Category Archives: Residential Addiction Treatment Resources

Common Defense Mechanisms And How They Relate To Substance Abuse

Common Defense Mechanisms and How They Relate To Substance Abuse
We use defensive mechanisms in our day to day life in order to cope with trauma and uncomfortable feelings, however, they are a substance abuser’s arsenal to avoid the reality of their addiction and its consequences. Some of the more common mechanisms are denial, blaming, regression, and projection. We all use defense mechanisms in our everyday lives. Most are used short-term to distance ourselves from uncomfortable or unpleasant thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. They help us keep sane and stay functional in the face of the trauma and stress that we experience. We develop them as a natural part of growing up. ...

How Long Is Rehab for Heroin Addiction?
The Timeline of Rehabilitation and Recovery for Heroin Addiction People struggling with heroin addiction, and their loved ones, have many questions about recovery. One of the first questions is likely to be, “How long should a heroin addict stay in rehab?” The answer to this question is different for every case, as no two people experience heroin addiction the same way. For some, detox and rehab are fulfilling and effective, and cravings taper off fairly quickly after treatment. For others, prolonged heroin withdrawal is a harsh reality. The first step in figuring out how long rehab will last is to understand the heroin ...

Stimulants Addiction Treatment: Methamphetamine, Adderall, Vyvanse and Prescription ADHD Medications
Stimulants Abuse and Addiction Oftentimes, drug abuse and addiction begins with a simple prescription. Medications prescribed for ADD, ADHD, weight loss and narcolepsy are classified as stimulants and carry a high risk of dependency and abuse. Stimulants are drugs that increase the body’s activity in some way. They temporarily increase mental alertness and physical energy. This pleasurable feeling is highly addictive. In a person with ADHD, stimulant prescription drugs can have a calming and focusing effect. In a person who does not have ADHD, these drugs have the opposite effect. There is a debate as to whether medications like Adderall, Ritalin and Vyvanse are ...

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 Long Does Addiction Rehab Take?
When looking for a high-quality inpatient addiction treatment program, the length of the program is an important consideration to take into account to ensure a good fit. Here’s what you need to know when evaluating different types of treatment programs. Long-Term vs. Short-Term Rehab The majority of inpatient drug and alcohol addiction treatment centers provide a 30-day (or 28-day) program. This usually includes medically supervised detox, some form of therapy, and sobriety education. Long-term programs – usually 90 days or more – are on the rise as studies have emerged showing that relapse is less likely after programs that last three months or ...

Elevate Explores the Healing Power of Laughter
Laughter Is Good for the Soul Most of us have experienced how a simple smile from a stranger or the sound of a baby giggling can quickly lift your mood, but how does laughter actually effect the human body? Gelotology, referred to by some as the science of laughter, is the study of laughing and its psychological and physiological effects on the body. Studies in this field show that smiling and laughing not only improves physical health, but also has noticeably positive effects on mental well-being. Professors of psychology and physicians across the country have partaken in studies on laughter and found that laughing suppresses pain, helps boost the ...