What are the Emotional Consequences of Substance Abuse?

Many men and women begin using drugs as a way to cope with life. They were restless, irritable, and discontent, and found relief from their psychological and emotional suffering in drugs and alcohol. For a time, self-medicating with substances may have provided a sense of comfort, but addiction is a chronic and progressive disease—eventually, our…

The Tragic Relationship between Addiction and Suicidal Thoughts

Thinking about or committing suicide are very real dangers that strike those suffering from the disease of addiction and alcoholism more than the general population. People often assume that early death from addiction will be the result of overdose or health complications directly resulting from substance abuse, but don’t consider the increased risk of suicide…

How Long Should It Take to Go Through the Twelve Steps?

The goal of the Twelve Step recovery model is for an individual to have a spiritual experience and entire psychic change as a means of maintaining permanent sobriety. The mental obsession with alcohol and drugs is removed and we successfully recover from a hopeless state of body and mind by working the Twelve Steps and…

What Does Synthetic Marijuana Do to the Brain and Body?

Synthetic marijuana, known as Spice or K2, is much more toxic than cannabis. Synthetic marijuana is a combination of dried plant material and herbs that are sprayed with synthetic cannabinoids that are often toxic and dangerous. Over 700 different research chemicals fall under the umbrella of synthetic cannabinoids—many of which are unregulated and extremely dangerous.…

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…