Is Addiction The Same As Dependence?

Introduction The short answer – no, addiction is not the same as dependence. The long answer – well, they are actually two quite complex, yet related terms that help characterize substance abuse. While they are similar, there are slight differences between the two, and that is what we will focus on. At the end of […]

Profiles in Recovery: Iron Man and Iron Determination

Celebrities and Addiction According to research done by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), over 20 million Americans suffer from a drug or alcohol-related issue. This number makes it easy to understand the reason behind the saying, “addiction does not discriminate.” No matter the background, upbringing, success, career, drug and substance abuse, […]

Are You Enabling Your Child’s Addiction?

Introduction Parents will go to the end of the world to help their kids. It’s incredible, really. But there are times where “helping” them is ending them. We aren’t being dramatic, just factual. One of these times is with addiction. There is a thin line between helping an addict and enabling them. It is this […]

Drug Overdose Due to Coronavirus – Is It Rising in New England?

The COVID-19 pandemic has been incredibly challenging for people all over the world. With so many parts of their lives essentially shut down, people were left to fight their mental health and addiction struggles on their own. Drug and alcohol treatment was either unavailable or only accessible online. Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) […]

Drugged Driving Vs. Drunk Driving

For as long as I can remember, I have heard about drunk driving and how terrible and dangerous it is. But what about drugged driving? Is drugged driving as bad as drunk driving? I have met many people who are under the impression that driving while under the influence of certain drugs is somehow less […]

Addiction Treatment In Rural Areas

Finding affordable and accessible substance abuse and addiction treatment is difficult no matter where you live. Living in a major city means you probably have many options for treatment, but what do you do if you live in a more secluded, rural area?  In order to access substance abuse and addiction treatment while living in […]

Forgiveness After Addiction

  Forgiveness After Addiction Drug addiction is a lifelong journey that has many pitfalls. Some addicts start taking a drug to relieve painful symptoms from a physical injury and eventually become addicted. Others turn to drugs to numb emotional pain. Alcohol can be a little trickier because it’s such a big part of everyday life […]

Adventure Therapy and Recovery

RAW earnestly integrates holistic programming into our clients’ care. We are proud to partner with Thrive Outdoors, whose founder Jake King holds twice-weekly groups at our facility  (and well outside our grounds on weekends). Jake sat with RAW to explain his program and to share his infectious enthusiasm for life in spite of struggle.   […]

My Name is Laurie, and I am an Enabler

The following blog piece was written by Laurie Kesaris,  the mother of one of our founders, Sam Kesaris. We are all proud to say that Sam is still clean and sober and just celebrated 7 years in April of this year.   When you are the parent of an addict there are so many 3:00 am […]