Category Archives: Frequently Asked Questions

  • What Is Rational Recovery?
    Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

    What Is Rational Recovery?

    Rational Recovery (R.R.) is an abstinence-based addiction recovery program, developed as an alternative to the spiritually centered 12-step model. Rational Recovery Systems, Inc., was founded in 1986 by Jack Trimpey, a recovered alcoholic and licensed clinical social worker based...
  • Why is Meth Dangerous?
    Monday, November 20th, 2017

    Why is Meth Dangerous?

                    Methamphetamine, commonly known as meth, chalk, crank, crystal, or ice, is a central nervous system stimulant that is chemically similar to amphetamines. Unlike amphetamines, however, meth use is almost entirely recreational....
  • What Happens at a 12-Step Meeting?
    Friday, November 17th, 2017

    What Happens at a 12-Step Meeting?

    Twelve-step programs form the basis for continuing sobriety once we complete our treatment program. Joining a 12-step group provides a fellowship of recovery and a network of sober friends, which are vital to remaining free of drugs, alcohol, and...
  • Is Nicotine a Drug?
    Thursday, November 16th, 2017

    Is Nicotine a Drug?

    Nicotine, a component of tobacco, is a widely available, highly addictive drug. Like other drugs that lead to addiction, nicotine use is marked by compulsive drug-seeking behavior, even in the face of negative consequences. If stopped abruptly, withdrawal symptoms...
  • What is Salvia?
    Monday, November 13th, 2017

    What is Salvia?

    Salvia divinorum – commonly known as salvia, diviner’s sage, Sally D, and magic mint ­– is an herb in the mint family native to Central and South America, as well as southern Mexico. Salvia belongs to a class of...
  • Why are anabolic steroids dangerous?
    Friday, November 10th, 2017

    Why are anabolic steroids dangerous?

    Anabolic steroids, also known as performance-enhancing or appearance-enhancing steroids, are synthetic variations of the male sex hormone testosterone. Anabolic steroids are used medically to treat hormonal problems, including delayed-onset puberty, and muscle loss due to certain diseases. Referred to...
  • Why are inhalants dangerous?
    Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

    Why are inhalants dangerous?

                  While many substances of abuse can be inhaled, either through snorting or smoking, the term inhalants refers specifically to substances that can only be inhaled – either by being sprayed into the...
  • Why is Adderall Abuse Normalized in College Settings?
    Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

    Why is Adderall Abuse Normalized in College Settings?

    Adderall, a stimulant consisting of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine, is commonly prescribed to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Adderall is widely diverted and abused, particularly by young adults attending college. A survey by the national Substance Abuse and Mental...
  • What are the Dangers of Detoxing “Cold Turkey”?
    Tuesday, October 24th, 2017

    What are the Dangers of Detoxing “Cold Turkey”?

    Recovery from substance abuse is a difficult road, and many people who have overcome addiction report varying methods of success. Many people are familiar with the concept of quitting “cold turkey,” or immediately ceasing intake of the addictive substance....
  • Why are bath salts dangerous?
    Monday, October 23rd, 2017

    Why are bath salts dangerous?

    Synthetic cathinones, commonly known as bath salts, belong to a group of drugs classified as “new psychoactive substances” (NPS). Synthetic cathinones are related to an amphetamine-like substance that occurs naturally in the Khat plant, native to East Africa and...
  • How Many Meals a Day Do You Really Need?
    Monday, October 16th, 2017

    How Many Meals a Day Do You Really Need?

    The debate about how much, and how often, to eat is an old one. Eating “three squares a day” has been the prevailing thought for many decades. Many so-called “gurus” of fitness and nutrition recommend we eat five to...
  • How Long Should You Stay on Suboxone?
    Friday, October 13th, 2017

    How Long Should You Stay on Suboxone?

    What Is Suboxone? Suboxone is the brand name for the drug buprenorphine. Ingredients of Suboxone are either buprenorphine alone or combined with naloxone. It can be taken either as a tablet placed under the tongue until it melts or...