Preventing Opioid Addiction Through Prediction

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Researchers at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering have found that computer mapping could be a powerful tool in preventing opioid addiction before it even begins. USC Viterbi researchers in the interdisciplinary USC Machine Learning Center used computer mapping to study opioid addiction, adverse effects and patient profiles. By programming computer-learning models, similar to iPhone X facial recognition software and self-driving cars, researchers filtered through patient medical history and identified patterns that could predict opioid dependency and addiction. These patterns included a patient’s prescription history and whether they had been diagnosed with other disorders that could signify a heightened risk […]

Do You Need to Hit Rock Bottom Before Entering Treatment?

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We often hear about the concept of “hitting rock bottom” within the recovery community. While some people are motivated to finally seek treatment for addiction once they’ve reached the end of their rope, “rock bottom” is a dangerous misconception. In its most basic sense, hitting rock bottom means that before you can recover from addiction, you have to reach the lowest point of your life due to substance abuse. It’s often associated with the loss of relationships with friends and family, a job, housing and good health. But thinking about addiction and addiction treatment in such an extreme way carries […]

Alcoholics Anonymous: What Newcomers Should Know About Steps 1-3

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12-Step programs like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) are excellent supplements to substance abuse treatment because they offer safety and support, which are especially valuable during the fragile stage of early recovery. Many people new to the 12-Step program are often skeptical, and it can take some time for a newcomer to become a willing, engaged participant. Here’s what newcomers–and those who want a refresher course–should know about Steps 1-3: 1. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol–that our lives had become unmanageable. If you continue your addiction, do you think it will continue to create more problems […]

6 Ways to Let Go & Get Out of a Recovery Rut

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In recovery, “letting go” doesn’t mean you have to stop caring. It means you have to let go of the things that don’t positively serve you and your recovery. When people take this 12-Step principle to heart and find true happiness and fulfillment, they’re more likely to hold onto sobriety. Those who can’t find happiness in sobriety are more likely to relapse. Ruts in recovery are inevitable, and sometimes they can be tough to get out of. These tips will help you get back in touch with yourself, your recovery and push through. 1. Be kind. In life and especially […]

The Role of Spirituality in Addiction Treatment

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In the treatment community, we often define addiction as an emotional, physical and spiritual problem. While countless studies can back the emotional and physical aspects of the disease of addiction, as well as the evidence-based therapeutic modalities that are used to treat them, spirituality is often overlooked–at least within the scientific community. Unlike other therapeutic approaches, spirituality is not easily quantified, but many addiction treatment professionals believe it is an extremely important tool throughout the continuum of care. Of course, effective addiction treatment that delivers positive, measurable outcomes comprises evidence-based methods, but more holistic practices like spirituality should not be […]

Women, Addiction and Recovery

There is a range of biological, social and environmental factors that denote risk of addiction, including gender. Although men and women are at an equal risk of developing a substance use disorder, women who have an addiction are also dealing with an entirely different set of circumstances than men. The differences between genders can be hugely influential in the development of addiction and warrant a gender-specific approach to treatment. How Does Addiction in Women Begin? Men typically begin using drugs or alcohol earlier in life and more frequently than women, but both genders, once introduced to substances, are equally likely […]

Why Are You Laughing?!?!

“We are going to Africaaaaa!!!” – Those were the words I joyfully announced last September at my husband’s 50th Birthday party. Having been a veterinarian for over 20 years and an animal lover his whole life, traveling to Africa for a photographic safari was right at the top of his bucket list. I was delighted to secretly make the arrangements and surprise him with this gift at the party. For months we planned and tweaked the itinerary. Rwanda, Tanzania, Ngorongoro Crater, briefly Kenya and finally South Africa. We were lucky that we had a BRC Alumni family friend who owned […]

The Four Agreements: Recovery From Addiction the Toltec Way

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At BRC Recovery, we take a holistic approach to recovery from addiction by implementing a number of traditional and non-traditional practices to better connect our residents to the principles of living life in recovery. That’s why we incorporate “The Four Agreements” by Don Miguel Ruíz into our programming. Ruíz was inspired to write “The Four Agreements” after a near-fatal car accident changed his life forever. He sought an apprenticeship with a healer and shaman in his native Mexico and decided to spend his life teaching what he has learned to others. “The Four Agreements” is based on ancient Toltec wisdom […]