6 Terrific Ideas for a Sober Halloween

In active addiction, we rarely needed an excuse to let loose and party. Certain occasions, however, allowed us to go out and tie one on without fear of social stigma. Halloween was no exception. We were already accustomed to wearing masks, pretending to be people we were not. Halloween took the metaphor out of these…

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Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs in Addiction Treatment

Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs in Addiction Treatment

In 1943, psychologist Abraham Maslow published what would ultimately become his most well-known theory. This theory took shape in an essay entitled “A Theory of Human Motivation,” and built upon many pre-existing studies in developmental psychology to determine the basic patterns that humans follow that will ultimately lead to their highest levels of health, happiness,…

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Traits of an Addictive Personality

Those who suffer from substance use disorder often experience any number of cross-addictions. Many will find themselves addicted to multiple substances at once. Others may struggle to regulate behaviors such as eating, gambling, shopping, or sex. These latter cases, whether considered “addictions” in the traditional sense or not, often give rise to the concept of…

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Benefits of Our Alumni Program

Clients who begin their recovery in treatment gain many vital tools, but they also face a major transition period upon discharge. After several weeks of continuous supervision, they must learn to manage their own program of recovery without neglecting the responsibilities of everyday life. Between work, recovery, family and other obligations, many start to feel…

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The Deadly Side Effects of Inhalants

Many balk at the term substance “abuse,” but in many cases it applies in a very specific manner. Numerous addictive substances, such as prescription medications, are manufactured for reasons entirely unrelated to intoxication. Terms such as “abuse” or “misuse,” while often used euphemistically to describe addiction, also serve to underscore the manner in which the…

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Overview of Case Management Services

When discussing our program with potential clients, some of our services require a bit of explaining. For instance, Amethyst clients at all three levels of care—detox, residential and day/night treatment—meet with a supervisor once every week to discuss case management services. And when we mention this to clients who have never been through treatment before,…

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7 Great Lessons from Russell Brand’s 12-Step Guide

With nearly fourteen years of clean time under his belt, Russell Brand understands recovery quite well. He speaks on it often, offering revolutionary messages of hope and change. From time to time, he even involves himself in politics, fighting for greater access to treatment and an overhaul of laws that punish addicts rather than help…

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Activating the Parasympathetic Nervous System

Our brain chemistry plays a major role in the development of addiction, so it stands to reason that it should play a role in recovery as well. A primary way of using your brain to enhance your recovery is to tap into the autonomic nervous system. This consists of two parts, each of which controls…

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How Tom Petty Beat Heroin Addiction

On the morning of October 2, musician Tom Petty was found unconscious in his Malibu home. Suffering full cardiac arrest, he was transported to UCLA Medical Center. That afternoon, several media outlets reported that he had been pulled from life support. These reports proved false. But despite the premature reporting, Petty ultimately passed later that…

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Crystal Meth Addiction and Treatment

Like many of today’s street drugs, methamphetamine started out as a strictly medicinal substance. First used in decongestants and inhalers, medical professionals eventually discovered that it could be used to treat ADHD, narcolepsy and depression, while also helping people to control their weight. Today, legitimate uses of methamphetamine are quite rare. We almost ever really…

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