Does it seem that sometimes you could be feeling good, with no need for drugs, and then suddenly you find yourself obsessed with getting high? It could be that something sub-conscious is triggering your drug use. Identifying your triggers and finding healthier ways of coping with them is a critical step in recovering from an … Continue reading How Certain Triggers Could be Fueling Your Drug Use
Traumatic experiences can cause significant psychological and physiological damage to the brain, so recovery requires a thorough diagnosis and careful treatment that can take months, or even years, to complete. In certain situations, full recovery proves to be elusive, so people who suffer from neurological and psychological damage must find healthy ways to cope with … Continue reading Embracing Trauma Recovery as a Process
The reality of rehab is often obscured by myth and fiction. The sum total of most people’s knowledge of rehab is based on some combination of dramatic or comedic depictions in films or the sensationalism of reality TV. Most people imagine rehab for drugs like Ativan to either be something akin to the mental hospital … Continue reading Debunking the Myth That You Won’t Have to Work in Rehab
Addiction thrives on secrecy. One of the most difficult things for an addict to do is to open up about the disease and the shame, frustration, and isolation that it causes. This is due in no small part to the changes chemical dependence precipitates in the neurological functioning of the brain. It is also due … Continue reading Accountability and Being Open About Your Recovery
Drug and alcohol addiction can cause feelings and behaviors that the addict would have never predicted. At some point, the clutches of addiction become too strong, so an addict decides to seek treatment. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, a main point of principles of addiction treatment is to address all of a … Continue reading Why Is Controlling My Emotions So Important in Rehab?
Many people believe moods to be emotional states that are controlled internally and directed by the conscious part of the brain. If someone is in a “bad mood,” we probably mean that she is melancholy, irritable, sad or lethargic, and we assume that her behavior is in some way a choice she is making. “Snap … Continue reading Mood Chemicals and Their Effect on the Brain