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How to Identify Hidden Addiction Indicators in a Loved One

Hidden Indicators of Addiction

If you have noticed a close friend or loved one has been behaving out of character and you suspect there may be more than meets the eye going on, what can you do? Perhaps they are drinking more than usual and to excess or they have started hanging out with different people in unfamiliar places. When you suspect someone close is becoming addicted to drugs or alcohol, it can be frightening to watch them slowly decline into the illness.

CASA Recovery Wins "People Love Us on Yelp" Award for 2018

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We are honored to be the recipient of the 2018 "People Love Us on Yelp" award. This award showcases our great online reputation, and we are so excited to have received it.

Crime and Alcohol; What are the Dangers?

The Connection Between Alcohol and Crime

Drinking alcohol is a very common way of relaxing and socializing and is a feature of many celebrations and events. The effect it has on your mind and body, such as feeling relaxed and less inhibited is what makes you find it enjoyable. However, becoming hooked on these effects can bring dangerous consequences.

How to Avoid Enabling an Addicted Loved One

How to Have a Conversation with an Addicted Loved One

When a friend or family member has an addiction, it feels impossible to find the right things to say all the time. You want to push them towards the road to recovery, but you can’t push too hard.  Peruse the CASA Recovery site to learn more about our programs and how to help anyone in your life affected by addiction. Contact us today for more information, but for now here are some helpful tips on how to encourage rather than enable.

Prescription Drug Abuse is on the Rise in America

Prescription Drug Abuse on Rise in America

Prescription drug abuse is a growing problem in the US. Our professionals at Casa Recovery are specially trained to help you with whatever addiction you may be suffering from. Prescription drugs do not have to control your life anymore. Let us find a way to break the cycle and let you live happy and drug-free again. We understand how hard it can be to seek help, and we will be with you every step of the way.

Does Age Play a Factor in Sobriety Success?

Age Play Factor in Sobriety - Elderly Womans Hands

Addiction is a disease that doesn’t discriminate and as such there is no typical alcoholic or drug addict. The level of addiction depends on many factors including any underlying mental health issues, the cause of alcohol and also more general social aspects such as educational background and age. Someone who developed alcohol dependence when they were young and didn’t seek treatment until a late age would have distinctly different needs than another who reached out for help sooner.

How Should We Treat Opioid Addiction?

How to Treat Opioid Addiction - Patient in Hospital

It is important to bear in mind that addiction is an illness that can be treated with the right medications. There are widely held misconceptions surrounding addiction that have led us to stereotype sufferers as no-hopers who have made a negative lifestyle choice. In fact, addiction is something that affects people from all walks of life and even more so in recent times, with the rise of dependence on prescription opioids.

How to Help a Spouse with Addiction

 How to Help a Spouse with Addiction

Addiction is a tricky disorder to deal with and can affect not just the addicted but the family and friends of those around them. Specifically, the role of spouse is one of the hardest to deal with. You want them to not be in pain, but you can’t stand watching them spiral deeper and deeper into addiction. We here at CASA Recovery see and understand your pain and have tips for how to cope with this tough time in you and your family’s life.

The Long-Term Medical Effects of Alcohol on the Brain

Drinking in Public

Most of us know the general effects of drinking alcohol to excess which include difficulty walking, slurred speech, blurred vision and slowed reaction times although for most of us, these effects are temporary. The next day we may suffer the worst of all hangovers but there’s no long term damage caused by infrequent drinking unless it has become a problem and drinking to excess has become a regular feature in your life. Whereas getting drunk once in a blue moon isn’t overly harmful, prolonged and sustained abuse of alcohol can have a significant effect on the brain that can cause long term damage.

What Factors Influence How Much Alcohol Affects the Brain?

There…

America has Declared an Opioid Public Emergency: Here's What That Means

Opioid Abuse in America
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Earlier this year, the Center for Disease Control estimated that around 90 Americans die every single day from opioid-related causes. Such is the extent of the problem in the US, that there are now significant steps being taken to reduce the problem by tacking the issue of opioid addiction head on. There is a widely held misconception about drug addicts that they are from a poor background with little or no…


How Journaling Can Aid Your Addiction Recovery

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When you write things down, they tend to become more valid to you—and it is that principal that lies at the heart of the reason why journaling can benefit you in addiction recovery. There are multiple benefits to writing down your experiences as you go through treatment and into a life in recovery. The main benefit is that it acts as a record of your rehabilitation journey because keeping a journal is a thought-provoking…


How to Cope with Depression in Early Addiction Recovery

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It is an unfortunate fact that depression and addiction often go hand-in-hand. However, depression can either be a pre-existing condition to substance abuse and cause addictive behavior or it can be caused as a direct result of substance abuse over a prolonged period of time. Whatever the cause, for someone who has completed drug and alcohol addiction treatment, the symptoms of depression are very real and require management to prevent…


How to Let Go of Your Past in Addiction Recovery

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As with most of life’s hurdles, it is not possible to progress forwards until the past has been addressed and dealt with. When someone is struggling with addiction issues, letting go of the past and the mental or emotional scars they’ve been left with can be extremely difficult. Additionally, if someone has a history of prolonged abuse particularly of mind-altering substances, then the traumas from the past can…


The Importance of Setting Boundaries with an Addicted Loved One

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One of the most difficult aspects of living with a loved one with addiction issues is that they lose their ability to recognize the consequences of their actions. This can lead to the kind of destructive behavior that drives wedges between family members, breaking even the closest bonds irreparably. Specialist alcohol and drug addiction treatment


Can Drug Abuse Lead to Mental Health Issues?

Mental Illnesses

Known as dual-diagnosis, it is not uncommon for addiction and mental illness to go hand in hand, although it is not always obvious which condition pre-existed the other. This is because although mental illness can lead to addictive behavior, addictive behavior can also lead to symptoms of mental disorder. There are also other factors that need to be considered on a patient-by-patient basis including education, socio-economic status, gender, their personal history and the substances used to determine the state of mental and physical health in relation to their addiction.

Diagnosing the Symptoms of Mental Illness

There are several ‘street’ or…

The Relationship Between Addiction and ADHD

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For those suffering from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD, anything intoxicating is a risky business. According to recent research, more than 15% of adults with ADHD had either used or were completely dependent on drugs or alcohol for the 12 months prior to the survey. The same research showed the most commonly abused substances were alcohol and marijuana.

Why is there a Link between ADHD in Adults and Addiction?

A Harvard research paper revealed that among young adults with ADHD, just 30% said they used substances to get high. The remaining 70% have different reasons for using including insomnia, mood-enhancement or relieve…

Why Addiction Recovery Requires More Than Just a 'Vaccine for Addiction'

Receiving a Vaccination

While it would obviously be great to treat the very complex disease of addiction with a few shots of vaccine, there are many reasons why this approach would almost certainly not work. As the government attempts to address the significant opioid abuse problem in America, suggestions have been made that research should be undertaken to develop an addiction ‘antidote’ in the form of a vaccine.

Why a Vaccine Won’t Work to Cure Addiction

Although addiction is a chronic disease, there are generally psychological issues also underlying it that need to be identified for effective treatment. Whether…

First Responders Are Spending More on Overdose Reversal Drug

First Responders in Ambulance

A new drug that is able to reverse an opioid overdose and save thousands of lives each year is currently being rolled-out to first-responders across the country. In the US, more than 33,000 deaths are caused by opioid overdose each year and until now, those often first on the scene have been powerless to assist. Now, people overdosing on heroin, fentanyl and other opiate-based drug are able to be treated immediately on…

The Link Between Addiction and Depression

Alcohol Addict With Depression

Addiction and depression often go hand in hand although there are many misconceptions about both conditions. For a start, depression is not something you can snap out of and addiction isn’t the result of an over-indulgent personality. It is important to remember that both addiction and depression are illnesses; depression is a mental illness and addiction, a chronic disease. It is not sufficient to acknowledge the link between the two rather to treat them both independently.

Is Depression the Cause or Effect of Addiction?

The simple answer is that both are true. When someone is suffering with depression, they may…

Why DIY Detox Often Fails without Medical Support

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There is a common misconception, usually held by families and people close to addicts, that alcohol or drug detox can be handled on their own. It is often the expense and complexity of seeking professional addiction treatment that forces people to consider other options which, unfortunately, rarely work. Addicts can also feel capable of conducting their own DIY detox and while their motivation can be exceptionally strong, without a structured treatment program to support them, their attempts often fail.

Why Attempting Drug Detox on Your Own is Not a Good Solution

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Key Differences between Abstinence and Recovery

Woman Sitting Depressed

It is now widely acknowledged that addiction is a chronic disease that ruins lives as well as health. The effects of addiction filter through entire social groups, which is how it permeates our society and continues to exist. For those in the grip of addiction it can be an incredibly lonely place to dwell, although there are solutions available that can give hope during a time of daily struggle.

Ridding lives of addiction is no easy task and yet many still believe that by simply not using alcohol or drugs is sufficient to be “cured.” Giving up using is just one small step in a process that lasts a lifetime. This is because all addiction has root causes…

Opioid Prescriptions Decline but Levels Still Too High According to CDC

Prescription Drug Pills

New research published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that the amount of opioid prescriptions written in America between 2010 and 2015 fell by 18%. Despite the success in reducing the number of Americans receiving opioid-based prescription drugs, the level still remains three times higher than it was back in 1999.

Overhaul of Prescription Practices behind Declining Numbers

In response to the rising number of opioid overdoses in the States, physicians have revised prescribing practices to prevent or reduce the risk of addiction. Nevertheless, thousands of lives are lost every year to prescription drugs…

What Are the Options for Schooling Kids with Addiction?

Addiction School Classroom

Addiction is not just a condition suffered by adults alone. There are rising numbers of adolescents and young adults struggling with issues caused by drug or substance abuse in America today. Young addicts have a unique set of challenges to face when receiving treatment for addiction, particularly the question of where and how to continue with education whilst on a rehabilitation program.

Ensuring Academic Consistency is Important for Recovery

The main reason traditional school can be difficult for young addicts is that it can sometimes become an enabling environment, with the risk of…

Can Animal-Assisted Therapy Help Addicts?

Animal-Assisted Therapy
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It’s hard not to love animals, and many people experience a calming effect when petting a cat, dog or other furry friend. Human beings are by nature a pack animal, which is why co-existing with animals comes naturally to us. This is the reason there are so many benefits to caring for and spending time with an animal. Animals also have an extremely therapeutic benefit in addiction treatment, which is something that has been…


An Athlete’s Unconventional Program Could Help Drug Addicts Heal

Mind Strength Program for Addiction Recovery

Activists and lawmakers alike are constantly investigating new ways to deal with the rising problem of substance addiction in America. In recent months, a high-profile endurance athlete Ryan Burke has revealed an entirely new approach to addiction therapy called ‘Mind Strength.’

The high-ranking international athlete has developed an unconventional approach to addiction treatment based on working the heart to maximum capacity to retrain the brain and eliminate addictive behaviors. Through extreme cardiovascular exercise, where the body is pushed to the limit in regular daily sessions, it is possible to significantly…

The Effects of Sleep During Addiction Treatment

Sleep During Addiction Treatment

During drug and alcohol rehabilitation, it is not unusual for your sleep patterns to change. This is mainly because most addicts have a long history of using specifically to give them a good night’s sleep and unless this is controlled within a treatment program, constantly battling an inability to sleep can hamper your progress.

Here we take a closer look at the importance of getting enough good quality sleep when you’re on an addiction treatment program:

Sleep Reduces Stress Levels

Coping…

Jamie Lee Curtis Speaks Out About Opioid Addiction

Jamie Lee Curtis Speaks on Addiction
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In a recent TV interview, well-known former opioid addict Jamie Lee Curtis spoke of her…


3 Barriers to Treating Opioid Addiction

Barriers to Treating Drug Addiction

Dealing with nonmedical prescription drug addiction can be a minefield because of the barriers that exist both in society and the healthcare system preventing easy access to necessary treatment. These barriers are significant enough to deter many addicts from seeking the treatment they need.

Here we take a look at the barriers many addicts believe stand in their way of successful rehabilitation:

1. Social Stigma

There remains a stereotypical perception of an addict’s character that still serves to stigmatize, even in this day and age. However, more and…

New Nasal Spray Can Help Prevent Opioid Overdoses

Narcan Bill Signing Ceremony
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A new nasal spray that prevents opioid overdose was trialed at the beginning of the year and is successfully being implemented in other states where opioid abuse is an issue. The Narcan nasal spray is being made available to police departments, drug users and relatives of addicts across the US as a way of preventing drug overdoses, and has already been proven to save lives.

Narcan is the brand name of naloxone, the only drug with the potency to stop an…


8 Myths About Drug Addiction

8 Myths About Drug Addiction

Drug addiction is a serious mental illness that requires professional treatment, and yet there are many myths about addiction that are still being perpetuated.

Here we take a closer look at 10 addiction myths and debunk them once and for all:

1. If drugs have been prescribed, they are somehow ‘safe’.

Although this is the case when prescribed doses are adhered to, it is often easy to exceed doses particularly when taking pain relief. Some prescription drugs are obviously more hazardous as others and many are potentially addictive.

2. ‘Natural’ drugs like cannabis or mushrooms are completely…

The Effects of Alcohol Abuse on Your Skin

Portrait Man Aging Skin

Alcohol abuse can have a dramatic effect on the body, particularly after extended years of drinking, and the signs can be very visible in your skin. Alcohol is basically a hepatotoxin, meaning that it ultimately damages the liver. You only have to think about the sallow skin color of someone with liver disease to know that, over time, alcohol can wreak havoc on the skin’s complexion.

Other ingredients in alcohol are substances produced during fermentation, known as congeners. Congeners are the ingredient responsible for alcohol’s unique smell and taste, not to mention the hangovers suffered the morning after heavy drinking. The more congeners there are in your…

The Importance of Early Intervention in Drug Abuse

Early Intervention Group Therapy

As with most diseases, intervening during the early stages to motivate people to seek treatment is extremely beneficial, particularly with substances such as alcohol and opioids as they can cause critical illness following prolonged addiction. Early intervention requires people to be vigilant for the signs of addictive behaviors in loved ones, and to be aware of the risks they potentially face unless they seek treatment.

The Heightened Risk of Addiction in Adolescents

Young adults are at a greater risk of drug abuse…

5 Ways to Stop Alcohol Cravings

Alcohol Drinks at Party Bar

One of the hardest aspects of recovering from alcohol or drug abuse is the cravings that can easily drag you back into bad behaviors and addictive patterns. In order to achieve the maximum benefit of drug or alcohol addiction treatment, learning some coping mechanisms to deal with the inevitable cravings can significantly boost your chances.

Here we take a look at seven ways you can prevent, manage and even stop cravings for alcohol:

1. Recognize the Triggers

The urge to drink can be triggered by either internal or external stimuli. Recognizing the early…

How to Quit Methadone: Detox and Withdrawal Tips

Detox Medical Examination

Once the first step has been taken to seek help for addiction issues, it is natural to have questions about the process involved. Withdrawal from drugs can be uncomfortable and potentially dangerous, which is why it is always advisable to seek treatment at a specialist addiction recovery center. Although it is an unpleasant process, it is essential to detox methadone from your body before successful rehabilitation can begin.

Here we break down the stages of methadone withdrawal into three stages:

Stage One

Feelings of anxiety and paranoia, nausea, inability to sleep, abdominal pain and a high temperature characterize…

The Science Behind Addiction: Effects of Drugs on the Brain and Body

Man Suffering from Illness

Both prescription and illegal drugs like heroin work with the same mechanism that is intended to reduce pain sensations by binding to opioid receptors in the brain and other organs. The drug creates a sensation of drowsiness and slows down breathing, often to a dangerous extent if opioid addiction is present where the potential for overdose is significant.

Abuse of prescription opioids can often be a consequence of prolonged pain due to injury or illness that leads to someone taking more than the prescribed dose to fight agonizing pain and possibly developing a dependence on the substance. It is principally the effect of opiate-based drugs on brain…

How Pediatricians Can Help Treat Adolescent Opioid Addiction

Pediatrician Front Coat

The number of overdose deaths among adolescents abusing opioids has been consistently rising in recent years. This has thrown pediatric specialists into medicating for substances more usually abused by older people and has required a dramatic rethink of how to deliver treatment specifically to adolescents. Although in general, an inpatient treatment program would be recommended for an adult opioid addict, adolescents can often respond as outpatients as they may not have developed total drug dependence at the time they seek help.

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3 Signs Parents Should Look Out for to Prevent Opioid Prescription Abuse

Adolescent Drug Overdose

Addiction is something that affects the whole family although prescription opioid abuse can sometimes be prevented, if the right steps are taken when the problem first comes to light. Knowing the signs of addictive behavior is the best way for parents to educate themselves so that they are able to seek help for their loved one sooner rather than later.

Here we take a closer look at the signs that indicate the potential for addiction in your children. It is crucial to remember that there is plenty of professional support available to you whether you are just suspicious or have confirmed knowledge your child has developed prescription drug dependence.

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Can Horses Help Addicts Heal?

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy

Using animal interaction for medical purposes isn’t a new thing when you think about guide dogs for the blind as a classic example. But horses? Although it may sound a little out there, research has shown that involving horses in addiction therapy is extremely beneficial. Known as Equine Assisted Psychotherapy or EAP, this pioneering addiction treatment uses horses as a tool to provide patients on drug and alcohol treatment programs with valuable insights on personal boundaries and relationships. Interacting with horses…

Can Vivitrol Help to End Opioid Addiction?

Vivitrol Medical Syringe

According to a recent study, an extended-release drug called Vivitrol has shown to reduce opioid dependency rates significantly, particularly among male members of minority populations. Vivitrol is a full opioid antagonist that is an injectable formula of naltrexone, administered monthly in treatment of opioid addiction.

Such is the confidence in Vivitrol in the opioid addiction recovery process that it was approved in 2010 and has since gained acceptance by both medical and criminal justice authorities. As it is not a controlled substance, Vivitrol is particularly successful in preventing relapse in patients…

The Main Dangers of Barbiturate Abuse

Barbiturate Pills Abuse

When barbiturates are taken for medical reasons, it is to help people sleep. However, there are serious dangers connected to prolonged barbiturate use that have been recognized for a long time. One of the biggest dangers is when the dose is increased to achieve a desirable effect after some tolerance to the drug has been developed. For example, an insomniac takes a dose of barbiturate that is not very far from a lethal amount in order to get a decent night’s sleep. The bottom line is that it does not take very many barbiturates to cause a fatal overdose.

Barbiturates are Highly Addictive and Easily Obtained

Barbiturates have been…

How to Live with a Heroin Addict without Enabling Their Addiction

Man Frustration Bedroom

When you are in a relationship of any sort, be it with family, friends, or a romantic partner, it’s the most natural instinct in the world to want to help them when they need you. When this person is an addict this can represent additional problems for you as you try to ensure you support rather than enable. By understanding the situation better, you can find the right approach in this situation—but it’s worth bearing in mind that there are support groups out there for partners, friends, and family of addicts, so don’t be too hard on yourself if you make mistakes.

What Exactly is Enabling?

Enabling is when you help and support…

The Effects of Stress in Addiction Recovery

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One of the most important aspects of addiction recovery is keeping stress levels as low as possible. That’s because stress is one of the biggest factors causing drug or alcohol abuse in the first place. Stress during recovery could easily be detrimental to your progress by causing a relapse. There is scientific research to back up that stress and anti-stress systems can alter the brain’s emotional circuitry, guiding you towards impulsive behavior and ultimately leading you to relapse after periods of abstinence.

Stress and Its Relationship with Addiction

It’s well known that stress plays a…

Survivors of Opioid Overdose Should Look Out for These Injuries

Woman in Hospital Bed

There has been an alarming rise in the number of both fatal and non-fatal opioid overdoses in the US, with more people being left to deal with the long terms effects of opioid abuse. If you have ever been hospitalized for opioid abuse, there’s a chance you may go on to develop symptoms of long term damage. In order to ensure you can take as many health precautions as you can to avoid the effects of long-term drug abuse, it’s worth knowing what symptoms to look out for.

Symptoms of Long-term Damage through Opioid Abuse

Symptoms of opioid addiction health issues that can negatively affect your body in the future include:

  • -Nausea…

Does Legal Marijuana Lower Opioid Abuse?

Easy Availability of Legal Marijuana

According to news reports, states permitting sales of legal marijuana are noticing a decline in opioid abuse, confirming the commonly-held belief that the drug’s legalization is having a positive impact. The research goes some way to silencing the concerns of critics of medical marijuana programs that easy and open access to the plant will have negative ramifications for public health. The fact remains that the number of cases of hospitalization for opioid abuse in states with a marijuana program are almost 25% lower than in states still prohibiting the drug. Here, we consider the facts and how marijuana affects drug abuse in the United…

Fentanyl Rivals Heroin as Most Dangerous Opioid

Fentanyl Syringe

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is most often associated as being an anesthetic drug for surgery with up to 100 times more potency than morphine. However, in recent years the drug has taken over for heroin as the deadliest drug on our streets, causing several hundred – if not thousands – of deaths along the way.

Fentanyl Now the Most Common Drug in Fatal Overdoses

It’s a staggering statistic that in New York City alone, over a thousand people die from drug overdoses every year. According to the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, almost half of all accidental fatalities from drug overdoses involve fentanyl. The main reason fentanyl…

Why Sleep is Important During Addiction Treatment

Bedtime in Addiction Recovery

When you are in the process of rehabilitating from drug or alcohol addiction, your sleep patterns may change, making it difficult to adapt to your new lifestyle. Sleep is crucial for your physical health and wellbeing and even having one night of restlessness can impair your judgement, making it hard to focus and participate in the world around you. Both drugs and alcohol have properties that can make you drowsy, and it’s easy to use substances to ensure a great night’s sleep. But what about when you’re in recovery? How can you re-train your mind and body to sleep without any artificial help?

Here we take a…

How to Stay Sober While Traveling This Summer

Travel Outdoors Sober

Whether you’re travelling for business or pleasure, it can be challenging to maintain your sobriety, particularly as you are away from your usual support network. You also step outside of your daily routines to enjoy new experiences surrounded by others who will more than likely want to enjoy a drink while they’re out of town. How can you cope in this situation and pass the ultimate test of your sobriety when you’re on vacation? Here we give you some tips to keep you sober and still enjoy your time away to the fullest.

Choose Your Destination Carefully

It makes sense that if you’re on a 18-30 holiday in a booze-laden resort, you’re…

5 Signs You Are Addicted to Oxycodone

Holding Pain Medication Tablets

Oxycodone is a highly-addictive analgesic or pain reliever that is sold in a wide range of prescription drugs such as Roxicodone, Percocet and others. These drugs vary in strength and formula and also include controlled-release and extended-release versions that are classified by the DEA as Schedule II drugs under the Controlled Substance Act or CSA. Essentially these are drugs that have important medical uses that are also highly-addictive by nature.

When you’re managing chronic pain, your symptoms can drive you to become dependent on your pain relief meds and it’s difficult to know when or if you’ve slipped completely into addiction.

Here,…

Why You Should Choose Holistic Addiction Rehab

Holistic Treatment Yoga

Holistic addiction treatment is considered one of the most successful methods of drug and alcohol addiction recovery. Where holistic addiction recovery centers differ from other, more traditional treatment programs, is that alternative therapies are used to fight addiction alongside effective approaches of conventional medicine. Holistic therapy treats the entire body, mind, and spirit so that you can free your body from pain and heal the root causes of your addiction.

Here we take a closer look at the reasons why holistic addiction treatment works:

1. Holistic treatment allows…

5 Ways to Prevent Addiction Relapse

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If you or someone close to you has successfully completed an addiction recovery program, it is a significant achievement. While you’re in treatment you have resources and therapists at hand to support you on your journey. It’s only when you leave the program that you become directly responsible for your own sobriety, which can be a difficult challenge. Here we take a look at five ways you can prevent an addiction relapse:

Steer Clear of Temptation

It sounds obvious, but many recovering addicts still try to mix with others who are still drinking or using recreational drugs without getting involved themselves. Though it’s great that you…

5 Tips to Stay Sober This Memorial Day Weekend

Celebrating Memorial Day

It’s coming up to the time at the end of May when we’ll all be remembering the sacrifices made by those who died serving our country. If you are concentrating on your sobriety or recovery, this time of celebration can be difficult for you to endure without giving in to temptation. There are parades, fireworks and barbecues throughout your neighborhood and it’s all too easy to join in with the fun. Here, we give you five tips to help you stay sober during the Memorial Day celebrations.

5 Tips to Keep You Sober on Memorial Day Weekend

  • 1. Make sure you get plenty of sleep the night before the event starts

5 Tell-Tale Signs You May Have a Drinking Problem

Struggling with Alcohol Addiction

It’s very difficult to distinguish someone who enjoys a drink socially from time to time and someone who has a problem with alcohol. That’s because alcohol is so widely accepted in our society and now more people drink than don’t. Who's to know what goes on behind closed doors? Here are five ways you can tell either you or your loved one could have a drinking problem.

Five Signs You May Have a Drinking Problem

  1. 1. Consistently neglecting responsibilities either at home, school or work as a result of your drinking. Perhaps you are performing poorly because you’re still hung over from…

3 Exercises to Help You Stay Sober

Bicycling to Stay Sober

Physical activity can be enormously helpful in your journey to sobriety although it can be difficult to get motivated. It’s a case of replacing old, bad habits with new healthy routines and that can take some time. The best way forward is to find an activity you enjoy and then be consistent with it. Work the activity into your routine at the same time of day and make it a habitual practice to dedicate that time to the activity you’ve chosen. You could consider doing the activity during the time you used to find yourself at a bar. That way, this will become…

The Importance of Being Honest in Addiction Recovery

Holding Hands in Trust

Recovering from drug and alcohol addiction can be a long and lonely journey, which is why support, addiction treatment, and detox is crucial. However, there is one major obstacle that many of those suffering with drug or alcohol addiction face, and that is being unable to be completely honest.

Addiction Can Bring About Deceitful Behavior

At its worst, addiction can make the sufferer closed, withdrawn and deceitful. Whether it’s using various manipulations or actions to obtain alcohol or drugs, or attempting to appear superficially…

Why You Should Share Your Recovery Story

Share Your Recovery Story On Social Media

If you have been through addiction treatment and are established on your journey of recovery, reaching out to others still struggling with addiction can be enormously beneficial for them and for yourself. Hearing your addiction recovery story can motivate those who still have a steep hill to climb to get to where you are. As for yourself, sharing your recovery story can help you solidify your commitment to stay sober and give you purpose. In this day and age of social media, there are plenty of platforms for you to use to tell others about what you’ve been through, and you might unknowingly become an inspiration to others who…

3 Ways Meditation Can Help Your Addiction Recovery

Meditation to Help Addiction Recovery

It’s widely accepted that drug and alcohol addiction is a physical disease, although less is known about its effects on the mind and spirit. Despite many preconceptions about meditation, more and more therapists are embracing it as a complementary treatment for addiction. At our Southern California addiction recovery center, we have witnessed for ourselves the positive benefits meditation can have on patients in our drug…

4 Tips for Parents of Drug and Alcohol Addicts

Girl Struggling with Drug Addiction

Watching your child struggling with addiction is enormously difficult, particularly when you feel helpless as a parent. Nearly all parents make mistakes, which is entirely natural as we’re usually not prepared to deal with addiction issues in our children. If you're the parent of someone struggling with alcohol or drug addiction, it’s important to remember that rehabilitation centers like CASA Recovery are here to help. Here we give you some tips on how parents of addicts can help their children recover from drug and alcohol addiction.

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How Springtime Can Aid in Your Addiction Recovery

Addiction Recovery in Spring

It may sound trite but there’s a lot to be said for the benefits you can get when the season changes from dark and cold winter to bright and breezy spring. There’s something about spring that brings a sense of optimism, which we can all tap into and use for our benefit. If you are struggling with alcoholism or drug addiction, getting outside during spring can really help consolidate your efforts towards recovery.

Feel Renewed in Your Recovery Journey During Spring

When the days are short and the nights long, it can be extra…

5 Signs That You May Have a Drug Problem

Contemplative Girl at Window

More often than not people with a drug dependency are in desperate for help. Many a times they are not aware that they need this help. It is up to their loved ones to try and assist them. Knowing what signs to look out for is immensely helpful in getting a loved one the help they need.

The Most Common Signs of Drug Dependency

If a loved family member or friend display some of these common signs of drug dependency, it is important to get professional advice and help at a rehabilitation center as soon as possible.

-The person begins to neglect responsibilities at school, work, even…

How to Get Help with Alcoholism When You’re a Parent

Parent with Alcoholism

Parents struggling with alcohol addiction often find that the quality of their lives, and those of their family members, suffers. If you’re a parent dealing with alcohol abuse, you don’t have to feel utterly alone and lost. Beating any addiction is possible with the right help, support and addiction treatment programs. CASA Recovery provides such professional help with the best trusted addiction treatment in San Juan Capistrano, CA.

Recognize that Alcohol Provides Only Fleeting Relief

Alcohol provides only temporary…

3 Reasons Why You Should Quit Drug Use

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Being dependent on drugs and alcohol can make you feel robbed of happiness, success and joy – the very things that make life worth living. The best way to begin turning a life around, whether it is yours or someone you love, is to seek professional help and support at a Southern California addiction recovery center. Drug and alcohol addiction treatment programs provided by professional trained counselors is the surest way to save a life from addictive patterns of behavior. Change and a better quality of life is possible. Here are three reasons why quitting drugs today is the best decision…

Why Joining the CASA Recovery Family Will Help You Heal

Why Joining the CASA Recovery Family Will Help You Heal

Having addiction issues you want to address is absolutely nothing to be ashamed of. In fact, you should be proud to have acknowledged your problem as it’s the most important first step to a successful recovery. CASA Recovery is ready to help you start on the path of recovery when you become part of our family. At our rehabilitation center, you can get all the support you require on your journey to recovery from drug or alcohol addiction.…

How Your Treatment Center Location Can Affect Your Recovery

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It’s no secret that drug and alcohol addiction recovery centers can significantly help you achieve sobriety. But did you know the location of your treatment center can impact your recovery process? Even with the mindset to stay sober, you might find it difficult to do so in your current environment.

Remove Yourself from Addiction Triggers in Your Environment

When it’s time to quit drug use or drinking, you might find it difficult depending on the environment you’re in. If you find yourself in an environment where you’re passing by a bar every day, or where you’re frequently interacting with others who…

Stay Sober in 2017 with These 5 New Year’s Resolutions

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A new year, a new you. That’s typically the phrase associated with New Year’s resolutions. But really, what better time to make yourself accountable than at the beginning of the new year? If you’re struggling with addiction or need help maintaining sobriety, it’s time for you to set goals for yourself so that you can stay sober. Here are a few tips to help you stick to your New Year’s resolution to stay sober in 2017.

Make Plans to See a Professional for Help Staying Sober

Talking to a therapist about your addiction, whether it’s drug addiction or alcoholism, can help you begin the process of becoming sober. Joining group therapy…

How to Help Your Addicted Loved One

Help Your Addicted Loved One

Drug and alcohol addiction is a serious medical condition that can destroy the life of your loved one. Watching them waste away, go through withdrawals, harm themselves and others, and generally give up on life outside of their addiction is a horrible experience for anybody to go through. Here are a few tips to help your loved one get help.

Intervention

An intervention can be very effective. Letting the addicted person in your life know that people care about them and are affected by their addiction can be a wake-up call. It’s important to be gentle and make sure you consult a professional before arranging an intervention,…

How to Maintain Your Sobriety After Treatment with CASA Recovery

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Overcoming drug and alcohol addiction is a lifelong process. Triggers are everywhere and relapse is common. If you’re worried about maintaining your sobriety after time in recovery, contact CASA Recovery, an addiction treatment facility in San Juan Capistrano, CA. We have many outpatient programs and resources to help keep you on the right path.

Treat Your Body, Mind, and Spirit with Holistic Treatment

Whether it’s one-on-one psychotherapy, counseling or case management, our experts at CASA Recovery will provide a program to help…

4 Reasons to Be Thankful for Your Sobriety

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With the holidays fast approaching, it can be difficult to avoid alcohol altogether when your family and friends are throwing parties. Thanksgiving is meant for eating and drinking together, but that doesn’t mean those of us who are sober can’t enjoy the holiday. In fact, we have four reasons to be thankful for your sobriety this Thanksgiving:

You can enjoy the holiday instead of worrying about your hangover.

You wouldn’t believe how much time you’ll have on your hands when you’re not in bed recovering from a hangover. Instead of drinking the night away and spending the next day or two recovering, you can go out and enjoy the…

Why You Should Choose a Southern California Rehab Center

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If you or a loved one is suffering from a drug or alcohol addiction, you’re no stranger to sadness and pain. Alcohol addiction tears families apart. Watching someone you love lose themselves in drugs is heartbreaking. There are many drug and alcohol addiction treatment programs, but you should trust CASA Recovery in San Juan Capistrano, CA, for your rehabilitation needs.

CASA Recovery is an addiction recovery center in Orange County, CA. We provide drug addiction…

Thinking of an Intervention for a Loved One? 3 Tips to Consider First

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Being a family member or friend to someone who struggles with addiction can be scary and can sometimes seem hopeless. However, an intervention can allow for a change in the pattern in which your loved one is going through, and can sometimes open up a whole new world for them outside of their addiction. Here are some tips on how to successfully hold on an intervention:

Have a Strong Team to Assist

The people that attend and participate in an…


The Importance of a Healthy Diet in Recovery

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There’s more to successful recovery from dependence on drugs or alcohol than…


What Today’s Heroin Addict Looks Like

What Today's Heroin Addict Looks Like
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As the U.S. finds itself in the grips of an opioid epidemic, it is becoming…


How New Legislation Will Help Fight the Opioid Addiction Epidemic

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Progress is finally underway for those fighting the opioid addiction epidemic. To help the nation…


Stay Sober this Fourth of July with these 5 Tips

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With the Fourth of July just around the corner, your friends and family are probably planning this weekend’s celebrations. However, a part of these celebrations usually involve drinking. But just because the party you’re invited to will have alcohol doesn’t mean you can’t go. You can still have a good time and stay sober at any July 4th party if you follow these five tips:

1. Plan Ahead

Communicate you needs with your loved ones…


Jamie Lee Curtis – Journey to Recovery

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It’s easy to forget that celebrities can fall victim to alcoholism or drug addiction just like anyone else. Jamie Lee…


Love or Enable? How to Tell the Difference with Your Teen Addict

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For many of us who are parents of teen addicts, our first and foremost concern is their wellbeing. If a child…


5 Quotes by John Goodman on Alcoholism

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After his weight loss journey and time at rehab, actor John Goodman has turned his life around. The 63-year-old, known for his roles…

Top 5 Movies on Addiction and Recovery

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With the 2016 Oscar Awards coming up this weekend, cinema fever has gripped Southern California. Many have gone out to…

Jeb Bush's 4-Part Plan to Combat Drug Addiction

Jeb Bush Supports Drug Addiction Treatment

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In the run up to the 2016 Presidential election, it's good to see candidates from both major parties advocating for more progressive drug addiction policies, recognizing addiction as a health issue. Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush discusses the issue of drug addiction

Disease or Not, Treating Addicts as Patients Leads to Recovery

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The New Face of Foster Care: Children of Addicts

Children of addicts are the new face of foster care

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Drug addiction harms not just the abuser, but children as well. A recent article on NPR points to the issue of an increasing number of children being placed into foster care because of their parents’ drug abuse. Heroin and prescription drug abuse rendered the parents incapable of caring…

Robert Downey, Jr. – Journey to Recovery

Iron Man, Sherlock Holmes, troubled lawyer—Robert Downey, Jr. is renowned for playing a variety of popular roles on screen, so it may come as a surprise that the 50-year-old was actually notorious for drug and alcohol abuse not too long ago.

The Benefits of Yoga and Meditation

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Treatment centers all over the world are turning to yoga and meditation, as there are many ways meditation…


5 Famous Recovery Stories

Over the years, the world has watched some of Hollywood’s biggest celebrities battle with alcohol or drug dependency. As if overcoming addition wasn’t difficult enough, these artists have done so in the spotlight with their every move showcased on television. Although there have been some tragic endings, we have also seen cases in which A-listers conquered their addiction triumphantly. Here are some of the role models that give us hope in the face of adversity:

 

1. Eric Clapton

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How Faith Can Help You Overcome Addiction

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Although we accept clients from all walks of life, religious or not, one of our programs offered…