Addiction Recovery Blog

Is Addiction a Disease? Exploring the Disease Model

Addiction is a complex and often devastating condition that affects millions of people around the world. It can lead to physical and emotional harm, damage relationships, and have serious societal consequences. But is addiction a disease?  The answer to this question has been debated among medical professionals and addiction specialists for decades. In this [...]

Is Addiction a Disease? Exploring the Disease Model 2023-04-21T17:08:22+00:00

The Dangers of Attempting to Detox at Home

Detoxification, or detox, is the process of eliminating harmful substances from the body. Many people who struggle with drug or alcohol addiction attempt to detox at home. The most common reason is to avoid the cost and inconvenience of professional treatment.  However, detoxing at home can be dangerous and even life-threatening. Here, we’ll explore the [...]

The Dangers of Attempting to Detox at Home 2023-04-10T06:23:29+00:00

Exploring Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a form of psychotherapy. It has gained widespread popularity in recent years due to its effectiveness in treating various mental health conditions. The principle that our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are integrated is the basis of CBT. And in addition, negative patterns of thinking and behavior can be modified [...]

Exploring Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) 2023-04-10T03:12:07+00:00

How Stress Can Increase Drug & Alcohol Use

Stress is a natural response to challenging situations that can cause physical and emotional tension in the body. Some amount of stress can be helpful in motivating us to take action. However, chronic stress can have negative impacts on mental and physical health. One way in which stress can impact our well-being is by [...]

How Stress Can Increase Drug & Alcohol Use 2023-04-09T23:44:02+00:00

The Effects of Addiction on Families

Substance abuse and addiction can have a devastating impact not only on individuals but also on their families. Addiction is often referred to as a "family disease" because it affects the whole family system.  Here at Whispering Oaks Lodge, we recognize the importance of addressing the impact of addiction on families. We have witnessed [...]

The Effects of Addiction on Families 2023-04-09T08:26:24+00:00

Can I Work While in Rehab?

Rehabilitation, or rehab, is a comprehensive treatment approach that helps individuals recover from addiction to drugs or alcohol. Addiction is a complex disease that affects millions of people worldwide, and rehab is a critical step towards recovery.  However, many individuals who are considering rehab may wonder if they can work while undergoing treatment. The [...]

Can I Work While in Rehab? 2023-03-30T20:15:01+00:00

Motivational Interviewing: A Closer Look

Motivational interviewing (MI), is a person-centered, collaborative approach to counseling and behavior change. It is often used to treat addiction, but it can also be applied to many other behaviors and situations. MI's goal is to assist individuals in moving from resistance and indecision to a place of willingness and commitment to change. We [...]

Motivational Interviewing: A Closer Look 2023-03-30T16:26:39+00:00

Symptoms and Behaviors of Denial in Addiction

Addiction is often characterized by denial. This is when people tend to minimize or deny the severity of their addiction, even when confronted with hard evidence to the contrary. Individuals can be unable to accept help, which can greatly hinder their recovery. For those struggling with addiction, SMART Recovery offers strategies and tools to [...]

Symptoms and Behaviors of Denial in Addiction 2023-06-08T01:28:27+00:00

A History of Valium and Its Abuse

Since its release, Valium has been used to treat a variety of medical conditions. Once seen as a medical miracle, it was widely prescribed and could be found in many medicine cabinets throughout the United States. However, its potential for addiction and misuse became apparent and has led to restrictions on its prescribing practices in [...]

A History of Valium and Its Abuse 2023-03-30T16:37:53+00:00

A History of Opioid Addiction

For at least the last 7,000 years of human history, opioids have been used as a treatment for pain and other ailments. And for equally as long, they have been misused and abused. Highly addictive and relatively easily attainable, opioids and their abuse continue to be an ever present danger to society. In this article [...]

A History of Opioid Addiction 2023-05-21T18:52:18+00:00
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