Mental Health Recovery: Prioritizing Well-being

Early diagnosis of mental illnesses gives people a chance to avoid many challenges later in life. Mental health disorders are progressive; without treatment, symptoms worsen over time. Fortunately, evidence-based treatments for behavioral health and mood disorders – such as addiction and depression – are available. Connecting men and women with mental health resources is vital… Continue reading Mental Health Recovery: Prioritizing Well-being

Addiction Recovery Utilizing 12 Step Principles

People find addiction recovery in several ways. However, for a significant number of men and women with severe conditions, detox and addiction treatment is a must. Without a safe environment to establish a program of recovery, long-term progress is unlikely. The healing process does not stop when one is discharged from treatment. Continued mental and… Continue reading Addiction Recovery Utilizing 12 Step Principles

Alcohol Awareness Month: AUD Recovery

The effort to educate young people about the dangers of alcohol and to encourage those who need help, to seek it, continues during Alcohol Awareness Month. Now in the second week of the annual event, it is vital that we take part in the national conversation about this most crucial topic. The influence of alcohol… Continue reading Alcohol Awareness Month: AUD Recovery

Mental Health Concerns In America

Millions of Americans prioritize healthy living – and for good reason. Those who are healthier feel better and tend to live longer. Unfortunately, fewer men and women prioritize mental health, despite the significant toll it takes on physical wellbeing. Mental illness disrupts the lives of countless people around the globe. Depression alone affects more than… Continue reading Mental Health Concerns In America

Benzodiazepines, Opioids, and Overdose: A Path to Treatment

When it comes to drug and alcohol use in the United States, it’s rare to find any uplifting news. The reality is that more than 100 Americans lose their life to overdose involving prescription drugs (opioids or benzodiazepines), heroin, or methamphetamine each day; and, many more survive to go on to use again. In 1999,… Continue reading Benzodiazepines, Opioids, and Overdose: A Path to Treatment

Substance Abuse and Eating Disorders

Any mental illness can affect men and women from all walks of life. In February, the National Eating Disorders Association asks that we all focus on disordered eating. The organization reports that eating disorders are complex forms of mental illness with potentially fatal consequences. At Pacific Shores, our team of professionals understands that many people… Continue reading Substance Abuse and Eating Disorders

Benzodiazepines: Addictive and Dangerous

Americans have been misusing prescription drugs like opioids and benzodiazepines at alarming rates for decades, but the last two are most noteworthy. However, the majority of adults associate prescription drug misuse and addiction with opioid painkillers alone. A staggering overdose death rate involving this family of drugs has made it hard for most people to… Continue reading Benzodiazepines: Addictive and Dangerous

Emotional Sobriety: Chapter One

Emotional Sobriety is a term often used in recovery.  It refers to the emotional changes that a person makes after they’ve detoxed and begun to adjust to living sober.   It’s a term that is used to describe the emotional quality of a person’s life.  It is the maturing of a client that occurs as… Continue reading Emotional Sobriety: Chapter One

Cannabis Use Questions: A Quest for Answers

When it comes to marijuana, what do we really know? For most people, including researchers, cannabis use and its effects – short term or long and positive or negative – is an enigma. How can this be, seeing is that we are now in the 21st Century talking about reusable rockets and colonizing Mars? The… Continue reading Cannabis Use Questions: A Quest for Answers

Supporting a Loved One in Recovery

It’s a new year and we begin the year hoping that our loved one in recovery starts to change direction away from addiction and toward a healthier lifestyle.  Will our loved one finally get  hold of their addiction?  As family members, you can do many things to support your loved ones in recovery and this… Continue reading Supporting a Loved One in Recovery