Blog: drug treatment

The 15 Minute Master | How to Make Everything Better 15 Minutes at a Time

The 15 Minute Master—How to Make Everything Better 15 Minutes at a Time Fifteen minutes. It was all my husband and I could manage at the height of our son’s heroin addiction. “Take it one day at a time” is the usual mantra in a crisis. But there is no “usual” with addiction. No normal, […]


Navigating the Holiday Minefield

by Mary Fran Bontempo Navigating the Holiday Minefield Ah, the holidays! The time of year when worries are sent packing and the world is bright with cheer, love, and lots and lots of temptation, triggers and potential traps for those struggling with addiction.  When families are embroiled in a loved one’s addiction, the holidays can […]


Lost and Afraid

by Mary Fran Bontempo Lost and Afraid As we drove up to the historic-looking white building outside of Philadelphia, I felt oddly detached, almost numb. Ordinarily, such a place would have sparked my curiosity about the origins of the house—what had it been used for years ago? Philadelphia is an area rich in history, something I always […]


Seeking Help: How to Confront Someone You Love About Their Drug Addiction

When someone in the family is suffering from drug addiction, it affects everyone. You may feel angry, confused, and terrified. You may be baffled by the changes in your loved one, desperate to get them the help they need, and uncertain how to do so. Yelling, crying, and begging the drug addict to stop taking […]


Choosing Rehab Clothing: The Ultimate Packing Checklist for Inpatient Treatment

Over 1.3 million Americans enter a rehab facility each year to fight an addiction. If you’re among them, you deserve congratulations for taking this important and brave first step towards sobriety. You may also be wondering exactly what you should bring with you for your stay in rehab. While this varies by treatment center, we’ve pulled together […]


What to Expect from Inpatient Drug Treatment

Drug overdoses kill an average of 44,000 people every year. They are the number one cause of injury-related death in America. Substance abusers are in desperate need for a solution. Are you seeking inpatient drug treatment for yourself or a loved one? Maybe you’re avoiding treatment or bringing up the subject because you don’t know what to expect? The […]


Is There Such Thing as Health Insurance that Covers Substance Abuse?

Although over 22 million Americans need treatment for a drug or alcohol problem, less than 2.5 million ever get that treatment. There are barriers to getting treatment for drug or alcohol addiction. For many people, the problem lies in finding an affordable rehab. For those people, there is health insurance that covers substance abuse. And there are […]


Overcoming Your Oxycodone Withdrawal: What to Expect in Treatment and Recovery

Opiate addiction in the United States has reached an all-time high. A report released by the American Society of Addiction Medicine in 2016 found that 2 million U.S. citizens suffered from addiction to prescription opioid painkillers. Prescription opioids like oxycodone caused more than 20,000 overdose deaths the year before. If you suffer from an addiction, you may […]


7 Rehab Essentials to Prepare for Residential Inpatient Treatment

Overcoming substance abuse isn’t easy. But seeking help for your problem is a huge, and courageous, first step. For many, the best way to focus on their recovery is to check into a residential treatment center. While your initial concerns may involve how to get into rehab fast as well as questions about how rehab works, there are also practical considerations to take […]


How to Get Someone into Rehab: A Guide for Loved Ones of an Addict

Watching someone you care about struggle with addiction can break your heart and make you second-guess everything you say and do. Your loved one may be in denial, and you may feel like you’re walking a fine line between helping and enabling. You may have suggested rehab, only to get shot down. As things get […]


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