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

Written by Dane O’Leary Addiction is a progressive, chronic illness that affects every member of a family when it strikes.With the destructive force of a tidal wave, a substance use problem or a compulsive behavior can cause unimaginable damage to an entire family or friend group, straining relationships and impeding communication. Addiction treatment that involves […]

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 […]

Opioid Addiction Epidemic: Most Users Are Not Getting Help, But Long-Term Recovery Is Their Best Hope

Fewer people are using painkillers these days for nonmedical reasons, and that’s good news.1 But many of those who have already gone down that road have developed serious dependency problems. Some are now abusing heroin and even dying from overdose, new studies show.1 The chronic nature of opioid relapse, and a reluctance of many addicts […]

How Drinking Costs the U.S. Economy

In addition to the human toll it takes, excessive alcohol consumption is helping to drain our country’s coffers and we’re all paying the price. It would seem like full bars at happy hour would be a boon for the economy. Even at a discount, drinks are pricey, and we’ve been told frequently that if consumers […]

Taking the Fear Out of Rehab

Rehab is something you absolutely don’t need to be afraid of. Contrary to what you might think, it’s not filled with bleak hallways and cell-style rooms where people sit in circles, shamefully revealing their stories and repenting the various misdemeanors that come with a life of addiction. In fact, many people report having very positive […]