walkway and beach at Laguna Beach

Caffeine Can Have These Effects on the Body (Not All Are Good)

Caffeine is a commonly used drug. People don’t even think about how much they drink. Because caffeine is present in so many common food and beverages, people forget it is actually a drug. Physical and even emotional health can be impacted by caffeine. Stimulant drugs work by provoking the nervous system into fight or flight…

two men fishing on paddleboards at Laguna Beach

Why do People Get Addicted in the First Place?

Research indicates that drug use can be linked to a number of negative stimulants that can range from depression and loneliness to peer pressure, self medication, and casual recreation. In some cases, individuals can even be predisposed to use drugs based on their genetic makeup.The subject of addiction, however, is a different story entirely. Addiction…

The Power of Language in Recovery

People are raised to believe that words have little power. As children, the nursery rhyme “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me” is echoed over and over again. Truthfully, however, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Words can play an incredibly powerful role in shaping our psyches, identities,…

How do I Advocate For Recovery?

One of the most effective ways to champion your own recovery efforts is to become an advocate for the addiction recovery process. While this is no way means you have to shout the intimate details of your entire recovery journey from the rooftops, it is important to remember that your journey and its success can…

Retraining Your Brain: You DO Have Control!

In the early stages of any recovery process, it can be comforting to believe that you are not in control of your own life, and that the only thing that you can control is the very next decision you have to make. This allows you to break things down into manageable portions, and to focus…

How Can my Family Help me in Recovery?

After a successful treatment process at an addiction treatment facility, many individuals mistakenly think their road to recovery has been completed. Unfortunately, however, things are not quite that easy. After initial treatment, an individual is reintroduced to the outside world, and the sights, sounds, triggers, and temptations that were not a part of the treatment…

Achieving Happiness in Recovery

When you’re high on substances, it is easy to believe that the feeling of euphoria you are experiencing is the best it will get for you. The brain is stimulated to a point of near primal pleasure, and the body convinces you that what you are feeling is the best thing ever. However, this could…

Shedding Negativity in Recovery

It is almost impossible to efficiently get through recovery and maintain sobriety if you continue to allow negative people, influences, or environments to play a role in your life. This may sound harsh, but studies have actually indicated that those that remove negativity from their lives in the early stages of recovery see much faster,…

Is it too Late for Treatment?

Addiction can cause even the heartiest of individuals to waste to near nothing as it wreaks havoc on their body and mind. It is not easy to see addiction as something that can ever be stopped or corrected, and, particularly once it has ravaged an individual for a period of time, it may seem that…