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Expert Corner: Does LSD Permanently Rewire Your Brain?
Ever since I dropped LSD a few times, music just makes cry, like 2-5 times a month, sometimes even more. I’m not complaining. It feels amazing to feel the emotion in the music. But some people say that trips like that permanently mess up your brain’s wiring or make you numb. Is that true?   There has been a ton of research done on the effects of LSD and the dangers associated with taking it, so I won’t repeat that here. But the short answer is that there are potential long-term consequences, particularly from prolonged usage. Anything that severely affects the mind ...

Outpatient Addiction Treatment After Inpatient Care
What happens after you leave a treatment center is just as important as what you experienced inside. Your decisions, the people you interact with, and everyday surroundings may challenge you. Having a structured post-treatment aftercare program with partners you can count on will make your transition easier as you create the life you truly want for yourself. Transforming for Long-Term Recovery Transformation begins the day you make the choice to fight your addiction and take charge of your destiny. The best addiction program doesn’t just get you off drugs. Instead, you’re offered a truly natural and holistic approach that heals mind, body, ...

Expert Corner: Can Marijuana Be Dangerous?
I just read that a bunch of people in Colorado are getting hospitalized for too much marijuana usage, but everything I’ve heard is that pot isn’t addictive or dangerous. What’s the truth? Is pot actually addictive and do you treat people for smoking it?   What I hear about more than people smoking pot is that people are being hospitalized for ingesting edibles such as cookies, brownies, gummy bears, etc. Many people don’t pay attention to the dose and eat an entire cookie when the dose was for 1/6th of a cookie. That 1/6 was likely a very potent dose already and ...

How to Create Healthy Habits to Beat Addiction
Taking back your life from destructive habits, like addiction, can be challenging. However, with commitment and the right knowledge and support, you can replace those old habits with new, healthy habits. As you begin your journey towards a healthier way of life, be sure to consult professional advice before attempting to detox. Some substances are too dangerous to quit without assistance, because severe withdrawal symptoms can be life threatening in certain cases. Consult a doctor or call our addiction specialists to get a recommendation for your situation. From Better Habits to a Better Life Creating new habits is a long-term process. It’s important ...

Expert Corner: How Do You Find the Motivation to Stop Drinking?
I’ve been an alcoholic for years now. I’ve had DUIs, been arrested, attended court-ordered AA and substance abuse therapy, among other awful consequences, but I just keep coming back. I’ve drank for years, but after I left the military, I really struggled. I was diagnosed with PTSD and have taken prescription benzos, but never abused them. It’s the drinking that spiraled out of control and hasn’t ever let go. Alcohol is like my best friend and my worst enemy. It has comforted me and ruined me. I don’t like who I am, but I don’t know how to live any ...

What an Effective Addiction Treatment Program Should Offer
You’ve made the decision to overcome your addiction, and you deserve a program that focuses on your whole being. One that believes that everyone deserves to lead a happy, healthy life, despite what’s happened in the past. Not one that simply manages your addiction or substitutes one drug for another. An effective drug or alcohol addiction treatment program combines evidence-based treatment options that focus on mind, body, and soul while working to heal the whole person from within. It works to ensure that addiction no longer has a place in your life and gives you the confidence, skills, and tools to ...