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3 Tips to Help You Experience Joy This Holiday Season

How you can truly enjoy the holiday season despite substance use disorder in the family Are you sitting on pins and needles wondering which of your struggling loved ones will have a meltdown at Christmas dinner? Do you spend...

Saving Your Loved Ones from Addiction By Treating the Disease in the Brain and Restoring HOPE

Across America today, families are faced with unparalleled challenges from social media, peer pressure, financial insecurity, health issues, pervasive anxiety and inordinate stress which opens the door to darkness and temptation and these temptations are endless. Most have no solution and turn to drugs and alcohol...

Naltrexone Therapy for Addiction Recovery

This opioid blocking agent can save lives. What is Naltrexone Therapy? Naltrexone is non-addictive/non-narcotic FDA approved medication that blocks the brain’s receptors for opioids/alcohol, thus blocking the high from opioids/alcohol and reducing the patient’s cravings. Naltrexone...

Living Beyond – Let 2020 Be The Year Of Compassion

The field of mental health encourages compassion, but do you really know and fully understand what it is to be compassionate. There is often confusion around the word compassion and whether or not everyone is compassionate. In our high tech and...

The Deaths of Prince and Tom Petty: Something Wicked This Way Comes

Fentanyl is a powerful narcotic painkiller known to be 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine. It can easily paralyze the chest wall and stop a person from breathing. Only 125 micrograms of fentanyl, the equivalent of five or six grains of salt, can...

Trauma, Addiction, and the Community

For many individuals in recovery self-help groups have evolved to give encouragement, support, and understanding to individuals who face lifelong trauma. Support groups outline a way of living that is not just related to issues of chemical use and abuse but provide...

Increase the Chance of Reaching Your New Year’s Goals

This New Year’s Eve, millions of Americans resolved to lose weight, give up smoking, save money, do volunteer work, or find a new job. Chances are, they made the same resolution last year and the year before. Research shows that nearly 90% of New Year’s resolutions...


If you think you are at risk for substance misuse, be realistic about how the holidays can increase your anxiety and stress and lead to dangerous behavior It’s important for people to have a realistic attitude about the potential...


At a recent conference on substance abuse among the elderly, Brenda Iliff, Director of the Hazelden Betty Ford Older Adult Program, reported a precipitous increase in substance abuse among older folks, indicating: “Nationally, there are 17% of older adults at high risk.”...


Our children are dying en masse of opioid overdoses and the federal government is going back in a time machine arguing that marijuana is a gate-way drug. As they would say on Saturday Night Live: What’s up with that? As the mother...


You may have heard it said that “addiction is a family disease.” That’s true in more ways than one, but in its most fundamental sense, it means that addiction often runs in families— and, that like other diseases, such as breast cancer...


Have you ever stopped to question, ‘why I am entertaining other people’s messages’? What is it about the human psyche that causes us to feel a need to appease others? Are we conditioned to be a passive society? Do...


Humans are a troubled lot. Inundated by waves of fear and uncertainty, we welcome pain into our lives and needlessly suffer. Like psychotic shape shifters, we revisit the ugly past and daunting future, gradually driven insane by our own dark thoughts.


The holidays. Those two words used to bring such joy to my heart and plans to my head. I would head to the store with my list and always ended up with more than I bargained for. I would envision the day....


Understanding the framework and basic principles that underlie the relapse prevention planning process is essential for successful outcomes and lifelong recovery. Accompanying each principle is a brief procedure or clinical technique that can be used to operationalize that principle with patients and...

No-Win Situations

Sometimes we are powerless because of our situations in life. We may be in a situation where other people have power over us. We may feel that we are trapped by the demands of others and that there’s no way to please everyone. This can...


When we think of addicts, we seldom associate the word discrimination. Yet, there is clearly an undeniable association between discrimination and addiction. Although scientific research has proven that addiction is a chronic medical condition and not an issue of moral integrity; there...


Opiate addiction, distinctly a healthcare problem, has grown into a national epidemic, the bounds of which have not yet been completely realized. HHS has stated that 3-4 % of the American population uses opiates on a daily basis, and 2 million Americans...


To a person looking from outside in, self-portraiture in therapy could appear to reinforce egotism and narcissism. This is especially true in an age when appearance is deemed to be so important. But Aristotle said, “The aim of art...


Almost every day we hear about deaths caused by overdoses of opiates or opioids. (The word opioids include opiates.) The statistics for the general population are increasingly alarming as we watch the numbers of opioid deaths grow: in 2015 over 33,000 people...


Inspire Palm Beach is a 22-bed private room, Neuroscience Center in West Palm Beach focusing on mindfulness, meditation, wellness, mental health and addiction recovery. Utilizing cutting-edge brain-mapping and sculpting technologies combined with holistic health and wellness therapies, Inspire Palm Beach offers treatments such as Deep Brain TMS, High-density EEG, CBD therapies, Infusion therapy’s (focused IV multivitamins and minerals), InfraRed Sauna, Yoga, Meditation, Acupuncture, Shamanic Healing, Cognitive Therapy, Life Regression Therapy and more


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.

Villa Tranquil is a unique transitional sober living program that helps women continue their path in recovery from addictions in Jupiter, Florida. Following their treatment experience, Villa Tranquil helps women continue their process and lifestyle of addiction recovery. From the first day that individuals join the Villa Tranquil community, they are welcomed into a comfortable home and experience the trust and safety that we have incorporated into every moment of the transitional sober living experience. 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.

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! Through this program you can develop  purposeful work that saves lives, adds professionalism to your ongoing passion, and is emotionally satisfying.

If your loved one has ever fallen, had a car accident, had concussions, sports injuries, the odds just got worse. Brain Injury increases impulsivity and cravings because it is a physical injury that impacts how the brain operates. If the pre-frontal cortex is impaired (is in dysfunction), “the gate keeper of the brain” for decision making and strategic thinking cannot stop an urge or impulse from going straight to action.

“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 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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.



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...


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.