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Medication Management: How to Reduce Cravings Associated With Drugs and Alcohol

Medication Management: How to Reduce Cravings Associated With Drugs and Alcohol

Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is necessary in most cases of substance addiction. MAT combines FDA-approved medications to help with detox with various behavioral therapies to achieve sobriety. The pharmacological approach has been shown to effectively increase survival rates, rehab retention rates, and individuals’ ability to maintain a good quality of life. Detoxification is perhaps the most … Read more

Overcoming Denial in Addiction Recovery

Overcoming Denial in Addiction Recovery

Unfortunately, denial is common among people with substance use disorder (SUD). It is also one of the major barriers to treatment. To begin receiving treatment and overcoming SUD, one must first overcome denial so they can accept their need for help. Once denial has been removed, treatment can be more successful and recovery more lasting. … Read more

How Does Detoxification Treatment Help Cleanse Your Liver?

How Does Detoxification Treatment Help Cleanse Your Liver?

Did you know that drugs and alcohol can damage your liver? In fact, even many over-the-counter medications and dietary supplements may cause liver injury. Because the liver plays a critical role in regulating blood sugar and filtering toxins from the blood, it is one of the most important human organs to protect and is one … Read more

CEO/Entrepreneur Katherine ‘Kat’ Sorensen Launches Second Alcohol and Drug Treatment Facility in Orange County

CEO/Entrepreneur Katherine “Kat” Sorensen Launches Second Alcohol and Drug Treatment Facility in Orange County

Laguna Shores Recovery founder Katherine “Kat” Sorensen has a constant presence at her facility because, as an entrepreneur who is always seeking to learn from others, she appreciates interacting with clients. This year, Sorensen and her team launched a new project, signing a lease for a $7 million house in Dana Point, CA, to host … Read more

Why Do Relapses Happen to People Who Have Been Sober for a Long Time?

Why Do Relapses Happen to People Who Have Been Sober for a Long Time?

Many people assume that the risk of relapse is highest for those who have just achieved sobriety. However, it is possible for many who have been sober for years to relapse. Substance addiction is a developmental disease that affects the brain. It is important to understand the brain science behind relapse so that even people … Read more

How Do You Maintain Personal Accountability During Recovery?

How Do You Maintain Personal Accountability During Recovery?

Achieving sobriety takes hard work, and even more work to maintain it. Maintaining sobriety requires honesty, humility, and strong accountability structures. Holding yourself accountable for decisions regarding addiction and recovery might not be a common suggestion you hear, but it’s just as important as external accountability. Recovery experts generally avoid attributing addiction to personal choices … Read more

Recovery May Improve Resilience to Other Addictions

Recovery May Improve Resilience to Other Addictions

People who have recovered from addiction to drugs and alcohol need to be cautioned against other forms of addictions that don’t often get talked about. These might include hoarding, TV addiction, food addiction, shopping addiction, sex addiction, social media addiction, and other kinds, collectively labeled behavioral addictions.  The reason why behavioral addictions may be easy … Read more

Are There Differences in Addiction Between Men and Women?

Men and Women

For many years, medical research has mainly studied the addictive behaviors of men. Women were not included in such studies until the 1990s. Understanding the distinctions between men and women who suffer from addiction to drugs and alcohol is important for treatment. There are both biological and sociological causes behind these differences. What Are the … Read more