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November 15, 2019

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…
November 11, 2019

I’m Mary Fran and I’m a Mother

On Mother’s Day, 2010, I learned I was the mother of a heroin addict. David had overdosed, not on heroin—he couldn’t get it that day—but on a pain medication he stole from his grandmother. He landed in the…
September 16, 2019

What to Expect During Opioid Withdrawal: A Timeline

What are Opioids Doing to Pennsylvanians? In Pennsylvania, there have been over 47,600 opioid deaths in a year. Pennsylvania is in the top ten states for opioid addiction. Every day 10 citizens of Pennsylvania are…
September 12, 2019

What to Expect if You Are Getting Treatment for Mental Health or Addiction in Pittsburgh, PA

Seeking help for any medical condition can be a harrowing experience. Few things are as scary as seeking help for an addiction disorder. There is a stigma attached to having an addiction disorder, even for…
August 31, 2019

Fentanyl Addiction in Pittsburgh, PA: What is It and What Do I Need to Know About It?

Fentanyl is one of the most dangerous drugs in the country. Addiction treatment for fentanyl is becoming more and more requested as people are becoming dependent on this drug. Some states, like Ohio, even have…
July 29, 2019

Residential Rehab for Addiction: What Options are Available?

There are many factors to take into account when choosing the right residential treatment program for addiction. Some things like: • How long does the treatment last? • What is the aftercare program like? •…
July 25, 2019

PHP for Heroin Treatment: Are you a Candidate?

What is a Partial Hospitalization Program? Partial Hospitalization Programs are often a good choice in detoxing and recovering from heroin addiction as well as other addictions. In partial hospitalization, unlike starting in residential treatment or…
July 22, 2019

Alcoholism in Pittsburgh PA: Statistics, and Treatment Options

Part of the problem with identifying alcoholism and when your loved one needs to go to an alcohol rehab clinic like ours in Pittsburgh, PA or your surrounding area is not easy. Alcohol is deeply…
July 19, 2019

Residential Treatment for Heroin Addiction: A Recovery Timeline

Recovery from heroin addiction is hard work and it can be very scary to admit that you have a problem and that you need help. What’s most important is the realization that you want help…
July 17, 2019

Is Your Alcoholism Caused by Something Bigger? 8 Indicators that it Could be Caused by Depression

Alcoholism can be difficult enough to deal with on its own. Things get more problematic when mental illnesses, such as depression enter the scene. Please see below for some of the common signs of depression…
July 15, 2019

Scary Statistics on Dual Diagnosis in Pennsylvania

The statistics on drug use in Pennsylvania alone are horrific. Possibly more terrifying is a large number of people with dual diagnosis here in Pennsylvania who need treatment, but fail to get it. A large…
July 12, 2019

Equine Therapy for Addiction in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Equine therapy is a new type of program that places horses and patients together under the guidance of trained mental health professionals. There are many benefits to equine therapy.  What is Equine Therapy? Equine therapy…
July 11, 2019

Life in Recovery Doesn’t Mean You Can’t Feel at Home

Recovery is more than the process of ending substance abuse. It’s the process of rebuilding and healing. Individuals who suffer from addiction need the opportunity to end alcohol or drug use. But, they also need…
July 8, 2019

What Are Opiates and How Are They So Addictive?

The opioid epidemic is constantly making headlines.
June 28, 2019

How Long Is Cocaine in Your System? The Common Long-Term Effects of Cocaine Use

Cocaine is a powerful stimulant derived from the coca plant. Read more...
June 26, 2019

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…
June 24, 2019

How to Identify Signs of Opiate Abuse in a Loved One

Has a loved one started to act erratically, or just… differently? Has their behavior changed so much so that you believe it could be a substance abuse problem? Is it possible its opiate abuse? The…
June 12, 2019

Cognitive Behaviorial Therapy for Addiction: Separating Fact from Fiction

If you're looking into potential treatment options for alcoholism or drug addiction, it's quite likely you'll come across facilities that offer cognitive behavioral therapy, or CBT. So is cognitive behavioral therapy for addiction a good…
June 7, 2019

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…
June 5, 2019

Does Health Insurance Cover 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…

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