develop alcohol or drug addiction while... View more
- Carfentanil Poses New Threat
Carfentanil Poses New Threat Over 53 deaths have occurred due to the intake of carfentail in South Florida, and most users are blind to what they are ingesting. Commonly used as an elephant tranquilizer, carfentanil is approximately 10,000 times more potent than morphine. Hollywood police say many people who ingest the drug do not know... View more
- Addiction Recovery and the Holidays
Addiction Recovery and the Holidays There is no doubt that the holidays present recovering addicts and their families with a number of challenges. The holiday season can be full of stress and everyone could use a little extra support during this time. Those in active recovery are faced with challenges when it comes to temptation... View more
- Tips for a Happy and Sober Holiday Season
Tips for Having a Happy and Sober Holiday Season The holidays can be a challenging time for those in recovery. Between holiday parties and gatherings with family and friends, you could find yourself in a few uncomfortable situations when it comes to alcohol and other substances. Not to mention the added stress that can creep... View more
- Making Sobriety Top Priority Following Election
Making Sobriety Top Priority Following Election As one of the most turbulent presidential elections in history comes to an end, countless Americans are finding themselves overwhelmed with anxiety, terror, panic, and anger. While some find themselves relieved that the dramatic election is finally over, there are millions of people struggling with the aftereffects of this... View more
- Maintaining Sobriety Following the Election
Maintaining Sobriety Following the Election Millions of Americans are finding themselves overwhelmed with fear, stress, panic, and anger as one of the most turbulent presidential campaigns in history comes to a close. While some find themselves relieved that the dramatic election has finally reached its end, there are countless people struggling with the lingering effects... View more
- Rapper Kid Cudi Checks into Rehab for Depression, Anxiety, and Suicidal Thoughts
Rapper Kid Cudi Checks into Rehab for Depression, Anxiety, and Suicidal Thoughts Rapper Scott “Kid Cudi” Mescudi checked into rehab last week for depression, anxiety, and suicidal urges. The hip-hop star shared the news in an emotional letter posted to his Facebook page, revealing “I am not at peace. I haven’t been since you’ve known... View more
- Starting Over – Life After Addiction Recovery
Life After Addiction Recovery Many people do not realize that recovery is a long and continuous journey that does not end after “getting sober.” While getting sober is the most important step in the recovery process, in actuality it’s just the beginning. It is important to make smart, deliberate decisions in order to stay sober... View more
- High-Functioning Addicts – What You Should Know
What You Should Know About High-Functioning Addicts A high-functioning addict is defined as someone who is able to hide their excessive use of alcohol or drugs from others. This person may have a good job, a secure home life, and be respected in the community despite their addiction. Statistics show that of the nearly 17... View more
- What is a High-Functioning Addict?
What is a High-Functioning Addict? A functioning addict is often defined as someone who is able to hide their excessive use of drugs or alcohol. This person may have a good job, a secure home life, and be respected in the community despite their addiction. Of the nearly 17 million adults in the this country... View more
- Top Tips for Addiction Recovery
The journey a person takes during addiction recovery is both unique and complicated, but there are several tips that can be used to help make the journey to long-term sobriety a little easier. Addiction recovery can be an extremely challenging time in your life and is often better to be done while being surrounded by... View more
- What You Should Know About Opioid Addiction
Opioid Addiction The United States is currently caught in the grip of an opioid overdose epidemic. Opioids are often prescribed by doctors to treat acute pain in patients. Opioids, also known as opiates, include hydrocodone, oxycodone, codeine, morphine, and other related drugs. These drugs work to reduce the intensity of pain signals reaching the brain... View more
- Opiate Addiction
Opioids, also called Opiates or Narcotics, are found in certain prescription pain medications including hydrocodone, oxycodone, codeine, fentanyl, morphine, and illegal drugs such as heroin. Doctors will prescribe Opiate painkiller medications to treat acute pain. Prolonged use of Opiates can lead to a lessening of the pain relieving effects causing pain to become worse. As... View more
- ADHD Medication Addiction Leading to Increases in Crystal Meth Use
ADHD Medication Addiction Leading to Increases in Crystal Meth Use What is ADHD? ADHD or attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder is diagnosed in children, adolescents, or adults and is treated with prescriptions for stimulant medications including amphetamines and methylphenidate. The prescription drugs given to patients for the treatment of ADHD include Adderall, Ritalin, and Concerta. Individuals diagnosed... View more
- September is National Recovery Month
National Recovery Month National Recovery Month is recognized every September. It is a national observance help to increase awareness of mental and/or substance use disorders, celebrate individuals in long-term recovery, and acknowledge the work of prevention, treatment, and recovery services. The lives of millions of Americans have been transformed through recovery, but these successes will... View more
- National Recovery Month
Recognizing National Recovery Month Every September National Recovery Month, a national observance held to increase awareness of mental and/or substance use disorders, celebrates individuals in long-term recovery, and acknowledge the work of prevention, treatment, and recovery services. There are millions of Americans whose lives have been transformed through recovery, but these successes often go unnoticed by... View more
- How to be Supportive of a Loved One Starting Their Sober Life
Tips for Being Supportive of a Loved One Starting Their Sober Life Returning to everyday life can be an overwhelming experience for some in recovery. Leaving the safety and structure of treatment and returning to their everyday life will come with its own set of challenges. There are a number of things that you can... View more
- Benefits of Sober Living in Recovery
Why choose sober living? You’ve taken the first steps in recovery, which are often the most difficult, and detoxed in an addiction treatment program. Now you may be wondering, ‘What’s next?’ This is a daunting question that many in addiction recovery are faced with. Leaving the safety and security of inpatient treatment to return to... View more
- Tips for Sober Living
Tips for Living a Sober Life Getting help for addiction is the first step and an extremely crucial one at that. After leaving rehab people can be bombarded with the fact that the real challenge is to now live a sober life. The idea of sober living can be daunting for someone just out of... View more
- Benefits of Continuing Treatment in an IOP
The Benefits of Continuing Treatment in an IOP Treatment for drug and alcohol addiction often begins at an inpatient facility for detox. The amount of time spent at an inpatient facility will often vary depending on a number of factors. Following inpatient treatment some patients may choose to continue their recovery journey at an IOP... View more
- Addiction Recovery and Mending Relationships
Mending Relationships in Addiction Recovery Relationships undergo a great deal of damage when it comes to addiction. The people that we love are often the ones that are most deeply impacted by our addiction. Once initial steps are taken to begin the journey to recovery, it is usually a good time to reflect on and invest time... View more
- Repairing Relationships in Recovery
Repairing Relationships in Addiction Recovery Substance abuse takes a toll on every aspect of your life, including your relationships. While escaping addiction and beginning your journey to recovery is a momentous achievement, it does not mean that everything if your life will repair itself. In order to repair the relationships that were damaged during active... View more
- Understanding Addiction
What is addiction? Drug addiction can be a difficult thing to understand for many people. How do people become addicted to drugs? Why do people become addicted to drugs? This lack of understanding of addiction can cause people to think that addiction is due to a lack of morals or willpower to stop using drugs.... View more
- Addiction Myths
Myths About Addiction People often have the idea that everyone who is suffering from addiction falls into a certain stereotype, that they are “all the same.” Common misconceptions such as these have a direct impact on addicts and how people perceive them in day to day life. The way that addicts are portrayed on t.v.... View more