The Post-Rehab Struggle Is Real (And That’s OK!)

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The Post-Rehab Struggle Is Real | Westside Treatment

Entering rehab is a common step in the road to recovery from addiction. Yet it’s far from the last step. To many, rehab signals the beginning of a long journey spent making continuous improvements in mind, body and spirit – and it’s the beginning that’s hardest to overcome. As a part of recovery treatment, rehab entails any program taking place in a specialized facility designed to introduce someone into a drug-free life. Treatment takes place away from the rest of life,… Read more »

Drug Abuse vs. Drug Use

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Drug Abuse vs. Drug Use | Westside Treatment

People often conflate drug use with addiction, and while one implies the other, the two aren’t the same thing. Drug use may evoke images of someone shooting it up, or swallowing a tab before a party, but it technically applies to your average Monday morning smoke break, or a Friday night out at the bar. To a degree, even coffee can be considered drug use, if you count all psychoactive substances. Addiction is when you go from supplementing your life… Read more »

Do You Need An Addiction Reality Check?

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Do You Need An Addiction Reality Check? | Westside Treatment

It’s a common trope that people struggling with addiction in their life often struggle with something else: denial. They’re prone to flat out denying that they have a problem, not seeking the help they need while continuously deteriorating in personality and life structure, hurting those around them and causing strife between family and friends alike. Some turn towards drugs after life has already taken a turn for the worse, turning an opportunity to improve into a cascading spiral of destruction…. Read more »

Facing The Top Challenges Of Recovery

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Facing The Top Challenges Of Recovery | Westside Treatment

Recovery is a journey of self-improvement and overcoming the need for addiction by creating a version of yourself that leaves no room for that kind of behavior. However, when you’re working hard to achieve that, there are many opportunities to fall flat on your face and run into some big obstacles with full force. Here are just a couple challenges, from the very beginning of recovery to the dangers that may still haunt you a few months into the process…. Read more »

Healing Through Personalized, Patient-Driven Care

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Healing Through Personalized, Patient-Driven Care | Westside Treatment

Your body and your mind – if one isn’t healthy, the other won’t be for long. “Holistic” medicine as it is known today tackles this challenge, taking an approach to healing that incorporates every part of a patient’s health into account. That means taking both the physical and the mental aspects of health into account when formulating a healthcare plan. In addiction recovery, it’s important to tackle not only what the addiction does to your mind, but what it does… Read more »

Treating The Person, Not Just The Addiction

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Treating The Person, Not Just The Addiction | Westside Treatment

You must’ve heard it before: treat the person, not the addiction. But what does it mean? Are people to blame for their problems with substance abuse, rather than the substance or some other factor? Or is addiction not the actual problem behind, well, addiction? When first confronted with the phrase, it’s easy to misunderstand it – but what it really means is that addiction treatment and recovery isn’t just about targeting addiction and fixing the many issues that it introduces… Read more »

Post-Rehab: What To Expect

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Post-Rehab: What To Expect | Westside Treatment

Addiction treatment has its uses – it prepares you for the world after withdrawal, helps you ease through the medical detox of a powerful drug, and equips you with resources to continue your path of recovery after your program has ended and you’re deemed ready to leave. But the reality is very different from what things were like in rehab. Challenges Await You If you were a teen when you first began struggling with addiction and finishing rehab, then you’re… Read more »

Keeping The Motivation Fire Lit In Your Recovery

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Keeping The Motivation Fire Lit In Your Recovery | Westside Treatment

Among the many issues facing those who struggle in recovery against addiction, motivation is one of the greatest. How can you stay motivated when addiction itself seems to constantly sap away at your emotional strength, and leave you doubting yourself, anxious and bitter? The Power of Purpose Purpose carries with it unimaginable power. When we’re filled with purpose, we can do anything – from the greatest of miracles to the worst of obscenities. We’ve created and toppled civilizations through purpose,… Read more »

Addiction + Stress = A Deadly Duo

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Addiction + Stress = A Deadly Duo | Westside Treatment

Addiction isn’t just a matter of emotion, calculated risk factors, or even pure coincidence. People can develop addictions in any walks of life, from contact with any addictive substance. Some people are particularly predisposed towards becoming alcoholics or life-long chain-smokers – others went through a cocaine-heavy phase in their youth and voluntarily became stone cold sober, simply “growing out” of the trend. A true addiction isn’t something you grow out of, or stop indulging in only because the peer pressure… Read more »