Understanding Pennsylvania’s Heroin Epidemic

Did you know that about 3,000 Pennsylvanians have died over the past five years because of opioid abuse, or that an astonishing 80 percent of people using heroin first became addicted to a prescription painkiller? With heroin in Pennsylvania costing less than beer, heroin abuse is an epidemic that crosses every social boundary. Here is…

Why Aftercare Matters

If you have ever been addicted to alcohol or drugs, you know how scary it can be to return to the “real” world after rehab ends. Aftercare bridges the gap between the sanctuary of rehab and the chaos of normal life and is the difference-maker in many recovery stories. Here is why you need to…

Does Holistic Rehab Really Work?

“Holistic” means “of or pertaining to the whole.” Holistic rehabs such as The Ranch PA treat all aspects of an individual’s addiction, whether they be psychological, physical, emotional, spiritual, or behavioral. What can you expect from this kind of care, and will it keep you sober for good? Holistic Rehab at The Ranch PA At…

Is Addiction a Choice?

The science of addiction treatment constantly undergoes scrutiny because there is no “cure” for substance abuse, and the causes of it vary from person to person. The question of whether addiction is a disease or a choice causes significant debate. Although some clinicians accept the disease model of addiction, many others believe strongly that addiction…

When to Go to Rehab

“When should I go to rehab?” It is a question many people who are addicted to drugs and/or alcohol ask. In general, it is best to assume that if you are asking the question, it is probably the right time to seriously consider contacting a recovery center. After all, if the problem is one you…

Coming Home from Rehab

The planning and preparation to go to rehab can be all-encompassing. When you get there, you immediately become busy working through your issues and attacking your addiction. Then it is time to go home. Your time in rehab has been preparing you for this day. While returning home can be a challenge, you also have…

Are “Safe” Drugs the Answer?

What would you rather lose, a few dollars or your life? That is the idea behind DanceSafe, an awareness and education organization that offered drug testing at Coachella and other music festivals, dance events and raves. Specifically targeting the drug 3.4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), otherwise known as “Molly,” a synthetic amphetamine derivative, the people behind DanceSafe take…