Arizona Addiction Recovery Center Phoenix & Scottsdale, AZ Tue, 22 Sep 2020 16:40:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Arizona Addiction Recovery Center 32 32 Arizona Addiction Recovery Center Makes Newsweek’s Best Addiction Treatment Centers List Tue, 22 Sep 2020 16:40:44 +0000

Arizona Addiction Recovery Center (AARC) was recently featured in Newsweek’s 2020 iteration of the Best Addiction Treatment Centers list. The list was made in partnership with Statista Inc., a research firm. This is the first time Arizona Addiction Recovery Center has made the list and we’re very excited to be nominated on one of the best drug rehabs in the nation. The ranking reflects AARC’s ongoing success in providing the highest quality substance abuse care for those struggling with addiction. Check out the link from Newsweek here:




Newsweek’s Best Addiction Treatment Centers list was created using a variety of criteria. Among the criteria were quality of service, reputation, and accreditation relative to other treatment programs operating in a given state. Arizona Addiction Recovery Center received a score of 80.60% based on these criteria, and ranked number 3 (out of 7) in the state of Arizona!

AARC is known as one of the premier drug rehabs in Scottsdale, Arizona, and now has solidified that. AARC’s highly trained and experienced staff is committed to helping patients get sober in a safe, private and confidential setting. Offering both Residential and Outpatient Programs, AARC believes every patient needs individualized and personalized treatment for their substance abuse addiction in Arizona. AARC is also accredited by the Joint Commission.

Addiction Treatment at Arizona Addiction Recovery Center

If you or a loved one is struggling with alcohol or drug addiction, know that you aren’t alone. At Arizona Addiction Recovery Center, we understand the struggles you’re going through and we want to help you reach recovery and sobriety. Our medically proven, evidence-based treatment programs will help you find sobriety, regardless of where you are on your journey to recovery.

Arizona Addiction Recovery Center remains committed to providing critical addiction treatment in Arizona, even during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. In order to foster a safe and healthy environment, AARC tests all incoming and current patients exhibiting symptoms for the corona virus. Don’t delay, if you or a loved one are ready for recovery, call 888-512-1705, or send us an email

This article refers to Newsweek’s “Best Addiction Treatment Centers 2020.



Meth Addiction Fri, 18 Sep 2020 03:50:54 +0000 Addiction has come out as a global issue that is quickly consuming many healthy individuals across the globe. Many substances are constantly abused by young adults and even teenagers these days, where the substances used are either prescription medicines such as opiates, painkillers, etc., or illicit drugs like heroin, cocaine, meth, and marijuana. Although both prescription drugs and illegal substances are equally dangerous to health, the latter has much more negative effects on a healthy body. Since illegal drugs are produced using harmful chemicals, they have a more severe risk of addiction and health issues that come with them.

Meth, or methamphetamine, is an illegal drug that is highly addictive and can pose many problems to a healthy individual. Not only physical, but the psychological effects of meth are what makes it a very dangerous drug in the market. The drug can alter a healthy brain’s chemistry which also affects the way a normal brain functions. This hampers decision-making, mind-body coordination, and other mental health issues.

What is Meth?

Commonly known as crystal, ice, blue, speed, and popularly meth, this stimulant has highly addictive properties that target the central nervous system. The drug has a blueish-white rock structure, with fragments shining like glasses. The chemical composition of methamphetamine is similar to amphetamine, which is a medical drug used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and sleep disorder.

Meth has no medical use and is banned across the globe. The drug is pretty popular at parties, and users usually smoke crystal meth with a glass pipe. However, addicts can even snort, swallow, or even directly inject into their veins. Users admit that meth produces a euphoric experience quickly after consuming it. The high, although, as users admit is pretty good and provides a calming effect, the aftereffects of consuming this drug can be dangerous to one’s health.

How is Meth Consumed?

Meth comes in two forms – blueish-white crystal and white powder. Drug users can intake meth by:

  • Swallowing the pill
  • Smoking
  • Snorting the white powder or breaking blueish-white fragments to snort the rest.
  • Injecting powder dissolved in water or alcohol.

Since the high from meth elevates and settles down quickly, this encourages users to use more doses and result in the frequency of binge and crash patterns. Constant drug abusers also follow a common form of binge using known as a run, where the users neglect food and sleep to continue using the drug every few hours.

Effects of Meth on the Brain

Dopamine is one crucial chemical that our brain produces, and it is involved in various processes such as motivation, body movement, and rewarding behaviors. Meth elevates the production of this naturally produced chemical and releases high levels of dopamine. This encourages the addict’s brain to adapt drug-taking behavior that causes the uncontrollable urge to consume meth.

Short Term Effects of Using Meth

Meth is a stimulant that induces negative effects on the body even after consuming in smaller proportions. The drug can impact someone the same way as other stimulants such as amphetamine and cocaine do. Also, short-term consumption may lead to the following symptoms:

  • Decreased appetite, a symptom that keeps elevating as the dose is increased.
  • A sudden increase in physical activity and wakefulness. This often results in making the individual feel more energetic and confident.
  • Can make the user feel they are invincible. This symptom can cause the intaker to be prone to fall in dangerous situations.
  • Breathing issues which results in extremely fast breathing.
  • Irregular and rapid heartbeat.
  • A sudden increase in body temperature and blood pressure.

Long Term Effects of Using Meth

Frequent consumption of meth can lead to various health problems some of which can even get engraved deep within a healthy mind. These psychological issues can further lead to numerous other problems that can further degrade the health of an individual. When meth is abused for a longer period, the brain develops a dependence on the drug and pushes the user to use it more. This dependence turns into an addiction and may stick with a person for a lifetime.

Long-term use of meth also has several physical and psychological effects such as:

Physical effects

  • Heart-related issues
  • Problems related to the respiratory system.
  • High chance of liver failure.
  • Black teeth or also known as meth teeth where the user’s teeth decay to a level where they are blackened and are almost destroyed.
  • Kidney issues and possibly failure.
  • The aging process can be accelerated and may result in premature aging.
  • Problems associated with reproduction
  • Skin infection and decaying.
  • High blood pressure and high body temperatures.
  • Degrading physical health and sudden weight loss.
  • A cardiac arrest that may lead to death.

Psychological effects

  • Altered brain chemistry which results in high production of dopamine.
  • Impaired cognition
  • Memory loss and the lack of concentration
  • Clinical depression
  • Delusions and paranoia.
  • The inability to feel pleasure in anything else like sex, games, outdoor activities, etc., except consuming methamphetamine.
  • Aggressive behavior.
  • Irritability.
  • Psychosis.

Signs of Meth Addiction

The addiction for meth develops quickly and can make a person depend on the drug even after one or two times of use. The Diagnostic and Statistic Manual of Mental Disorders suggests that an individual can be classified as having a meth addiction if he or she meets any of the two criteria within one year.

The criteria are:

  • Using meth in conditions where they or other people can be at risk such as driving under the influence of meth or overdosing.
  • Neglecting any other responsibility like academic, professional, and personal, and choosing meth use over and above everything.
  • Personal or social issues sourcing because of an individual’s habit of consuming meth.
  • Abusing larger amounts of methamphetamine for long periods.
  • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms after leaving meth even for a day.
  • Developing a tolerance for the drug, meaning requiring more and more meth to get the same high.
  • Spending large amounts of money and time on meth.
  • Failed attempts to control or completely quit the meth abuse.
  • Heightened drug cravings.

If up to three of the above criteria are met, the methamphetamine abuse disorder is considered mild. Four or five symptoms account for a moderate disorder, while six and more are considered a sign for a severe meth abuse disorder.

Ways to Fight Against Depression Tue, 15 Sep 2020 03:34:06 +0000 Mental illnesses, unlike other diseases, cannot be treated alone using medications. They are complex brain disorders that trigger the brain to produce a series of self-doubting, disturbing, and negative emotions that are detrimental to one’s health. Although various mental illnesses have become quite common across the globe, depression is still one psychological condition that many people are known to have. It is one of the most common disorders in the United States, with its reach extending even to the rest of the countries.

What is Depression?

A psychological condition where a person experiences persistent sadness and inability to continue their daily activities with a stable mental state is commonly known as depression. This form of mental illness is capable of sucking energy out of you, leaving you fatigued and with an empty feeling.

Mental illnesses have always been stigmatized by people. The case with depression is no less, though. The contrary belief that a depressed mind can never laugh and is always low on energy levels is straight-up wrong. Someone who is suffering from depression can be your friend, a relative you rarely meet, or even a colleague who always smiles and gives a feel-good vibe whenever you meet them. Feeling low is a symptom of depression, but that doesn’t mean those suffering put it on a public display.

Fortunately, depression can be cured, provided a targeted treatment approach is adopted. In cases of mental illnesses, it often comes down to the patient itself to have a positive approach and a will to fight back. Medications can help ease your way forward, but it is the will that encourages you to put your steps forward.

How to Fight Against Depression?

Before you begin your treatment, it’s important to understand that there are no shortcuts to this. You will have to put efforts to completely get rid of depression. Various treatment approaches can be utilized together to get great results. Therapies, medications, conventional approaches, along with small steps can help you feel more in control and improve your overall well being. Read on to find what are these small steps:

Have a proper routine

Sounds easy, but is not. The primary thing that depression disrupts is one’s daily routine. Patients start secluding themselves from the activities that they once used to do daily. Depression impacts a healthy mind in a way that a person loses productivity, self-esteem, and the confidence to do something. When alone, they spend their time sleeping, thinking, or doing activities that would otherwise be labeled as “unproductive” or “unhealthy.”

To tackle this, it is of primitive importance to maintain a schedule and strictly follow it. The idea here is to keep our brain engaged in something that adds value to our lives and is more meaningful. Try yoga, exercising, meditation, or anything that can not only help you build your strength from within, but also offers a healthy escape.

Set goals

When you have a thing to focus on, life becomes even more meaningful. Setting a goal gives you that opportunity to have a primary target and work towards achieving it. Now again, setting a goal alone is not going to do wonders. You’d have to make sure that you are putting in the right efforts to make it happen.

Be focused, determined, and truthful to your goal. It would be hard in the beginning but eventually, you’ll develop a habit. However, before you do that, make sure the goals you are setting are realistic and achievable.

Talk it out

The main symptom of depression is isolation and feeling that everything bad happens only with you. This causes the individual to feel secluded and a sense of loneliness engulfs them. Also, thanks to the stigma around mental illness, it has forced those suffering to refrain from talking about the issue.

The best bet here is to talk about it with someone who you know makes you feel comfortable. It could be your friends, family members, your partner, or even colleagues who care for you. Talking it out is the best way to feel good about oneself.

See a professional

Of course, this has to be done. Medical professionals can improve your condition and are not the people you should be running from. You should know that they are the only ones who could offer the best help.

Medications, personalized therapy sessions, and many more options are available. You may not feel good about seeking treatment, but once you overcome that and visit a doctor, the mere interaction with them can offer relaxation to your racing mind.

Control your mind

We understand it is difficult to control the burst of emotions inside your head. However, it is also detrimental to your condition if you keep thinking like this. Depression is known to trigger recollection of negative emotions which can cause you to feel lower. This pushes you to focus on one thing that went wrong, and not the thousands that went right.

It is recommended to stop overgeneralizing things, and have a mature approach to recognize the good. It is always said that you can fight any disease, as long as you have the right positive attitude and shift your overall mindset.


Remember when we mentioned setting goals? This is where it leads to. Once you have accomplished your goal, it is now time to have a treat for yourself. And why not? You have worked hard for this and it calls for a celebration. The point is to have an attitude of appreciating small things in your life. This is an art in itself. If you know how to do it, you are already halfway through healing.


We are living in the 21st century and mental health issues should be treated seriously and with care. Although many changes have been observed since the past few years signaling that the stigma is in fact, reduced. But, it is still there. Depression is one of the many mental illnesses that are concerning issues globally. However, if patients are confident enough to accept their condition and are willing to undergo treatment, every condition is possible to contain.

Celebrities Who Have Suffered From Addiction Fri, 11 Sep 2020 03:47:29 +0000 Substance abuse disorder has become a global problem and due to the complexity of this disease, complete treatment of this condition is often difficult to accomplish. This disorder can affect anyone irrespective of their gender, race, or background. Also, since there is a lot of stigma around addiction, those suffering are often isolated and neglected by others. The disease insights a feeling of shame when the patient suffers from the negative effects and the cravings it has on their life. However, every single person who suffers from addiction can feel that their experience with this disorder is unique. While it is true to some extent, it doesn’t mean that you are the only one who is affected by this disease. People from anywhere, of any gender, and of any type can develop an addiction. Even the celebrities that we see on screen, such as film stars, sportspersons, singers, etc., secretly deals with addiction. Many of them have accepted their condition and have been brave enough to openly talk about it.

If the disease makes you feel like you are the only one battling this in your life, here are 8 celebrities who have dealt with, or are dealing with addiction.

Demi Lovato

The singer and actress suffered from substance abuse disorder and various mental health issues in her twenties. She has been quite open about her addiction and has always kept her fans aware of her situation through social media. Demi Lovato, in July 2018, overdosed and had to be revived using an anti-opioid overdose medication.

She has also talked about how her disorder has impacted her bipolar disorder and unusual eating patterns. The pop singer has had her struggle with addiction, as she relapsed after six years of attaining sobriety last year. Even then, she’s committed to taking back her life and achieving long-term sobriety.

Robert Downey Jr.

The celebrity who rose from the ashes and revived his career to receive exceptional success. Robert Downey Jr. is globally known for portraying Tony Stark aka Iron Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, before he started his journey in the MCU, the actor was under a huge influence on drug abuse. He accepted that he used drugs before he was a teenager and spent his entire career under their influence.

Robert was also arrested in the late 1990s and early 2000s for abusing cocaine, alcohol, and heroin. He spent his time in a California prison and also a rehab facility. However, it was the year 2002 that he announced his recovery, and the year 2008 brought life to his career after Marvel starred him as Iron Man.

Ben Affleck

Affleck, well known for winning Academy Awards for Good Will Hunting and Argo, and also portraying Batman in the DC movies, has also suffered the wrath or alcohol addiction. The celebrity went to rehab in 2001 to get past his drinking issues, however, it is said that he still battles gambling addiction and alcoholism today.

He called the fight with addiction a “lifelong and difficult struggle”. In the year 2018, Affleck stayed in one of the treatment centers and said that getting help if you have a problem, reflects our courage. Seeking help is not a sign of weakness.

Justin Bieber

After years of making headlines for his bad behavior and substance abuse, Justin Bieber started his recovery journey in 2014. The pop singer admitted that his drug abuse got pretty dark. He also said that he had a problem with sex, and suffered from depression while touring for his concerts. Bieber said that he used Xanax because he was ashamed.

While he was going through detox, Justin now admits that he has now developed a socially responsible behavior towards drinking, but has completely avoided narcotics ever since.

Drew Barrymore

Coming from a famous, troubled, and an acting family, Drew Barrymore was only six years old when the movie E.T. launched her career. She further accepted that she was only nine years old when she started drinking, before quickly moving forward to cocaine and marijuana. Drew made it to headlines in 1989 after joining a rehab at just 13 years old and announcing that she was suffering from addiction.

She further spent her teenage years trying to overcome her addictive traits and eventually enjoyed success as a producer and a sober actress.

Carrie Fisher

You probably know her as Princess Leia in Star Wars, but Carrie Fisher was also a writer and a stand-up comedian. The celebrity admitted that she had her struggles with alcohol and drug addiction for years. Although she was able to obtain sobriety at the age of 29 years, she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder the next year.

Before her death in 2016, she went on to become a stand-up comedian and a prolific writer. After her death, substances like cocaine, methadone, heroin, alcohol, ecstasy, and other opiates were found in her system. However, it was not sure that these were the cause of her death.

Russel Brand

Russel Brand had many problems with addiction during his teenage years. He had been using drugs and alcohol during his teenage years and was also treated for depression. Russel also said that he had an eating disorder, and was diagnosed with ADHD and bipolar disorder.

This didn’t stop the British comedian from moving on in his life. He started his journey to recovery in 2002 and has also raised money for drug and treatment programs. Russel has also advocated for better mental health resources and has always supported the idea to seek medical help in cases of addiction.

Bradley Cooper

It wasn’t all flowery for the actor earlier in his career. Although he has been nominated for numerous Academy Awards, he has had his time of struggles. Years of alcohol and drug abuse threatened to ruin his life and career, however, in the year 2004 was when the actor decided to quit using. Since then, the actor became one of the most successful and well-respected men in Hollywood.


Addiction is a disease that has been stigmatized for decades now. And even though the misconceptions are slowly reducing, there are people who are fearful to talk about this disorder and seek help. For them, these celebrities can act as a ray of hope. These celebrities have had their struggles, and have fought their way through everything to not only come out clean but also achieve success in their careers. If they can, why can’t you?

Demographics Vulnerable to Addiction Tue, 08 Sep 2020 03:34:58 +0000 If there is one thing that we all can learn from addiction, it has to be discrimination. Addiction is one such disease that puts less focus on race, background, culture, religion, and any other aspect. It is a brain disorder that impacts everyone equally. Even age is not a parameter that can stop addiction from spreading. This can be distinguished from the stats clearly showing that more young people and teenagers are now constantly engaged in practices revolving around substance abuse. All demographics of society suffer equal wrath of addiction.

It’s a chronic disease that is treatable, but the patient suffers from a high risk of relapsing even after attaining long-term sobriety. Although how addiction evolves in an individual is still a complex process to understand and decode. However, it is still possible to trace the patterns of how addiction is spreading in individuals, and then marking those common links that possibly connects the dots and increase the chances of a particular group of people to develop an addiction.

Demographics More Vulnerable to Addiction

Certain factors contribute to the way addiction develops in individuals. Although these factors are not a sure shot in discovering the true basis of how addiction occurs, this can give a possible cause or which groups are more prone to fall into addiction.


It has long been studied and suggested that men are more likely to develop a drug or alcohol dependence. Further, it has also been revealed that men have more dominance in the discussions about how addiction should be treated. But, the trends are changing at a fast rate now. Earlier, it was the men who were more likely to use illegal drugs when compared to women. However, as young women work towards closing the gap between males and females, women are now more frequently abusing illicit drugs.

Around 20 percent of women who seek addiction treatment do so because of alcoholism, however, only 10 percent of men suffering from alcohol addiction seek treatment. Also, women are more likely to choose inpatient treatment because of their responsibilities towards their children.

During recovery, a woman’s menstrual cycle can increase the frequency of cravings for the drugs due to hormones. They may get strong urges during the month which can cause them to relapse. Men, on the other hand, do not have a menstrual cycles and hence are at less risk.

Family History

Having a family member who has suffered or is suffering from addiction increases the chances of addiction in the succeeding members by 20 percent. They are more vulnerable to drug dependence and this has stamped on the possibility that substance abuse disorder might be a genetic disease.

However, a person, right after birth cannot be suffering from addiction but over time, they are more prone to developing addictive traits towards drugs and alcohol. Substance abuse disorder is actually viewed as a disease that’s made of 50 percent coping skills and the other 50 due to the genetic predisposition. If their parents or grandparents have a history of substance abuse, they are more vulnerable to having addictive tendencies later in life.

This is not an established fact though, but various studies and research have concluded family history of drug abuse to play an important role in developing an addiction. Also, this doesn’t mean that people whose family members don’t use cannot develop a substance abuse disorder at all. It’s just that people who have seen substance abuse up close in their families are more likely to develop this disease.

High School and College Students

The earlier perception that drug and alcohol abuse can only happen in adults is slowly fading away. Why you may ask? Because since the past few years, there has been a rapid increase in the number of students consuming drugs or binge drinking alcohol. And since high school and college students have brains that are still in the developing phase, they can adapt addictive tendencies quite rapidly.

Age is what drives these teenagers to test and try the drugs which they conveniently say is a one-time thing. However, what they don’t realize is that these one times pile up so quickly, that before they could realize, they are already stuck in addiction. Since the students experience the initial stage of independence, they want to try things out which are against what they have been told from the beginning. This includes going to parties to drink, smoke, and consume any illicit substance.

Peer pressure and the dire need to fit in are also some major reasons why teens start experimenting with substances at first. The desperate need to be cool pushes these teenagers to an extent where they choose the path of using drugs or alcohol. Again, this doesn’t apply to each and every student, but this demographic is more likely to develop early substance abuse disorders.

Mental Illnesses

People with an underlying mental illness have more risk of consuming drugs. Various mental health conditions such as depression, schizophrenia, anxiety, paranoia, ADHD, dementia, post-traumatic stress disorder, ADD, and many more can encourage a person to accept alcohol or drugs as a coping mechanism to escape from the harsh realities of life.

Mentally ill patients also use substances to self-medicate, thinking temporary calmness and relaxation can alleviate their symptoms even if it is for a short period. Most of the psychological issues are treatable through medication and therapy … yet, people choose their own way to medicate. This can be related to the stigma around mental illnesses and how such patients are perceived by society. In order to not be called a psycho, patients choose to self-medicate and help themselves.

Drugs most commonly used by mentally ill patients include alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, opiates such as painkillers, and even meth. Long-term use of such drugs can soon turn into a dependence that can transform into addiction. And once a patient with an underlying mental health condition develops substance abuse disorder, the situation becomes more concerning. This condition is known as a co-occurring disorder, the diagnosis, and treatment for which is still complex.


These are the most probable demographics which have a significant impact on how addiction can affect an individual. However, irrespective of these demographics and other factors, it should also be noted that substance abuse disorder can engulf anyone even those who do or do not fall in such groups. Also, there is no denying the fact that there is a strong correlation between these demographics and addiction. To have more accurate and detailed information on how exactly addiction relates to these factors, we will have to wait for more conclusive evidence.

How to Properly Detox Fri, 04 Sep 2020 02:59:39 +0000 If there is one thing that this year has taught us, it is the dire need to stay fit and healthy. It has become imperative to focus on our well-being now more than ever before. There are a lot of ways to stay and maintain good health, including a healthy routine and a workout regime. However, before we move forward to work on our body from the outside, it is important to cleanse the system from the inside. Our body needs to go through internal cleansing to maintain a good system that is free of harmful toxins and chemicals that can otherwise hamper some of the crucial functions of our body. In other words, it is crucial to detox our bodies.

What is Detox?

Detoxification is a process in which the toxins in our body are turned to less toxic and easily excretable substances. The process performs cleansing from the inside, getting rid of every waste material that can hamper the healthy functioning of our body. Before the recent craze and popularity of detoxification went up, it was simply viewed as a medical procedure that removes life-threatening and dangerous substances such as alcohol, drugs, etc., from our body.

Today, the process has become a health-conscious approach that people take periodically to improve their system. Detoxification today leads to the eradication of even generic symptoms like fatigue, headache, joint pain, muscle pain, bloating, etc.

How to Properly Detoxify?

Earlier, patients undergoing detoxification were required to follow a set procedure at the hospitals. The treatment was focused on using drugs and therapies to detoxify the body depending on the severity and type of toxicity. Today, anyone can perform detox from the comfort of their home using the products available in their kitchen.

Even more so, a slight change in our routine is also known to provide a good level of detoxification. Following are the ways we can properly detoxify our body:

Lemon Juice and Warm Water

One of the best natural ways to detox is to regularly drink lemon juice mixed in warm water. Every morning, take this wonderful mixture that is known to flush out harmful substances from the body. For better results, add grated ginger to the mixture as lemon and ginger work together to improve digestion. This solution can also enhance your metabolism.

What’s even better? It wouldn’t take you long to prepare this drink. Hardly 2-3 minutes of your efforts can provide a fresh start to your day. However, remember to consume this empty stomach for better results.

Limit Alcohol Intake

The liver is the most important organ that aids in natural detox. It metabolizes more than 90 percent of the alcohol and turns it into acetaldehyde which is a cancer-causing substance. Identifying this acetaldehyde as a toxin, our liver converts it into acetate which is a harmless chemical and is excreted out from our body.

Various studies have shown that low to moderate consumption of alcohol has a few health benefits, however, if the intake is increased, it can hamper the usual functioning of the liver. Excessive drinking can cause inflammation, fat buildup, and other issues. This prevents the liver from performing usual tasks and toxins aren’t eliminated from our body.

Drink Water

The only liquid that has tons of benefits and costs you nothing, is water. It keeps our body hydrated at all times and is also crucial to guide harmful substances from our system. Water is required by our body to produce saliva and it also aids in perspiration. Various cellular processes in our body produce wastes in the form of carbon dioxide and urea.

These harmful substances, once buildup, poses a great risk for the body. Water helps transport these waste products out of the body through breathing, urinating, or sweating. Approximately 3 liters of water intake per day is recommended for men, whereas around 2.7 liters are required for women.

Get Enough Sleep

Many people underestimate the importance of sleep and have unusual sleeping cycles which further degrade their system. Along with detoxifying our bodies, it is crucial to cleanse our minds as well. Getting enough sleep can do just right about that. Our brain removes toxins while we sleep and hence, it is important to not ignore the cruciality of getting adequate sleep.

Lessen Caffeinated Drinks Intake

Sure it is nice to grab a cup of coffee to ease your mind and focus on your work. However, what you don’t know, is the fact that tea and coffee can do more harm than good to your body. Swapping these drinks with green tea is a much better approach to follow a healthy diet, as well as detox the body from the inside.

Green tea also aids in improving the digestive system and boost our metabolism, promoting weight loss, and a good habit to have a healthy diet.

Eat Antioxidant-Rich Foods

There are free radicals in our body that cause cell damage and also promote the aging process. Antioxidants are compounds that prevent the cells from the damage induced by free radicals. These harmful chemicals are naturally produced by our bodies to aid in processes such as digestion.

However, a poor diet, exposure to pollution, excessive use of alcohol, drugs, or tobacco can produce an excessive amount of free radicals which are very harmful. Having an antioxidant-rich diet such as berries, nuts, cocoa, fruits, spices, vegetables, and beverages such as green tea can help tackle the excess free radicals.

Lessen Salt Intake

Having a high salt intake can increase fluid retention in our body. When we consume too much salt and less water, our body represents antidiuretic hormone which affects urination and eventually the natural detox process.

Lessening the salt intake and consuming more water can restrict the secretion of the antidiuretic hormone and also increases urination, thereby removing the excess fluids and waste products.

Increase Activity

Exercise is the key to attain great health. Physical activity is known to reduce the risk of a series of diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and even certain cancers. However, despite all these benefits, one of the key points is reduced inflammation.

Although this is crucial for recovering from injuries or wounds, too much inflammation can weaken the body and invite various diseases. Regular exercise can reduce inflammation and improve the detox process of the body.


These are great ways to detox at home, however, we always suggest you go through a medical detox process if you are trying to cleanse the body of alcohol or drugs. These substances should be treated with proper medical attention and not with a DIY methodology. Substance abuse disorders are no joke and they should be treated with the utmost care. Proper medical detox is needed before anything else if you are looking to go through the addiction recovery process.

Holistic Treatments for Addiction Recovery Tue, 01 Sep 2020 02:39:01 +0000 Addiction treatment programs are often curated differently based on the patient and their health condition. Many people need a different set of approaches combined with alternative and holistic treatment methods to completely deal with addiction. Whereas the health condition of others can make the medicated approach seem more reliable for the recovery. Whilst the basis of substance abuse disorder is the change in the chemistry of the brain, many people also develop several diseases that worsen addiction disorder. This includes mental health disorders, emotional issues, and even physical problems.

Various treatment centers today also offer their patients the choice to opt for holistic treatments, which are used to complement the traditional procedures that are already in existence. These alternate methods go hand-in-hand and are offered simultaneously with the standard treatment approaches. These methods focus on the overall well being of an individual and also tend to speed up the healing process as it calms the mind.

What are Holistic Approaches?

Holistic means a whole person, and the process involved to offer a complete head-to-toe treatment along with relieving the effects of addiction disorder is known as a holistic treatment approach. Today, many treatment centers are focused to provide a program that caters to both physical as well as psychological needs of their patients. This is where the holistic approach has emerged as an alternative to standard treatment methods.

The idea behind using this method for treating addiction is to heal the soul, body, and also the mind rather than just curing the illness. Before holistic treatments were introduced, recovery programs were only targeting the disorder, leaving aside the important health aspects which are also severed by addiction. After this was practiced on the patients, more balanced care was observed on those struggling with addiction.

Although these addiction treatment programs are not meant to be used as an exclusive method to cure addiction, when used in conjunction with other traditional therapies such as 12-Step recovery programs, counseling, therapy, and other effective methods, it can yield good results. Also, patients can achieve long-term sobriety if holistic treatment is consistently provided along with the scheduled therapies.

What Are The Different Types Of Holistic Approaches? 

Several holistic treatment methods are used for patients to overcome their addiction as well as withdrawal symptoms, the most common ones are meditation, yoga, acupuncture, massage therapy, exercise, etc. Practicing these daily is a sure shot in achieving great results. Some of the most common therapies include:

Exercise Therapy

Recreational activities and exercising daily has tons of benefits which are often left unnoticed. Holistic treatment methods use these unsaid benefits and perform these on the patients suffering from addiction to providing a healthy schedule and a sober life. Daily exercise can help build a routine, strengthen the body, and also relieve stress to make sure our minds are not occupied by negative thoughts.

Although recreational activities and the types of exercises offered varies across different treatment centers, the most common activities include canoeing, rock climbing, hiking, horseback riding, and other outdoor activities.


You may not know about this, but meditation is the most powerful activity for our minds. If practiced daily and with a focused mind, meditation can change the brain’s structure and alter its chemistry to help aid in the healthy functioning of the brain. Addiction is a brain disease that alters brain chemistry and meditation is an activity that targets exactly that.

Also, for addicts to recover from addiction, they need a relaxed and calm mind. Guided meditation is one therapy that has several benefits in improving the mind, and the reason why it has also become an integral part of many holistic treatment programs.


Yoga not only provides benefits similar to meditation but also offers enhanced flexibility. Practicing this daily also keeps an individual away from a series of harmful diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes, depression, withdrawal symptoms, and other issues that tend to collide with substance abuse disorder to worsen it.

Many centers now offer yoga as a holistic approach to cure addiction. They also include tai chi as a meditative practice to help the patients develop clarity of mind and increased focus.

Nutritional Therapy

A healthy body also aids in faster recovery and also maintains the overall well being of an individual. Nutritional therapy is dedicated to providing the required amount of nutrition to the addicts so that it can provide tangible healing. Providing proper nutrition to the body while it is recovering from addiction has become crucial observing the trends associated with this.

Many patients who have a good diet tend to respond to the standard treatment methods in a better way compared to those without proper nutrition. People in recovery can provide their bodies with a proper diet required to fight addiction.

Massage & Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a known practice to help ease stress and relax the body using either needles to penetrate specific pressure points, or using hands to apply pressure at these points. This practice is known to calm the mind and provide a sense of relief.

Similarly, massage can also relax the body and restore balance in an addict’s system after aggressive and long-term substance abuse. These approaches are recommended to patients who are struggling with an underlying mental health condition while also having an addiction disorder.

Art Therapy

Art therapy can also offer a holistic way to treat an addict’s mind and offer the relaxation their body often craves. Many treatment centers offer programs consisting of painting, music, crafts, writing, and other artistic approaches to help addicts express their underlying emotions surrounding substance abuse.

Benefits of Holistic Treatment Programs

Numerous benefits are surrounding holistic treatment programs, for example, acupuncture is a useful practice to follow during detox and it also reduces the withdrawal symptoms. Along with it, acupuncture can also improve sleeping patterns and lower anxiety levels.

Meditation, mindfulness, and hypnosis can also create a heightened sense of self-awareness which can reduce the possibility of suffering a relapse in the future. Massage is the best practice to undergo while dealing with physical symptoms related to addiction and it also helps in relaxing the mind.

Nutrition and exercise are as important during recovery as the standard treatment methods. Addicts who follow a good diet teamed up with daily exercise can see their recovery exceeding those who are not following.


Standard treatment methods are designed to specifically target addiction disorder and work towards recovery. Holistic treatment approaches, however, offer a helping hand in the recovery process and make sobriety easy to achieve. These methods alone aren’t sufficient to curb addiction but their true potential can be recognized once they are performed simultaneously with the standard treatment procedures.

Reasons Someone Might Develop an Addiction Thu, 27 Aug 2020 04:11:11 +0000 A few years back, addiction was treated as a condition that results from the morally ill behavior of an individual. It was straight up tagged as a sign of one’s inability to control their actions and was viewed as a weakness. However, with advancements in technology and more research focused on addiction, it has become quite evident that it is a brain disease that is as dangerous as any other chronic illness out there. Addiction targets the basic structure of the brain’s chemistry and alters it to manipulate the healthy functioning of the brain.

There still exist certain misconceptions about substance abuse across the U.S. and other countries as well. People believe that addiction is a choice and that it represents a deviant behavior. This has resulted in a stigma around addiction that pushes people away from those who are suffering from this disorder. The stigma makes people distance themselves from addicts and treat them as if what happened to them is their own fault. This can discourage people with substance abuse disorder to come forward and seek help, as a result of which, they may deteriorate their health even further.

What is Addiction?

Addiction is a brain disease that primarily targets the brain. Although addiction can be explained as a physical and psychological dependence of the body on a said drug, it is a complex mental condition which is much more than that. Addiction not only impacts the one who’s suffering, but also those who are close to them. This disease breaks the individual on a physical, mental, emotional, as well as social level.

However, according to the World Health Organization and American Psychiatric Association addiction can only be confirmed in an individual who possesses at least three of the following factors:

  • Tolerance – using more alcohol and drugs over time.
  • Control – losing control of the intake of alcohol or drugs. Drinking specifically to get drunk. Regretting the amount of alcohol or drugs you had.
  • Withdrawal – experiencing emotional or physical symptoms after stopping alcohol and/or drug abuse.
  • Neglected activities – prioritizing drugs and alcohol over other social, work-related, recreational, and household activities.
  • Consequences – continuing the use even after suffering negative consequences like losing a job, deteriorating health, low self-esteem, or even disputes in family.
  • Desire to leave – thinking to leave substance abuse but continuing to do so.
  • Investing more in use – spending a considerable amount of time, energy, and finances in substance abuse despite suffering related consequences.

Suffering from any of three of the symptoms mentioned above is classified as a case of addiction.

What Causes One to Become Addicted? 

Several factors determine the addiction in individuals. Since this brain disorder is both gender and age-independent, so it poses equal risks to both men and women of all age groups. However, teenagers and young adults are more likely to develop an addiction to harmful substances.

Below are the possible causes of addiction and how it stems in a person:

  • Genetics

Having a family history of addiction increases your chances to develop a substance abuse disorder. Various studies revealed that 30 to 70 percent of an individual’s risk of developing an addiction is directly linked to their genes along with other socially impacting factors.

  • Experimenting

The most common cause of a person falling into addiction comes from their curiosity and wanting to experiment with the drug and/or alcohol. This is often the case with young adults and teenagers who are habitual to clubbing and parties where they, for the sake of trying, experiment with drugs and alcohol that further evolve to become an integral part of their routine. This is also backed by the research conducted by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

  • Prescription drugs

Often, people who are intaking prescription drugs for some other health conditions may find the calming effects of the prescribed drugs so peaceful, that they continue using the drug. Unfortunately, prolonged use or consuming prescription drugs in high quantities can develop a dependence on the drug which levels up to become addiction disorder. This majorly results from the lack of knowledge and proper education about addiction and its harmful effects on personal health. Sometimes, people who suffer from anxiety or depression start abusing the antidepressants which further worsens their mental health.

  • Peer pressure

The need to fit in, level up, and feel more matured pushes someone to engage in an let’s try once behavior which turns into a habit and transforms into an addiction. Peer pressure is often the case with teenagers and young adults, however, anyone with the pressure of being around with people who use can be encouraged to follow the suit.

  • Loneliness

The feeling of getting isolated from friends and family can make an individual more inclined towards addiction. These people use drugs and alcohol to fill the void that they are forced to live with. This is common among people who don’t prefer socializing and lack positive daily interactions. After someone has submerged deep into addiction, they can further alienate themselves more to deal with the fear of being judged.

  • Self-medicating

People suffering from different health conditions may choose drugs and alcohol to ease their pain and lessen their suffering. There are certain chronic diseases and mental disorders that elevates the anxiety and makes the patient feel uneasy. To get past this feeling, patients often turn to drugs with a temporary calming effect on the body. They become so used to of these drugs, that even when the disease or mental illness is gone, their drug abuse continues.

  • Relax

Some people use drugs and alcohol after a tiring day at work to ease and calm their minds. For these people, substances are a way to relax and provide a sense of clarity. Though recreational use, if under control, poses no harm. But long-term use can transform into addiction disorder.

These are some reasons why people may develop addictive traits. However, knowing these reasons that cause substance abuse disorder and the risk associated with addiction is only half the battle. The moment we start educating others and ourselves about this issue and work towards eradicating the stigma around addiction is the time when the actual change will surface.

Also, if you or anyone you know is suffering from substance abuse disorder, you should seek immediate medical attention. Look for quality rehab centers if needed, or opt for the outpatient treatment facilities to help curb the addictive traits. It takes time to get past addiction, but eventually, you will.

Correlation between PTSD and Addiction Tue, 25 Aug 2020 03:59:05 +0000 Substance abuse has emerged to become one of the most common disorders globally. Addiction is a brain disease that, if not taken seriously, can further worsen and degrade the usual function of a healthy brain. Mental illness poses a similar risk to an individual and is detrimental to their wellbeing. However, various studies and research claims that an underlying mental health condition increases the chance of developing a substance abuse disorder. This health condition is known as a co-occurring disorder or dual diagnosis disorder. Co-occurring disorders are dangerous as they are hard to diagnose and treat. However, there are certain mental health conditions which make an individual more prone to substance abuse. Mental illnesses like Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) puts an individual at more risk of abusing a substance and developing a dependence on one.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is one of the most emotionally draining conditions that sources anxiety attacks, nightmarish flashbacks, and intrusive memories that hinder daily life. These effects on daily life push the individual to use drugs and/or alcohol to ease their pain and feel a little better.

What is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder?

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is a health condition in people who have been through an extremely traumatic or stressful event such as witnessing a loved one’s death, enduring fatal injuries, life-threatening situation, or any situation that has introduced or engaged them to a traumatic event. PTSD is a condition where people experience flashbacks of bad events during which they feel fearful, horrified, and helpless.

Although any psychological or physical trauma that leaves an individual feeling powerless may lead to PTSD, some common causes of this mental illness can be related to military combat, natural disasters, violent or sexual assault, childhood abuse, domestic violence, etc.

The nightmares experienced by individual suffering from PTSD revolves around situations that are never fully resolved in their psyche. For example, a soldier who has seen his fellow soldier die right in front of him, or a soldier who has seen any innocent person die because of the battle can get flashbacks related to the incident with the feeling of regret and anger. Similarly, an adult who has been sexually assaulted as a child can get nightmares about the time when they were sexually tortured, with a mixed feeling of helplessness and revenge.

Although any traumatic event can increase the probability of suffering from a PTSD disorder, women are more likely to suffer PTSD due to any sexual abuse-related bad experience in the past. Whereas in men, the common reason for PTSD is combat. In Vietnam veterans, around 60 to 80 percent of them seeking treatment for PTSD also need treatment for substance abuse disorder.

Symptoms of PTSD

The most common symptoms of PTSD include flashbacks, nightmares, ignoring places, or people related to the event, sleeplessness, severe anxiety, aggressive traits, and anger at its peak. Although these symptoms can strike at any point, the most common trigger that causes these symptoms to surface is when he or she is reminded of the event.

Often, people who are diagnosed with PTSD also suffer from a series of other disorders such as depression, chronic pain, attention deficit disorder, and other chronic illnesses such as high blood pressure, diabetes, of liver-related problems.

The various categories of PTSD symptoms are:

Avoidance symptoms

  • Trying to avoid people or places associated with the traumatic event.
  • Avoiding or refusing to talk to people or about the experience that had happened in the past and is the root cause of PTSD.

Intrusive memories

  • Flashbacks of the traumatic event.
  • Nightmarish terror related to past experience.
  • Severe physical reactions when reminded about the event.

Emotional reactions

  • Sleeplessness
  • A feeling of guilt and shame
  • Irritability and an always-frustrating behavior
  • Self-destruction habits (e.g. drinking, smoking, reckless driving, etc.)

Mood or changes in thinking

  • Difficulty in managing close relationships
  • Negativity about self and/or others
  • Incapable to cultivate positivity

PTSD and Substance Abuse Disorder

People who experience the aforementioned symptoms at least for a month are said to be suffering from PTSD. However, there are other types of symptoms known as avoidance symptoms that are related to the use of alcohol or drugs to avoid memories or deal with fearful thoughts. The moment drugs and/or alcohol are used by a PTSD patient to self-medicate, the disorder proceeds to become even worse.

Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant that can elevate the depression and anxiety. This can disturb normal sleep patterns and make the already fearful individual more prone to experiencing anxiety attacks. Furthermore, an individual under the influence of alcohol can engage in risk-taking behavior or may even become more aggressive than ever. They can also engage in an altercation with someone or drive under the influence of alcohol, risking their own as well as other people’s lives.

This is the reason why PTSD, when paired with a substance abuse disorder, often leads to numerous problems. The most stressful ones are legal issues, health problems, chronic unemployment, and broken homes. It is highly advisable to immediately seek medical attention in co-occurring disorders like these. Proper treatment is the only way a difference can be made.

Treatment of PTSD and Substance Abuse Disorder

Prolonged use of alcohol and other harmful substances affects the brain’s chemistry and rewires its structure. This impacts the healthy functioning of the brain and the individual develops a dependence on the substance to feel normal. With long-term use and enough time of usage, the patient of PTSD can become addicted. While both substance abuse disorder and PTSD are detrimental to one’s health, it’s crucial to treat both simultaneously to rectify the damage.

Alongside medical treatment for the condition, the patient should also consider physical exercises for self-healing. Various treatment centers and rehabilitation facilities include physical activities as a way to help patients cope with PTSD and related pain symptoms. Exercise releases endorphins which can soothe depression and severe anxiety. Doctors may even prescribe antidepressants to help curb depression.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is also one treatment method that can alleviate painful memories and reduce the symptoms of PTSD. Many treatment centers use CBT to treat patients.

Several clinics or rehabs specializing in treating co-occurring disorders use CBT along with other treatment methods to help patients suffering from PTSD and substance abuse disorder. It is always advisable for the sufferer to reach out to seek medical attention as soon as possible. If you or your loved one needs help regarding this, seek immediate help.

Bend and Stretch: Physical Exercises for a Healthy Spine Mon, 24 Aug 2020 13:56:17 +0000 Back pain may cause serious health problems if you keep ignoring it for a long time. If you feel pain on your back, you should pay attention to it as it could indicate something serious. If the pain becomes unbearable, then you have to see your doctor. Even in early addiction from drug or alcohol abuse, it can be a roadbloack to recovery.

However, if you suspect that your back pain is due to poor posture or sitting all day long, and you can still bear the mildness of the pain, you only might need a few stretching and physical exercises.

You’ve always heard that having a regular physical exercise will make your body healthy. There are physical exercises that will ease your back pain and make your spine strong.

Read on below to check out these exercises you can try once you feel pain on your back.

Tighten Your Abdominal Muscles

You can perform this activity either on your bed or on the floor. Lie on your back against the floor, bending your knees and keeping your feet flat. Put your arms crossed at the back of your head for support. Then, tighten your abdominal muscles while your head is slightly moving forward. Let your pelvic bone release a little pressure, pushing your lower back against the floor.

Keep the position for at least three seconds. Relax and repeat the activity for about ten to twenty times. This isn’t a full sit-up exercise. It strengthens your abdominal and back muscles. It’ll help your spine to have a correct posture for free body movement.

Lift Your Leg

Lie down your back facing against the floor, both of your legs set straight. Hold your right leg carefully, pulling it straight towards your face. Let your leg reach a bearable distance. Keep your back and pelvis in balance. Hold your position for at least three to five seconds. Put back your leg straight on the floor. Relax and repeat the exercise ten to twenty times.

This exercise will help stabilize your spine and pelvis. It’ll also strengthen the muscles on your back for a better posture.

Knee to Chest

This exercise requires flexibility skills. Lie down with your legs straight. Slowly bend your right knee while holding it with your hands for support. Pull it up towards your chest, and carefully push your head forward to reach your knee. Do the same activity with your left knee.

After doing the exercise for a single knee, do it with both knees. In the same position, pull both of your knees with your hands towards your chest. Push your head forward and try to reach your knees as much as you can. Keep each position for three to five seconds. Relax and repeat the activity, ten to twenty times.

This exercise aims to stretch the muscles and bones on your neck and back. Moreover, this stretching activity will make your muscles strong and flexible and improve blood flow in your veins.

Raise Your Hips

Lie down with your back facing against the floor. Bend your knees and put your arms resting beside your torso. Raise your back and hips upward and push your weight against the floor with your arms. Keep the position for three to five seconds before returning to the resting point. Relax and repeat the activity for at least ten times in three sets.

The activity aims to strengthen the muscles on your back, hips, and buttocks. You can do the exercise early in the morning when you wake up. It is also good for the body’s blood circulation.

Knee Rotation

Lie down with your back facing against the floor, and spread your arms apart while resting beside your torso. Raise your knees while bending them on the air. Stiffen your abdominal muscles as you swing your legs to your left side. Don’t let your legs touch the floor. Keep it on your left side at a 45-degree angle. Hold the position for three to five seconds.

Then, swing your knees to your right side. Do the same thing. Repeat the exercise ten times for both sides. The goal of the activity is to improve the mobility and flexibility of your spine.

Knees to Your Side

Lie down your back on a plain surface with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor. Let your arms rest on your side. Then, carefully move your bent knees to your left side. Stay in that position for at least five seconds. After that, return your knees to the starting position. Repeat the activity, but this time the direction is to your right. Keep the position for another five seconds.

Repeat the exercise ten times in two to three sets in a day. The goal of the activity is to stretch your lower back and the base part of your waist. It improves the core muscles for stability and strength.

Leg to Your Side

Lie on your right side, and keep your legs straight together. Use your right arm, tilting your head for support. Then, slightly raise your top leg as high as you can. Keep both of your legs straight in this position for at least three seconds. Put your leg back to the starting position, and repeat the activity ten times.

Change your position by turning onto the left side, and repeat the entire procedure. Also, when you lift your leg, raise it a little bit higher every time. The goal of the activity is to improve your hip muscles. These muscles stabilize your pelvis to lessen your lower back strain and improve mobility too.

Fly for Your Spine

Lie face down on the floor. Stretch your arms straight towards your head. Let your whole body relax and stay flat on the surface. Then, raise your legs and your arms from the floor as high as you can. Raise your head while pushing against the ground using your abdominal muscles. Continue to stretch your arms forward and your legs in the opposite direction.

Stay in the position for at least three seconds. Put back your arms and legs to the starting point, and repeat the procedure ten times. The purpose of the activity is to make your back extensions stronger for better posture.


Your spine controls your central nervous system. If your spine is weak, serious health issues will possibly develop. You can visit the nearest chiropractor in your area for your consultation or inquiry.

To keep your spine healthy, keep it mobile, strong, and flexible. The physical exercises discussed above will significantly strengthen your upper and lower back, abdomen, hips, and pelvic bone.