Dual Diagnosis: A Common, Complex Problem

On December 14, 2012, twenty-year-old Adam Lanza killed twenty children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Lanza then shot himself in the head, taking with him any chance of understanding why he committed such a terrible crime. In the aftermath of the shootings, new media reported Lanza may have suffered…

Tobacco Addiction: The Major (Forgotten) Killer

Smokers could be considered the forgotten addicts. Government and law enforcement crack down on illicit street drugs. Most rehab centers focus on treating the “hard” drugs, such as opiates, amphetamines and alcohol. Yet tobacco — which remains freely available and, for the most part, socially and legally acceptable — causes major health problems, ultimately killing…

Alternative Healing and Addiction Recovery

To be truly effective, addiction recovery cannot focus solely on the physical effects of substance abuse. Addiction also damages people on emotional and spiritual levels. A holistic approach to alcohol and drug addiction recovery provides for the mind, body and spirit as a whole. At The Ranch PA, we understand everyone has different experiences and…

Alcohol and other Drugs: A Dangerous Mix

Combining alcohol with other substances increases the risk of serious health conditions and side effects. Alcohol intensifies the effects of many drugs, including street drugs and prescription medication. Seemingly harmless over-the-counter drugs and herbal treatments can also cause problems when taken with alcohol. Effects of Alcohol on Men and Women Alcohol affects women faster than…

The Financial Cost of Drug Addiction: Video Infographic

Embed and share <iframe src=”http://www.youtube.com/embed/BnTt_dPycYE” frameborder=”0″ width=”640″ height=”360″></iframe><br />Video By <a title=”Video Infographic by The Ranch PA” href=”https://dmclarityway.wpengine.com”>The Ranch PA</a> The Cost of the War on Drugs Did you know that over half of the more than 210,000 prisoners jailed in the federal prison system are there because of a drug-related offense? The United States…

Understanding Relapse

Every year thousands of people successfully combat addiction. In the months and years following treatment, some of these people relapse, returning to substance abuse. The word “relapse” means “to fall again,” and it’s a possibility all recovering addicts face. In November of 2012, police laid DUI charges against an addiction counselor from Torrance, California. Tragically,…

Holidays, Families and Addiction Support

Holidays are stressful times for people living with addiction disorders. Social pressure to drink at parties increases, celebrations interfere with daily routines and stress levels rise. Family members can help loved ones avoid alcohol or drug use and still enjoy the holidays. Preventing HALT HALT stands for Hungry, Angry, Lonely and Tired, all of which…