How Do I Pick the Right Recovery Group?

Even after successfully completing therapy at an addiction recovery center, the journey to sobriety is still far from over. In fact, many individuals who have been sober for years indicate that they are still on the path to recovery, and that the journey never truly ends at all. One of the most advisable things to…

Why Ignoring Addiction Simply Doesn’t Work

Far too often, those suffering from an addiction to any one of a number of substances, attempt to downplay the severity of their dependency by ignoring addiction. Unfortunately, studies have shown that many of their would-be saviors do, too.Is it a coping mechanism? An attempt to err on the side of caution, in case we’re…

You’ve Been Taught Wrong: Disproving Common Myths about Illicit Substances

Most people grow up with what they consider to be a “basic understanding of drugs”, based on many common myths.  “Marijuana isn’t so bad,” they say. “Natural drugs aren’t as harmful as synthetic ones.”Here are 5 of the most common myths about drugs and addiction… and their startling truths. Sharing prescription medication isn’t really illegal:Adderall and…

Is Substance Abuse Keeping You From Your Goals?

Substance addiction is a disease that forces your brain to seek pleasure from something that does your body an incredible amount of harm and has absolutely no upside, save the fleeting feeling of euphoria that soon becomes weaker and weaker as your body begins to crave more and more of said substance.Those that abuse substances…

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Is Professional Help Necessary for Recovery?

The short answer is a resounding yes.Research indicates that the detoxification process can be one of the most difficult and testing periods of an individual’s life. In this process, an individual effectively forces themselves to enter into a stage of intense withdrawal and allow their bodies to purge themselves of a substance that has wreaked…

Oceanfront Recovery Now Accredited By The Joint Commission

Oceanfront Recovery proudly announces that it has received The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Behavioral Health Care Accreditation. A symbol of quality and compliance, this tremendous honor demonstrates that the Oceanfront Recovery program upholds the highest standards in providing safe and effective care. We are honored and humbled to join the ranks of…

The Importance of Fellowship

Many men and women recovering from addiction to drugs and alcohol choose to engage in 12-Step recovery groups. These groups provide a pathway to sobriety as well as a sense of community. We are encouraged to develop relationships within the fellowship of our choosing so we have a network of people to rely on in…

The Hidden Dangers of Legal Highs: Kratom and Kava

There are many mind-altering chemicals that provide seemingly similar effects as narcotics, but are often just as, if not more, dangerous than illegal drugs. Often, these drugs exist in a grey area of legality and are readily available at gas station and convenience stores. Although many have not been researched to the extent necessary for…

The Gradual Spiritual Experience

12-Step fellowships discuss, at length, the importance of having a “spiritual awakening” as a result of working their recovery program. This term, at a surface level, seems to imply a bright-light “Hallelujah” moment at some point in working the steps. For the vast majority of men and women in the fellowship, this is not their…