Watching Kids Watch You

Kids watch adults. If you’re a parent, they’re watching you. If you’re a grandparent, aunt, uncle, or older sibling, they’re watching you. We teach our kids by example, whether we’re attending church, dealing with finances, or interacting with each other. We understand our attitudes towards courtesy, politics, and racism have deep influences on our children.…

Jim McGreevey’s “Fall to Grace”: Rehab vs. Imprisonment

In 2004, New Jersey Governor Jim McGreevey announced he was a gay American engaged in an extramarital affair and submitted his resignation. McGreevey’s governorship had been controversial, dogged by charges of political fundraising extortion. His appointment of Golan Cipel to the position of homeland security advisor was met with criticism that Cipel was unqualified for…

When a Loved One Needs Emergency Drug Treatment

Alcohol and drug abuse are dangerous behaviors, capable of causing serious and life-threatening complications. You may reach a point when trying to convince your loved one to seek help is no longer enough, and you have to arrange emergency drug rehab despite objections and resistance. Signs of Substance Abuse You may be unsure whether or…

You Deserve Discretion and Privacy During Recovery

Privacy and discretion are important considerations when entering drug or alcohol rehab. Substance abuse, while a recognized mental disorder, still carries a social stigma. You don’t want the world to know about your personal struggles, and you have a right to privacy. At The Ranch PA, your health history, current addiction and treatment stay completely…

Billie Joe Armstrong Reveals Substance Abuse

Sometimes dramatic events convince people they need help. For Billie Joe Armstrong, lead singer of Green Day, that event was a public meltdown on stage at the September 2012 iHeartRadio Music Festival. Believing the band’s act was cut short, Armstrong exploded into an expletive-filled rant, smashed his guitar, and stormed offstage. The moment convinced Armstrong…

Teens with ADHD are More Likely to Abuse Drugs

A study published in the February, 2013 edition of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry reports what many substance abuse therapists and parents suspected — children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are more likely to abuse marijuana and cigarettes, and they are more likely to require the services of drug and rehab…

How Neurofeedback is Used in Substance Abuse Rehab

Neurofeedback trains people to alter their brainwave patterns. This therapy developed from biofeedback, which trains people to control normally autonomic body functions. Biofeedback has taught people to slow their heart rates and lower blood pressure. Neurofeedback takes a similar approach, changing abnormal brainwave activity associated with addiction. Brainwaves and Substance Abuse To understand neurofeedback, you…