Heroin Withdrawal and Treatment

When it comes to heroin addiction, the only healthy way to find healing is to undergo treatment at a reputable facility that can help you heal the physical, mental and emotional aspects of your addiction. Through proper heroin treatment, patients can be supported in overcoming their disease and find long-term healing. Treatment usually begins with…


Is Willpower Enough to Beat Addiction?

Addiction is an issue that is not easy to cope with and can be difficult for those who don’t struggle to understand its complexities. Many people often confront those struggling with statements like, “Just stop using,” “Have some willpower” or, “Just be stronger and stop indulging yourself.” These statements can be incredibly insensitive to those…


The Specifics of Xanax Addiction

If you have ever been prescribed a benzodiazepine or know someone who has, you most likely have been educated on the addictive qualities that these medicines can have. This is especially true for a type of benzodiazepine known as Xanax (Alprazolam). Xanax is a common drug in the United States, often known by name even…


Why People Consume Alcohol

In today’s society, alcohol seems to be everywhere. Alcohol is on TV, in movies, advertisements, social media, restaurants and at parties. It can be challenging to go anywhere these days without being reminded of the presence of alcohol. While there are many reasons people turn to alcohol, some may be potentially dangerous, leading to an…


Addiction in Los Angeles

Addiction often affects areas that are highly populated more often than rural areas. While rural areas are affected, there are typically more cases in bigger cities such as Los Angeles, California. The reasons for this include several social, environmental and psychological factors. By examining statistics, the factors that push people to turn to drugs and…


How Addiction Impacts Mental Health

You may hear more about the physical consequences of addiction because they are the most noticeable. The apparent signs of addiction, such as weight loss, dental damage, red eyes, scarring and more, are often right in front of someone’s eyes. However, the effects that addiction has on one’s mental health can be more challenging to…


Cigarettes and Addiction Recovery

A common joke in the addiction recovery community is that you can always tell where an Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meeting is by the large group of smokers hanging outside the building. Smoking in recovery is a paradox because those who have gotten sober from drugs or alcohol are smoking cigarettes. However, you’ll often find that…


Tips to Get Through the Holidays

It is no secret that in today’s world, the holiday season is often associated with indulgence. The narrative for numerous years has been to eat plentifully, give generously and in many cases drink a lot of alcohol. This holiday indulgence tends to be completely normalized on a personal and societal level, so if one does…


Understanding the Opioid Epidemic

Opioids are a class of drugs used to reduce pain and are typically derived from nature’s pain reliever, the opium poppy plant. Yet now, most are synthesized in laboratories to make powerful prescription medications. Opioids are incredibly addictive, and not only reduce pain but can also induce a euphoric high in certain doses. Opioids access…


Addiction in Women

Addiction affects people differently depending on circumstances that include the environment, mental health, physical shape and other factors. However, gender also affects how addiction can alter one’s body and life. Even in co-ed facilities such as Authentic Recovery Center, it is important to understand these differences to properly treat men and women. Understanding addiction in…

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Giving Back After Getting Sober

Maintaining recovery is an essential step after getting sober. There are many factors in keeping up recovery, and giving back is one crucial aspect. Being of service in recovery ensures you feel as though you have a purpose. Service will keep your recovery progressing even after years of being sober. Giving back can look different,…


The Consequences of Driving Under the Influence

Many may find themselves in a situation where they weigh the options of driving after drinking or finding a safer alternative. Unfortunately, some people decide to drive, putting their own lives and the lives of others in danger. Drinking and driving is the cause of at least 10,000 deaths a year, with 30 people on…


Rebuild Your Interpersonal Relationships In Recovery

Addiction is commonly referred to as a family disease because it not only affects the person going through active addiction, but also those closest to them. Family members and friends are often left feeling pain, hurt, sadness, anger or resentment. Seeing the impact that your disease has had on loved ones can cause you to…

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Kratom: A Legally Addictive Drug

“He had been drinking it as a tea to help with anxiety and ultimately ended up in the school’s student health center in acute opioid withdrawal” -Marianne Chai M.D. Dr. Chai first encountered kratom when treating a teenage boy for addiction. Like many therapists and addiction medicine clinicians, Dr. Chai was surprised to learn about…


Fighting Addiction Year-Round in the LGBTQ Community

“Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life; define yourself.” –Harvey Fierstein   We currently live in a society that has been overcome with stigma, turmoil, violence, judgment, and brokenness. Most of the time, we are fighting against each other for the same…


Alcohol Consumption On the Rise During COVID-19 Pandemic

Online partying, Zoom happy hours, “quarantinis”, alcohol delivery and to-go margaritas are becoming a massive hit during this COVID-19 pandemic. While many industries have financially struggled due to the stay at home orders and business closures, alcohol consumption and sales have skyrocketed. More people are stuck at home, have been laid off from work, and…

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Understanding the Opioid Epidemic

Opioids are a leading source of addiction and overdose deaths in the U.S. Understanding the opioid epidemic requires understanding what opioids are, the effects and consequences of opioid addiction, and important treatment information. The Authentic Recovery Center professionals have the experience to provide treatment for individuals with opioid addiction. Understanding the opioid epidemic, and utilizing…

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DUI and DWI are acronyms that mean the same thing in some states, while in other states, they are different offenses. The acronym DUI stands for ‘driving under the influence,’ while DWI stands for ‘driving while intoxicated.’ The professional staff at Authentic Recovery Center provides treatment for individuals that drive under the influence of alcohol…