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Does Growing Up In An Alcoholic Home Mean You’ll Become An Alcoholic?









There’s an old story which highlights the ways growing up in alcoholic home can have an effect on a child. Two sons grow up with an alcoholic father. One son grows up without ever touching a drop of alcohol. When asked why he doesn’t drink, the son says “I learned from my father.” The other son grows up an alcoholic. When asked why he became an alcoholic, the son says, “I learned from my father.” Alcoholism is based on many factors aside from becoming chemically dependent upon drugs and alcohol. Biological, psychological, social, and environmental factors all play a part. Genetically, one son may have a predisposition for alcoholism and mental illness while those genes passed the other son. However, both sons are affected by the alcoholism of their father. Anyone who grows up in a home riddled with alcoholism, drug abuse, or mental illness of any kind, is affected.

Developing Mental Illness To Cope

Depression, anxiety, codependency, addiction, PTSD- many mental illnesses and the subsequent substance abuse which can accompany them- are born out of a need to cope. The brain has an innate way of creating distance between what can and what cannot be handled. At a young age, there are many traumatic memories and realities which the young mind is not able to cope with. Instead, the brain finds ways to cope and get needs met in any way. Unfortunately, these ways are often dysfunctional. Still, they are a best effort on the part of the brain to cope and protect itself.

Codependency And Parentification

In many ways, when there is an alcoholic parent, a child becomes the parent. Whether they are taking care of themselves, the household, taking care of siblings, or taking care of the parent, they are put in a caretaking position. “Children mistakenly believe they did something that makes them unlovable or that caused their Mom or Dad to drink. They fantasize that if they could only be perfect, their parents would love them,” Sharon Martin, LCSW, for Happily Imperfect. “In reality, of course, their parent’s drinking wasn’t caused by them and they can’t fix it.”


You don’t have to repeat the patterns of your parents or be trapped by the past. Healing is possible. There is freedom in recovery. Harmony Place offers the best in residential treatment, concurrently transforming mind, body, and spirit. For a private consultation and more information,  1-855-627-1417.

6 Signs Your Mental Wellness Is Improving In Recovery










The gifts of recovery are endless. As the mind begins to heal, these are six of the ways you will notice:


  • You live life on life’s terms: You’ve learned to relinquish the control of the world. Through hard lessons of humility and being humbled you’ve surrendered to the fact that serenity only comes from acceptance, courage only comes from changing what you can, which is mostly yourself, and wisdom is knowing the difference between the two.
  • You don’t see in black and white: You don’t see in successes and failures, good and bad. Living life on life’s terms, you’ve learned that life is a constant give and take which happens on a continuum, not within a vacuum.
  • You are constantly learning: When you start to see every opportunity as a learning opportunity, it is evidence that your mental wellbeing has truly come around. Life is not trying to beat you down. Taking a healthy perspective of constant growth is better than being stuck in a place of victimhood.
  • You accept who you are, as you are: Self-loathing and self-hatred are common among addicts and alcoholics. Being in acceptance is hard to do when you have a judgment, criticism, or resentment about everything. Learning to accept people, places, and things, is a practice in learning to accept yourself. Today, you don’t cringe when you look in the mirror. You’re okay with who you see.
  • You are sleeping better: Sleeping issues are common when mental health isn’t well balanced. Stress, depression, and anxiety can all cause issues with sleep. In addition, the residual impact of drugs and alcohol on the brain can cause issues with sleep as well. As time goes on, you’re sleeping more deeply and waking more rested than you have in years.
  • You want to stay sober: In the beginning, your commitment is questionable. For many people all the gusto and vigor for recovery is there, but they are still questioning themselves. Can you stay sober? Do you really want to stay sober? Overtime these doubts fade away as do cravings and temptations. You feel better, life is better, and you know it is all thanks to recovery.



Harmony Place is a luxury residential treatment center offering a full continuum of care options from detox to sober living. We welcome men and women to our treatment programs who are seeking recovery and change in their lives. For a private consultation and more information, call us today at 1-855-627-1417.

If People Don’t Overdose On Marijuana, Why Is It Considered A Dangerous Addiction?








Marijuana is one of the least lethal drugs upon which people develop a chemical dependency. Despite calls to incorporate marijuana into opioid addiction treatment, use for treating depression, and a growing national progression toward marijuana legalization, marijuana use disorder is still a viable mental health disorder. The Diagnostic And Statistical Manual Of Mental Disorders added marijuana use disorder recently, officially highlighting the concern that the cannabinoid drug is indeed addictive. However, compared to other substance use disorders, like opioid use disorder and alcohol use disorder, marijuana use disorders seems less harmful. To date, no one has ever died of an overdose on marijuana. Some studies have estimated it would take tens of thousands the amount of the average marijuana user’s intake of marijuana to produce anything close to an overdose. Other harmful effects have been found, like long term brain damage, complications in cognitive development, and damage to the lungs from smoking. Otherwise, marijuana is physically harmless.

Psychologically, on the other hand, marijuana can present many problems. Marijuana use disorder evidences the fact that chemical dependency on marijuana can negatively influence the way someone is able to live their life. Similar to other substance use disorders, people who become addicted to marijuana find themselves experiencing symptoms of withdrawal when they are not able to use marijuana. Unable to think clearly, eat, sleep, have anxiety, have panic attacks, or become severely depressed, it becomes obvious that their lives are focused on marijuana. Buying marijuana in high quantities can be expensive and take a toll on someone’s financial life. Additionally, being “stoned” or being “high”, otherwise stated as being intoxicated on marijuana, can negatively impact relationships, the ability to work, and even lead to social isolation- all the makings of an addiction.

Other addictions which are considered dangerous like process addictions, are still taken seriously for their psychological effect. Marijuana addiction does not have to worsen and cause a serious situation in someone’s life for it to be taken seriously. If you believe you or a loved one are struggling with marijuana addiction, recovery is available.


Harmony Place offers a full continuum of luxury residential care, providing detox services and residential inpatient along with other treatment options. For a private consultation and more information, call us today at  1-855-627-1417.

5 Foods That Will Help Your Stress









Stress affects the mind, body, and the spirit. One of the best ways to combat stress is by feeding the body, which feeds the brain, and soothes the soul.

  • Super Greens: Kale and spinach in addition to other “super” greens are high in folate. Folate is a super stress reducer because it produces a high amount of dopamine. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter which creates messages of pleasure. In the neurobiology of addiction, dopamine plays an important role in creating the addiction. As an addiction worsens, more dopamine is produced as higher amounts of substances are consumed. Eventually, the brain loses its ability to produce dopamine by itself. In recovery, eating foods and participating in healthy activities which produce dopamine help the brain heal.
  • Avocado: For recovery from mental illness in any of its many forms, avocado is one of the most highly recommended foods. Full of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients, avocados are loaded with all the fuel the brain needs to combat stress and continue recovering. Additionally, avocado is a great source of omega fatty acids which are essential for brain function. The brain needs omegas to operate at a prime level and can only get those acids from foods.
  • Dark Chocolate: Instead of reaching for a favorite milk based chocolate bar, reach instead for a dark chocolate bar. Without the excess sugar and additives, pure dark chocolate can give you many benefits for stress reduction. Antioxidants, and many other properties makes dark chocolate a good choice. A little bit sweet and a little bit bitter, indulge in something decadent to relieve stress.
  • Turkey: When you’re feeling stressed, you might not think about cooking a turkey. Basting not required. Buying some already cooked turkey meat can help reduce stress. Have a turkey sandwich or just some carved meat to gain the relaxing effect of tryptophan.
  • Chamomile Tea: The ultimate meal for relaxation just might be a turkey sandwich on whole grain bread with avocado, spinach, and kale, with a few pieces of dark chocolate and a cup of hot chamomile tea. One of nature’s most potent relaxant, chamomile is a flower which induces feelings of being sleepy and relaxed.



Diet and nutrition are essential for lifelong recovery. At Harmony Place, each client works with a dietician and nutritionist while learning how to cook, grocery shop, and budget for groceries. For a private consultation and more information on our luxury residential treatment programs, call us today at  1-855-627-1417.

Could You Be ADHD And Not Realize It?








People live with the signs and symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder for many years. Having developed the learning and behavioral disorder in either their childhood or their adolescence, without a proper diagnosis and treatment, they learned to adapt. Coping with their racing minds, impulsivity, and restlessness to the best of their ability they created ways to be as successful as possible in life. Sometimes, ADHD can make a resurgence or develop suddenly in adulthood. Referred to as “adult ADHD” many find themselves unable to focus, fulfill necessary tasks, or keep themselves organized in a manageable way. Frustrated with themselves, many act on the impulsivity of ADHD and turn to substance abuse to cope.

  • You buy sunglasses and chapsticks all the time. The specifics of the items you find yourself constantly having to replace don’t particularly matter. What matters is that you’re known for forgetting things. When you leave a friends house, they’re standing at the door with your jacket, phone, and wallet, which you just realized you left behind. ADHD causes the brain to act too quickly, leaving little room to focus on small tasks at hand. Losing things, not remembering things, is not necessarily because you are forgetful but because your mind is moving too fast to remember.
  • You’re really bored. You used to have a greater tolerance for sitting through classes, meetings, or even a long phone call with a friend. Now, you are itching to get up, get moving, and focus on something new. Sitting still is hard for you. Hyperactivity is part of ADHD. It can also be a sign of repressed emotions. ADHD could be a symptom of not processing some deeper changes going on emotionally. Instead of being able to sit with your emotions, you feel the need to stay busy and keep moving.
  • You don’t know how time keeps disappearing. During work, you slyly glance at your phone, just for a second. Next thing you know, an hour goes by. This seems to happen all the time. Despite good intentions, you continue to lose giant chunks of time. Hyperactivity in the mind doesn’t always mean getting distracted from one thing to the next, though it certainly can. It can also mean getting lost in hyperfocus, which is often a way to stay distracted from the actual task at hand.


Treating ADHD concurrently with substance use disorders is essential for healing the brain and creating a practical foundation for living in recovery. Harmony Place is a dual diagnosis treatment center providing premium luxury residential care for men and women. For a private consultation and more information on our programs, call us today at 1-855-627-1417.

Overcoming Challenges In Recovery








Life is not always easy. Life is not always fun. Life does not always feel good. These are not the promises of recovery. Getting clean and sober is not a promise that life will be perfect. Life will never be perfect. You will never be perfect. Recovery promises learning to live life on life’s terms. Living life on life’s terms means being flexible when life is good or bad, having the resiliency to overcome challenges, and most importantly, to stay sober no matter what life brings your way. Life will get better. You are going to get better. Recovery is hard, but it does get better. Challenges will happen. Recovery is your way to overcome them.

Don’t Shrink From Challenges

Addiction in many ways is an escape. You turn to drugs and alcohol to escape from pain, stress, or realities of life you do not feel you can cope with. Consequently, your brain learns to shrink away from challenges because your brain does not believe it can handle the challenge. Recovery gives you the power to overcome the challenge. When you shrink away from all of life’s challenges, you continue to enforce the false belief that you cannot handle life. Courage is “the ability to do something that is frightening”. Getting sober was frightening. Facing shame, guilt, and fear, in order to make the phone call for help, was frightening. You aren’t lacking in courage, you’ve had it from the instant you chose recovery- perhaps, the biggest challenge of all.

Accept All Outcomes

Resiliently standing up to challenge and fighting to overcome it isn’t always successful. Challenges aren’t always overcome. Some challenges simply aren’t meant to be solved or conquered by you. Every time you approach a challenge and try to overcome it, you will gain new strength and new insight to help you grow, which is always a success. Before you pout, self-destruct, or react to the outcome, you need to respond. Look at what you learned, how you grew, and where you can continue to grow.

Stay Strong

It’s important to feel feelings and allow the emotional energy of responses to pass through you. Disappointment and sadness are a sign of grief and loss, which is a normal response to both overcoming a challenge or not being able to overcome a challenge. Allow yourself to feel your feelings and experience them authentically. Staying strong is not defined by ignoring your feelings and acting in spite of them. On the contrary, staying strong is feeling your feelings and continuing to persevere.


Harmony Place knows that you are capable of recovering. It takes work. In our residential treatment programs, you never have to do the work alone. Our programs highly emphasize the needs of the individual through custom treatment plans and programs of care. For a private consultation and more information, call us today at  1-855-627-1417.

Are There Ways To Handle Depression On My Own?









Depression is a leading global mental health disorder, estimated to affect over 300 million people worldwide. Millions of people live with varying degrees of depression, from chronic, clinical depression to passing phases of depression due to grief. Depression can typically be treated and remedied on your own before seeking a doctor or psychiatrist. When symptoms of depression are ongoing for weeks and months at a time without change, there is room to be concerned. More importantly, it is critical to note that you do not have to suffer with the symptoms of depression if you are not able to help yourself get through it. Seeking medication, a therapist, or going to treatment for depression is a sign of taking care of yourself.

First, it is important to understand the signs of depression. Typically, any drastic change in weight, demeanor, and mental health could be a sign of depression. Normally, depression is thought of as slowing down- low energy, lack of motivation, lethargy, excess sleep, and pervasive sadness. However, depression can be demonstrated through the the opposite- high energy, hyperfocus, insomnia, and an inappropriately chipper attitude. Sometimes, people are aware of their depression in a way that inspires them to act against it rather than fall into the cycle of it.

Experiencing passing depression is a call for special self-care and mindfully paying attention to one’s needs.

  • Spend time outside: Research has shown that being in nature, even just the trees on your street, is helpful for lifting mood
  • Get sunlight: One of the benefits of spending time outside is spending time in natural sunlight. Sunlight deprivation can cause symptoms of depression.
  • Change your posture: Studies have found that sitting upright or standing tall can help you feel better in your self-esteem
  • Call a friend: Sometimes passing depression is just a call to be listened to. Have a chat with a friend to talk about everything you are experiencing.
  • Listen to happy music: Upbeat and positive music influences the brain and encourages your body to dance. Exercise of any kind is good for alleviating the symptoms of depression.
  • Change your diet: Diets which are too rich in saturated fats, oils, and sugars can cause the brain to feel slowed down. Try eliminating processed, fatty, and sugary foods. Instead, opt for fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins.


Harmony Place offers premiere luxury residential treatment options for depression as a co-occurring disorder with substance use and other mental health disorders. For a private consultation and information on our continuum of care, call us today at 1-855-627-1417.

The Problem With Using Adderall When You Don’t Have ADHD










Abuse and misuse of drugs is defined in part by using drugs which aren’t prescribed to you, especially when they are for a diagnosis you don’t have. College students, young professionals, party go-ers and otherwise influenced recreational drug users around the world both abuse and misuse Adderall, the popular prescription medication used to treat ADHD, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Famous for its blue color and ability to enhance focus, Adderall is a combination of amphetamine salts, used to simulate parts of the brain which become distracted in ADHD. A stimulant amphetamine, people look to adderall for various reasons. For example staying awake without tiring to get more work done, enhancing focus to take in more information, living without distraction to be more productive, and even appetite suppression to lose weight or energy to exercise more.

One student writes, “We live in a world where the average human attention span has droped from 12 seconds to eight in the past 15 years. Putting that into perspective, the average attention span of a goldfish is nine seconds.” Students and others turn to Adderall and other substances because “any means of counteracting such distractibility is certainly welcome, and prescription ADHD medication is often used to make students focus for prolonged periods.”

Unfortunately, Adderall and other stimulant ADHD medications are highly addicting and can cause addictive behaviors. Children, as well as adults, diagnosed with ADHD are made aware of their heightened risk for impulsivity and drug addiction. Adderall addiction becomes a common story for people who start using the drugs periodically. Addicted chemically as well as addicted to the rewards which they believe Adderall creates, a lifetime of addiction begins.

Stimulant drugs like Adderall can cause complications in the heart. Increasing the heart rate helps the brain be more focused. Abusing doses of stimulant drugs which weren’t prescribed by a doctor can be problematic, causing heart palpitations, irregular heart beats, or heart failure. Additionally, when Adderall is used as a crutch for productivity, people tend to take on more than they are capable of because they believe they can handle it with Adderall, the added stress causes more mental distress and stress in the heart.


Recovery from Adderall addiction is possible. If you or a loved one are struggling with stimulant study drug addiction, Harmony Place offers luxury residential detox and treatment options for healing mind, body, and spirit. For a private consultation and more information, call us today at  1-855-627-1417.

Are You A Love Addict?









Everyone in the modern age of social media is guilty of losing their sense of healthy boundaries before, after, and even during a relationship. The world wide web of information makes it easy to follow, obsess over, and hyper analyze the every posted public move of someone we are romantically interested in or involved with. At what point does obsessive interest turn into compulsive behavior? Love addiction is a real issue that affects people and their ability to be in healthy intimate relationships. Feeling a compulsive need to be around people, get attention from them, give attention to them, and have the false security of a relationship isn’t love. It isn’t romance. It is sign of a love addiction.

What Constitutes Love Addiction

If you’re need to pursue romantic relationships or give attention to (or receive attention from) a current romantic relationship gets in the way of your ability to function in daily life, you might be having an issue with love addiction. One of the hallmarks of addiction is when the need to obtain and use drugs disrupts the ability to fulfill daily responsibilities for living life. Love addiction doesn’t just strike during romantic relationships. Oftentimes the harshest signs of love addiction are in between romantic relationships. Desperately searching for a new partner in any way- for dating, for sex, or for a relationship- means that there is an inherent inability to be alone. Needing to be around or involved with someone means there is a deep insecurity which is only remedied through the pleasure of being around another person. Love addiction can be seen as an obsessive-compulsive issue. Compulsively seeking out “love” helps to relieve the obsessive thoughts about either the person currently being fixated upon, or, thoughts about being alone. Importantly, if these obsessive thoughts and behaviors begin to influence more than function and responsibility, as in compromising one’s health and safety, there is a definite problem which needs to be addressed.

Recovering From Love Addiction

Broken hearts can often be a trigger unleashing the pain of episodes from the past. Abandonment, rejection and deep insecurity which has never been resolved have to be courageously faced through working with a therapist. The pain of facing these painful issues from the past are little compared to a lifetime of repeated pain chasing love addiction.


Recovery from drug and alcohol addiction is an opportunity to confront all of the ways our addiction manifests. For a private consultation and more information on our luxury residential treatment programs, call  1-855-627-1417.

Marijuana Use Spikes In College Students









Published in the American Journal Of Public Health, supported by NIDA, the National Institute On Drug Abuse, the University of Michigan study found that 1 in 5 students will try marijuana for the first time in college. College is known for being a time of recreational experimentation with drugs and alcohol. Marijuana is common in college students, but the study emphasizes how normal it is becoming. Part of the reason might be the growing trend in legalization and the medical marijuana movement. Though marijuana use in college students in normal, what the study highlights is that the use of marijuana among college students is the highest it has been in thirty years.

Marijuana is not a gateway drug. Numerous research studies have proven that alcohol acts as more of a gateway drug than marijuana does. However, for those who have a genetic predisposition for addiction, or might have other contributing factors which puts them at a higher risk for addiction, marijuana can indeed act as a gateway drug. Additionally, marijuana use can act similar to alcohol use, causing driving accidents, impaired judgment, and accidental injury. Marijuana poisoning is not a threat and to date there are no recorded overdose deaths due to marijuana.

Risks Of Marijuana Use

In the past, marijuana was not seen as an addictive drug. Marijuana use disorder has been recognized by the Diagnostic And Statistical Manual, making it a viable mental disorder. Problematically, during the early ages of college, the brain is still developing. Marijuana has been proven to halt psychological development and impair the progress of development in the cognitive regions of the brain. Cognitive development is essential for learning and making use of knowledge, which is essential for those in a college setting. Academic setbacks can lead to stress. Mental illness is common in college students, many experiencing depression and anxiety. Turning to marijuana to cope with issues which using marijuana might have a part in creates a damaging and unhealthy cycle.


Marijuana addiction should not be overlooked. If you or a loved one are struggling, help is available. Harmony Place offers the privacy and comfort of premium luxury residential treatment programs for men and women. For a private consultation and more information, call us today at  1-855-627-1417.

Is It Dangerous To Live Near A Treatment Facility For Drug And Alcohol Addiction?









Addicts and alcoholics get a bad reputation thanks to a pervasive shame and stigma which stereotypes people struggling with the disease of addiction as immoral criminals. It is true that many addicts and alcoholics lose such sense of their moral judgment, due to addiction, that they participate in criminal activity. However, most people don’t understand that addicts and alcoholics are not immoral, failures of society who are dangerous. The truth is that drugs and alcohol change everything about the way the brain is supposed to work, including making good decisions, having a moral compass, and considering negative consequences or the safety of others. It is the drugs and alcohol which cause the brain to dysfunction in this way, not the person. People who seek out drug and alcohol treatment are making an earnest attempt to better their lives, heal their “broken” minds, and rebuild their spirit. Recovery in a treatment center is not a prison. It is a place of healing and rehabilitation.

As the opioid epidemic and addiction epidemic overall worsens, there is a higher and higher demand for treatment. In reflection of that demand, an increasing amount of treatment facilities and sober livings are opening. Local residents are growing increasingly concerned about the safety of their neighborhoods due to the growing presence of “addicts and alcoholics”, the people who have to go to “rehab”, and all the visiting family members.

Residential inpatient which is operated out of a home is one of the most comfortable ways to help an addict or alcoholic through recovery. Instead of a sterile and confined hospital setting, a home offers comfort, love, and support, in addition to clinical healing. Living near a residential treatment center is not inherently dangerous, nor are addicts and alcoholics in recovery. Supporting recovery means supporting people who have fallen ill in their lives and are trying to get well again.

If a treatment center is opening in your area, learn about addiction and what to do if you encounter someone who needs help. Learn the signs of overdose and know when to call the police or when to call the ambulance.


Harmony Place is a premium residential treatment center offering the best in luxury treatment from detox to transitional living. For a private consultation and more information, call us today at  1-855-627-1417.

About Medication Assisted Treatment, Secretary Tom Price









Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price made some undereducated comments about opioid addiction and opioid addiction treatment recently. Visiting West Virginia, an area of the country which has been heavily hit by the opioid epidemic, Price took it upon himself to express his expertise in regards to medication assisted treatments. Medication assisted treatments include the use of prescription drugs like buprenorphine, naltrexone, methadone, and suboxone to treat addiction. Opioid detox and withdrawal can be severe and even fatal. The use of these medications help lessen the intensity of withdrawal symptoms, most importantly psychological cravings. Relapsing and using heroin or other opioids during the vulnerable period of detox can be fatal. Medication assisted treatment falls under scrutiny because most medications are opioid-based. However, detox programs are becoming more regimented in monitoring patient use of these drugs and providing secondary detox programs for coming off of the drugs as well. Though not meant for long term treatment, medication assisted treatment drugs are seen as a positive choice for maintenance compared to prescription painkillers and heroin.

“If we just simply substitute buprenorphine or methadone or some other opioid-type medication for the opioid addiction,” Secretary Price expressed, “then we haven’t moved the dial much.” Politico ass that Price then touted the use of Naltrexone which is an opioid-blocker. Price explained that naltrexone, commonly known by brand name Vivitrol, “actually blocks the addictive behavior as well as the seeking behavior.”

NPR reports that on Monday, May 15, almost 700 independent researchers and practitioners sent a letter to Secretary Price urging him to “set the record straight” and make his comments right. “Price’s own Department of Health and Human Services displays information online that contradicts his comments. THe HHS website includes a link to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s information page about medication-assisted treatment.” On that page, SAMHSA distinctly states, “A common misconception associated with [medication-assisted treatment] is that it substitutes one drug for another.”

Problematically, Price’s statements emphasized the lack of information regarding opioid addiction and opioid addiction treatment, evidencing the fact that misinformation can influence some of the country’s most important decision makers. Rather than talk about the necessity of individualized treatment, proper assessment, and using medication assisted treatment only as necessary, Price’s comments painted a harmful picture of what is often a life-saving treatment method for opioid addicts.


Medication assisted treatment can be the gateway to recovery many struggling with severe opioid addiction need. At Harmony Place, we offer MAT detox as well as structured detox for coming off of MAT medications. From detox to transitional living, our continuum of care options offer the highest luxury in residential comfort. For a private consultation and more information, call us today at  1-855-627-1417.