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.

Blackouts are different for everyone. They depend on the individual person, how much alcohol is consumed, how fast the alcohol was downed, and more. Often, other substances such as sedative pills will increase the severity of the blackout, while food will help you sober up and assist in your coming out of the blackout.

Alcohol switches off the brain receptors in the hippocampus, which is the part of your brain that creates new memories. Your hippocampus can’t build up a tolerance like other parts of your brain. Therefore, you can function somewhat normally while being blacked out.

Drinking in a binge-like capacity affects all four parts of your brain. Reference the infographic below to learn more about why blackouts happen.

Why You Sometimes Black Out When Intoxicated

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Veterans Suffer High Rates of Addiction: Require Specialized Treatment to Address Trauma


By Dr. Joseph A. Troncale, MD FASAM,

Corporate Medical Director,

Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Centers


A Marine veteran named Chris will not be attending his hometown’s parade and Memorial Day ceremony with his wife and kids this year.


By the time the parade begins, Chris will have already consumed two or three beers. By the time the ceremony that follows is over, he’ll be into his second six-pack.


When his family returns, his wife will keep the kids away from their father, afraid that they’ll say something that will irritate him and cause a verbal outburst or perhaps even a physical confrontation. Chris will spend most of the day playing video games, only leaving the chair to get another beer.


At the end of the day he’ll go to bed, hoping that the nightmares don’t come tonight.


Fighting Effects of Addiction

Chris and his family are not alone.  Rates of substance abuse are high among veterans, who often suffer from co-occurring disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder, depression or traumatic brain injury. The National Institute of Drug Abuse reported that substance abuse among veterans is directly related to combat exposure and estimated that one-quarter of all veterans who served in Iraq and/or Afghanistan exhibited signs of substance abuse disorder.


Another study involving about 600 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans revealed that 39 percent of them showed positive for probable alcohol abuse, and 3 percent for probable drug use, according to the National Veterans Foundation.


By the Veterans Administration’s own numbers, 22 veterans die each day by suicide. Also, veterans and their families experience higher rates of divorce, homelessness, child abuse and child neglect than non-veteran families.


The problem is huge, and many veterans who need help are not getting it. The fact is that treating the addiction is only the beginning.


Tailored Treatment for Both Trauma and Addiction

Many veterans who do seek and receive treatment often continue to experience to problems because they aren’t sufficiently treated for trauma. Addiction treatment for veterans must be specialized. A one-size-fits-all treatment plan won’t work.


It’s important to understand that many veterans experience both physical and psychological injuries and that those injuries very often involve a great deal of trauma. A shattered leg caused by a roadside bomb involves a greater level of trauma than a leg broken in a skiing accident.


Trauma and addiction are strongly linked and must be treated together.


At Retreat, we don’t just treat a veteran’s addiction problem. We acknowledge their trauma and understand the connection between that and the addiction.


Veterans generally respond well when treated in groups with other veterans. That’s exactly why Retreat offers tailored groups especially for veterans and first responders. Members of these groups become comfortable and form strong relationships, which enables them to open up more easily and acknowledge their feelings and concerns.


Veterans who undergo treatment for addiction also require a strong level of aftercare. Ongoing therapy is necessary following treatment, and in many cases, may be a lifelong process.


We’re in the season of Memorial Day, and people are remembering and thinking about veterans. We can’t help the vets who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country, but we can help those who are struggling with the aftermath of their service. I think we owe them that.



About the Author

Dr. Joseph A. Troncale, MD FASAM, served 10 years with the U.S. Army Reserves, specializes in substance abuse treatment specifically tailored to veterans. Today he gives back as an advocate for veterans and Corporate Medical Director at Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Centers.


Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Centers, with locations in Pennsylvania and Florida, specializes in treating veterans. For more information on the veteran-specific program, please contact Retreat at 855.859.8810.





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 who showed us the same affection during childhood. “How would we celebrate mom’s special day?” “Where should I take her to eat?” “What kind of flowers should I get?” “What would be the perfect gift?”

Years later, a lot has changed – including our relationship with mom.

As a professional working in the addiction field with young adults and college students, I have heard so many similar personal stories from both those who struggle with addiction as well as their families. For the son dealing with an opioid addiction, for example, the only thing his mom wants is to have him back in her daily life. She wants to spend time with him, enjoying the young man she’s missed for so long. She wants to enjoy the simplicity of feeling connected and knowing he’s safe and healthy again.

The truth is that moms facing similar situations just want to have their kids back. There is no substitute.

Start Your Recovery Now

Entering treatment at Retreat will help you take back control of your life. With sobriety, you can have life again and feel connected to those who matter most to you and who champion for you…like mom. Give her the chance to see you enjoy life – sober and free of addiction.

Retreat offers family education programs if you want to keep mom, other family members and friends close during your treatment. These programs teach you to love yourself and your family to help you through treatment. You’ll build a strong support system and your loved ones will know more about your addiction and the path to recovery. Studies show that you have a greater chance at recovery when those close to you are involved during treatment.

If you are pregnant and dealing with substance abuse, Retreat is one of the few treatment centers in the United States that offers a program specifically designed for treating pregnant women at any stage during pregnancy. Retreat’s full-time Obstetrics Gynecologist, Dr. Kristi Dively, develops customized treatment programs specifically for women who are pregnant. Moms-to-be have an entire team assisting with their unique physical, spiritual, and emotional needs while Dr. Dively provides the medical support for the mother and her unborn child.

With a team dedicated to your individual needs, Retreat provides the life-saving, life-changing recovery tools you need to get yourself healthy. It’s the greatest thing you can do for yourself—and the greatest gift you can give to those you love.


Get Help Now.

If you’re seeking treatment for drug addiction, Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Centers is ready to discuss therapy and treatment options with you and your family. Call Retreat’s 24/7 HELPLINE at (866) 470-8161, click RetreatAddictionCenters.com for more information or to chat online for instant answers, or engage us on social media privately or publicly.


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, cheap hotel rooms situated near rows of bars, and out-of-U.S. destinations where the drinking age is often 18 or even unspecified, it’s no wonder that many college students find themselves suffering from buyer’s remorse when spring break ends.


The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism estimates that while on spring break, males consume an average of 18 drinks each day, while females consume an average of 10. Clearly, that amount of alcohol is dangerous and unhealthy under any circumstances, and, when coupled with other factors that often are present during spring break, can lead to interaction with law enforcement, sexual assault, injury, health problems, drunk driving and even death.


If you recently are back from spring break and experienced any sort of alcohol or drug-related issues or problems, it might be time to take a close look at your drinking habits and ask yourself if you’re at risk for developing a problem – or whether you may already have a problem.  It’s estimated that 20 percent of college students – one in five – meet the criteria for Alcohol Use Disorder. And, each year nearly 2,000 college students between the ages of 18 and 24 die from alcohol-related unintentional injuries, including car crashes.


A drinking or drug problem is not a moral failing. Addiction is a disease, and the good news is that it’s treatable. If you worry that your drug or alcohol use is a problem, you can get help.  Retreat Treatment Centers, with locations in Pennsylvania and Florida, specializes in treating college students who are addicted to drugs or alcohol.


For more information on getting yourself or your friend help, please contact Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Centers at 855.859.8810.


How Do I Know If I Am an Alcoholic?

symptoms of physical withdrawal

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 help from an alcohol rehab center and overcoming your addiction. To help you figure out if you may be an alcoholic, here are seven key indicators of alcohol abuse.

Difficulty limiting your alcohol consumption

Recognizing that you might be drinking too much is a good sign; however, if you are unable to reduce how much you drink despite multiple tries or you’ve tried to quit drinking altogether but can’t, this is a strong signal that you might have a problem with alcohol abuse. Many alcoholics feel a compulsion to drink that is difficult to ignore, and stopping drinking once they’ve started can be even more challenging as they experience a loss of control.

Drinking alone or hiding your drinking

Those who have a problem with alcohol — whether they realize it or not — often resort to drinking in secret to hide their alcohol abuse from friends and loved ones. These efforts to disguise your drinking habits might even lead you to stash alcohol in your car, at work or in secret spots around your home so that you can always have alcohol available without anyone knowing. The fact that you don’t want those who care about you to know just how much you are drinking is a strong sign that your alcohol consumption has gotten out of hand.

Beginning drinking as soon as you wake up

Feeling as though you must have a drink as soon as you wake up in the morning is one of the clearest signs that you have an alcohol problem. Casual drinkers do not experience the urge to drink in the morning; only those with a strong dependence on alcohol feel as though they need a drink to start their day. This behavior is a particularly strong indication of alcoholism if you continue to engage in morning drinking despite the need to drive or go to work or school that day.

Planning your day around drinking

Social drinkers may find themselves looking forward to relaxing with a beer after work or enjoying cocktails with friends at happy hour, but those who are dependent on alcohol eventually find themselves planning their day around their next drink. One common indicator that you have a problem with alcohol is if you have a constant sense of worry about where you will get your next drink. Those with an addiction will take the availability of alcohol into consideration when planning work, family or social events.

Memory loss or blackouts

Frequent heavy drinkers often start to experience blackouts or gaps in their memory of events that occurred while they were drinking. Such incidents signal a potentially grave problem with alcohol. Blackouts only happen when your blood alcohol level is so high that your brain is inhibited from functioning normally. Indeed, when you have a blackout, you aren’t simply forgetting what happened while you were drinking, your brain was prevented from forming memories in the first place. Because alcoholism can lead to irreversible brain damage, taking blackouts and memory loss as a sign you have a drinking problem is critical.

Increased depression, anxiety and insomnia

While it can be normal to feel some anxiousness and insomnia following a night of particularly heavy drinking, these changes in mood can signal a much more serious problem with alcohol. Heavy long-term drinking can interfere with the functioning of the brain’s neurotransmitters. Because neurotransmitters are key to maintaining a sense of well-being and good mental health, alcohol abuse can lead to recurring and ongoing anxiety, depression, insomnia and even suicidal thoughts. Perversely, attempting to stop drinking can temporarily increase these symptoms as your body experiences the effects of alcohol withdrawal.

Experiencing the symptoms of physical withdrawal

As you increase your drinking over time and build up your body’s tolerance to alcohol, you will begin to experience a physical dependence on drinking. This dependence will cause you to go through physical withdrawal whenever you do try to stop drinking. These symptoms can include sweating, nausea and shaking, all of which go away when you start drinking again. If your problems with drinking have progressed to the point that you are experiencing severe physical withdrawal symptoms, seeking professional help such as that provided by rehab centers may be necessary.

If you believe that you may be an alcoholic, help is available. At Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Centers, our alcohol treatment programs are aimed at providing thorough and individualized treatment to each patient to aid in the alcohol detox and addiction recovery process. To find out more about our alcoholism treatment and how our approach can benefit you, please call us 24 hours a day at (855) 859-8808.

The Relation Between Prescription Drug Abuse & Heroin

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 with addictions that blur the lines between prescribed and street opiates.

Why Are Prescription Opiates and Heroin so Closely Linked?

Both prescription opiates and heroin contain the same type of drug: opiates. Sourced from opium, a substance taken from the Somniferum poppy, opiates not only reduce pain signals in the brain but also induce euphoria, happiness, and comfort.

For someone undergoing palliative care, the euphoria and side effects are desired; it reduces their anxiety, calms them, and resolves their pain, too.

However, for someone who isn’t in pain, prescription opiates can become just as addictive as heroin itself, especially when patients take them in ever-escalating doses. Once the user reaches a high enough ceiling dose, the withdrawal and/or addictive qualities become essentially indistinguishable.

How Does Prescription Opiate Abuse Lead to Heroin Abuse?

Because opiate addiction side effects and symptoms are virtually the same across the board after high enough doses, even valid pain patients can sometimes become addicted. This is most common with chronic pain conditions or temporary injuries for which opiates are prescribed.

The patient takes the medication correctly, but builds a tolerance, and then ends up in a self-defeating loop where they experience withdrawal symptoms and try to re-medicate them away. Eventually, the patient experiences a full-blown addiction.

The problem occurs when doctors either fail to manage these symptoms or the addiction correctly. Some “fire” their patients, releasing them back to the streets, while others prescribe ever-escalating and dangerous doses to keep their patients free of pain.

Eventually, the patient loses the ability to stay comfortable on even the highest doses or can no longer afford their prescription. It may not seem logical, but turning to heroin can be an affordable and easily accessible solution for some. Sadly, all this does is make the situation worse.

Whether you’re a pain patient or just a weekend warrior who has lost control of your opiate use, withdrawing from opiates and staying clean aren’t easy to do. The best way to ensure your success is to seek out drug rehab from a facility such as Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Centers. Medical detoxes serve to lessen symptoms while keeping you on the right track so that you can move forward with a much more healthy and enjoyable life.

Understanding the Dangers of a Meth Overdose

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, the drug can quickly strip people of their health and lives. If you or someone you love is struggling with methamphetamine addiction, you should know that you don’t have to spend the rest of your life struggling; there is hope. Drug rehab treatment can significantly improve your chances of living a sober and fulfilling life.

Statistics of Meth Overdose

Methamphetamine is notoriously dangerous because street purity levels can vary dramatically. To complicate matters further, individual tolerance also plays a role; a heavy addict might barely feel 100 milligrams, while a new user could overdose on the same amount. This makes the drug extremely unpredictable and increases the risk of fatal overdoses dramatically.

As a general rule, most researchers agree that overdose ratios fall somewhere between 50 milligrams and 150 milligrams. The risk of overdose increases dramatically for users who smoke or inject methamphetamine. Oral ingestion is safer, but only by a slim margin. It is still not “safe,” by any means.

Negative Effects of Methamphetamine

Methamphetamine has a tendency to produce extreme symptoms even with simple intoxication. Users may become manic or anxious and may experience a racing heartbeat and high blood pressure. Overdose can cause dangerously high blood pressure, strokes, heart attack, breathing difficulties, and even complete cardiovascular collapse. Most users who overdose fatally do so because of strokes or heart attacks.

Psychosis, both temporary and permanent, is also a significant side effect. It’s easy to overlook these risks when you’re mired in your addiction, but you deserve to live and flourish; seek drug addiction treatment from a reputable treatment facility such as Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Centers before you reach this point. With the right support, you can move on from this difficult experience to live a worthwhile and rewarding life after drug addiction.

How Do I Know I Am a Drug Addict?

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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 need help. If you think you may have a drug problem, it is important to ask yourself a few questions with abject honesty:

  • Have you ever taken drugs other than for medicinal reasons?
  • Do you take more than the prescribed amount of medications?
  • Have your loved ones complained about your drug use?
  • Do you experience blackouts or flashbacks as a result of drug use?
  • Have you lost a job due to using drugs?
  • Are you unable to get a job because of drugs in your system?
  • Have you broken the law to obtain drugs?
  • Do you feel sick when you don’t have drugs, or when you stop taking them for a while?

Time Frame Matters

There are some of these questions that may be answered yes as a one-time thing. For example, if you lost a job more than a decade ago due to drug use, it may not be pertinent. You need to look at your current situation (say, over the past year) and answer the questions honestly.

What’s Next?

If you find that the answer to more than one or two of these questions is a resounding “yes,” then it is time to admit you may have a drug problem and seek help. Knowing you struggle with addiction is frightening. Fortunately, there are many treatment options to help you get your addiction under control.

There are people who have faced addiction and lost, and those who tackle addiction and win, going on to live clean and sober lives. You can be one of the latter rather than the former with the right support.

If you’re seeking treatment for drug addiction, contact Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Centers today to find out how we can help. Our substance abuse counselors will determine the extent of your addiction and then strategize your treatment to help you get back on your feet as quickly as possible!

A Sweet Reminder this Valentine’s Day to LOVE YOUR BABY… LOVE YOURSELF BY GETTING HELP


Valentine’s Day is one of the days of the year when love is truly in the air. New romances may blossom and longtime lovers take the time to reminisce about that first special glance and spark of romance that would blossom into love, marriage, and a family.

However, on this Valentine’s Day, Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Centers wants to bring focus to the love and special bond formed between a pregnant mom and her unborn baby. Perhaps this quote from an unknown author says it best, “Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever.”

But pregnant women who are dealing with their pregnancy and addiction to alcohol and/or drugs face overwhelming obstacles. The impact their addiction alone makes their lives unmanageable – and it is compounded with the physical destruction being thrust upon their unborn baby.

Retreat is taking this Valentine’s Day to remind pregnant women they are not alone in their addiction or with their pregnancy, and Retreat is here to help.

The facts are real.

Women who drink during pregnancy produce a lifetime of effects on their children and their families, as well as place a substantial financial burden on society at large.

  • In the United States, it costs approximately $2 million for a lifetime of services for an individual with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), and the cumulative expenditures are in the range of $4 billion per year (Lupton, Burd & Harwood, 2004).
  • The U.S. surgeon general, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Academy of Obstetricians have concluded that there is no safe amount of alcohol use during pregnancy and that the prevention of AEP is a public health priority (Adams et al., 2002; American Academy of Pediatrics, 2000).
  • Although many women reduce their alcohol use once they know they are pregnant, almost one half of all U.S. pregnancies are unplanned (Finer & Henshaw, 2006). In addition, a large proportion of women do not realize they are pregnant until well into the first trimester, a critical time for fetal development (Floyd, Decouflé & Hungerford, 1999).
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC; 2004, 2009) found that pregnant women most likely to report any alcohol use were: 35- 44 years of age, college graduates, employed, and unmarried.  Other researchers have found comparable findings, such as Ethen et al. (2009) who found that drinking alcohol during pregnancy increased with age, from 19.0% among women less than 20 years of age to 37.2% among women aged 35 years and older.

Get Help Now.

Retreat can help you love your baby and yourself by getting you the help you need now. It is one of the only treatment centers in the United States that offers a program specifically designed for pregnant moms-to-be who are dealing with the challenges of alcohol and drug dependency while pregnant.  Your needs as a mom-to-be are unique to you and your unborn child. If you are pregnant and suffering from addiction, your need for help increases exponentially.

Retreat’s full-time Obstetrics-Gynecologist, Dr. Kristi Dively, develops customized treatment programs specifically for you and your pregnancy. Moms-to-be have an entire team assisting with their unique physical, spiritual, and emotional needs while Dr. Dively provides medical support for the mother and her unborn child.

With a team dedicated to you, the Retreat’s program for pregnant women will give you the life-saving, life-changing recovery tools you need to learn to love your baby by getting yourself healthy.

Life-Saving, Love-Giving Gift

Retreat will also help you love yourself and your family through their life-saving family education program. If your daughter, wife, sister, partner, etc. is pregnant and struggling with addiction to drugs and/or alcohol, help is just a phone call or click away. Through education, we can provide you specific information on impact of addiction to help your family, your loved one who needs help, and help her unborn baby.

  • Learn more by calling Retreat’s 24/7 HELPLINEat (866) 470-8161
  • Chat online for instant answers.

We treat the entire woman at Retreat, and her loved ones can be actively involved in the life-changing gift of helping her to love her baby and herself by getting help.  


The Benefits of Outdoor Therapy

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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 the structure and counseling that rehab offers, but there are many benefits to outdoor therapy that will enhance the progress made indoors.

Reduces Stress

Just as waking up and being able to look outside and hear the birds sing each morning is peaceful and relaxing, being surrounded by fresh air, sunshine, and nature can help to reduce stress. It has been found that simply spending 30 minutes per day outside helps people feel better, manage stress more effectively, and feel more positive about life in general.

Offers a Sense of Purpose

People struggling with addiction often feel as if they have no purpose. Outdoor therapies such as gardening or animal care help them feel involved and connected. Even those who have little interest in making friends or connecting with people will benefit from being involved in some type of outdoor project.

Physical Health

Whether taking a walk around the grounds or participating in outdoor yoga, being outside is good for the body. People struggling with addiction can soak up Vitamin D and enjoy fresh, clean air while moving around and building up their stamina.

Addiction recovery is a long, hard road, but it’s one of the most worthwhile journeys you’ll ever take. If the thought of being cooped up inside makes you or your loved one reconsider getting help, then it is important to find a rehab that offers some type of outdoor therapy. Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Centers is happy to discuss therapy and treatment options for drug and alcohol addiction recovery from a holistic perspective. Contact us today for more information!

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 to process information, to form written and verbal communications, and to solve problems.

When drugs are introduced into our bodies, they can affect how our brain operates and performs. Some drugs affect how neurotransmitters send and receive information and how it is processed. Other drugs can make us feel sleepy or energized. Drug addictions can develop when the brain is overly stimulated and its normal functions are continuously interrupted by the use of drugs.

Several different types of drugs can cause the brain’s pleasure center to release unusually high amounts of dopamine, often depleting supplies. This results in having to use larger amounts of drugs to achieve the same effects. Please feel free to continue reading and reviewing the following infographic to learn more about how certain types of drugs affect the brain and its functions.

How Do Drugs Affect the Brain?

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Links Between Low Self-Esteem & Drug Addiction (Especially Young Men)

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How you feel about yourself is one of the most important factors in determining how you will experience the world around you. Your view of the micro world (family, town, and state) and the macro world (the world at large) is greatly impacted by how you view yourself. Low self-worth and a negative self-image can lead to major mental health issues, including drug addiction. Discover the intimate connection between self-esteem, alcohol abuse, and drug addictions below.

Negative Beliefs = Negative Friends

Having negative beliefs is intrinsically tied to connections with people who may be toxic or negative for you. This is especially true for young men who often seek outside approval. Young adult males who do not think highly of themselves may find themselves falling for crowds that tend to participate in negative actions simply because they feel wanted, needed, and included. Falling into a bad crowd and looking for acceptance can greatly increase the risk of addiction.

Looking for Escape

Self-esteem invariably causes negative internal dialogue. Those who experience it may be seeking a way to escape the pressures of everyday life. They will also be looking for a way to escape thinking about the poor feelings that they have for themselves.

Drugs are one of the easiest and fasted methods because they distort reality and bring about a temporary euphoric feeling. Unfortunately, both usually lead to an inevitable crash that places the user in a worse position than when they started.

If young people go down the wrong path, it can lead to a lifetime of destructive behavior. Getting back on the right path often means starting with a clean slate emotionally. Increasing self-worth and viewing yourself with new eyes is one of the most important facets of rehab for those who seek treatment. If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction, contact Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Centers today.

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:

  1. Devise a Strong Support System
  2. Identify Your Triggers and Stressors
  3. Celebrate the Positives

Check out the infographic below for extended information on navigating the New Year as a person in recovery.

 Staying Sober During the New Year

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What Are the Benefits of Music Therapy During Recovery?

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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 small.

The best way to get through addiction and ensure that you remain in recovery is to make the process as pleasant as possible. That’s where music rehabilitation can be of great assistance.

Music Helps with Anxiety

Most people use drugs, alcohol, and other addictions as a coping mechanism for blatent mental health struggles. After detoxing from drugs or alcohol, unresolved anxiety can quickly sneak back into your life. Experiencing anxiety and depression may lead you to go back to your old habits.

Music has the ability to help the body and brain calm down, especially during high-stress moments. Listening to uplifting or calming music can also help decrease the effects of depression. Research shows that the right music can lower heart rates, reduce blood pressure, and even help you breathe more naturally in an attack.

Better Self-Realization Happens Through Music

Typically, people select songs because of how they make them feel. When sad, some people will select sad or breakup songs to listen to because the song provides them with an outlet for their emotion. During exercise, many people will select songs with upbeat tempos and lyrics.

The type of music that you select will tell you a lot about how you feel and how you react to certain situations. This will promote self-realization, awareness, and, to some degree, better emotional regulation. As a recovering addict, being in touch with your true feelings will help you work through the emotional side of healing.

Substance abuse treatment is ongoing for any addict. Finding holistic methods of treatment makes the process easier for your body and good for your mind and spirit. Starting music therapy is as easy as turning on your favorite song, but, if you’re seeking additional guidance, Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Centers may be able to help. Call now for information on our many programs.

Be Proud of Your Sober Life

Sober Life

Anyone who has fought the battle against drugs and alcohol and come out the other side has the right to be loud and proud about their sobriety. Whether you went to a drug rehab center or attended AA meetings, the main thing to keep fresh in your mind is that you are sober and should be proud of your accomplishment. You’ve won a battle that many have lost, and it is up to you to fight and win that battle every single day for the rest of your life.

Being open about your addiction, your recovery, and your goals to stay sober will not only keep you on track but may also help others around you. Your pride and success when it comes to sober living will be an inspiration to those on the fence about their own drug or alcohol abuse. Once they see you living your life fully, without those crutches, they may decide to make their own changes.

If you have hit rock bottom and fought your way back to sobriety, then you know it is a tough road, but, if you or someone you love hasn’t gotten to that point and needs to make changes, there are many programs to help you or them achieve sober living. It is not an easy choice, and following through with the choice is even more difficult. It is a lifelong battle to deal with alcohol abuse or drug addiction.

Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Centers can help you or your loved one along every step of the way. Whether you need follow-up meetings or a full rehabilitation plan, contact our team of addiction specialists today and begin your new sober life.

Activities to Do This Season to Boost Your Health

Boost Your Health

The winter holiday season is as enjoyable as it is stressful. While some are extremely excited to see the holidays approaching, others have flashbacks of some of their darkest days fighting their drug addiction. To better prepare yourself for the ups and downs that are so often attributed to the holidays, keep the following activities in mind to help you stay healthy and sober this holiday season.

Get Out and Enjoy the Christmas Lights

Getting out and exercising is an excellent way to boost both your health and your happiness. Be sure to bundle up using proper outdoor clothing, especially if you are in a colder part of the country. If there are light shows in other areas of your city, hop in the car and go explore these holiday experiences to get you into the spirit of the season.

Cook to Better Control What You’re Eating

Weight gain over the holiday season is typical for most people. Though it often happens, slipping back into bad habits can create a bad spiral. To keep healthy and participate in an immune boosting activity, start cooking some of the family meals. Create fresh fruit juices, bake a free-range turkey, and try out different vegetable casseroles. The meals will be hearty, the family cooking will be fun, and you will keep busy and healthy all at the same time.

Get Out and Enjoy Nature

Being healthier isn’t just about getting more exercise and eating better. It’s also about feeling better. One of the best ways to feel better is to get out and enjoy what nature has to offer. Take the time to, for example, smell the flowers. Visit a greenhouse if you live in a cold climate. By smelling flowers, you’ll expose yourself to natural aromatherapy that can aid with relaxation and give you an energy boost.

Reach Out if You’re in Need of Help

We hope this guide will give you a few ideas to make you healthier this holiday season. Should you have any questions about your lingering addiction, or if you’re ready to take back your life and start on the road to sobriety, feel free to reach out to Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Centers today for more information on our variety of inpatient and outpatient treatment programs.

New Year, New You: Celebrate Sobriety!

Celebrate Sobriety

Another year has come and gone, and it’s time to ring in the New Year once again. Even though alcohol consumption is the norm for many partygoers on New Year’s Eve, it’s entirely possible to have a great time without it. Make this a holiday to remember by considering some of these fun ideas for sober celebrations.

Attend a Marathon Meeting – Many AA and NA groups throw marathon parties so you can celebrate safely with peers who understand your process. You don’t have to be alone if your non-sober friends decide they want to do something that puts your sobriety at risk.

Host Your Own Party – Gather sober friends together for a fun night of food, movies, and games. You may even want to try creating your own “mocktails” to spice things up.

Play the Role of D.D. – If you do decide to celebrate in an environment where alcohol is present, being the designated driver for friends encourages extra responsibility not only for yourself but for the people you care about.

Get Your Race On – Many cities host a special race on New Year’s Eve. What better way to make your health a priority than by participating in a rigorous run with like-minded people? Best of all, you will feel great afterward.

Give Back to the Community – Sign up for a volunteering opportunity that you care about. A great way to keep sobriety in check is by spending time helping others around the holiday. You’ll be glad you did.

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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 that Hollywood has a lot of “hush-hush” stories that take place behind the scenes, but, as awareness of substance abuse continues to grow, there are many Celebrities Overcoming Struggles with Drug Addictioncelebrities who have come out of the addiction closet to share the truth. Here are a few of the most inspiring people in the public eye conquering their struggles with drugs and alcohol.

  1. Demi Lovato – At one point in Demi’s life, she claimed she couldn’t go longer than one hour without cocaine.1 She also battled bipolar disorder, as well as an eating disorder. Once her problem spiraled out of control, she knew it was time to make a change. Since then, Demi has gone on to inspire millions by not only choosing a life of sobriety but by bringing her rehab crew on tour so they can help fans facing addiction along the way. She is also now co-owner of the recovery facility that helped her achieve success in sobriety.
  1. Robert Downey, Jr. – Perhaps one of the most prolific Hollywood stars to battle addiction under the spotlight, Robert hit rock bottom with a cocktail of drugs he became reliant on to get through the day. He is also a shining example of how much one can achieve through recovery. The relaunch of his career skyrocketed after kicking the habit, with him going on to play iconic, award-winning roles, including Iron Man and Sherlock Holmes.
  1. Jamie Lee Curtis – One of the lesser known stars to battle addiction is none other than Jamie Lee Curtis. Now celebrating 17 years free from opiate addiction, Jamie was a victim of prescription painkillers.2 Though it was legally prescribed, she soon found herself completely reliant on them. Today, she is looking and feeling better than ever as she plays the darkly comical Dean Munsch on Ryan Murphy’s Scream Queens.


If you or a loved one are seeking treatment for a problem with addiction, contact Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Centers at (855) 859-8808.





  1. http://hollywoodlife.com/2016/05/18/demi-lovato-drug-abuse-confession-cocaine-addiction-interview/
  2. http://people.com/tv/jamie-lee-curtis-on-battling-drug-addiction-for-17-years/


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 for long perioid of The Dangers of Crystal Methtimes.

In the 1950s, crystal meth was prescribed to treat depression and as a diet aid. College students, athletes, truck drivers, and others started using the drug to meet the demands placed upon them to perform better and stay awake longer. By the 1970s, the United States made the drug illegal except by prescription, due to its highly addictive qualities. Today, it is still available as a prescription to treat certain types of ADHD.

There are both short term and long term impacts of using crystal meth. The drug creates a false sense of security and increases a person’s energy. The latter is one of the reasons the drug is attractive to college students who are looking to push themselves as far as they can with as little sleep as possible.

Other effects include, but may not be limited to:

  • Increased Blood Pressure, Heartbeat, and Body Temperature
  • Decreased Appetite
  • Insomnia
  • Hallucinations
  • Malnutrition
  • Weight Loss
  • Kidney, Lung, and Liver Damage
  • Heart Damage
  • Brain Damage
  • Tooth Decay
  • Heart Attacks
  • Strokes
  • Death

Unfortunately, meth drug addictions, like any other addiction, is very difficult to battle and many people end up consumed by it without proper meth addiction treatment. To learn more about our crystal meth addiction treatment programs, or other drug and alcohol treatments, conact Retreat today at (844)  312-5672.