Detox Articles
08/18/2014

Healthcare Integration:

In what feels like a pervading atmosphere of fragmented healthcare, one of the exciting changes happening is the pulling together of behavioral health into primary care and other healthcare services. This is a meaningful change that will impact all of us! Because we feel so strongly about healthcare integration, the New Start team is getting some timely and extremely important education, all within walking distance of our center. August 11th to 13th, Dr. Cohen, Joe, and Lindsey attended the California Department of Healthcare Services (CDHS) Substance Use Disorders Statewide Conference. We’re extremely excited about attending for a variety of reasons. One…

08/05/2014

Your Obsession with the Addict’s Behavior Causes Harm

Substances abusers create devastation in their own lives and in the lives of people closest to them. They damage their health; they ruin relationships; they cause financial hardship; and they sometimes destroy opportunities for successful employment. At the same time, family members and friends create chaos of their own by obsession with the addict. They count the number of drinks an alcoholic is having. They keep track of days absent from work.  They dwell constantly on what the addict is doing or neglecting. They try desperately to control the situation. Obsession with the addict, although perhaps understandable, causes harm to…

07/08/2014

Signs of Alcoholic Behavior Help Provide Answers

In learning about signs of alcoholism, one should consider two important concepts from the beginning. First, denial is the No. 1 symptom of alcoholism. An alcoholic will make endless excuses and rationalizations about his behavior before finally admitting the reality of a progressive alcoholic pattern. Second, people who are not alcoholic don’t wonder whether they might be alcoholic. Given that vital framework, if one wonders about signs that he or she might be an alcoholic, medical doctors and psychotherapists have devised some checklists. Mayo Clinic’s signs of alcoholism include inability to limit the amount of alcohol consumed, development of tolerance…

07/01/2014

Just What is ‘Rock Bottom’?

One does not have to spend much time in recovery circles before hearing the term “hitting rock bottom.” While the words have an easily perceptible connotation, “rock bottom” may mean different things to different people. Certainly, in the earliest days of treatment for addictions, “rock bottom” may have implied the stereotypical town drunk slugging down booze from a bottle in a brown paper bag, or an addict raging and sweating, barely able to hang on until the next fix. While those images still hold true in some cases, “hitting rock bottom” applies to physical, mental and emotional depravity and despair.…

06/24/2014

Prayer and Meditation Essential in Recovery

Once a person’s physical health has been restored from the damages of addiction, the need for prayer and meditation to restore spiritual health comes to the forefront. No matter how much alcoholics or drug addicts have tried to drown or strangle the spiritual essence within them, somehow that spark continues to burn, even if diminished. Prayer and meditation provide the fan necessary to ignite that spark into the flame of an energized and fulfilling life. Recovery does not require subscription to any particular religion or belief system, but it does require the humility of accepting the need for recognizing a…