Inpatient vs. Outpatient Rehab – Which Is Right for You?

Inpatient Outpatient Rehab

When you decide to pursue treatment for drug and alcohol addiction, you are taking the first step towards healing and health for the rest of your life. This initial choice also carries with it a seemingly endless array of options – where will you attend treatment, and what level is appropriate for you? Only by being honest with yourself about your needs and the extent of your substance use disorder can you answer these questions. Today, we’ll examine the differences between inpatient and outpatient rehab programs, so that you can decide which is right for you. Inpatient Rehab The term “inpatient […]

BRC Recovery Family of Programs Announces Ruth Ann Rigby as Chief Development Officer

Ruth Ann Rigby

Welcoming a New Member of the Leadership Team On September 9th, 2019, BRC Recovery Family of Programs (BRC) announced that Ruth Ann Rigby, CRS, former Director of Business Development at Capstone Treatment Center, will be joining the organization as Chief Development Officer. Rigby will bring her extensive knowledge and experience to one of the country’s premier behavioral healthcare centers. Marsha Stone, Chief Executive Officer of the BRC Recovery Family of Programs, expressed her excitement for Ruth Ann to join the leadership team. “The BRC Recovery Family of Programs is thrilled to welcome Ruth Ann Rigby as our Chief Development Officer. […]

How to Properly Dispose of Unused Prescription Medication

Dispose of Unused Prescription Medication

Is your medicine cabinet full of medications you no longer use? What do you do with unused prescription pills? When they are expired or no longer needed, it’s vital to dispose of medicines properly. Today, we’ll walk through the dos and don’ts of medication disposal.   Why You Should Dispose of Unused Medicine In the wake of America’s opioid epidemic, it’s more important than ever to properly dispose of unused prescription medications. Addiction to these pills leads to tens of thousands of deaths each year, and a recent study conducted by Stericycle – a medical disposal company – indicates that friends and […]

Recognizing and Overcoming Cravings in Early Recovery

Overcoming Cravings in Early Recovery

When you complete a treatment program and head home, you’ll probably feel on top of the world. In fact, it may seem like you’ll never want to drink or use ever again – after a period of significant substance use, you’ve worked hard to get your life back and start over fresh. What could possibly go wrong? Of course, life happens to all of us, sober or not. After you spend a few days back in the “real world,” you may be surprised that the urge to use is back again. Today, we’ll discuss cravings and how to deal with […]

How Jails Contribute to the Opioid Crisis

Jails and the Opioid Epidemic

As we’ve previously discussed on the blog, America’s opioid epidemic is a complex and multifaceted issue. Its origins lie in the deception of physicians by large pharmaceutical companies, and in the years since, countless factors have contributed to its out-of-control growth and devastation. Unsurprisingly, one major contributor to the crisis is America’s system of jails and prisons.   Jails and the American Prison System The prison-industrial complex has grown exponentially since the 1970s. With President Richard Nixon’s declaration of the “War on Drugs” in 1971 and the 1984 introduction of the Sentencing Reform Act (SRA), the number of incarcerated Americans […]

Overcoming Depression in Addiction Recovery

Overcoming Depression in Recovery

Mental illnesses and addiction tend to go hand in hand. Sometimes, people begin using in order to numb their emotions and other symptoms of a mood disorder. In other cases, they develop mental health problems over the course of several years of active addiction. Even those without a formal diagnosis of depression may feel a mood drop in the weeks after rehab. The question of which comes first – depression or addiction – therefore is of less importance than one may believe. Regardless of where your journey with recovery and mental health began, it’s vital that you’re able to manage these intense […]

Breaking the Cycle of Chronic Relapse

Chronic Relapse

While countless people succeed in their first or second attempt at sobriety, others struggle to leave their addiction behind for good. With the myriad temptations and stressors of day-to-day life, it’s vital to build your recovery on a concrete foundation. This is why many people require a specific program tailored to chronic relapse patterns. Fortunately, with proper, evidence-based treatment, healing is possible.   What is Chronic Relapse? Because addiction is a disease, it is similar to other ailments such as diabetes or hypertension in its relapse potential. Those who fail to adhere to their ongoing treatment plans – such as […]

Choosing Your Family in Recovery

Choosing Your Family in Recovery

One of the greatest features of recovery is that you are able to start over – it’s a second chance at life. As you let go of harmful habits and establish better ones, your overall quality of life improves. Many people find that asking their friends or family members to become actively involved in their recovery is beneficial to their sustained sobriety. Involving loved ones in treatment is an important part of the healing process, but what do you do if your family and friends aren’t supportive of your recovery?   When Your Family Isn’t Cooperative After struggling with addiction […]