Is It Okay to Drink in Front of Your Newly Sober Friends?

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You head out to a celebratory dinner with a friend who just won a hard-fought battle against alcoholism. Should you order a round of drinks or should you make it a dry night?

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The Connection Between Chronic Pain and Opioid Addiction

Chronic Pain and Opioid Addiction

When patients suffer from chronic pain, doctors often resort to opioids such as hydrocodone, oxycodone, and meperidine. That can resolve the short-term problem, but it can lead to another, long-term problem: dependency and even drug addiction.

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How to Enjoy a Sober Summer

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!

Sober Summer Fun in Palm Springs, Palm Beach County, FL

  • Get a daily dose of invigorating sun, sand, and surf on the Florida coast. Work some swimming into your summer routine and get your exercise while enjoying nature.
  • Love animals? Hit up the Palm Beach Zoo with a group of sober, supportive friends and family.
  • Stroll through the butterfly garden and marvel at the aquariums at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center.

Recovery-Friendly Activities in Lancaster County, PA

  • Head to Hersheypark, the nation’s greatest chocolate-themed amusement park. Kid-friendly places like this are usually alcohol- and tobacco-free!
  • Explore the natural beauty of Longwood Gardens and enjoy beautiful fountain shows and musical entertainment among the flowers.
  • Go for a leisurely hike in Susquehannock State Park along the river. Take your kids or your loved ones along for a classic family bonding experience.­

Summer activities

Other Tips for Sober Socializing

It’s a great idea to plan outings and events with others in recovery. Being surrounded by a group of supportive, like-minded individuals can be a huge boost to one’s confidence. If your social life as an addict was centered around using or attending parties where substances were prevalent, you may also need to find new interests and develop new groups of friends.

Remember: Getting sober doesn’t mean giving up on good times. Get started on the road to recovery by contacting Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Centers.

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 stand a better chance of intervening before it destroys their child’s life.

How do you know whether your son or daughter is suffering from addiction or merely going through an adolescent phase—a normal part of growing up?

There are many signs of drug addiction—anything from failing grades and changing habits to poor grooming and weight loss. Some signs, like moodiness, can mimic the effects of hormonal changes. Some, like poor grooming or losing friends, may point as much toward teenage awkwardness as toward substance abuse.

While one or two signs are not a cause for major concern, a pattern of behavior is—particularly a pattern of behavior that marks a sudden departure from normal. If your child suddenly starts displaying a number of alarming behaviors, then it might be time to stage an intervention.

How do you balance concern with fairness? How do you worry without getting paranoid?

The key is to know the signs well and observe carefully. Take a look at our infographic to familiarize yourself with the warning signs of teenage drug addiction.

Is My Teenager Addicted to Drugs?

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Podcasts to Motivate YOU Through Recovery

Podcasts to Motivate YOU Through Recovery

As you know, recovery is a day-by-day process. Getting clean and sober is a life-changing decision that will continue to impact you and everyone around you for the better. While you can read all the books and blogs in the world, sometimes you just need to sit down and listen to a few awesome podcasts about sobriety. Here are some of the highest rated ones out right now.

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Energy Drinks & Alcohol: What You Should Know

Energy Drinks & Alcohol

Mixing alcohol with caffeine is a popular practice at local bars and parties. Although popular, mixing the two can become very dangerous and even lethal. Often, people who struggle with alcohol addiction can overdo it, sustaining alcohol-related injuries.

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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 suggests that alcohol may actually be the starting point.

Researchers from the University of Florida and Texas A&M looked at interview responses from roughly 2,800 12th graders across the U.S., taken as part of the annual Federal “Monitoring the Future” survey, which aims to monitor drug use by teens across the nation.

Alcohol gateway drug

Study of the data found that the majority of teens who responded to the survey had reported alcohol use that occurred before they began smoking cigarettes or marijuana. Furthermore, the study showed that marijuana was actually the least likely to be the first substance a teen tried, preceded instead by alcohol or tobacco.¹

While the study certainly doesn’t clear marijuana of its gateway accusations, it does shed new light on a previously unrecognized aspect of teen alcohol use. Ultimately, the survey data revealed that teens who had used alcohol had a much greater chance of later using marijuana—but not vice versa, as common sayings might imply.

Get Compassionate, Professional Alcohol Treatment at Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Centers

If you are the parent of a teen who is drinking regularly and may be at risk of further substance abuse, you already know how important it is to address the dependency as early as possible. If you yourself suffer from alcohol addiction, this is your wake-up call to take your life back!

Alcohol abuse doesn’t have to be a life sentence. Get started on the road to recovery today by contacting the understanding rehab professionals at Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Centers.


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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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 baby with dangerous substances, the grip of addiction is often too strong for even an expecting mother to beat on her own.

Exposure to drugs in the womb poses a variety of severe health risks, including miscarriage, premature birth, placental abruption, and the possibility of being born addicted (followed by severe withdrawal symptoms). In some cases, drug use during pregnancy can even lead to the death of the baby and/or mother.

Drug Addiction During Pregnancy

Even if the mother and child survive substance abuse during the pregnancy, the effects of drugs during the baby’s initial development may be related to continued neurological and behavioral problems. In the case of prenatal cocaine use, for example, researchers believe in-utero exposure to the drug may give the child an increased risk of depression, schizophrenia, seizure disorders, Parkinson’s disease, and addictive behavior throughout their lives.¹

Seek Help for Addiction at Retreat Premier Addiction Centers

If you are pregnant and want to escape addiction before it’s too late, Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Centers wants to help. Our flexible inpatient and outpatient treatment programs allow you to choose the rehab plan that fits your life best, and our professional recovery experts will work with you to develop an appropriate combination of medical and therapeutic help.

To start building the foundation for a healthy future with your child, fill out our online contact form or call our 24/7 helpline at (855) 859-8808.



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 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.


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 basis through quality rehabilitation centers, and testimonials from former patients can attest to the effectiveness of these programs. If you are ready to break your cycle of addiction, here is what you need to know about the differences between inpatient and outpatient treatment as well as the effectiveness and benefits of each.

Outpatient Rehab Treatment

Differences Between Inpatient and Outpatient Treatment

While inpatient and outpatient treatment vary in a number of ways, a few key factors can help you determine which type of program might be right for you.


As the name implies, patients receiving treatment at an inpatient rehab center reside at the treatment facility for the duration of their treatment. The cost of housing and meals is included in the overall cost of the program.

On the other hand, those in outpatient treatment programs continue to live at home and commute to the rehab center for treatment. For this reason, outpatient treatment is well-suited to those with strong family and social support networks at home as well as individuals who wish to seek addiction treatment while they continue to work. The severity and length of the patient’s addiction are also factors; if addressed early, outpatient treatment is often an appropriate option.


Mainly due to the cost of the comprehensive medical services provided, inpatient rehabilitation programs are often significantly more expensive than outpatient programs. The average 28-day inpatient treatment program costs about $20,000, though there is a wide range from the least expensive options to the highest-end luxury choices. Insurance does often help cover the cost of inpatient treatment, however.

The intensity and type of services offered by outpatient rehab centers vary widely from program to program, but generally, an eight- to 10-week treatment cycle costs around $2,000.

Length of Treatment

While the ultimate duration of treatment will depend on how quickly the patient progresses through the addiction recovery process, both inpatient and outpatient treatments are generally offered on set cycles. The initial detox phase of inpatient treatment typically lasts between three days and two weeks, after which the patient enters the inpatient program. Inpatient drug rehab is typically offered for 28 days or in segments of three months for up to a year or longer, as necessary.

Outpatient treatment is usually offered in cycles of eight to 16 weeks. Most outpatient programs require that patients attend treatment sessions multiple time a week; these sessions generally require a weekly commitment between six and 20 hours. It is important to note that the intensity of treatment and the weekly time required by outpatient programs vary, depending on the specific type of program. Partial hospitalization programs and intensive outpatient programs call for a significant daily commitment, with many programs requiring as many as six hours of treatment each weekday. Standard outpatient programs are much less intensive and are generally designed to meet the ongoing support needs of those who have already been through an inpatient or intensive outpatient program.


Whether inpatient or outpatient treatment will be more effective for a particular patient depends on the individual and their specific needs. A full continuum of care, including a complete detox program, has the greatest chance of providing successfully addiction treatment, and inpatient addiction treatment programs are often best equipped to provide this level of care. In particular, patients with severe psychiatric disorders or poor support systems tend to succeed more in inpatient therapy.

Similarities Between Inpatient and Outpatient Treatment

Understanding the ways in which the different programs vary can help guide your decision, but it is important to note the many similarities in treatment and results between inpatient and outpatient programs.

The Detox Process

The Detox Process

Regardless of which program type you choose, going through detoxification will be necessary if you have a severe physical dependency on alcohol or drugs. Many inpatient and outpatient programs will require you to go through the withdrawal and detox process before entering the rehab program.

The Importance of Therapy

Both inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation programs center around behavioral therapy and psychotherapy. Most programs of both types place an emphasis on group counseling in conjunction with individual therapy as well as education designed to help prepare you for longer term addiction treatment.

Importance of Therapy


In some cases, the doctors involved in the treatment teams in both inpatient and outpatient rehab will prescribe medication for their patients to assist in addiction recovery. This is because pharmacotherapies have demonstrated effectiveness in helping improve treatment retention as well as reducing risky behaviors.

Remember that whether you choose inpatient or outpatient treatment, the goal of all detox programs and rehabilitation centers is to help you break free of your dependence on substances and assist in your addiction recovery. At Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Centers, our qualified clinical teams offer both inpatient drug rehab and outpatient rehab programs. To learn more about your rehab options, please contact our 24/7 helpline 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?

Defining 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 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 a 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.

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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

Outdoor Therapy for Drug Addiction

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!