Rehab & Addiction Blog

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How to Find the Right Houston Recovery Centers

How do you find the right facility among a large number of Greater Houston recovery centers? It takes time and effort to find the right rehab center for you. Each has its own merits. Some offer more programs than others, some are smaller in size and allow for closer relationships to be built. It is…

What is Step 9 of the 12 Steps Program?

Step Nine of the 12 Steps : We made direct amends to such persons [“all persons we had wronged,” Step Eight] whenever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others. For many 12-Steppers, the subordinate clause in Step Nine of the 12 Steps (“except when …”) seems a welcome excuse for avoiding…

Fight Addiction by Keeping Your Mind in the Moment

The better your focus on the task at hand, the less space will be left in your mind for stress—and the more productive you’ll be. The ideal is a “flow” state of consciousness, keeping your mind in the moment, where you become completely absorbed in your work and are fully enjoying it. Sound impossible? To…

You’re Not Invincible from Relapse

“So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall!” -Holy Bible, New International Version, 1 Corinthians 10:12 Initial detox from chemical dependence is exhilarating. You feel better—physically, mentally, and emotionally—than you have in years. Anything seems possible. You believe wholeheartedly that “I’ll never go back to that old misery!” You believe you’re immune to relapse….

group addiction therapy discuss polysubstance abuse and treatment

What is Polysubstance Abuse?

Polysubstance abuse is the abuse of multiple drugs simultaneously. This can be the abuse of legal over the counter products, prescription drugs, illicit drugs, or any combination of the three. People can be doing this without being aware. For example, if you are on Xanax and you drink wine every night you are a polysubstance…

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How to Get Off Opioids

Codeine, fentanyl, and oxycodone are common opioids. You might receive them as prescriptions from your doctor. Maybe you started using them in an off-label way for the high. Now, you need help figuring out how to get off opioids. Find a Facility That Has a Chronic Pain Care Program A good-quality opioid addiction treatment center…

Twelve Ways Be Merry and Sober

Today and next week, our “12 Steps” series takes a hiatus to acknowledge Christmas and New Year’s. In a nod to the “12” in “12 Steps” (and to the “Twelve Days of Christmas”), the holiday posts will consist of Top 12 lists instead of the standard Top 10.  Today, you don’t have to worry about…

a woman suffering from chronic pain and addiction

Dealing with Chronic Pain and Addiction

When you or someone you love face the commonly paired problems of chronic pain and addiction, the future feels scary. But with the right treatment, chronic pain becomes a problem of your past, just as you learn how to live without using drugs or alcohol. Instead, you learn constructive ways of managing your pain for…

Addiction Tip: Remember Your Past, But Move Forward

As Memorial Day weekend begins, let’s all who fight the war against substance abuse and remember how far we’ve come. Remember the Fallen Sadly, we can’t pretend that everyone wins the personal war against substance abuse. In 2014, more than 28,000 Americans died from opioid overdoses, and over 75,000 from alcoholism-related issues (not counting the…

What is Step 11 of the 12 Steps Program

Step 11 of the 12 Steps: We sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood him, praying only for knowledge of God’s will for us and the power to carry it out. As you begin Step 11 of the 12 Steps, you may recall that our post on Step Two…

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Mental Illness and Substance Abuse

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Over a third of substance addicts are estimated to also have some level of mental illness, according to 2014 statistics from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The commonality of mental illness and substance abuse gives those concerned about addiction more of a reason to bring awareness…

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Do I Need a Rehab Program for Women Only?

Many people face one big question when deciding on rehab treatment today. That is, do I need rehab programs for women or men only? Is a gender-specific program the right one for my best chance of long term sobriety? Do I Need Rehab Programs for Women Only? That question of, “Do I need rehab programs…