What Really Drives My Thirst For Alcohol … And How I Quench It

[fa icon="calendar'] 6/8/17 8:37 PM / by HRC Graduate posted in Addiction

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A Health Recovery Center graduate’s testimonial

I drink. Every day. Start rather early in the morning. I’m thirsty. Therefore, I stop at the liquor store a few times a day. I work. Full–time. Own and operate a successful business. Enjoy a lovely wife and two kids. I can do my life and drink.

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My Journey Off Opiates

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/22/17 10:19 PM / by Kristine Pappone posted in Addiction

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It was eight years of a daily diet of painkillers, otherwise known as opioids. I had a shoebox full of different size red bottles filled with a variety of potencies. It was my necessary candy drawer. Couldn’t live without it.

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The Stages of Loss and Grief in Recovery

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/21/17 11:09 PM / by Dee Coon posted in Treatment, Addiction

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For many folks struggling with addiction in treatment, loss and grief are significant factors that are dealt with at the Health Recovery Center. Anytime we lose something that was of value to us, we go through a process of mourning that loss.

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Alcohol and Addiction Treatment 101:

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/7/16 9:35 PM / by Mark Mathews, MA, LADC posted in Treatment, Addiction

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A previous blog, aptly named “America’s (Medically Maligned) Healthcare System in a Nutshell” gave a step-by-step explanation of why ineffectual practices are so difficult to discard. Basically the status quo resists stepping down for less lucrative alternatives, even when more effective results can be attained. At the heart of it all you’ll find greed as the catalyst for this basic flaw in humans.

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Identifying the Signs of Alcoholism and Addiction

[fa icon="calendar'] 8/4/16 9:50 AM / by Mark Mathews, MA, LADC posted in Alcoholism, Addiction

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Determining an addiction to alcohol and/or drugs is particularly difficult for the addict. After all, to accept a positive conclusion puts the onus of stopping on the addict.

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Why Do Treated Alcoholics Relapse?

[fa icon="calendar'] 7/29/16 10:40 AM / by Mark Mathews, MA, LADC posted in Alcoholism, Addiction

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When it comes to relapse from alcoholism, very little progress has been made since the whole idea of treatment began. In fact, relapse is more likely to occur today than 20 years ago and we can thank Big Pharma for that. 

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Drugs, Alcohol and Violence

[fa icon="calendar'] 7/26/16 12:09 PM / by Mark Mathews, MA, LADC posted in Addiction, Mental Health

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Understanding why people turn to alcohol and drugs provides insight into the phenomenon of escalating violence we are seeing today. We are, first and foremost, chemical beings. Our biochemistry is a temple of substances that guide life and orchestrate our behavior. It is time to acknowledge that the violence expressed by our increasingly polluted population is the product of chemically altered brains.

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Orthomolecular Medicine vs Conventional Medicine - Part 2

[fa icon="calendar'] 7/21/16 2:13 PM / by Mark Mathews, MA, LADC posted in Addiction, Treatment

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In groups I lead, I often tell people that it’s a lot easier to destroy something than it is to repair it. And so it goes with the human body. The destruction drugs do in the body produce relatively fast shifts in feelings and symptoms.

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What Causes Alcoholism and Addictions?

[fa icon="calendar'] 7/15/16 5:18 PM / by Mark Mathews, MA, LADC posted in Addiction, Alcoholism

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I'd like to share the truth about what causes alcoholism and addiction because quite frankly, the United States of America is faced with an epidemic.

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Finding Authentic Treatment

[fa icon="calendar'] 6/7/16 10:27 AM / by Mark Mathews, MA, LADC posted in Addiction, Treatment

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Alcoholics and drug addicts are often the last to see or admit that their addiction is out of control and destroying their lives. Over time, alcohol and drugs alter the brain, causing bizarre, irrational behavior to a degree that must be addressed. Left unchecked, an alcoholic/drug addict’s life may deteriorate in a number of ways:

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