Comparing AA, SMART and Celebrate Recovery

Comparing AA, SMART, and Celebrate Recovery: Which is Best for You?

Admitting you have an addiction is the first step to the path to recovery. The next step should be a quality detox (if necessary) and residential program to set the foundation for your new life. After the formal treatment plans, you have some options about your continuing support network. There are several treatment options that… Read More

A Well-rounded approach to recovery - More than weekly meetings

Beyond Weekly Meetings: A Well-Rounded Approach to Recovery

Getting help in dealing with addiction can be complicated. First, there are practically endless options. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, there are around 14,500 rehab centers operating at any given time. These include inpatient programs, outpatient programs, detox, weekly meetings and many, many more. The point is that “rehab” can look very different for… Read More

PHP and IOP - a guide on stepdown addiction care

PHP and IOP: A Primer on Step-Down Care

Outpatient programming is an important part of the continuum of care for those seeking to recover from a substance use disorder. While occasionally used as a starting point for those new to the world of recovery, outpatient programs are generally not stand-alone. In most treatment pathways, they serve as a step-down from inpatient rehabilitation, a… Read More

What is outpatient treatment like

Outpatient Treatment: What It Is and What It’s Like

Treatment is an exceptionally important part of recovering from addiction. And, unfortunately, it’s not as common as it should be — only 11 percent of the estimated 24.6 percent of Americans with substance use disorders get treatment. While this is alarming in itself, many individuals don’t know what treatment entails, even those who are a part of the addiction community. It’s… Read More

How Hallucinogens are used in addiction treatment

The Risks of Hallucinogens in Addiction Treatment

Treating substance addiction with hallucinogenics is a current hot topic within the evolving field of addiction treatment modalities. Hallucinogenics are drugs that cause audio, visual, tactile or olfactory hallucinations by disrupting neurotransmitter systems existing within the spinal cord and brain. Neurotransmitters involved with regulating sensory perception and mood include dopamine, serotonin, acetylcholine and norepinephrine. Unlike heroin, cocaine or methamphetamine, hallucinogenics do not target “reward”… Read More

The antiquated ideas in addiction treatment

Outdated Ideas in Addiction Treatment… and a Positive Path Forward

Humans have a relationship with addictive substances at least as old as recorded history. Alcohol consumption is well documented in ancient cultures. Chinese texts refer often to the opium poppy, and it’s a known fact that the “wisest” members of societies in India, Southeast Asia, and the early Americas used hallucinogenic substances to have spiritual… Read More