Healing Pain without Dependence

Every day, millions of Americans struggle with chronic pain and a subsequent dependence on prescription painkillers. Many who suffer from chronic pain receive prescriptions for “safe” drugs from their physicians only to discover they can’t quit taking them when they’d like, thus beginning a dangerous cycle of dependency. The Ranch PA has helped many individuals…

How to Choose the Best Drug Rehab Facility for You

When it comes to choosing a rehabilitation facility, there is no doubt that one size definitely does not fit all. Choosing an effective drug rehab for you or your loved one’s needs depends largely on the methods of treatment, the types of amenities preferred, the opportunities for holistic growth, and a variety of other important…

Improving Your Spiritual Health in Rehab

Recovering from substance abuse is more than healing physically, and it’s more than an exercise in mental discipline; people who desire a true, lifelong recovery from addiction must continue to nourish and improve spiritual health as well. For some recovering addicts, this means religious drug rehab; for others, connecting the body, mind, and spirit works…

Why 12 Step Programs Don’t Work

If you were suffering from cancer, chemotherapy didn’t work, and your physician decided it failed because you didn’t try hard enough, you’d start looking for a new doctor — and treatment — right away. Unfortunately, 12-step supporters believe much the same dogma. Here is why 12 step programs don’t work for a large portion of…

Your Body’s Amazing Ability to Heal

A ruptured eardrum, conjunctival bleeding, food poisoning, and a broken rib are just a few examples of problems your body is capable of fixing on its own. The human body’s ability to heal itself also applies to people who have a substance abuse problem. For example, several studies cited in Scientific American found “that years…

Ecstasy’s Summertime Dangers

Last month, over 100,000 people attended Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas. This three-day event featured some of the biggest names in electronic music, including Eric Prydz, Knife Party, and Avicii. According to the San Jose Mercury News, while there were a few dozen drug-related arrests at this year’s events, there weren’t any deaths. Unfortunately,…

Oxy Addiction: When It’s Time to Get Help

Oxycodone, or oxy, is an opiate-based painkiller used to treat moderate to severe pain. The active ingredient in painkillers such as OxyContin, Percocet and Percodan, oxycodone is a highly addictive substance with a high possibility for abuse. Oxycodone is classified as a Schedule II drug by the FDA and only obtainable through a medical prescription.…

Alcohol Recovery: You’re Worth the Effort

My personal journey to sobriety wasn’t a smooth road. I hit roadblocks along the way. My first experience in rehab made little difference to my recovery, partly because the clinic practiced a “one-size-fits-all” approach to rehab, and partly because I wasn’t ready to commit to the journey. I can attest, from firsthand experience, alcohol recovery…