Tuesday, September 18, 2018


Compassion is ultimately the ability to completely understand and share in the feelings of another. It is a powerful tool that redirects blame and shame. Its intentions are to help the individual make a healthy connection to the problems that lay before them ultimately...

For The Families

“This was written by someone I met a few weeks back who prefers to remain anonymous..” ~Patricia I’m sending you this letter because I’ve read some of the articles in The Sober World and I think your magazine does a great service to the community....

The Interplay Between Borderline Personality Disorder And Addictive Illness

I have a beloved patient whose millennial daughter has proudly embraced her diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder stating that understanding this diagnosis has notably enhanced her self-awareness and capacity for forgiveness both of herself and, yes, of others. I am one of the first...

Regulation of Depression By a New Type of Brain Stimulation In Addicted Patients: Reedeming Joy

Depression is also known as clinical depression and major depressive disorder (MDD). This severe medical illness affects 15 million American adults every year or about 5-8% of the adult population of the US. Women are nearly twice as likely as men to develop major...

Krokodil: “The World’s Deadliest Drug”

Like an alien spore oozing from a sci-fi film, krokodil has emerged as one of the worst drugs of abuse. Called “the Zombie Drug,” and “The World’s Deadliest Drug,” krokodil is the nightmare scenario that officials hoped would never happen. But, it has. And...

SMART: Raison D’etre And An Introduction

A short time ago I asked Patricia Rosen, Publisher of The Sober World, if an article on SMART (self-management and recovery training) might be in order. An introduction was suggested. So, this is an opportunity for some people to get to know SMART, for...

Plant Based Medicines That Can Change Addiction Treatment As We Know It

Mark Twain once famously said that, ‘truth is stranger than fiction.’ That pretty much sums up my thoughts on how we treat addiction here in the U.S. There are things about our healthcare that make me think I’m looking at our system through Lewis...

Will I Ever Sleep? Sleep In Year One

The first year of sobriety is incredibly stressful, and if you are maintaining sobriety you deserve all the self-praise you can muster. During this first year, you may struggle with roller-coaster emotions including many that are painful -- sadness, shame and anger, a sense of...


The risk of relapse is at its highest when an addict lacks support, accountability, and an ongoing relationship with a mental health professional. While the relationship with the mental professional may be for a limited time; the therapeutic process for a number of addicts...


When enough really crappy things occur in your life, and you somehow survive them, people start to tell you that you should write a book. You think they are joking but then, after a while, you’re not so sure. More than once, I looked...


There is extraordinary news for people struggling to rid themselves of an addiction. It’s a naturally occurring plant medicine called Ibogaine that is a detox agent. Ibogaine offers an unusual experience for the person seeking recovery and is unlike any other addiction treatment. First, Ibogaine...

Jimi Hendrix: Ill-Fated Emissary

The psychedelic trinity of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison embodied the volatility, excitement, and substance abuse of the 1960’s. Demonstrating an unprecedented musical ability, these overachievers rose to the head of the class, sharing in the notion of Andy Warhol’s “15-minutes of...

A Gut Feeling on The Future of Addiction Treatment

What I find concerning in most modern addiction treatment programs is the lack of integration of new scientifically proven effective modalities with self-help programs. Let me be clear in saying self-help programs are essential to addiction treatment. However, there have been major advancements and...

Midlife: The Forgotten Frontier

The only time you really live fully is from thirty to sixty. The young are slaves to dreams; the old servants of regrets. Only the middle-aged have all their five senses in the keeping of their wits. ~Theodore Roosevelt The iconic academy award winning film...

Pets In Recovery

People have heartrending stories when they reminisce with their collection of, “Susie Q was the best dog…” or “I adored my cat Sammy…” We all remember that fi rst neighborhood kitten that we petted or the big, puppy dog eyes begging us to love...


Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Centers offers addiction services from medically monitored detox, residential rehabilitation and outpatient aftercare services, providing a full continuum of care. We work with most commercial insurers, offer 24/7 admissions and complimentary ground transportation. We have locations in Lancaster County, PA and Palm Beach County, FL. as well as the future opening of Retreat at Southern Connecticut in New Haven, CT. At Retreat we pride ourselves in providing a compassionate and spiritual environment for those struggling with addiction in a secure and comfortable setting with dedicated and caring staff.

Wayside House in Delray Beach has since 1974 offered residential and outpatient services for women 18 and older suffering from addiction and co-occurring conditions such as eating disorders. In addition to therapeutic services, we provide a wide range of holistic programs including equine, art and horticulture therapy, parenting, yoga and meditation. We also have a full-service employment preparation and placement program.

The recovery industry is experiencing faster changes today than they have ever experienced in the history of addiction. These changes and challenges will undoubtedly create an industry that does not look anything like it does today. I am Jeffrey Lynne, and I have been advocating for the rights of those in recovery since I began working in private practice.

At Beachway Therapy Center we understand that there may not be a second chance at recovery so we strive to be the last treatment program you will need.  By providing a continuum of care, from PHP (Partial Hospitalization Program) to Outpatient services, we can offer a fully individualized treatment plan that meets the clinical and medical needs of each client.

First Step is a detoxification center providing personalized care and assistance for patients dealing with various types of substance abuse. Our team has many years of experience helping people successfully recover using proven protocols to detox.

The Delray Center is one of the most advanced outpatient treatment centers in the United States. The Center incorporates the most effective evidence based psychological and medical therapies to provide comprehensive outpatient treatment of Substance Abuse, Eating Disorders, Major Depression, Anxiety Disorders, Bipolar Disorder, Trauma, Personality Disorders, and Addiction.

CenterPointe Hospital, located near St. Louis in the beautiful rolling hills along the Missouri River, provides a full continuum of addiction treatment at our Changing Pointe Addiction Treatment Center including detox, 4 weeks of residential treatment, outpatient treatment, medication-assisted treatment, family support groups and aftercare for life. Our dedicated and highly trained staff provide treatment that addresses the complexities of addiction as well as underlying mental health issues that often accompany addiction such as depression, anxiety, trauma and other emotional issues. Let this be your changing point in life! For more information call 800-345-5407

The Florida House Experience is a nationally recognized, dually accredited behavioral health treatment facility that offers the newest treatment options for both addiction and mental health. Our mission is to provide safe, effective, medically integrated behavioral healthcare to revitalize brain function and restore health to patients and their families. We deliver innovative therapies including neuro rehab to inspire patients and families to pursue healthy, productive lives.

Family Center for Recovery treats adolescents, adults and pregnant women for mental health and substance use disorders. In all of Florida, we are the only owned and operated by a triple board certified psychiatrist. We offer residential inpatient care, partial hospitalization programs, intensive outpatient and outpatient care. Transitional living facilities are also provided for patients that advance through our program, along with a free alumni program that includes all kinds of fun events and activities.

Our outpatient drug and alcohol treatment center offers a variety of programs for addiction treatment including holistic and treatment for substance abuse.



In part one, we culled the scientific literature and presented the best available research to bring forth the facts amid the current controversy. Framing...


Codependence In Men



We are a nation in crisis. There is hardly a family that has not been affected by addiction. The statistics on the matter of...




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The recovery industry is experiencing faster changes today than they have ever experienced in the history of addiction. These changes and challenges will undoubtedly create an industry that does not look anything like it does today. I am Jeffrey Lynne, and I have been advocating for the rights of those in recovery since I began working in private practice.

Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that teaches you how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The training helps you identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders.

When substance abuse or drug addiction affects a friend or member of your family, there is a legal procedure that allows you to confidentially request a court order for assessment, stabilization and treatment. In Florida, this procedure is called “The Marchman Act.” This measure provides court-ordered consequences if the person does not follow the court’s directives.

Emotionally Naked is a growing village of changemakers focused on all the taboo subjects no wants to talk about: mental illness, addiction, suicide, and grief. The site is in memory of Charles Aubrey Rogers who died by suicide 6/5/2015 in Richmond, Virginia. He suffered from depression and addiction


Not All Aftercare Programs Are The Same! We will help you build a foundation tailored to your specific needs that will support and promote your recovery with evidenced – based and scientifically proven therapies. Help in just one phone call away 786-271-5732.

Florida Center for Recovery (FCR) provides supervised medical detox and rehab programs to treat alcoholism, drug addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders such as PTSD, depression and anxiety. Our 72-bed rehab facility, accredited and certified by The Joint Commission, sets the standard for the delivery of the safe and effective care of the highest quality and value for our clients.

Bluff Plantation Augusta, GA
Positive Sobriety Institute Chicago, ILL
Malibu Beach Recovery Centers Malibu, CA

We are a national organization- with meetings throughout the U.S. Parents with a child addicted to drugs and/or alcohol can find hope in a support program called Parents of Addicted Loved-ones (PAL). Meetings are held around the U.S. and are expanding monthly. PAL meetings are open to anyone of any faith or background as our primary goal is to provide hope through education and support for parents dealing with addicted loved ones. The guiding principles of PAL are confidentiality, respect, acceptance and support. Differences in opinion are embraced without judgment and suggestions are offered in lieu of advice. Members are encouraged to “take what works and leave the rest.” Everyone experiences the journey at their own pace and is supported by the group regardless.

Desert Rose has created a gender-specific, long-term treatment program designed to help people overcome addiction and reclaim their lives. Addiction is always accompanied by emotional and spiritual scars. We don’t believe complete recovery is possible without addressing the issues that caused the addiction in the first place; this is what we call Soul-Centered Treatment ™. The average length of stay at Desert Rose is about 90 days, and many of our clients stay with us for a year or longer. We take the time to know and love every person who walks through our door.

Futures of Palm Beach is an addiction treatment center located in Tequesta, FL, providing residential and aftercare treatment for those suffering from alcoholism, drug addiction and co-occurring disorders and is the centerpiece of the Futures Recovery Healthcare platform. We believe everyone deserves the opportunity to live a healthy life, which is why our fully credentialed and experienced staff provides unparalleled addiction treatment to serve each person’s unique journey towards a lifetime of recovery.

The Recovery Research Network (TRRN) is a licensed outpatient adult substance use disorder treatment facility in Lake Worth, Florida. TRRN has developed a treatment platform that includes a health outcome tracking evaluation software to individualize treatment in order to mitigate relapse and support long-term recovery.  TRRN offers comprehensive substance use disorder treatment, including medication to support recovery as appropriate.  Additionally, The Recovery Research Network Foundation (TRRNF), a 501(3)(c), is active in engaging the local community to reduce the stigma, increase education, and support chronic disease management.

Palm Beach Outpatient Detox specializes in the personal and direct
treatments for the detoxification of opiates, alcohol and benzodiazepines.
Our success is based on treating both the physical and psychosocial
components of addiction.  Not only does Dr. Scanlan tailor and closely
monitor each patient’s detoxification from drugs or alcohol based on each
patient’s particular medical needs, he also helps each patient begin a life
of sobriety by introducing them to the principles of recovery.