April 5, 2019

What Do the Stages of Change Mean to Recovery?

What are the Stages of Change? At the University of Rhode Island, two researchers named Prochaska and DiClemente deciphered that there are 6 stages individuals go through and experience while seeking addiction, going through recovery and ultimately maintaining sobriety. These stages became a model known as “The Stages of Change”, which we base our individualized […]

Addiction, Addiction Recovery, Substance Abuse
March 21, 2019

Repairing the Damage Addiction Has Done to Family and Friends

Addiction is a Family Disease Addiction is a destructive disease that can leave many things damaged along its path. Aside from health and behavioral issues, relationships are something that can become negatively affected by an addiction. Understanding that addiction is a family disease is an important first step in repairing the damage addiction has done, […]

Addiction, Addiction Recovery, Alcohol, Alcoholism, Relationships, Substance Abuse
February 25, 2019

Is Addiction a Disease or a Failure?

Disease vs Choice When someone is suffering from addiction, it can be very easy for those around them to wonder how it happened. How could this person choose to drink so much, despite the consequences? How can he/she possibly choose to pick up heroin for the first time? Why do they act the way that […]

Addiction, Addiction Recovery, Alcohol, Anxiety, Depression, Drug Treatment, Mental Health, Substance Abuse
February 14, 2019

Suicide and Addiction

Are Suicide and Addiction Linked? When someone is suffering from an issue with addiction, there are many complications that can come along with that. These can include legal issues, family problems, declining health and even suicide. Suicide and addiction are absolutely linked. Addiction not only exponentially increases the likelihood that someone will commit suicide, but […]

Addiction, Addiction Recovery, Addiction Stories, Addiction to Pharmaceuticals, Addiction Treatment and Program Resources, Depression, Depression Treatment, Mental Health
February 7, 2019

Underlying Causes of Addiction

What Causes Addiction? When someone is suffering from addiction, it is a very dark and lonely time. Not only because of the addiction they are suffering, but because of the pain of the underlying causes. All addiction stems from a root cause, making the addiction impossible to overcome unless that cause is treated as well. […]

Addiction, Anxiety, Depression, Depression Treatment, Mental Health, PTSD, Substance Abuse
January 24, 2019

How Much Support You Get at Cliffside

Support is here When you enter a treatment facility, it is an extremely life-changing moment. You’re leaving behind old, bad habits and coming to terms with the misgivings that your addiction has presented you. You may feel ashamed, judged, guilty and just at a general emotional low. Looking in the mirror can be tough, and […]

Addiction, Addiction Recovery, Alcohol Rehab Information, Drug Rehab Information, Sober Living and Aftercare
January 10, 2019

Is Being an Addict a Stigma?

The Stigma of Addiction Stigma is defined as “a mark of shame or discredit”. This is especially damaging to people suffering from addiction, because it means that it should be something to be ashamed of. This thought process stems from actions and activities that happen as a symptom of the disease, such as: impaired judgement, […]

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December 10, 2018

Why Get Treatment Away From Home

Take a break from the normal Let’s face it: you are ready to get help with your addiction because you need a new “normal”. Living with your addiction has caused not only severe physical damages to your body, but it has also caused emotional damage. You may have a strained, or completely severed, relationship with […]

Addiction, Addiction Recovery, Alcohol Rehab Information, Drug Rehab Information, Drug Treatment
November 13, 2018

Triggers to Avoid During the Holidays

Know your triggers A major part of a successful recovery process is knowing what your triggers are. During the holidays, it can be a time that they present themselves more often than not. It can also be time when new triggers can arise that you didn’t realize you had before. It’s important to sit down […]

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October 29, 2018

What is Detox and How Long Should It Take?

What is detox? Detox is the very first step of recovery once someone enters treatment. When you have been abusing a substance for a period of time, your brain becomes chemically re-wired to depend on this substance. When the substance is no longer in your body, withdrawal symptoms begin. This is also known as being […]

Addiction, Addiction Recovery, Addiction Stories, Detox Resources for Alcohol and Drugs/Opiates, Drinking, Drug Rehab Information, Drug Treatment, Medical, Substance Abuse