An important step in fighting the war on drugs is to analyze the victims involved for clues on how to solve the problem. The identification of at-risk populations will help us figure out the root cause of addiction before it starts affecting others. One of these at-risk demographics is the veterans. Already at a state […]Read More
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"Addiction is more than a struggle, it is a disease that requires careful treatment and must be approached from a multi-disciplinary perspective. We focus on providing care that enables patients to gain control over their lives and establish healthy new behaviors."
Treatment Program Overview and Philosophy
The good news is that no matter how severe the alcohol or drug problem may seem, most people with a substance use disorder can benefit from some form of treatment.
In the past, society viewed alcoholism and drug addiction as a moral flaw. Popular "treatments" involved imprisonment, sentencing to asylums, and church-guided prayer. Not surprisingly, these methods were generally ineffective.
Today we understand that addiction is a brain disease characterized by fundamental and long-lasting changes in the brain. Like other chronic diseases, addiction can be managed successfully, and modern treatments are based on scientific research, enabling people to counteract addiction’s powerful disruptive effects on the brain and behavior and to regain control of their lives.
All patients accepted to participate in our Treatment Program must agree to strictly adhere to the Policies and Protocols of the program, and be genuinely interested in sobriety from addictive substances.
From The Blog
We now know that being closely related to a family member who is an alcoholic can predispose a person into becoming an alcoholic as well. It is also a known fact that poor judgment or impulsivity can escalate into an alcohol habit. Impulsivity can be defined as a failure or inability to resist any impulsive action, […]Read More
The cure for addiction is a human connection. This statement might sound at first an oversimplification of how complex the treatment for addiction is but it does have a resounding truth in it. According to the author of the book “Chasing The Scream” Johann Hari, The opposite of addiction is not sobriety. It is human […]Read More
Hangovers and blackouts are most commonly associated with alcohol, but they can occur with other types of drug use. Blackouts can be a particularly distressing symptom of alcohol or drug abuse because it means not remembering parts of the night before. It is common for people to occasionally feel a bit ill after a night […]Read More
Can Gabapentin lead to addiction? Gabapentin, an analog of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), a neurotransmitter that slows down the activity of nerve cells in the brain is marketed by Pfizer under the brand name Neurontin. It has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration as a treatment for epilepsy and nerve pain caused by shingles. […]Read More
Barbiturates are classified by the Drug Enforcement Agency as central nervous system depressants. Their primary action is to enhance the activities of the neurotransmitter GABA to produces a state of relaxation or sedation in the brain, by shutting off large portions of the brain, the same receptors effected by alcohol. Originally intended as a form of a sleeping […]Read More
We are now in the middle of an opioid epidemic. Sadly, in light of recent events, it seems like things are having a turn for the worst. Even with reformed guidelines and stricter monitoring, prescription painkiller abuse is on the rise. What is even more disheartening is that prescription opioid abuse heralds an increase […]Read More
It is no surprise that a diagnosis of pain introduces a person to prescription drugs. It is now common knowledge that those who use prescription drugs have a tendency to develop an opioid addiction. But not until recently was the extent and strength of the connection were determined. In 2014, the Substance Abuse and Mental […]Read More
With the recent changes in legislation going in favor of legalizing marijuana together with its recognition of its economy-boosting aspects, there is definitely room for radical approaches to tackling addiction and drug use. Maybe the time is ripe to challenge the traditionally held beliefs that addiction treatment should be mandated and tied in with […]Read More
Why does it take more than 5 to 7 attempts to quit smoking? What are some steps to quitting smoking?
The common knowledge that quitting smoking usually takes on average 5 to 7 attempts might be not as accurate as we have thought. The actual number is much higher than 7 attempts. Smoking is a hard habit to quit. Most physicians soothe frustrated smokers with the idea that it the benchmark for quitting is 5 […]Read More