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Debunking Myths About Addiction Interventions

Debunking Myths
 We bust the top three reasons why people may avoid this helpful step toward recovery. If you hear the word “intervention,” your mind may go to one you’ve seen on a popular television show or in a movie. “We need to talk,” a character may...

How to Get the Most out of Therapy – Some Practical Tips

Get the Most out of Therapy
Therapy is experienced differently by different individuals. There is no magic wand in therapy to quickly and easily fix all problems. Instead, therapy should be seen as an investment in yourself with benefits revealing themselves as the process unfolds. A couple of questions to...

Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey Unveils Campaign in Times Square to Raise Awareness on Opioid Use

Drug-Free New Jersey Unveils Campaign
The New Campaign Encourages Vital Family Communication Regarding the Opioid Epidemic and COVID-19 Pandemic MILLBURN, NJ — The Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey (PDFNJ) today announced the unveiling of a new public health campaign featured in Times Square that is reminding families to talk to...

Secrets to Make COVID-19 Holidays Bright

COVID-19 Holidays
How many times have you asked yourself, “why is this year unlike any other year?!!” while you suit up and put your mask on, or turn on your computer for just one more zoom meeting? Covid-19 has changed the way we meet, greet, and...


By following public health models rolled out in Portugal, Switzerland, and the Netherlands, Oregon is spearheading a new attempt to improve the ongoing opioid epidemic. Oregon has particularly high rates of substance abuse and mental health disorders, which is only complicated further by limited access...

Winners and Boozers

Winners and Boozers
When I asked her if she thought it was wise for her to go on drinking since her father had become diabetic and that alcohol turns to sugar, the look on her face said “You are now the enemy.” She had been such a winner...

Covid Sobriety Blues: Staying sober during a pandemic

I recently had the good fortune to have an op-ed published in our local newspaper, the San Diego Union Tribune on August 29 (about the relationship between Covid-19 and Mental Health). In the article, I talk about the fact that pretty much everyone on...


“After a one year drop in 2018, U.S. opioid overdose deaths increased again in 2019, topping 50,000 for the first time according to the CDC.” (Associated Press 10-22-2020) There were 82,000 alcohol related deaths in 2018; they have never been higher. Overdose rates have...

The Bleakness of Poverty

The Bleakness of Poverty
In our global community, the concept of poverty has varied dependent upon our ideological perspectives. Our perspectives about the causation of poverty is frequently skewed by our relationship to poverty itself. There are many variables that might be the causation of poverty: if we...

Staying Strong, Sober and Sane on Thanksgiving

family celebrating thanksgiving
Thanksgiving marks the official beginning of the ever-stressful holiday season. It’s a challenging time of year for everyone, and especially for people in recovery. Family events—both large and small—can be stressful, complicated, and triggering for people struggling with substance use disorder. Add a global...

The Fire Extinguisher: A Breakthrough In Relapse Prevention

The Fire Extinguisher: A Breakthrough In Relapse Prevention
In my 30 years of working with addiction in various levels of care and treatment modalities, I have seen clients who relapse even after numerous treatment attempts and continually fail to maintain their sobriety. It just seemed that there was something else happening in...

Untreated Mental Illness May Repeatedly Trigger Relapse to Substance Use

struggling woman upset and crying
It’s not uncommon to find that individuals suffering with substance addictions also often have other mental health problems, such as depression or anxiety. It’s not always clear which came first, but both need to be treated in order to provide the best scenario for...

Stigmatizing Language- Changing the Way We Talk About Substance Use

women speaking about stigmatizing language
On the initiative of a graduate social work intern, McLean is looking closely at the language used to talk and write about addiction. Jessica Lareau, a graduate social work intern in the Center of Excellence in Alcohol, Drugs, and Addiction, is working to change the language...

Let Go? Are You Kidding Me?

mother yelling at daughter who has head in hand
‘It is Important to Let Go Without Giving Up or Giving In’ The BALM® (Be A Loving Mirror) Family Recovery method teaches families how to ‘be there’ for their struggling loved one through its solution-based curriculum and group and individual coaching opportunities. For the next...

The Public Anguish of Eric Clapton

eric clapton playing guitar
Drugs were a part of the 70’s scene, symbolic of rebellion, individualism, and the culture of the times. While legendary guitarist Eric Clapton is recognized for his role in influencing the era’s music, he is also regrettably known for his addiction and public anguish. Clapton...

Children and Trauma

children with masks during covid looking out window
The dire effects of COVID may linger long into the next decade. It really depends how much longer this egregious virus clutches its claws into the minds, the hearts, and the perceptions of our world. Moreover, the effects of this virus on the life...

The Twelve First Steps

12steps leading to the sky
We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable. ~The First Step of AA’s 12 Steps   My name is Sue and I am an alcoholic. I started drinking in my teens, and after receiving inpatient treatment, I learned recovery skills through the fellowship...

Groups in Residential Treatment and IOP – What is their purpose?

people in recovery attending meeting
Anyone who has been in an alcohol and drug rehab and/or has attended IOP (Intensive Outpatient Program) sessions know that there are regularly scheduled and mandatory ‘groups.’  These can be run by therapists within the programs that clients are attending, or by outside, independent...

Legal Intervention In Alcohol Related Illnesses And Cannabis Induced Psychosis

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Legal Intervention In Alcohol: Lost sometimes amidst the opioid epidemic dominated news over the last several years, we note the steady increase in deaths related to alcohol and the rise in psychosis among cannabis users.  The Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that...

Acknowledge the Elephant- Support a Grieving Mom

shattered heart
After losing my son Matt a few years ago, I felt like I had inherited the elephant. You know the one I'm talking about- the elephant in the room that no one will acknowledge, let alone talk about. This elephant follows me around like a lost...


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, Palm Beach County, FL. And New Haven, CT.

Sunset House is a licensed, residential Treatment Program classified as a level 4 transitional care house, according to DCF. This includes providing 24 hour paid staff coverage seven days per week.

The popular Be A Loving Mirror (BALM) Family Recovery curriculum has become the go-to program for families looking to get their lives back AND help their loved ones get and stay in recovery. Our two-prong approach will help you move from obstacle to chief support using powerful research-based tools.


The BALM Family Recovery Life Coach Training Program provides 164+ hours of training, experiencing, and being immersed in the world of BALM and Family Recovery Life Coaching. This program is the first and only full, supercharged ICF-ACTP (International Coach Federation Accredited Coach Training Program to focus on family recovery!

“MARSTE Training Services (MTS) has agreements with CCAPP and CADTP which accept the academic hours toward Substance Abuse Disorder (SUD) counselor certification. MARSTE is a vocational school, also known as a trade school, which teaches job specific skills.  In this case, MARSTE focuses on education for counselors who wish to enter the SUD field. In addition, MTS is an approved CE provider for AOD and BRN continuing education hours.”

What Is the Beit T’Shuvah Difference:

    • 31-years of Trailblazing Holistic Care


    • Wraparound Services


    • Long-Term Residential Treatment


    • Integrated Treatment Teams


    • Helping Residents Discover their Purpose


Wayside House in Delray Beach has since 1974 offered residential and outpatient services, plus day/night 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.


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.


CenterPointe Hospital 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!

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.

Joe Considine has practiced law in South Florida since 1983. His practice is limited to family law and addiction related law including the Marchman Act. Joe works extensively with families whose loved ones have substance abuse and mental health problems as an attorney.



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


Codependence In Men

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...


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.

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.

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

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.

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. 

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.


Villa Tranquil is a unique transitional sober living program that helps women continue their path in recovery from addictions. Following their treatment experience, Villa Tranquil helps women continue their process and lifestyle of addiction recovery. Our program is rooted in the 12-step recovery process, where clients and their families will feel the support of the fellowship of the program. We value the importance of creating a community where respect and healthy relationships guide the culture.

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.

“Community Counseling for People and Families” Dr. George Stoupas, licensed mental health counselor and addictions specialist, offers individual, couples, and family therapy in West Palm Beach, Florida. Serving Palm Beach County families since 2009. Dr. Stoupas specializes in Family Conflict Resolution, Young Adults, Men's Issues, and Addiction Recovery. Evening and weekend appointments available.