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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.   […]

Recovery and Service

Addiction is a very selfish and self-seeking disease. It creates the illusion that the world revolves around the person in active addiction, and blinds them to the fact that nothing could be further from the truth. I say this because I was that addict for nearly a decade, and this was undoubtedly my truth This […]

Anger Management and Drug Abuse: Maintaining Healthy Emotional Habits

   Canadian writer Laurence Peter has coined the phrase “speak when you are angry and you’ll make the best speech you’ll ever regret.” Being angry is the worst. We’ve all been through the agony of feeling pent up and it’s certainly not easy. Managing anger can be especially troublesome if your anger is violent and […]

Catering to Gender Differences in Rehab for Opiate Addiction

Rehab for Opiate Addiction

Rehab for opiate addiction is becoming more and more common, as an opioid epidemic sweeps across America. The opioid epidemic is incredibly dangerous. Not only are opioids addictive, but they are the direct cause of about 115 overdose deaths that happen on a daily basis. These illicit drugs easily enter the brain and wreak havoc […]

The Growing Relationship Between Kids and Alcohol

  The drinking culture in our country has changed throughout the last decade. Drinking during parties to become drunk has become appealing to children at younger ages than before. People drink for many different reasons and not everyone who enjoys a drink here and there is an alcoholic. It is, however, a concerning idea to think […]