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Road to Recovery: Why Does Relapse Occur?

It is a common scenario for most people recovering from addiction to return to drug use at least once over the course of the recovery period. This condition, called relapse, involves what often feels like a downward spiral into compulsive behavior and addiction. It may…

Spring is in the Air

Life Renewed Its officially spring again.  With its welcoming warm temperatures, spring also brings a renewal of life and natural beauty.  This is a good time for us to feel the warmth of life renewed in recovery.  The cold dark days of our addictions are now…

Drug Treatment – It’s Not What You Think (It’s Better)

Great Expectations Before entering a treatment program you’ll have plenty of ideas and preconceived notions of what it’s going to be like. It’s natural to be nervous and perhaps even put off about the idea of going to drug rehab. Many people, especially addicts and…

Hitting Rock Bottom: Low Self-Esteem May Trigger Addiction

Most people who struggle with addiction also struggle with low self-esteem, and in many cases they turn to drugs or alcohol because doing so is a form of escape from the realities and stresses of everyday life. These substances fill the void, making a person…

Telltale Signs You Have an Alcohol Problem

Except during a few years of Prohibition in the early 1900s, alcohol has been part of American tradition for hundreds of years, offering opportunities for social interaction and thirst-quenching satisfaction. What makes it a problem is when people drink so much that they become unaware…

The Effects of Vivitrol/Naltrexone

Vivitrol/Naltrexone: The Effects At Renaissance Ranch Outpatient, we believe that people can get help through solutions centered on the teachings of the gospel. This is the most effective way to get people off their addictions and return as a functioning member of society. But, the…

Drug Addiction Myths

Addiction recovery is a difficult, life-changing process and addicts need all the support they can get as they work to heal themselves. Unfortunately, many of the myths that surround drug use and addiction hamper the progress of those in recovery. Misunderstandings about addiction as a…

Experiential Therapy: A New Life Pattern

Experiential therapy is a term that refers to a group of different types of therapy in which the patient uses various activities as a catalyst for working through suppressed emotions or subconscious issues. This form of therapy was developed in the 1970s as a way…

Overcoming Toxic Shame for Recovery Success

Shame and guilt are two similar emotions, but they are not exactly the same. Guilt is when a person feels badly about something they have done, while shame is where a person feels that they are inherently bad as part of their nature or personality….