Category: Sober living/treatment

Is Hitting Rock Bottom Necessary to Seek Addiction Treatment?

June 12, 2019

Hitting rock bottom before seeking treatment can be dangerous. Not only is rock bottom hard to qualify, but it’s also not absolute. Furthermore, waiting for yourself or a loved one to hit rock bottom could lead to someone actually dying - not a good thing. What Defines Rock Bottom? Rock bottom refers to the idea of a person hitting the lowest point in their addiction. The term "lowest point" is highly subjective. "Lowest" how?  As in, the worst...

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Working While in Recovery

May 16, 2019

Working While in Recovery: Can it be done? The short answer is - it depends. Since there are different stages of recovery, let's focus on which stage of recovery is most conducive to working while in recovery. First, let's quickly cover the stages of recovery: Rehab/Detox - The first step on the recovery journey is purging the toxins from one's body. This means in-patient rehab (aka "detox") During this stage, you're eseentially in a facility,...

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Is My Teenager Smoking Weed?

April 10, 2019

Looking Out For Signs Your Teen is Using Marijuana Marijuana is the most commonly used drug among teenagers. With the advent of social media, the use of marijuana is considered "cool" by many teens, and many teens don't even consider it to be a drug. Changes in laws regarding medicinal marijuana and recreational use causes many teens to doubt the dangers of marijuana use. A 2014 survey of 12th-grade students found that just over 21...

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Paying for Treatment with Medicare or Medicaid

April 3, 2019

What are Medicare and Medicaid? Depending on the type of addiction treatment program you've selected, many of them offer the option to use government funded healthcare programs. Inn fact, one of the most commonly used methods for paying for drug and alcohol rehab  is Medicaid or Medicare, both of which are are federal or state-funded health insurance programs. These insurance programs can provide free or low-cost drug and alcohol addiction...

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What's After Rehab?

January 19, 2019

Knowing What's After Rehab is Critical to the Recovery Process The goal of treatment is always to pass to you the the skills you need in life to live a sober life and to manage stresses and challenges. Success after rehab means that these skills are vital to your success. Unfortunately, some people think that completing rehab means they're recovered. Nothing could be further from the truth. Rehab (aka "detox") is nothing more than purging the...

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Workaholics: Do Certain Jobs Create More Risk for Addiction?

January 5, 2019

Drug Abuse and Addiction Though there are a number of professions that come with high rates of drug abuse and addiction, some of the highest risk jobs or industries include: Health care professionals. With easy access to prescription painkillers, benzodiazepines, and a number of drugs used for anesthesia, it can be difficult to withstand the temptation to use these drugs if addiction is an issue. Nurses, doctors, anesthesiologists, and...

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How to Talk to Friends About Recovery

December 19, 2018

Talking to friends of loved ones about your past struggles with addiction or recovery process can be difficult. While the weight of this secret is lifted from your shoulders, you're still left wondering about how you will be judged.. Will this revelation affect the relationship? Will they lose respect for you? It's nice to think that while they may be shocked at first, but they'll offer words of encouragement. This is usually the case, but it's wise...

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7 Tips for Staying Sober During the Holidays

December 12, 2018

Staying sober for the holidays Here are some tips for protecting your sobriety, preventing relapse and how to handle delicate situations. There's a tendency to approach the holidays with unrealistic expectations and the normal holiday festivities can be more complicated for everyone if you don't set some boundaries and expectations. Just traveling over a holiday weekend can be a trigger for relapse due to delays, scheduling or...

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How To Support a Friend or Loved One in a Sober Living Home

November 5, 2018

While sober living homes in Orange County are similar to others around the country, but with a unique advantage - several of them are in superb locations. Some of amazing amenities. some are close to the beach and others offer budget-conscious options. When someone you love comes finally seeks help with their drug addiction problem and makes the choice to enter an inpatient drug treatment program or sober living home, it’s often an incredible...

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Emotional Support Animals and Recovery

October 17, 2018

Drug addiction recovery means total war. For treatment, professionals will use any and all available tools to combat the disease. No stone is left unturned, no treatment us left unconsidered. To treat substance abuse, science has focused on many areas, especially with respect to neuroscience. They've studied how neurotransmitters work in effort to find more effective ways to treat this disease. Neurotransmitters are powerful, and artificial...

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