Entries by Marissa Hayes

Emotional Phases of an Addict

At Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Centers, we’ve worked with addicts at every level of addiction. That’s why we know that every addict goes through several emotional phases during the drug rehab process. From complete emotional upheaval to serene peace and finding your center, we work hand in hand with addicts to develop coping skills and […]

What Happens to Your Mind and Body After Excessive Pain Killer Use

The negative effects of painkillers are well known. They impact nearly every part of the body, including the brain, and have long-term implications for the physical and mental well-being of users. Some drugs can lead to acute, life-threatening conditions such as respiratory failure or internal bleeding. Long-lasting problems may include gastrointestinal problems, hormonal imbalances, severe […]


How to Enjoy a Sober Summer

While getting a bit “buzzed” at a summer party may be no big deal for some, it can be tough for recovering addicts to have a good time and stay on track. Fortunately, both Palm Springs, Palm Beach County, FL and Lancaster County, PA areas (where we operate) offer perfect opportunities for sober summer fun! […]

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 […]