Understanding the 12-Step Program

It can be scary when you or a loved one acknowledges addiction but seeking help through a 12-step program is one of the best methods to obtain sobriety. Since 1935, the program and variations of the program have been helping individuals recover from alcohol and drug abuse, and the process has been woven into many recovery centers because of its effectiveness.

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Discovery Place
5 Questions to Ask When Choosing an Addiction Treatment Center

There’s a lot to consider when you’re thinking about going to or sending a loved one to treatment. There is no shortage of rehabilitation centers for drug and alcohol addiction, and the choices can be overwhelming. It’s an important decision to make, one that usually comes on the heels of or in the midst of a crisis. A sense of urgency can often lead to clouded, fearful, or shortsighted decision-making.

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Kate Parrish
Addiction and Recovery: A Story of Hope and Healing

Christine knew something about her son had changed. Once popular, outgoing, and active in sports, Jacob now slept all the time, stayed in his room, and seemed withdrawn. “He wasn’t that happy-go-lucky kid anymore,” says Christine of her son following his senior year of high school. “But I didn’t know. I didn’t know that he was getting that many pain pills. I didn’t know he was taking them. I should have known, but I didn’t.”

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A Day in the Life of an Addict: Joe L

“You’re breaking my heart.” They’re the only words Joe L.’s mother could say that day when her son called to ask for a favor. Maybe the details were different, but it was just another version of a story she’d heard before. There’s a check on the way but it hasn’t come in yet. Could she order him a pizza on her credit card and have it sent to his house? By then, Joe, in his early thirties, was nearly twenty years into his drug and alcohol addiction.

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Coping and Strategy Tips for Talking About Opioid Addiction

When someone special in your life is struggling with addiction, it's hard to watch them suffer. However, many individuals are fearful of confronting their friend or family member because of the way they might react. It's understandable. A lot is riding on a successful outcome, but we don't want you to feel alone in this situation. There are a few common concerns most people face when approaching someone they love about addiction. We've outlined some of the questions many people ask and have provided coping strategies to overcome them.

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How Do You Become Addicted To Prescription Painkillers?

It didn’t begin with a sports injury or from rummaging through someone’s medicine
cabinet. There was no root canal gone wrong or a fall from a ladder. For Brett O., a recovering
addict and Discovery Place alum, using prescription painkillers was, initially, purely
recreational. They were an add-on or supplement to some other mood-altering substance.

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