What Are the Benefits of Holistic Addiction Treatment?

Although the addiction recovery process is a journey that can take many different courses, going to rehab is often seen as the best option. There’s definitely an argument to be made that clinical programs are the most effective means of regaining one’s sobriety, but it’s actually the many different treatment modalities incorporated into rehabilitative programming […]

Behavioral Cues that Could Indicate a Substance Abuse Problem

Each person who becomes addicted develops the disease for different reasons, which can vary based on his or her unique circumstances. As to what those reasons may be, we’ve learned that addiction develops through some combination of biological, behavioral, social and environmental factors.1 Knowing about these situational factors has helped us develop more targeted treatments […]

The Addiction Epidemic No One Is Talking About

J. was 16 when he started abusing painkillers. A decade later, he and most of his close friends have been in and out of rehab. J. grew up in Madison, Conn., a small coastal town that in 2013 boasted a median household income of $105,000.1 Known for its miles of beaches and quaint downtown, the […]

Why Is Family Therapy an Important Part of a Recovery Curriculum?

Addiction is a progressive, chronic illness that’s unique compared to other diseases. One of the characteristics that makes addiction so unusual is that it’s both a physical and psychological disease, which is why overcoming it can present such a challenge. Those who become addicted to mood-altering substances invariably suffer from many severe effects — physical, […]

Nature vs. Nurture: Is the Disease of Addiction Genetic?

As a disease, addiction is as complex as it is indiscriminate. While many individuals might feel that they would never or could never allow themselves to become dependent on alcohol or drugs, nobody ever intends to become an addict. It’s not a conscious decision, but rather an unfortunate converging of seemingly disparate variables. As we […]