Childhood low self esteem can lead to easy addiction

So much of who we become as adults finds its roots in childhood. For that reason, professors from Florida State University and University of Miami put together a study to see if collected data could support the idea that low self-esteem in childhood led to higher instances of substance abuse as adults.  The results aren’t…

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Wired for Addiction: How our Brains can be Exploited

Even those of us who are recovering addicts continue to have other areas of our lives where addiction continues to reign.  This is pretty natural, it turns out. All people are pre-programmed with certain traits and qualities that predispose us to addictive behavior.  The severity of these vices varies from person to person and between…

Quitting Meth and What to Expect

An addiction to methamphetamine is by far one of the most destructive of all chemical dependencies and can be one of the most grueling battles of your life when trying to quit. There is certainly no managing a meth addiction.  It either consumes you entirely, putting you through some of the most disturbing physical deteriorations,…

How does Vicodin affect your body long term?

Vicodin is the most commonly prescribed brand name of the opiate pain reliever hydrocodone, mixed with acetaminophen.  It’s strong pain relieving effects have been a favorite for recreational drug abuse since the mid 1980s, however it’s also responsible for some pretty damaging long term effects. So How Does Vicodin Affect Your Body Long Term? One…

What is Opium?

It gets mentioned a lot when talking about addiction because it’s the main ingredient in heroin and most painkillers.  Opiates are some of the most notorious drugs in the realm of addiction and cause nearly 30,000 deaths per year. Street names for opium include Buddha, Chillum, Easing Powder, Emerald City, Chinese Molasses, Aunti Emma, Midnight…

Relapse isn’t the End of the World

So you’ve used again.  After all the hard work you put into your detox, recovery, and sobriety, you’ve hit a snag and relapsed back into substance abuse.  It seems like the worst thing in the world.  All that work just wasted.  Right? Wrong. The work you put in to get clean and sober was and…

Faith in Recovery

As a spiritually-centered recovery center, we understand that the most crucial component of long term success in addiction recovery is faith. This does not necessarily mean religion, though the many religions of the world are centered on faith. Faith by itself, however, means believing in yourself and in something larger than yourself.  As the many…

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What to look for in a recovery program

After finally admitting to your addiction, you’re ready to find a place that can help.  This is not something to delay, since your health and sometimes your life hang in the balance. When looking for a drug recovery and addiction treatment facility, keep in mind these key factors to make sure you attend the recovery…

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What is Honor?

For most people, the concept of honor is one of those archaic concepts that conjures images of hoity-toity Englishmen from the 18th Century slapping one another in the face with a white glove and declaring duels.  We’re a far cry from the old days of culturally-validated honor systems but honor still plays an important role…

Finding Strength

There’s nothing worse for a man’s pride and sense of self than the feeling of weakness.  Weakness is deplorable in almost every culture and there are a whole range of psychological battles we endure when we feel weak and helpless.  It’s not a good feeling and ruins our self-confidence and presence of mind.  Substance addiction…