The Talent and Tragedy of a Surf Legend

Addiction is a disease that does not discriminate. This is no more apparent than in the tragic death that befell one of surfing’s greatest figures, Andy Irons. Irons, famed rival of Kelly Slater and the only surfer to ever have won a title at every venue on the Association of Surfing Professionals’ event calendar, passed…

What are the Symptoms of Alcoholism?

Alcoholism is a progressive and fatal disease. Without help, we are unlikely to ever overcome drinking. We may be unsure if our drinking had progressed to the point of alcoholism, or we may deny there is a problem even if the consequences of our drinking are apparent. It may be a hard truth to face,…

Finding Happiness Through Acceptance

Many of us relied on drugs and alcohol to provide a false sense of happiness. The illusion was fleeting, and we spent incredible amounts of time and energy attempting to give ourselves brief moments of happiness and relief through intoxication. When we make the decision to get sober, we often have no idea how to…

What are the Warning Signs of Addiction?

Recognizing the warning signs that a friend of loved on is struggling with addiction can be difficult. Many people suffering from addiction or alcoholism will go to great lengths to hide or downplay their problem. They are often unwilling, or possibly unaware, that their substance use or drinking has progressed to the point of addiction.…

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…

Getting the Most out of Meetings

Fellowship can be one of the best parts of entering into recovery. We go to meetings and are surrounded by others who understand the struggle of addiction and alcoholism—we realize we are no longer alone and can help and be helped by others who are just like us. Yet, there are times when we simply…

How Can Family Help a Loved One Suffering from Addiction or Alcoholism?

Addiction is a family disease. When a loved one is suffering from addiction or alcoholism, the entire family suffers as a result. Living with a loved one in the throes of active addiction can cause untold amounts of stress, anger, resentment, and fear. If the familial relationships are to be mended, recovery is necessary—for the…

This Too Shall Pass: Coping with Acute and Post-Acute Withdrawal

Entering into a program of recovery requires one to make a commitment to go to any lengths to achieve victory over addiction and alcoholism. There are moments, however, when we feel overwhelmed with mental, physical, and spiritual pain. These feelings are entirely normal and strike most significantly during the stages of withdrawal. If we are…

Is Addiction Genetic?

Addiction is a complex disease that depends on many factors. Many people who suffer from the disease of addiction have a parent or relative who also does. Addiction does run in families and there is a genetic and biological component to the disease. However, biological predisposition does not mean one will inevitably become addicted. There…