The Life-Changing Power of Gratitude

more than just a seasonal reminder that we should be glad for what we have, gratitude is a potent tool for improving physical health and mental well-being. It’s associated with better sleep, more energy, less depression and possibly even a lower risk of heart disease. Stress, anxiety, and loneliness can all be dramatically altered by this simple practice

Why Choose an Orange County, CA Treatment Center?

When getting clean and sober, you’ll face a lot of challenges. The treatment center you choose can make a huge difference in the benefits you reap as you begin to accumulate sober time. Many clients love the weather in Orange County and enjoy the fact that why are...

Cope with Anxiety in a Healthy Way

Anxiety can be a reaction to stress that is a challenge to cope with in early recovery. While it’s a normal emotion that almost all human beings experiences, the unique challenges it poses for people who are new to recovery must be addressed. If you’re new to...

Drugs and Alcohol Aren’t the Only Common Addictions

Many people believe that drugs and alcohol are the only types of addictions that are harmful. This belief is a common misconception. Addiction destroys lives, alienates loved ones, and causes a lot of pain and chaos. Many people will be addicted to more than one...

Which Drugs Are Considered the Most Addictive?

When a person is using substances, it usually starts as casual abuse. Some drugs can cause a person to be addicted overnight, while others seem to creep into addiction out of nowhere. When a person is addicted to a drug, they have a substance use disorder. Some drugs...

Guilt and Shame in Recovery

Is feeling guilty or shame a part of recovery? Many people feel bad about things they did or things done to them in life. It’s true that you may have done things that were hurtful, morally wrong, or even illegal when you were using. It makes sense that you would feel...

What is the Clinical Opiate Withdrawal Scale (COWS)?

When a person abuses opioid drugs, such as heroin, Oxycontin or Vicoden, over a long period, they often experience withdrawal when they cease use. Most of the time, they will experience a myriad of withdrawal symptoms related to their drug of choice. These withdrawal...

Synthetic Marijuana: A Dangerous, Addictive Drug

Synthetic marijuana is a dangerous drug that has been pervasive on the streets of cities and towns nationwide for the past few years. Known for being cheap and hard to detect on drug tests, each batch of this synthetic drug is dangerous and sometimes deadly. Because...

In Recovery? Here’s What You Need to Know About Mental Health

In recovery, you learn a lot about your emotions, actions and reaction and the part they play in your addiction. Many people in recovery suffer from bouts of anxiety or depression but don’t think it’s a big deal. However, if you’re depressed, anxious, or have episodes...

Learning to Relax in Recovery

When you were using drugs and alcohol, you probably didn’t think about why you were using. It might surprise you that most people only use for a few reasons – typically to escape, relax or reward themselves. In other words, people use drugs and alcohol to “let go” and...

How Does Using Alcohol and Other Drugs Affect Spirituality?

When you were in your active addiction, did you have any spirituality? If you believe in a religion, you probably found yourself praying for help every once in a while. Many people who are in recovery will say they suffered a deficit of spirit, and abandoned any...