Entries by Marissa Hayes

Is My Teenager Addicted to Drugs?

No parent wants to admit that their son or daughter may be addicted to drugs or alcohol. Unfortunately, it’s a reality that many will have to face at some point in their lives. Given the growing national addiction problem, it’s crucial that parents learn the signs of drug abuse. By spotting the warning signs, they […]

Study Shows That Alcohol, Not Marijuana, Is the Gateway Drug

We’ve all heard the statement that marijuana is “the gateway drug,” the seemingly innocuous substance that an individual tries first before eventually ramping up to more serious “hard drugs” like cocaine, heroin, and meth. However, while marijuana may still play a role in a person’s exploration of other substances, a study published just last year […]

Why You Sometimes “Black Out” When Intoxicated

If going out for a drink has happened to become a night of binge drinking and, in turn, becomes a full-blown blackout, then you might be wondering why you can’t remember a chunk of your night. While you try to figure out what happened during your blackout, learn what the effects are on your brain. […]

Drug Addiction During Pregnancy

No matter who becomes addicted to drugs or at what time in their life it occurs, substance abuse is always a serious and potentially fatal concern. When an addict is pregnant, however, that concern is doubled by the potentially harmful effects of addiction on the unborn child. Although no mother intentionally plans to harm her […]



By Deja Gilbert, PhD, LMHC, LPC Chief Business Officer Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Center It used to be so simple. Wasn’t it? As kids, it always seemed easy and fun to plan a way to celebrate Mother’s Day, or give her a special heart-felt gift. We wanted to show love and caring to the person […]


Fighting the Post Spring Break Blues: Taking a Closer Look at Getting Help

By Deja Gilbert, PhD, LMHC, LPC Chief Business Officer Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Center   By the time the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Alcohol Awareness Month rolls around each April, many college students have already made plans to celebrate spring break.   With plenty of options available, including all-you-can drink party cruises, […]

How Do I Know If I Am an Alcoholic?

Alcohol abuse is a serious and dangerous disease, but often the line between social drinking and alcoholism is quite difficult to define as casual enjoyment of alcohol can quickly become a problem for those with addiction issues. Recognizing the signs that you may have a problem with alcohol is a key step on the path to seeking […]


Outpatient Treatment vs. Inpatient Treatment

If you have a drug or alcohol abuse problem, professional help from a rehabilitation center can help you become substance free as you work through both the immediate withdrawal symptoms and any underlying medical or psychiatric issues that contributed to your addiction. Addiction recovery and detox programs are offered on both an inpatient and outpatient […]

The Relation Between Prescription Drug Abuse & Heroin

Fentanyl. Dilaudid. Morphine. All have their place within end of life care, but each comes with a heightened risk for serious addiction. As recent studies are beginning to show, their abuse may be more closely linked to heroin addiction than many people realize. Drug rehab centers all across the country are beginning to see patients […]

Understanding the Dangers of a Meth Overdose

Methamphetamine—it’s one of the most devastating and addictive drugs present on the streets of the U.S. today. The meth epidemic has waxed and waned, over recent years, but continues to spread like wildfire through cities, villages, and even tiny countryside towns. Although most people begin experimenting with it simply because it causes excitement and euphoria, […]

How Do I Know I Am a Drug Addict?

Many times people struggling with addiction are simply in denial. Sadly, the fact is many people don’t or can’t recognize that they are addicted to drugs until they’re in too deep. Before a person can seek help through a drug rehab center, they must first realize that they are an addict and admit that they […]

Understanding America’s Drug Overdose Epidemic

It is obvious to anyone paying attention that the United States has a major problem with drug addiction and overdose. Nearly half a million American lives were lost to drug overdose between 2000 and 2014. Our government’s decades-long war on drugs notwithstanding, the statistics are clear: according to the Centers for Disease Control, the number […]

The Benefits of Outdoor Therapy

If you or a loved one is in need of help with addiction, you may be looking at inpatient centers around the country. While many think of drug rehab centers as being confining, there are many excellent centers that offer outdoor therapy as well as other holistic drug treatment options. Sure, the addict will need […]

How Do Drugs Affect the Brain?

The brain is responsible for a wide array of voluntary and involuntary responses. It tells us when we are hungry and tired. It lets us know when we should feel afraid or happy. It also is responsible for breathing and keeping the heart pumping blood throughout our bodies. In addition, we rely on our brains […]

Staying Sober During the New Year

The beginning of the New Year can be a challenging time for many people, especially for those in recovery. That’s why it’s important to have a plan in place ahead of time. In order to keep your sobriety intact throughout the New Year, we recommend the following: Devise a Strong Support System Identify Your Triggers […]

What Are the Benefits of Music Therapy During Recovery?

Recovering from addiction is one of the most difficult things that you will ever have to go through, but it’s also one of the most rewarding. Addiction recovery and rehabilitation are lifelong events that you will have to take day by day. Every step you take toward sobriety is a positive one, no matter how […]