Entries by Jillian Ponek

College During Recovery: Staying Strong When It Counts

College is an important time in any young person’s life. In college, we broaden our horizons, become exposed to new ideas and philosophies, and forge friendships and relationships that can last a lifetime. It’s a time for self-discovery, for challenging one’s ideas about the world, and for learning to balance fun and responsibility before being […]

Journey to Sobriety: Strategies For Success

What begins as recreational drug or alcohol use can eventually turn into a serious addiction. Addiction can affect every aspect of a person’s life, from personal and professional relationships, to finances to health and overall quality of life.   The misconception that people who become addicted to drugs or alcohol simply lack the willpower or […]

The Benefits of Holistic Therapy in Addiction Treatment

Holistic therapy and medicine use a “whole person” approach, taking into account an individual’s physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual needs. This differs from conventional medicine, which tends to focus primarily on physical and mental health. The combination of traditional evidence-based substance abuse treatment and holistic therapy can be thought of as an integrative approach, which […]


JUNE 6TH  2016, PALM SPRINGS, FL:  Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Centers is proud to announce the opening of their new, state of the art inpatient drug and alcohol treatment center in Palm Springs, Florida.  Retreat at Palm Beach will offer modern accommodations and amenities to those suffering from the disease of addiction.   The 109-bed facility […]

Florida Blue Cross

NOVEMBER 1st, PALM SPRINGS, FL:  Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Centers is pleased to announce that effective November 1, 2016 they are in network with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida.   Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Centers is now accepting individuals with Florida Blue for sub-acute detox, intensive inpatient, residential rehabilitation, day/night treatment, intensive outpatient and […]


JULY 18TH  2016, PALM SPRINGS, FL:  Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Centers is proud to announce that effective immediately they are able to accept patients referred from any VA Hospital in the United States at their new location in Palm Beach County, Florida.  Retreat at Palm Beach is able to provide medical detoxification and residential rehabilitation […]

Celebrities Overcoming Struggles with Drug Addiction

Addiction doesn’t discriminate. For decades, many people believed that drug addiction was an epidemic that only troubled a certain class of individuals. However, as more and more people are speaking out about their experiences in efforts to help others, the public-at-large is now discovering that addiction is a crisis that affects everyone. It’s no secret […]

The Dangers of Crystal Meth (Methamphetamine)

Methamphetamine has been around for almost a hundred years. It was first created from amphetamine in Japan in 1919. Early use of the drug involved dissolving the crystal powder and injecting it into people for various reason. Military units on both sides of WWII injected the drug into soldiers to keep them active and awake […]

The Truth About Drug Use Among College Students

Young adults are far more likely than older Americans to suffer from drug and alcohol abuse problems. With more than 1 in 5 young people between the ages of 18 and 25 using illegal drugs, and nearly 60 percent drinking alcohol, it’s clear that young people are an at-risk population. College students, in particular, are […]

Substance Abuse Statistics in U.S. Adults

Substance abuse is a growing problem. It is also a multifaceted problem. Sadly, over 40 million people suffer from some form of addiction, whether it is dependence on alcohol, illegal drugs, or prescription drugs. Although substance abuse is a global problem, it presents a particular challenge for the United States. With no more than 5 […]

Conquering Addiction – University Students Can Find Recovery!

College is a time of high hopes and great expectations. Unfortunately, it’s also a time for binge drinking and widespread substance abuse. Sadly, many addictions start in the college years, when young people should be laying a solid foundation for the future. With recent studies showing an alarming increase in the use of alcohol and […]

The Five Stages of Recovery

Although recovering from drug or alcohol abuse can be an intense and unpredictable process for many, addiction experts around the world have noticed a trend in patients that eventually see lasting change. It takes a great deal of strength and perseverance to go through rehab, and the decision to lead a life free from drugs […]

Prescription Drug Abuse & Heroin Relation

With the stresses of college, it is easy to understand the attraction prescription drugs present. They can help students push themselves further on less sleep, alleviate headaches and body aches, and more. However, the long-term consequences of these behaviors could result in being caught, potentially arrested and charged, and having to drop out of school. […]

Going to College While in Early Recovery: A Guide for Students

Drug and alcohol abuse is common throughout colleges and universities. The abuse of prescription drugs, in particular, is reaching epidemic levels. Many students view college as a time to experiment with drugs and alcohol, and society tends to contribute to this mindset by reinforcing the notion that drug and alcohol use are an accepted rite […]

Living with Addiction: A Guide for Families

Addiction is a complex yet common problem. Drug and alcohol addiction have far-reaching impacts, affecting all members of the family—for this reason, it is often called a family disease. Addiction can create enormous stress and chaos for families and often leads family members to change their behavior in maladaptive ways. Researchers previously believed that addiction […]

Taking a Holistic Approach to Addiction Treatment

There is more to addiction recovery than simple, short-term solutions. At Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Centers, we focus on the whole person. Unlike other drug and alcohol treatment centers, our rehab centers offer holistic treatments options that focus on unique individuals and their overall health needs. Treating the Individual There is a difference in the […]

Greek Life: Pros & Cons of Fraternities & Sororities

Joining a fraternity or sorority at your university has its pros and cons. It is important to carefully weigh these to determine whether this is the best decision based upon your academic and educational goals and objectives. Pros Group Living – You get to live with other peers who share similar interests. You also have […]

Overcoming Addiction: The Challenges Facing University Students

Addiction is a disease that affects tens of millions of Americans. Sadly, that number includes many college students. Unfortunately, overcoming addiction can be particularly difficult for university students who are simultaneously working hard to lay the groundwork for their future lives. Thankfully, there is hope in the increasing number of substance abuse treatment programs specifically […]