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Pills | Relapse | The Hills

Relapse: Recognition & Toolkit

As a recovering addict, recognizing that you’re potentially relapsing is one of the most important skills you can develop. Relapse can happen suddenly, as in the case of the dreaded slip, or it can come on over a long period of time. It can feel like an inevitable force. It ...
Black and White | Addict | The Hills

Understanding an Addict: The 4 Key Warning Signs

For many, understanding an addict is often easier said than done. Their behavior is often unpredictable and destructive. They seem to care only about using. For someone on the outside, this disregard for the rest of life can be frustrating, even infuriating. It’s not surprising, then, that many people lose ...
Group | Dual Diagnosis | The Hills

Dissecting Dual Diagnosis

Dual diagnosis was first recognized over two decades ago. The term was coined to diagnose individuals that were suffering with severe mental illness and substance abuse disorders. The occurrence of dual diagnoses is much more common than you’d think, and the treatment for the co-occurring disorders or addictions is more ...
Celebrities | Addiction | The Hills

Addiction and Celebrities: A Common Cause?

Celebrities who are battling drug addiction seem to be everywhere, don’t they? Stories of celebrity overdose or overindulgence used to be confined to the pages of tabloids, but that is no longer the case. Overdose and addiction seem common, and every year, we lose more and more of our beloved ...
Table | Prescription Drug | The Hills

The Prescription Drug Crisis: What You Must Know

The truth about prescription drug addiction is that it’s everyone’s problem. As we will see, it’s a societal issue with a complex cause. It won’t be solved quickly, or simply. But if you, or someone you love, is struggling with prescription drug abuse, you need to read this post. Today, ...
Support | Residential Treatment | The Hills

How Residential Treatment Can Help Your Struggles with Addiction

Because all addiction is different, there are different forms of treatment. Some addictions can be treated with a simple detoxification, and other addictions can be managed with a combination of outpatient rehabilitation and a strong support system at home. More complicated and severe addictions most often require an inpatient rehabilitation ...
Crying | Interventions. | The Hills

Intervening with an Intervention

Watching your loved one struggle with addiction is heartbreaking. Addicts that are in the throes of addiction often do not realize or refuse to acknowledge their substance abuse. They do not fully comprehend what they are doing to themselves because extensive drug use has literally changed their brain chemistry. So, ...
Stressed | Gamblers | The Hills

Compulsive Gamblers and Alcohol Abuse

Compulsive gambling and alcohol abuse are often found intertwined with one another – a dual diagnosis that is very dangerous for gamblers. While gambling and alcohol use can both be enjoyed safely and in moderation, they are both easily addictive because they activate the reward centers in the brain, making ...
Signs | Addiction Recovery | The Hills

Why Long-Term Addiction Recovery Is the Only Way to Go

In this post, we’ll dive into addiction—what it is, how long it lasts, and the best way to go about treatment. Did you know that when it comes to addiction recovery, there is definitely one treatment option that stands above the rest? In this post, you’ll discover how long-term addiction ...
One on One | Detox | The Hills

5 Realities About Being in a Detox Center

When an addict admits that they have a problem with substance use and decides to go into a detox center, it can be stressful and scary for them, especially if they have a severe addiction. Detox is the process of ridding the body of all toxins and traces of drugs ...