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SMART Recovery Meetings: A Great Alternative to AA Support Meetings

SMART Recovery Meetings: A Great Alternative to AA Support Meetings
Because Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) – and offshoot programs like Narcotics Anonymous (NA) – are the most widely known peer support groups for addiction recovery, many people are unaware that there are alternative programs that are equally beneficial for supporting addiction recovery. Programs like SMART Recovery® include non-12-step support groups that provide the same benefits as AA meetings. Although AA is widely endorsed, there are many people who don’t like AA for one reason or another. Some of these reasons include: They attended 12-step meetings but didn’t feel comfortable there. They don’t agree with the idea of addiction as an incurable disease that requires an ...
First Year of Sobriety: Managing Your Mental Health and Dealing With Withdrawal Symptoms

First Year of Sobriety: Managing Your Mental Health and Dealing With Withdrawal Symptoms
Going from addiction to sobriety is best thought of not as an event, but as a journey. Initially, the focus of attention is on rehab: Is rehab really necessary? If so, what kind and for how long? Rehab is thought of as the place where people get sober and turn their lives around, and this is true. It’s also true that the recovery process continues for several months after leaving an addiction rehab center. This is why it’s so important to select a drug and alcohol treatment center that has an addiction recovery program that is designed to help clients learn how to ...
Elevate Staff and Clients Take Experiential Therapy Trip to Mystery Spot in Santa Cruz, CA

Elevate Staff and Clients Take Experiential Therapy Trip to Mystery Spot in Santa Cruz, CA
At Elevate, even though we have an expansive, spread-out campus for clients in inpatient treatment, we still don’t believe in keeping our residents cooped up on the property. This is why experiential therapy is one of the core components of our holistic approach to treatment. On Halloween morning last month, we took more than 20 clients to the Mystery Spot, located just outside of the nearby city of Santa Cruz, California. Designated as a California historical landmark, the Mystery Spot is a “gravitational anomaly” situated on a rural, redwoods-covered hill. The gravity-defying spot itself spans 150 feet in diameter, and compasses ...
Outdoor Rehab Programs and Exercise Help Addiction Recovery and Prevent Relapse

Outdoor Rehab Programs and Exercise Help Addiction Recovery and Prevent Relapse
How You Recover from Addiction Matters There are many drug and alcohol addiction rehab centers, and most use the same traditional methods, usually based on the 12-step program. An alternative drug rehab program is ideal for people who have tried traditional programs and relapsed, or those who simply want to try a different approach to rehabilitation. Treatment programs that offer a more active, holistic and individualized approach offer a better chance at long-term recovery. Outdoor Activities and Exercise in Drug Addiction Recovery There’s no substitute for experiencing for yourself the power of healthy lifestyle activities. Physical activities, especially those that get recovering addicts outside ...
How Your Job Plays A Role in Binge Drinking, Alcohol Abuse and Functional Alcoholism

How Your Job Plays A Role in Binge Drinking, Alcohol Abuse and Functional Alcoholism
One of the major misconceptions surrounding alcoholism is that alcoholics are always obvious. While some people make no effort to hide their drinking from friends and family, others are accustomed to hiding their problematic behaviors every day, and several others do not realize they have alcohol dependency issues. Part of the reason for this lack of awareness is the concept of “high-functioning alcoholism.” This term describes a person who drinks excessively without allowing the drinking to interfere with daily life and work, at least at first. Eventually, such a person will need to enter alcohol detox. California residents should know the signs ...
President Trump Announces the Opioid Crisis is Now a Public Health Emergency

President Trump Announces the Opioid Crisis is Now a Public Health Emergency
From the East Room of the White House today, President Trump declared that the Opioid Crisis in America is now a “Public Health Emergency.” Citing the toll that the crisis has taken on the young and the old, the rich and the poor, and those in both urban and rural communities, the President asserted that the current generation can be the “generation that ends the epidemic.” In his speech, the President recounted how the opioid epidemic came to be, its ties to prescription drug use, and how it has affected the lives of millions of Americans and caused tens of thousands ...