The Road From Prescription Drugs to Heroin

When we talked about the rapid spread of opioid addiction, we stated that many of those who abuse prescription drugs will eventually wind up hooked on heroin. This is not true of all prescription drug addicts, but certainly a fair number of them. Even so, we recognize that some might believe this claim to be…

The Role of Friends and Family in Recovery

At Amethyst Recovery, we very much believe that recovery is a group effort. Not just in the sense of the other addicts and alcoholics that our patients will meet if they stay in our sober living facilities, but also in terms of the friends and family that the patient knew before entering treatment to begin…

Enabling: Loving Your Child to Death

Addiction takes time. It takes time to develop as the addict goes through the stages of the Jellinek Curve that lead toward the inevitable downward spiral. It takes time to recognize, as some signs of addiction will not show as immediately as others. And more than anything, it takes time to heal. It can be…

Why Treatment Instead of Prison Could Save Billions

We’ve spoken at length in the past about addicts and alcoholics with legal issues, and we’ve made copious mentions of the fact that those who commit drug-related offenses are sometimes asked to seek addiction treatment in lieu of a prison sentence. Those who do not understand the disease of addiction might be inclined to believe…

The Benefits of Our New Monitoring Program

Addiction recovery can be a nerve-racking ordeal for everyone involved. As the addict or alcoholic is attempting to accommodate a new, substance-free way of life, the family and friends find themselves struggling to maintain cautious optimism. Not only can it be hard for them to trust a person who has hurt them in the past,…

For the Family: Dealing with Relapse

We’ve previously written a guide to staying sober over the holidays, with a number of suggestions. However, with Thanksgiving and most December holidays behind us, many of these suggestions are now moot. We now approach New Year’s Eve, one of the biggest drinking nights of the year. And as unfortunate as this is to say,…

Overdose Awareness Day 2015

It goes by many names. Commonly referred to as International Overdose Awareness Day, it is also known as simply National Overdose Awareness Day. Others simplify it even further, simply calling it Overdose Awareness Day. To prevent confusion, that’s the approach we intend to take here. No matter what you choose to call it, it always…

Staging a Successful Intervention – Tips to Remember

It can be hard to have a friend or loved one who is struggling with addiction. You’re tired of being lied to, and questioning whether or not the person you thought they were is somewhere behind the darkness that they have brought into your life. But more than anything, you’re torn apart by watching someone…

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Intervention: Is It Time?

In order to do it right the first time, it’s critical that you consult and involve a professional addiction recovery specialist