What is the Role of Codependency in Substance Abuse?
The term codependent is often misunderstood today after the wide generalization of the word. It used to refer to the role of codependency in substance abuse, especially in the adult children of alcoholics. How does someone’s substance abuse or alcoholism affect their loved one?
Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy specifically helps victims of trauma. Codependent people most likely experienced at least one traumatic episode at some point in their life but is EMDR effective for helping those who struggle with codependency? Should they involve other forms of treatment as well?
Dual diagnosis, coexisting disorders, co-occurring disorders. Whatever you call them, they’re not the easiest conditions. Mental illnesses and substance abuse are challenging. When you have both it makes recovering even harder. Learn some top tips on how to deal with dual diagnosis.
10 Reasons Dual Diagnosis Treatment is a Necessity
Living with a mental illness or substance abuse problem is difficult. When someone has dual diagnosis, or both mental illness and a substance use disorder, they have an even greater challenge. Find out why these individuals see the best results from treatment specific for co-occurring disorders.
Methamphetamine is a dangerous, toxic drug that leads to many different side effects. Whether you use it for a few months or find your meth use long-term, the drug has an impact. What are some of the ways the drug affects your health, both physical and psychological?
If you struggle with substance abuse or addiction, you’re familiar with withdrawal symptoms from drugs. You understand the difficulties that come with trying to quit. Do you know all the effects you might experience when you stop using, though? Read to find out more about drug withdrawal symptoms.
The Difference Between Drug Addiction and Drug Abuse
If you have no experience with drug addiction and drug abuse, the two might look the same to you from the outside. After all, if someone does drugs doesn’t that mean they’re an addict? Not always. Learn about the differences between abuse and addiction.
Both substance abuse and mental illness are widely misunderstood. This makes it difficult for people to openly share their struggles. When someone uses drugs heavily and develops mental illness as a result, they find themselves in an even darker place. How can substance abuse lead to mental illness?
Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse: What is the Difference?
Understanding the difference between alcoholism and alcohol abuse can be challenging. On the outside, they sometimes look like similar conditions but there are a few big differences that separate the two. Do you know which factors you should look for to tell them apart?
It’s safe to say nearly everyone understands the dangers that come with heavy drinking, from getting hurt to driving drunk. You might not realize how many health conditions it can cause, though. This list of alcohol related diseases will give you an idea of the serious results of alcohol abuse.
Heroin addiction continues claiming the lives of thousands of people across the United States every year. The overdose rates show no sign of stopping soon so what can you do? If you worry that a loved one might show signs of heroin addiction, this might help you understand what to look for.
People who drink heavily develop alcohol dependence, and some end up with an alcohol use disorder diagnosis. It’s much more difficult for them to quit drinking after developing a dependence on alcohol. They will likely experience alcohol withdrawal symptoms when they quit. What exactly are they?
Alcoholism is a serious problem in the United States today. Alcohol addiction, or Alcohol Use Disorder, affects about 16 million adults nationwide. Find out some of the signs of alcohol addiction you should look for if you worry someone you love might have a problem with their drinking?
There has never been a better time to get sober. You have many different options available to help you find a way to escape your alcohol addiction for good! What is the Treatment for Alcohol Addiction? Read more!
The dangers of the addiction stigma surrounding those who struggle with drugs are apparent. What are some of the most common myths about addiction? Learn more about a few of the most misunderstood myths about addiction and how the stigma impacts addicts worldwide.
We talked on the beach for a long while, basking in the sun and forgetting about everything but the moment. Everyone was relaxed and in good spirits. Read more how clients spend their free day at Hawaii Island Recovery.
Alcohol abuse leads to all types of health problems, with liver damage residing near the top of the list. It’s no secret that heavy drinking severely impacts your health and causes numerous complications. Not everyone realizes how serious these health issues can be, though.
How and When to Talk to Your Kids About Drugs and Alcohol
Talking to your kids about drugs and alcohol while they are young can decrease their likelihood of drug abuse in their teen years. Read this blog for more information on having age-appropriate conversations about drugs and alcohol with your child.
Signs of drug abuse in teens can be both obvious and subtle. If you don’t know what to look for, though, they may slip past your radar entirely. However, if you have an idea of the small things to keep an eye on you have a better chance of noticing early on.
Hawaii Island Recovery was pleased to receive Behavioral Health Care Accreditation from The Joint Commission (TJC), the premier health care quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation. “We recommend Hawaii Island Recovery for its efforts to elevate the standard of care it provides.
Learning More About the Effects of Depression on the Brain
Depression affects millions of Americans each year. While some receive treatment, many do not address their symptoms. What happens to those who are undiagnosed? Learn more about the effects of depression on the brain.
Alcohol, drugs, gambling—as many as one in eight Americans are addicted to a substance or activity to the point of self-destructive behaviour. Two former clients are talking about an exhilarating center for Treatment and Recovery.
There are many misconceptions about bipolar disorder, a mental disorder that affects more than 5 million Americans. Learn more about the true definition of bipolar manic depression and how to manage it.
There comes a moment in every alcoholic’s journey that they realize their drinking goes beyond normal social behaviors. Once you realize alcohol has become an addiction for you, you may try quitting, only to give up when withdrawal is painful and difficult. If that’s your story—or if the fear of painful alcohol withdrawal symptoms has […]
If you know someone addicted to drugs or alcohol, you may feel frustrated at their apparent unwillingness to quit. You can look at the trouble their substance abuse is causing and think, ‘Why don’t they just stop? Can’t they see how much this is hurting them and the people they love?’
Whether you’re coming to Hawaii for a tropical getaway or to join us for alcohol and drug rehab in a tranquil, healing environment, don’t miss the opportunity to explore the beauty and wonder the Big Island has to offer. Check out these 8 can’t-miss places to see and things to do on the Big Island.
The clients were doing yoga when I arrived on a beautiful Saturday morning. Everyone ultimately blissed out and ready for the day, we got into the van to go to the famous City of Refuge in South Kona. The place is a historical site that provided shelter to misplaces Polynesians in the 1500’s. Wooden […]
When an addict hits “rock bottom,” it can be tempting to choose a drug rehab close to home out of fear. Before you or your loved one decides against traveling for rehab, take a moment to explore the benefits of drug rehab in Hawaii and consider if Hawaii Island Recovery might be right for you.
Read on to learn more about prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medication abuse, including commonly abused medications, dangers of drug abuse, signs of drug abuse, and what to do if someone you know is abusing prescription or OTC medications.
When it comes to substance abuse and addiction treatment, there are numerous options. As a matter of fact, many forms of talk therapy prove to be a useful tool. One popular option is psychotherapy. But, what is psychotherapy? What benefits does this therapy provide? How can you support someone dealing with these problems? What is […]
Prescription drug abuse is one of the leading issues when it comes to the addiction epidemic we face today. The problem is that people using the most abused prescription drugs don’t realize the risk they’re taking. Once the person develops an addiction, it’s extremely difficult for the person to acknowledge they have a problem. By […]
Transition into a deeper relaxation by the yoga teacher in Hawaii
The day as usual started off with an hour long yoga session, succeeded by a transition into a deeper relaxation by the yoga teacher in Hawaii. Alyssa brought her harmonium and sang while the sonorous melodies filled the house. At 9;30, everyone was in the van ready to go to an undisclosed location.
Before coming to H I R my life was a complete mess, I had so many things going on all at once and just felt like nothing was ever going to change. With the help of the wonder staff and therapists it did change and for that I will always be grateful and each one of them will always hold a special place in my heart.
We all had fun in the back of the pick-up trying to hold on for dear life!
We all had fun in the back of the pick-up when took a long drive to the southern most point of the island to go to a beach illustriously titled, “Green Sands.” There was a quiet anticipation in the car, everyone was excited to get there and bask in the truly bizarre glory of the place.
Addiction has far-reaching consequences. It affects your health, relationships, career, ability to work, and so much more. But is addiction a disease? More specifically, is it a sum total of bad personal choices? It Might Start with a Bad Decision Taking that first drink or hit of a drug is a personal choice. But nobody […]
No matter how many times you’ve tried and failed to embrace a life of sobriety, we are ready and able to help you achieve your goals to avoiding relapse. At Hawaiian Island Recovery, we welcome many residents who have tried dozens of other rehab facilities before coming to see us. Their life has been a […]
There are a lot of questions and opinions surrounding suboxone. Is it a painkiller? Can it be used to treat heroin addiction? Is it dangerous or addictive? What are the side effects? What happens if you become dependent? Here at Hawaii Island Recovery, we are always available to answer your questions and help you process […]
The ADAD inspector was impressed by the commitment and passion of our staff
Hawaii Island Recovery has passed its Hawaii Adult Drug and Alcohol Division’s (ADAD’s) review on 7/28/16 with a 100% rating. To remain an addiction treatment center in the State of Hawaii, we are required to maintain accreditation with ADAD by passing their annual inspections. On their website, ADAD states that accreditation means that the program […]
You wonder, all the time, what it would be like to be clean and sober. Every addict dreams of a happier, healthier life without substance abuse and the corrosion it causes the quality of life. If you’re an alcoholic, your spouse, kids, co-workers, friends, neighbors – they all live with an alcoholic – an impairment […]
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a therapy developed in the late 1980s by California psychologist Francine Shapiro. It is used primarily in the treatment of patients who suffered a single traumatic event, such as rape, or are currently suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Studies, including those conducted by the US Department of […]