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What are the Benefits of Gender-Specific Addiction Treatment?
Addiction Treatment

What are the Benefits of Gender-Specific Addiction Treatment?

Substance use disorders affect people differently, including those of different genders, which is why gender-specific addiction treatment is beneficial. Gender-specific treatment programs in Utah are tailored to meet the unique medical and emotional needs of each gender. How Does Gender Affect Addiction? For many years, drug addiction research and treatment only focused on the effect of substance abuse on men. Women often struggled with the disease of addiction in isolation from the rest of society due to intense social shame and the stigma that was placed around them. Women who did seek addiction help were placed in treatment programs tailored

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Veteran Tricare East Insurance Rehab Coverage Explained
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Veteran Tricare East Insurance Rehab Coverage Explained

There are many reasons a person might be reluctant to go into rehab. Cost plays a significant role. If you are unable to afford rehab, you may be able to use insurance to pay part of your bill. There are many insurance plans that can be applied to recovery expenses, and Veteran Tricare Rehab Coverage may be the best option for you. Read on to find out more about what the plan involves. What is TRICARE Veterans Insurance?  TRICARE insurance covers therapy that is meant to improve, restore, maintain, or prevent deterioration of function. The treatment must be medically necessary

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How to Find Luxury Mental Health Treatment Near Me
Mental Health

How to Find Luxury Mental Health Treatment Near Me

If you are struggling with a mental health problem, it can be next to impossible to know where to turn for help. Upscale mental health treatment at a luxury mental health center gives many people better benefits and more comprehensive long-term strategies than traditional outpatient care. What is Luxury Mental Health Treatment? People who search for “luxury mental health treatment near me” get access to treatment that ensures a more upscale environment.  A luxury mental health treatment center provides precisely that: mental health treatment but in an upscale setting, perfect for hard-working executives, professionals who need to maintain privacy during

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Are There 90-Day Rehab Programs?
Addiction Treatment

Are There 90-Day Rehab Programs?

Addiction is not easy to fight, but finding the right rehab program will increase your chances of beating the odds. One of the things you will need to consider is how long you will need to stay in rehab. 30-, 60- and 90-day programs are available. This article will focus on the 90-day rehab option so you can decide if it’s right for you. Spirit Mountain Recovery offers an ideal 90-day Dual Diagnosis Program for addiction treatment. Contact us today at (844) 403-5433 to learn more. How Long Does Rehab Treatment Last? Rehab treatment can last as long as needed,

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How Long Does Rehab Last?
Addiction Treatment

How Long Does Rehab Last?

Going to rehab can be a scary prospect for some people. There are a lot of uncertainties involved, and it’s normal to feel anxious about some aspects of treatment. One question that may concern many individuals is, how long does rehab last? They want to know how much time they will need to spend away from their jobs and families to recover. What are the Different Types of Rehab? The question, how long can rehab last, is best answered if you understand the types of rehab involved. These include: Inpatient Rehab Inpatient rehab involves the patient staying in a rehab

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What are the Different Levels of Care of Rehab?
Addiction Treatment

What are the Different Levels of Care of Rehab?

Getting over addiction is not easy. It’s important to find the care that’s right for you. There are different levels of care in rehab. Once you get familiar with these levels, you can choose the one that’s best suited to your situation. This article will let you know what the levels of treatment are so you can decide what will work best for your recovery. What are the Different Levels of Care in Rehab? The different levels of care in rehab are as follows: Inpatient Rehab Inpatient rehab involves staying in a rehab facility 24/7 for a specific amount of

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Can Someone Overdose on Methamphetamine?

Yes, and it is happening more frequently. According to a September 22, 2021, article in the Journal of the American Medical Association (Psychiatry), “overdose deaths involving methamphetamine nearly tripled from 2015 to 2019 among people ages 18-64 in the United States.” This fact has prompted the Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Nora D. Volkow, MD, to comment that we are in “an overdose crisis in the United States (that) goes far beyond an opioid epidemic. In addition to heroin, methamphetamine and cocaine are becoming more dangerous due to contamination with highly potent fentanyl and increases in higher-risk

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Being Addicted to an Illicit or Prescribed Drug is Not a Character Flaw, Sin or Conscious Choice

I will grant you that someone’s first decision to use an illicit drug or abuse a prescribed medication may have been a flaw in their character, a sin, or an error in personal judgment, but first, someone is in the throes of substance addiction, they have crossed over into living with a personally devastating mental illness. In effect, their brain and resultant thinking have become hijacked by a powerfully psychoactive drug. Choice has been surrendered to craving and compulsion. Whether you categorize substance addiction according to the Medical Model of Addiction or it being Trauma-based, once someone is suffering from

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Addiction Treatment

Meditation and Yoga – Spiritual Keys to Recovery from Drug and Alcohol Addiction

Meditation, as we practice it at Spirit Mountain Recovery, is a mindfulness-based recovery regimen that focuses the mind on a particular object, thought, or activity without labeling it or judgment. Just accepting the present moment for what it is. Not lost in any one specific thought, or the past story of your life or the future. An awareness of being aware. Where a client’s attention is focused on the present moment experience. By definition, a clear, emotionally calm, and stable place. Through daily meditation practice our clients learn to focus their attention on their breathing as a way of calming

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Why Most Drug Addiction Programs Do Not Work

Research statistics have shown that even after 6 weeks of inpatient treatment for alcohol and injected heroin addiction, that 90% of adult men will have relapsed within the first 12 months of their discharge. Often 50-60% of these relapses having occurred in the first 60-90 days from their release. It is then easy to reason that most drug treatment for substance addictions do not seem to work. An exasperating fact for the individual who suffers and the loved ones who have put so much of their time and their financial resources into drug treatment.  At Spirit Mountain Recovery, we work

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Addiction Treatment

The Concept of Spirituality in Recovery from a Substance Addiction

Complicating any discussion of the role that Recovery of Spirit plays in helping someone to heal from a Substance Use Disorder is that there is no single, widely agreed-upon definition of spirituality. The concept of spirit and spirituality have evolved over the years, but what it means to heal spiritually is extremely relevant in recovery. Also complicating matters is that most people do not see a difference between spirituality and religion. We see no utility in arguing this point. Even though the words spirituality and religion can be highly contentious concepts they should not be an impediment to helping those

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Marijuana

Marijuana Legalization: Cause for Celebration Or Concern?

According to the National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), “Marijuana use can lead to the development of problem use, known as a Marijuana Use Disorder, which takes the form of addiction in severe cases. Recent data suggest that 30% of those who use marijuana may experience some degree of Marijuana Use Disorder. People who begin using marijuana before the age of 18 are four to seven times more likely to develop a marijuana use disorder than adults.” NIDA. 2021, April 13. www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/marijuana/marijuana-addictive. As of the date of this article there are now 17 States, the District

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The Connection Between Cocaine Use and Anxiety
Cocaine

The Connection Between Cocaine Use and Anxiety

Cocaine continues to be one of the most popular illegal drugs in the US. People often use cocaine to deal with negative feelings, because the drug acts as a short-term stimulant that speeds up brain function. This can help users stay awake, alert, confident and provide a burst of energy that many find appealing. While the immediate effects of cocaine don’t last long, they are enough to provide users with the rush they are seeking. So, what does this have to do with anxiety? When it comes to overall mental health, anxiety is one of the most common disorders people

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The 3 Stages of Relapse
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The 3 Stages of Addiction Relapse to Look Out For

When your loved one makes it successfully through a rehabilitation program, the last thing you want to think about is the possibility of a relapse. And while it’s hopefully something you will never encounter on your loved one’s journey to lifelong sobriety, it’s beneficial for you to educate yourself on the signs to look for. What You Need to Know About Relapse In general, relapse is a gradual process. It doesn’t happen suddenly like you’d expect. Relapse is part of the overall process and just like with any disease, these symptoms come in stages over time until eventually the person

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How Addicting is Oxycodone?
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How Addicting is Oxycodone?

Did you know oxycodone, found in OxyContin, is the most commonly abused prescription drug in the US? The transition from use to abuse happens quickly with oxycodone and it doesn’t take long to go from recreational use to dependency. Learning more about this drug and its addictive properties can help users identify if there is an issue and take precautions to avoid developing an addiction. When used properly, the drug has been proven quite helpful in the management of pain. What is Oxycodone? Oxycodone, a derivative or opium, is a powerful primary ingredient in many of the leading painkillers prescribed

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How Alcohol Affects the Brain
Alcohol

What You Should Know About How Alcohol Affects the Brain

It only takes one trip to a bar on the weekend to see that alcohol can significantly impact the brain. In some cases, it only takes a few drinks for someone to experience slurred speech, impaired judgment, difficulty walking and blurred vision. For the most part though, these side effects wear off shortly after the drinking stops. But did you ever wonder what is going on behind the scenes? What effects does alcohol have on the brain on a short and long-term basis? How Alcohol Impacts the Brain’s Cognitive Ability in the Short-Term In general, alcohol is associated with a

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Why Men’s Only Addiction Treatment for My Loved One?
Addiction Treatment

Top 5 Unique Benefits of a Men’s Addiction Treatment Center

When it comes to helping your loved one find the right rehabilitation center, nothing is off limits. Your goal is to help find a solution, any solution, that will stick. Did you know that men’s only addiction treatment centers offer some unique advantages to traditional mixed-gender rehab options? Over the years, several studies have found that men and women abuse drugs differently, experience different outcomes from using them and require varying levels of treatment. This means, in many cases it may make more sense for men and women to have separate treatment programs to better target their unique issues. There

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How Does Meth Affect the Brain?
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Meth and Your Brain: What are the Effects of Meth on the Brain?

Whether you call it speed, crystal meth, crank or tweak, it all leads you to the same place. Methamphetamine is a highly potent and frequently abused drug. The drug was originally used in a healthcare setting for a variety of purposes. It was once found in nasal decongestants, used to help treat individuals suffering from forms of ADHD, and even given to obese medical patients to help them lose weight. While the medical intentions of meth were clear, it’s much more commonly used and abused because of its long-lasting highs and euphoria-like side effects. The High: Short-Term Effects of Meth

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What are Adverse Childhood Experiences?
Mental Health

Understanding the Lasting Effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences

It is often said that the events that happen to us as children can have a tremendous impact on us as adults. This can mean something as simple as having to always make sure everything is unplugged before leaving the house to something as serious as dealing with lifelong self-esteem issues. Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) have been proven to have a tremendous impact on violence victimization, lifelong health issues, substance abuse and overall poor life satisfaction as an adult. Understanding the impact that these adverse childhood experiences have on individuals is vital to finding the right support and treatment for

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Signs Your Loved One is Abusing Marijuana
Marijuana

You Should Know: The Top 10 Signs of Marijuana Abuse

Contrary to what you may have been taught to believe, marijuana can be an addictive drug. And what makes marijuana unique, is that it is often times difficult to identify if someone is abusing it. Research has show that on average, 30% of people using marijuana regularly are at risk of developing a dependency. As the most commonly used illicit drug in the US, it can be a little difficult for family members to monitor. By knowing the signs of marijuana abuse, it can become a little easier for you to identify if a loved one might have a problem

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How Alcohol Affects My Loved One’s Physical Health
Alcohol

Addiction and Your Loved One: Understanding the Physical Effects of Alcohol

Did you know that alcohol’s impact on the body starts the second you take a sip? According to a report from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) from 2017, more than 14 million Americans over the age of 12 have an alcohol use disorder. And what’s more, 26.9% of adults admitted to binge drinking within the past month. Whether or not your loved one abuses alcohol regularly, there are still short-term and long-term physical consequences of drinking in excess. 5 Short-Term Physical Effects of Alcohol In general, the body can typically metabolize one alcoholic drink each hour.

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Signs I’ve Enabled My Loved One’s Addiction
Addiction Treatment

10 Sure Signs You Are Enabling Your Loved One’s Addiction

Of course you want to help your loved one in need. You should! Families are built around trust, support and protection. But, when does helping cross the line into enabling? And, what does enabling really mean? To truly help someone with an addiction, you need to be willing to confront them with the difficult truth by being honest, firm and standing your ground. When you love someone unconditionally, it’s natural to want to help, but it can be detrimental. What Does Enabling an Addiction Look Like? Enabling is when helping crosses over into doing. When family members go from helping

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Marijuana

Understanding How Marijuana Affects the Brain

In general, marijuana has a reputation of being fairly harmless, but it’s important to understand researchers are still exploring its affects on the brain. There are a variety of short-term and long-term outcomes of using marijuana and if your loved one uses regularly, you might want to learn about these potential side effects. Educating yourself is the best way you can support a loved one and help them understand if their use habits are unhealthy. What is Marijuana? Marijuana is the most prevalent illicit drug used in the United States. And with many states beginning to legalize its use in

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Top 10 Things to Tell Your Loved One about Spirit Mountain Recovery

Convincing a loved one to enter rehab is no easy task. There are a million different objections and excuses they may present to you and it can sometimes be difficult to stand your ground. The best thing you can do is know your facts and find a rehabilitation option that seems the most tailored to their specific personality. Spirit Mountain Recovery is not your traditional drug and alcohol rehab center. Our unique men-only approach focuses on fun and encourages clients to find happiness, freedom and fulfillment outside of addiction. Through the use of an integrated treatment model, we help men

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Addiction Treatment

Why Choose Spirit Mountain Recovery: Our Focus on Fun Recovery Activities

When it comes to recovery, every treatment center has its own philosophies. Some strictly follow the 12-step approach and others lean towards more holistic healing. It’s important when searching for a treatment facility to understand that when it comes to your loved one’s recovery, their opinion is what matters most. A one-size-fits-all recovery option is not going to offer the best chance for success. At Spirit Mountain Recovery, we use a variety of treatment methods to help your son, husband or father find success, peace and healing in his recovery journey. One of these methods is outdoor recreational activities that

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Is Addiction a Disease? A New Way of Thinking.
Addiction Treatment

Is Addiction a Disease? Understanding a New Way of Thinking

It has long since been accepted that addiction is a disease. Depending on the make-up of someone’s genetics, they are more or less likely to develop some type of addiction within their lifetime. And while this way of thinking may very well be true, it’s important to explore some of the new waves of thinking about addiction and what it means for those suffering from it. What is an Addiction? In it’s most basic form, addiction is a repeated behavior that has destructive consequences for an individual. When it comes to understanding addiction as a disease, it is often compared

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Why Spirit Mountain: Personalized Treatment
Addiction Treatment

Why Choose Spirit Mountain Recovery: Our Personalized Treatment

The traditional 12-step approach to recovery is not for everyone. While it is a highly effective method of treatment for some individuals, for others it doesn’t work at all. That’s simply because addiction is not a one-size-fits-all disease and recovery can’t be a one-size-fits-all approach. At Spirit Mountain Recovery, we diversify our treatment methods to help your son, husband or father find his own unique path to recovery. We believe that substance abuse addictions are multi-phasic disorders of the mind, body and spirit. And in order to find life-long recovery, we must work closely with your loved one to stabilize,

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Why is My Loved One Addicted to Drugs?
Addiction Treatment

Why is My Loved One Addicted to Drugs? Understanding The Causes

When it comes to your loved one’s addiction, it’s very common to want to blame yourself. The heartache and frustration you are feeling is common, and as with any challenging diagnosis, it’s easy to say, “why him?” When it comes to alcohol or drug addiction, you have to first understand that it’s out of your control. And to some extent, it’s also out of your loved one’s control because it’s a chronic disease. Your son or husband isn’t choosing drugs over you. While your love can help support him, it can’t cure his addiction. Luckily, not all is lost, and

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The Risks of Mixing Xanax and Cocaine
Cocaine

Fast Facts: The Risks of Mixing Xanax and Cocaine

When it comes to drug abuse, it’s not uncommon for someone to try several kinds of drugs, sometimes simultaneously. As a loved one trying to understand your husband, father or son’s addiction, it can be difficult to understand why he’s abusing drugs. It can be even harder to fully grasp how his drugs of choice interact with each other and affect him. Understanding Cocaine and Xanax Addiction Cocaine and Xanax are two completely different drugs, but widely abused together. When it comes to understanding these drugs, there are some key differentiators that are helpful to know: Cocaine is an illicit

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How to Stay Positive During Addiction Recovery
Addiction Treatment

6 Strategies to Help You and Your Loved One Stay Positive

Looking on the bright side. Viewing the glass half full instead of half empty. Mind over matter. We’ve all heard these sayings before and know the point is to be positive. But as someone who has had a first-row seat to addiction, you know positivity is easier said than done. Your loved one’s struggle with addiction and possibly a dual diagnosis disorder has left you feeling exhausted and defeated. And while treatment can help your son or husband heal from addiction and bring back that hope you had lost, it’s still not always easy to look on the upside of

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Are Hallucinogens Addictive?
Hallucinogens

Hallucinogens: How Addictive Are They?

Perhaps it just started out as something fun to do with friends. Or maybe your loved one found drugs like LSD or PCP as a way to cope with stress and take a break from reality. No matter how your son or husband stumbled onto hallucinogens, it’s important for you to understand more about them, so you can help your loved one get the treatment he needs. Why Does My Loved One Take Hallucinogens? Hallucinogens and dissociative drugs like LSD, PCP, magic mushrooms and Ketamine (Special K) are taken for many different reasons. When you look back at the history

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How Addiction Recovery Can Be Fun
Addiction Treatment

Believe It or Not, Addiction Recovery Can Be Fun

Addiction is no laughing matter. It’s wreaked havoc on your family and turned your loved one into somebody you no longer recognize. When you’re living in the fear and isolation caused by addiction, it can be extremely difficult to believe you and your family will ever experience joy again. But believe it or not, there is hope for your loved one and your family. You might think of addiction rehab as detox and countless hours of therapy, but what if treatment could be fun, too? At Spirit Mountain Recovery, we believe fun is not only possible, but absolutely essential to

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Self-Care Tips for Those With Loved Ones Addicted to Drugs

Just as important as helping to secure residential, day or intensive outpatient drug treatment for your family member or significant other, you must also take care of yourself mentally, physically and emotionally. Drug and alcohol addiction is not only a horribly life threatening condition for those badly addicted, but it adversely affects everyone around them physically and emotionally, as well. If you’re currently reading this article, you know exactly what we’re taking about! Parents and significant others also need help in order to avoid being destroyed by the dysfunctional addiction of someone close to them. The following are some self-preservation

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Addiction Treatment

How to Talk to Your Loved One: Tips From Our Peer Support Team

“What do I say to my loved one who needs treatment?” At Spirit Mountain Recovery, this is one of the most often asked questions we get from mothers, fathers, wives, siblings and grandparents in a family suffering from the effects of drug or alcohol addiction. Being able to say the right thing that motivates a person to seek treatment is not easy. Unfortunately, it oftentimes doesn’t work. But accepting that fact should provide you with some much needed relief, because trying to control the uncontrollable just doesn’t work. Remember: Someone struggling with drug addiction isn’t thinking logically or reasonably. They

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What is Residential Drug Treatment?
Addiction Treatment

Why Choose Spirit Mountain Recovery: Our Unique Rehab Location

When it comes to finding an addiction rehab center for your loved one, the right choice can make all the difference. Finding success is hugely dependent on your son or husband feeling comfortable, supported and engaged. At Spirit Mountain Recovery, it is our goal to offer a remarkable program that encourages our clients to reorient their focus on all the amazing things life has to offer outside of addiction. Part of what makes our program so unique and effective is our location in the Utah mountains. How Our Location Sets Up Your Loved One for Success in Recovery When exploring

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Is Marijuana Addictive?
Marijuana

Understanding the Facts: Is Marijuana Addictive?

There is often a lot of confusion around the addictive properties of marijuana. Can you get addicted to marijuana? What is marijuana use disorder? Is marijuana a gateway drug? Understanding the facts about marijuana can help you determine if you think your loved one might have a problem. By educating yourself on the facts associated with marijuana use, you can offer more support for your loved one and help them realize if their habits require marijuana addiction treatment. Marijuana Use Facts Marijuana continues to be the most prevalent illicit drug used in the United States. While it still trails heavily

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Alcohol Abuse, Addiction and Binge Drinking
Alcohol

The Difference Between Alcohol Abuse vs. Alcoholism vs. Binge Drinking

  You’ve noticed significant changes in your son or husband lately. He has more severe mood swings, he’s going out more often after work and you may have even noticed him spending more money on alcohol. If he is making it really obvious, your loved one may even be drinking more often in front of you or leaving empty bottles around the house. You know your loved one has a drinking problem, but what kind of problem is it, exactly? You might think talking about alcoholism, alcohol abuse and binge drinking differently is just splitting hairs, but it actually isn’t.

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Positive Thinking in Addiction Recovery
Addiction Treatment

The Power of Positivity in Addiction Recovery

Do you believe in the power of “mind over matter”? There are plenty of examples of this all around the world, from “fire-walking”, or walking on hot coals to the simple act of mindfulness and meditation. One of the most inspirational examples of “mind over matter” is Stephen Hawking, who used mental strength and a positive attitude to help beat the odds of his motor neuron disease and become one of the greatest theoretical physicists this world has ever seen. All these examples, from small actions like meditation to incredible human role models, exemplify what we are all capable of

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How to Avoid Negative Thoughts
Addiction Treatment

11 Negative Thoughts to Avoid in Recovery

You’ve heard of “opposite attracts”, right? But when it comes to positive thinking, that statement really doesn’t hold up. Positive thoughts result in positive outcomes. But the same is also true for negative thoughts. Negative thoughts and negative feelings eventually turn into negative outcomes. This oftentimes influences addiction and can even throw someone into relapse if they aren’t careful. While it takes time to turn positive thinking into an everyday pattern you don’t even have to think about, there are 11 negative thoughts to avoid that can make positive thinking a little bit easier. 1. All-or-Nothing Thinking This means seeing

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Addiction Treatment

12 Truths We Learned About Addiction

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Did you know NASA has found approximately 19,000 near-Earth asteroids flying around out in space near our planet? Any one of them impacting the Earth could be devastating to life as we know it. On a much smaller, more personal scale, addiction is kind of like an asteroid. [/vc_column_text][vc_column_text] My name is Chris Farni, Founder and President of Spirit Mountain Recovery. As a single Dad who has dealt with two of my children’s severe drug and alcohol addictions and subsequent recoveries these past 15 years, I have experienced asteroid scares of my own. My family was lucky. My kids’

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Addiction Treatment

What Addiction Rehab is Not: Myths of Addiction Treatment

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think addiction rehab? If this is the first time encountering addiction with your son or husband, horror stories might come to mind. Or maybe you hope treatment is a cure-all for your loved one’s troubles. On the opposite end of the spectrum where your loved one has been to treatment before, words like “expensive,” “scary,” or “unsuccessful,” might sadly come to mind. Addiction treatment centers come in all shapes and sizes, but there are some very basic truths and myths you should know as you research rehabs for your loved

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Marijuana

Marijuana Legalization: A Celebration or Worse Than We Think?

As the legalization of marijuana continues to spread across the country, questions still remain: is it actually safe to use? Is marijuana addictive like so many other drugs that are out there? Think about it. Alcohol is legal, but it’s widely accepted that alcohol is addictive and can lead to alcoholism, alcohol abuse and binge drinking. Prescription drugs are also something people use every day, but now the country is facing an epidemic that has driven up the amount of opioid addictions over the years. Is marijuana on its way to becoming the new drug epidemic? At Spirit Mountain Recovery,

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Why Choose Spirit Mountain Recovery: Our Impressive Rehab Staff

Choosing an addiction treatment center is an incredibly personal decision. Your son or husband’s recovery success is dependent upon his comfort level, his motivation and his level of support from staff and family members. At Spirit Mountain Recovery, we know just how important it is to have the right clinical staff onboard to help your loved one get through treatment and focus on recovery. Esteemed Clinical Staff at Spirit Mountain Recovery When searching for addiction treatment for your loved one, you want a rehab whose staff members: Have years of experience in their field Are highly trained and credentialed to

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Alcohol

Is Your Loved One an Alcoholic? Knowing the Signs and Symptoms of Alcoholism

We’ve all had those moments that we look back on and realize we should’ve seen it coming. Whether it was a friend having a bad day or a coworker struggling with his performance, the signs probably clicked in your mind after the fact. Hindsight is 20/20, right? Now what about something much more serious like addiction? Maybe you’ve noticed your son or husband going out more often or drinking a few too many beers every night after coming home from work. The last thing you want is to look back on those moments and realize you missed the signs. Alcoholism

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Mental Health

How to Convince Someone to Go to Rehab: 5 Tips for Family Members

As much as you may want to, you can’t force your son or husband to go to rehab. But as a close family member, you desperately want to do something to help your loved one get the help they need. Chances are, you’ve asked yourself a dozen times what you can possibly say or do to get your son or husband to go to rehab. You may be feeling helpless as you wrack your brain to find the answer to this challenging question, so let’s take a deeper look. What Can You Say or Do to Help Your Loved One

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Mother overwhelmed by guilt and depression over her child’s addiction.
Treatment Centers

Parental Guilt: Overcoming the Shame of Your Child’s Addiction

Parenting is never easy. From the start, there is an enormous amount of pressure on parents to make the choices that will prepare their children for bright futures. So, it’s understandable that you would feel pain, guilt, shame and frustration if your child grows up and falls into addiction. But, how can you overcome these feelings so you can better support your child through the difficult journey of addiction and recovery? The answer is centered around acceptance. How to Overcome Parental Guilt and Addiction You must first accept that you may have made mistakes as a parent – everyone does.

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Alcohol

Side Effects of Alcohol Abuse

Understanding Alcohol Abuse When people begin using alcohol to escape from social, career pressures, or personal reasons they’re more likely to develop alcohol dependence. Alcohol abuse, which is defined as the consumption of more alcohol than the body can process, can lead to effects such as liver damage and other debilitating conditions (including life-threatening). Alcohol abuse can then lead to alcoholism — which is known as alcohol use disorder in the Diagnoistic and Statistical Manual (DSM-5) — or alcohol addiction, which is when someone becomes psychologically and physically dependent on alcohol to a point when she or he is unable

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Alcohol

When Enough is Enough: How Long Does it Take to Get Addicted to Alcohol

Does your loved one consider himself a social drinker? Going out for cocktails or happy hours once in a while doesn’t necessarily make someone addicted to alcohol. But, how do you know if it has become a problem? How much is too much? It’s important to know the distinction between drinking socially and struggling with addiction. It’s common for people suffering from alcoholism to hide their struggle, so as a loved one, it’s your job to dig deeper. Understanding exactly what is going on in the brain and in the body when someone develops alcoholism is the first step to

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Treatment Centers

What Makes The Best Drug Rehab Centers

What You Need to Know Addiction recovery is not easy. It therefore makes sense that the best drug rehab centers are available for treatment so that professional treatment can commence as soon as possible although this will depend on the individual is ready. Few people can combat an addiction on their own, even with the support of family or friends. Professional therapy makes the healing process more simplistic and treatment and progress are monitored throughout. Success rates are high but it is important that each person suffering from an addiction admits there is a problem. If they are not determined

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Alcohol

Basics of Alcohol Addiction

The Dangers of Alcohol Addiction This post addresses the basics of alcohol addiction and the dangers that come along with it. Alcohol addiction is a disease, both physical and spiritual. No matter which alcohol drinks we consume, we always drink the same thing – ethyl alcohol, which is usually synthesized chemically and spiked with various flavors. Alcohol is the most aggressive and dangerous drug that evokes the most terrible traits of human nature. The detrimental effect of alcohol on the body is felt by any person who drinks it. The Effect of Alcohol on the Stomach and Pancreas Alcohol use

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Substance Abuse Treatment Centers

What the Best Substance Abuse Treatment Centers Offer Addiction is often misunderstood. Those who have developed a reliance on drugs or alcohol often feel incredibly isolated within their need and are often in denial. The process to recovery can be long and arduous and therefore, it’s important to find the best substance abuse treatment center that suits the individual’s needs. Professional treatment is important because addiction affects not just the individual but, family members and friends too. It can be so overpowering that it consumes the person’s life. There may be little thought that family members and friends will feel

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Mental Health

Mental Health Disorders & Drug Relapse

Untreated Mental Health Disorders Can Cause Addicts to Relapse The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIH) has estimated that drug addiction relapse rates could be as high as 60%. They say it is comparable to what occurs in treating other chronic diseases like diabetes, hypertension and asthma treatment. However, I am not sure that shortcomings in treating other types of chronic diseases compared to those typically found in the treatment of drug and alcohol addiction. For example, as far back as 2013, the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University concluded that “the vast majority of people

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Non-12 Step Alcohol and Drug Treatment

12-Step Rehab Programs Are Not Rehabilitation AA’s 12 Step Program has become a way of recovery from addiction for over 75 years now. Started in the late 1930s by Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith, the AA Program is based on a peer support structure which believes that a recovering alcoholic, now often addicted to drugs as well, can assist other alcoholics and substance abusers in staying sober. There are now over 60,000 AA Groups with 1.2 million members meeting in the United States alone. Wilson and Smith’s premise that alcoholism is but a symptom of a spiritual disconnect was

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Residential Treatment

Inpatient Drug Addiction Treatment

A New Approach to Inpatient Treatment At Spirit Mountain Recovery, we know that searching for drug and alcohol addiction treatment rehabilitation programs can result in a lot of confusion as to which type of drug addiction and mental health treatment program to select and where you should send your loved one to enhance the chances of their recovery.  There are many different choices.  But, the best choice for your loved one will be a place where they get a high degree of daily personal interaction with the professional staff and are treated with state-of-the-art treatment modalities that will help assure

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What is Residential Drug Treatment?
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Drug Rehab & Treatment

Addicts Get Help with Recovery People who experiment with street drugs like heroin, crack, and meth will most likely become addicted. The thought of using medication to help come off of an addiction might seem absurd to some. But prescriptions used to help addicts detox is now becoming evidence-based and effective. It helps bring addicts down lightly by curbing the difficult physical aspects of withdrawal as well as psychological. This is a crucial part of recovery in which drug treatment helps the addict stabilize physically. Roughly 60 percent of people that have drug addiction problems are thought to also suffer

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A Breakthrough in Treating Heroin & Opioid Addiction

How Many People With A Drug Addiction Have Mental Health Issues? According to the United States Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), “approximately 7.9 million adults in the United States had co-occurring disorders in 2014….People with mental health disorders are more likely than people without mental health disorders to experience an alcohol or substance use disorder.” Co-occurring disorders are often very difficult to diagnose.  This is due to the complexity of symptoms or their severity.  It is commonplace for individuals to receive treatment for their addiction, but not for

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What is Residential Treatment for Young Adults?

Residential treatment for young adults struggling with addiction involves living in a comfortable home-like setting where he or she can focus entirely on their recovery and sobriety all the while living among their peers and professionals. Spirit Mountain Recovery offers rehab for young adults in a structured and compassionate environment that allows young people the opportunity to not only fight their addiction, but to also tackle any underlying mental health issues they may be dealing with. These are referred to as co-occurring conditions, or dual diagnosis disorders. The following offers a brief look at what residential treatment is, why young

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Stages of Drug Addiction

By Chris Farni It is critical to understand that drug addiction is a disease, as this has been proven many times in the 20th century. Because it has a huge percentage of mortality, in its severity, drug addiction can be compared to other diseases like cancer. Drug addiction manifests itself through the dependence on chemical substances (drugs), thus it is also called a chemical dependence or substance use disorder. There are three main stages of drug addiction. The First Stage (Mental Dependence Begins) There is an irresistible urge to use drugs. The drug addict is still in the so-called “pink”

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The Danger of Consuming Beer

By Chris Farni Alcoholism is considered to be a craving for the use of strong drinks which contain high dosage of alcohol. However, the majority of alcoholics start their addiction path with consuming the typical relatively weaker beer. Today it seems like beer is consumed by “everyone and everywhere”, youngsters and elders, men and women, boys and girls. Beverages can be plain or fruit flavored or other flavors, and sometimes not appearing to be alcoholic; on the contrary – everyone treats it as a regular everyday thing. About the beer ingredients Beer is a drink that consists usually from barley

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Alcohol Addiction – Its Stages and Outcome

Alcohol addiction is a complex disease, often extremely hard to cure. Alcoholism occurs due to the prolonged and regular intake of alcoholic beverages. It is characterized by an abnormal state of the body: a strong craving for alcohol, degradation of the psyche with a decrease in the ability to memorize and analyze information and other mental activities, alcohol defeat of the internal organs and a change in the level of alcohol tolerance. For an alcoholic, the intoxicated mental state seems to be the optimal. The Development of Alcohol Addiction Naturally, alcoholism has its own causes, as any other illness. It

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5 Reasons Why Support Groups are Great in Recovery

The concept of a “support group” is widely used in all different situations. These gatherings play an important role for the sharing of ideas and understanding new perspectives. Let’s take a closer look at what support group represents. A support group can be defined as “a group of people with a common experiences and/or concerns, that provide emotional and moral support for one another.” Since alcohol and drug addiction has been recognized as an illness, support groups have become an inevitable part of recovery. Addiction recovery support gatherings are typically small voluntarily communities of people who are united by a

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3 Basic Reasons Why Recovery is Worth Attempting

By Chris Farni 3 Reasons Why Recovery is Worth It Having a substance abuse disorder should not be perceived as being weak. Like any other illness, addiction requires more than just willpower to prevail over it. As studies have shown, long-term abuse causes specific changes in the brain, which lead to the development of cravings and compulsive substance use. As a result, sobriety then seems like an unattainable goal, and the fear of relapse and failure makes it harder and more daunting to attempt it. However, one thing that one should always bear in mind is that even when the

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Movies to Watch When in Recovery from Addiction

By Chris Farni   When in recovery from substance abuse, you need some options of new activities which can help you recover and not feel as if recovery is the most boring option to be found. Such activities have many benefits, ranging from keeping away boredom to relapse prevention. Are you looking for any suggestions? How about some movies! Addiction is a common matter of discussion in movies and TV series. However, most of the films are inclined to, if not, worship drug and alcohol abuse. However, a few movies exist which do uncover addiction for what it represents in

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Importance of Chiropractic Care During Recovery
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Importance of Chiropractic Care During Recovery

Research has proven that whenever the vertebrae within the spine are misaligned, the neurotransmitters in the brain cannot function correctly, creating a loss of well-being. If this imbalance or subluxation is repaired through a chiropractor, it enables for that correct flow of neurotransmitters, generating a feeling of calmness. Chiropractic care during recovery continues to be proven to become effective in treating drug abuse, as it can certainly assist to restore chemicals in your body as well as curb cravings. Addiction can frequently result in painful withdrawal signs and symptoms. Consequently, the specter of relapse is tremendously bigger. Without alternative treatments

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How Do I Know If Someone Is Addicted to Heroin?
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How Do I Know If Someone Is Addicted to Heroin?

Heroin addicts may try to lie and hide their habit, but there are a few signs you can watch out for if you suspect a loved one is addicted.  If you suspect a loved one is using heroin or is becoming addicted, HowToQuitHeroin.com lists a few signs you can look for… and how you can help. Drug paraphernalia Syringes: This is by far the most popular method of consuming heroin, so someone in possession of a needle without medical reason is a big red flag. A hypodermic needle will usually be accompanied by a spoon, a filter of some type (cotton

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What is Residential Drug Treatment?
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What is Residential Drug Treatment?

What is residential drug treatment like? At first, it may seem difficult to choose the correct inpatient residential drug rehab program for your treatment. What treatment is effective for someone, might not be sufficient for another. Residential rehabilitation treatment offers patients resources that might be hard to find all on your own. Inpatient therapy centers supply you with the chance to live with different men and women who are working with drug or alcohol addiction whilst getting the help you should recover from your addiction. If you’re unsure a residential drug treatment center you’re considering can manage the specific issue you’re facing,

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What AA Taught Me
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What AA Taught Me

Laura Silverman is the founder of The Sobriety Collective, a resource and blog created to celebrate recovery, especially through creativity, in all its forms. In 2007, at age 24, Laura pulled a 180 and went from insecure, anxious binge drinker to newly-minted sober 20-something. This scary step catapulted her into a journey of long-term recovery.  I don’t love AA, but I don’t hate it either. Kind of a revolutionary statement to make considering the whole reason I started The Sobriety Collective was to have a place where people who found sobriety and recovery in any way, shape, or form, could congregate. With close to eight

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How Has Addiction Affected Me?
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Addiction And Mental Illness

Annette Marshall blogs about her journey to wholeness from the effects of the disease of addiction in loved one’s. Her blog Just For Today focuses on living a whole life despite the challenges that life often brings. She believes that by God’s grace she has been able to travel a journey that is leading her out of fear and into faith. In addition, she is the long time married mom of 4 kids, an end of life caregiver, a volunteer parent coach for The Partnership For Drug Free Kids as well as an 11 year member of Alanon. Today she shares with us the complicated relationship between addiction and mental illness. 

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How Has Addiction Affected Me?
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How Has Addiction Affected Me?

Ben Emerling is a content writer who works in the Metro Detroit area. Creative writer by day and avid adventurist by night. He dedicates his life to helping people achieve sobriety. Ben previously interned for 12up and currently works for Monarch Shores. If you can say you have never been affected by addiction you are extremely lucky. Most people are impacted by the actions of an addict whether it be a family member, friend or acquaintance. The most common stigma behind addiction is what we see on TV. Some guy or girl behind a dumpster with a needle in their arm right? Certainly,

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The Perfect Diet For Recovery
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The Perfect Diet For Recovery

Matthew Lovitt, Master Nutrition Therapist, is back for more! Last month he shared with us the complicated relationship between sugar and sobriety. This month he is here to discuss the perfect diet for recovery and life!  We’ve all been there, searching for something, anything to help us change the way we look, feel, and, perhaps, relate to the world. Before sobriety, we may sought comfort in drugs. Now that we are clean, we may turn to food. And, although food may provide some relief from the everyday distractions of life, it is often only temporary and may further complicate the recovery

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