Goals Of Family Treatment: An Examination Of Approach

It has often been stated that addiction is a family disease. This essentially means that the abuse of drugs and alcohol has a great effect on every member of the family, not just the addict and alcoholic. Statistics dictate that over a quarter of the families in the...

The Addiction Of Compulsive And Pathological Gambling

  When we start to examine addiction and how it takes its hold on our society, we must be weary not to limit ourselves to the scope of just drugs and alcohol. In fact, recent phycological studies have shown that there are several similarities to chemical...

Harm Reduction

In the realm of drug and alcohol addiction treatment, there has been a lot of talk concerning harm reduction, especially when it relates to opiate addicts and other intravenous drug users. Essentially what harm reduction entails is some carefully planned strategic...

Finding a Spiritual Path

In the depths of the darkest places I took myself in addiction, where all hope was lost, I completely disregarded spirituality as something that could be beneficial in my life.  As I grew further and further away from a conscious contact with something greater than...

Alcoholism: A Perpetual Struggle for Americans

    When we consider the nation in its entirety, it is estimated that more than 30 percent of adults in the United States abused alcohol in one way or another, according to recent government survey’s. That’s almost a third of the entire nation. That’s over...

Marijuana Abuse in College Settings: The New Norm

According to statistics presented by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), research indicates that the rate of college students who use marijuana on a daily basis has more than tripled in the past 20 years. The data, collected in 2014, identifies that the...

Let The Journey Begin

Let The Journey Begin… Uncertain of who I was as an individual, attempting to be who others wanted me to be, I found, at a very young age that drugs and alcohol gave me “courage” and helped me to “fit in”. I sought approval and validation from anyone who would...

Self-Care Mandate

Working in the field of drug and alcohol treatment is extremely rewarding. Seeing first hand, individuals change their lives from hopeless, desperate, lonely, and ashamed to becoming productive members of society is something that is not experienced every day in a...