This is a question commonly asked by those who are considering addiction treatment for themselves or a loved one. There are so many forms of treatment out there such as detox, family therapy, medicated assisted therapy, adventure programs, 12-Step, PHP, IOP, outpatient… it’s like learning a new language! What do all of these treatments mean,…

“Did you bring some?” Chloe asked Ben as he followed her into the crowded living room. Ben had been excited when Chloe invited him to her party. She was in his communications class. She was a sophomore and really good looking. He didn’t tell her but he’d looked forward to the college party scene since…

Through my years of facilitating adventure-based counseling activities, I have seen the benefits of slowing down so as to get the maximal therapeutic gain out of a particular activity rather than focusing on building successes by moving quickly from one activity onto the next. A recent experience with a group captured this shift in my…

Jackson closed his office door and sat down before his computer. Taking a deep breath, he typed “find a rehab” in the search bar. He shook his head in disbelief at the millions of search results. Then he saw articles about how to choose the right rehab facility, questions to ask about insurance and even…

On This Page: Helping vs. Enabling Finding Help Even though addiction is a struggle for individuals, the disease impacts entire families. Each person within the addict’s circle of love and influence is changed in some way, even if only slightly. For parents of adult children struggling with addiction, the situation is extremely difficult. Helping without…

By Patti Richards The struggle with drug and alcohol addiction is more than just an intense desire for a substance. People who are addicted develop a physical dependence on their drug of choice. No matter the consequences, they need it to feel normal and function. For some people, that means starting the day without a…

By Kathryn Millán, MA, LPC/MHSP As many as one in five American adults deal with a mental illness each year.1 If not you, then someone you know has probably faced some type of mental health concern. Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a diagnosis that has been largely misunderstood and can be especially difficult for both…

Guest post by Ben Kaneaiakala, Founder and CEO, Phoenix Rising Behavioral Healthcare Services You know what happens when you eat undercooked chicken or pork, right? Most likely you will end up with serious gastrointestinal distress because the meat was not thoroughly cooked. Half-baked chicken is a good analogy when considering addiction treatment without planning for…