• The Role of Informal 12-Step Programs in Opioid Addiction Recovery
    Tuesday, December 10th, 2019

    The Role of Informal 12-Step Programs in Opioid Addiction Recovery

    Do 12-Step Programs Really Work? Each patient may need different kinds and levels of support to maintain sobriety after formal treatment. However, some research into people who have achieved long-term abstinence from opioids found that NA can give patients...
  • Solution Focused Brief Therapy for Addiction Treatment
    Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019

    Solution Focused Brief Therapy for Addiction Treatment

    Solution Focused Therapy is just one of the many tools for addiction treatment. From group therapy to family therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy to psychotherapy, mental health professionals use a number of tools to help people overcome substance abuse and...
  • What to do if you suspect your child has an addiction
    Tuesday, November 26th, 2019

    What to do if you suspect your child has an addiction

    Maybe it was the faint smell of marijuana you smelled on your child’s jacket when they came home one Saturday night. But they were home at the time you asked them to be, so you dismissed it. Maybe it...
  • The Benefits of Journaling in Addiction Recovery
    Tuesday, November 19th, 2019

    The Benefits of Journaling in Addiction Recovery

    TOOLS FOR ADDICTION RECOVERY There are many tools for addiction recovery. Many storied authors and other creative types have been known to keep a daily journal. Oscar Wilde was said to have always carried his with him so that...
  • Benefits of a Sober Living Home
    Tuesday, November 12th, 2019

    Benefits of a Sober Living Home

    We know that our environments play a significant role in addiction, but are they equally as important during recovery? Social scientists understand that things like family dynamics, friend groups, and learned environments can contribute to, and even trigger addiction,...
  • Medication assisted treatment for co-occurring disorders
    Thursday, October 24th, 2019

    Medication assisted treatment for co-occurring disorders

    Medication Assisted Treatment Addiction Treatment has many facets, and sometimes Medication Assisted Treatment is not enough. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAHMSA), almost 40 percent of all people who experience addiction also have a...
  • Is data and technology the answer to treating addiction?
    Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019

    Is data and technology the answer to treating addiction?

    As the opioid epidemic continues to grow and spread throughout communities, even large tech companies are getting in on the fight to stop addiction. Google’s parent company, Alphabet, is opening a “data-driven” addiction treatment center in Dayton, Ohio in...
  • Love After Addiction Recovery
    Wednesday, October 16th, 2019

    Love After Addiction Recovery

    Relationships are an essential part of life. Regardless of what stage of our lives we’re in, as human beings, we crave closeness. We crave familiarity above all, we crave a sense of belonging. However, knowing when you’re ready to...
  • New LA County Media Campaign Aims to Help Opioid Crisis Users
    Thursday, October 10th, 2019

    New LA County Media Campaign Aims to Help Opioid Crisis Users

    LA County Opioid Crisis and it’s users California has been one of the most progressive and aggressive states at working to slow the opioid epidemic and save lives. Through various public health initiatives, including expansion of medication assisted treatment,...
  • Who really benefits from federal spending on the opioid epidemic?
    Tuesday, October 1st, 2019

    Who really benefits from federal spending on the opioid epidemic?

    If you live in California, you may have noticed new TV commercials for a statewide initiative called Choose Change California. This program, from the California Department of Healthcare Services, is the state’s answer to the growing opioid epidemic. The...
  • Gender Specific Challenges in Addiction Treatment
    Tuesday, September 24th, 2019

    Gender Specific Challenges in Addiction Treatment

    Women’s Addiction Treatment Nearly 20 million women in the United States over age 18 have used an illicit substance in the last year, including marijuana and abusive prescription drugs. Women are also using alcohol at higher rates than ever...
  • How-to Maintain Long Term Sobriety
    Tuesday, September 17th, 2019

    How-to Maintain Long Term Sobriety

    Achieving long term sobriety is the ultimate goal of all addiction treatment, but it can be a very hard goal to achieve. In many cases, abstinence lasts for only a short time and success doesn’t always improve with multiple...