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Supportive Services for Veterans’ Families and Caregivers

Caring for a family member who is physically ill or suffering from emotional disorders can be an emotionally and physically exhausting experience for the caregiver. When the family member/loved one...

Alcohol and Drug Addiction Hotlines

Addiction is a serious condition that involves repetitive drug or alcohol use that is difficult to control.1 People who are addicted to drugs or alcohol may find it extremely hard...

Self-Care…Simplified

If you ever want to find yourself completely overwhelmed, try doing a Google search on the topic of “Self-Care”. Everywhere you turn, there are 12, 20, 32 or even 81...

Namaste (in Recovery)

Think about your darkest day in your addiction struggle. Numb to feeling, disconnected from mind, body, relationships. Trying desperately to remain present, and yet the only thing you can feel...

When Your Loved One Leaves Greenhouse

What Is the Discharge Process? If your loved one has consented to the facility releasing information to you, we will keep you updated as to all the details of their...

Addiction Aftercare & Alumni Network

Greenhouse knows the value of aftercare and begins helping you to create a plan from the moment you begin your stay. We work with you to develop the skills you...

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Aftercare & Alumni

We Make Aftercare a Priority Greenhouse knows the value of aftercare and begins helping you to create a plan from the moment you begin your stay. We work with you...

How Families Can Support Their Loved Ones After Rehab

By all accounts, significant challenges still exist when it comes to getting those in need of drug and alcohol addiction treatment into effective, evidence-based rehab programs. The U.S. Substance Abuse...

How to Shake a Bad Mood before You Relapse

Relapses do not come out of nowhere and neither does the discomfort, irritation, anger, or distress that almost always precedes them. One of the skills most important to a sustained...

What Medications Are Used During Drug Detox?

Drug or alcohol addiction changes the way the body works, the mind thinks, and the individual functions. The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) defines addiction as a complex “treatable,...

10 Ways You Are Sabotaging New Friendships in Recovery

One of the primary goals of early recovery is to build up a strong support network of friends and family members who will be there for you as you grow...

Selecting a Detox Program: What to Look For

In 2016, approximately 1 out of every 13 people in the United States needed treatment for substance abuse or addiction, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) reports. One of...

Anxiety and Addiction: How to Overcome Both in Recovery

It’s the middle of summer and everyone around you can’t wait to get outside and enjoy the sunshine, yet you are nervous about stepping foot outside your door. You know...

7 Things to Say ‘No’ to When You Say ‘Yes’ to Recovery

Saying “yes” to recovery really means opening yourself up to possibility and letting go of how you have always viewed yourself and your place in the world in the past....

Looking for a Job in Recovery? 7 Ways to Make It Happen

Financial concerns are some of the first priorities after stabilizing physically and emotionally in recovery. With tax season upon us, many are taking a good hard look at their finances...

Facts about Naloxone

Naloxone is an opioid antagonist, approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to manage opioid overdose.1 By competitively blocking opioid receptors, naloxone can prevent opioid agonist drugs like heroin,...

Approaches to Rehab

When applied to substance use disorders, the term rehabilitation covers the therapy needed after detox to help the individual change their behavior around intoxicating substances like drugs or alcohol. Addiction is a...

Find a 24 hour Drug Rehab with Same Day Admission

If you are experiencing a drug overdose or a similar emergency, please call 9-1-1. If you are in a suicidal crisis or emotional distress, please call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or access...

Benefits of Long-Term Substance Abuse Treatment

Overcoming a chronic illness like addiction is not as simple as “getting clean” after a period of successful medical detox. Detox is only the first stage of addiction treatment; it’s...

Exposure and Response Prevention Therapy

Obsessive-compulsive disorder, or OCD, is a mental health condition that affects slightly more than 1 percent of the U.S. adult population within a given year; adult lifetime prevalence has been...

Self-Harm and Addiction

Self-harm, also known as non-suicidal self-injury, is the act of hurting oneself on purpose (but does not include normal piercing or tattooing).1-3 According to the U.S. Department of Health and...

Drugs and Hallucinogen Persisting Perception Disorder

Hallucinogen persisting perception disorder (HPPD) is a condition that causes an individual to re-experience sensory disturbances that can mimic those brought on during prior drug use.1,2 HPPD occurs among users...

Understanding Contingency Management Therapy

Doing drugs or drinking provides a reward to the person who uses and abuses them – the mind-altering experience or euphoria achieved. Contingency Management Therapy uses the concept of a...

Dangers of Rapid Detox

The development of physical dependence is considered to be a significant symptom of a substance use disorder, although having physical dependence on any drug is neither necessary nor sufficient to...

Schizophrenia

The diagnosis of any mental health disorder represents a serious condition. Most clinicians consider the most severe of all the psychiatric diagnoses listed by the American Psychiatric Association to be...

Veterans and Addiction

Information provided by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration(SAMHSA) indicates the following regarding veterans and substance abuse: Many of the more than 23 million veterans in the United States...

Treatment for the Elderly

As a group, elderly individuals have historically had relatively low rates of alcohol and other illicit drug use when compared to other age groups; however, as the Baby Boomer generation...

Is Addiction Treatment Covered by Medicare/Medicaid?

Medicaid is a state and federal program of health coverage designed to be available to people with low income levels. Medicare is a federally sponsored government program that provides healthcare...

Medications Used in Alcohol Treatment

Many individuals struggling with alcohol use disorder (AUD) benefit from the comprehensive treatment protocols used in modern treatment. One such treatment approach involves a combination of pharmacotherapy (the use of...

All-Male Rehab Centers

Addiction is a highly personal disease, and treatment for each person should be specialized to suit individual needs to enhance long-term recovery. Programs may cater specifically to certain ages, sexual...

Get the Job, Keep the Job: Staying Employed in Recovery

One of the first orders of business for most people in recovery is to find a job that will allow them to support themselves independently, pay back debts incurred during...

5 Ways to Build a Support Network in Recovery

Building a support network in recovery is essential. Spending time with people who are positive, living life to the fullest without drugs and alcohol, and supportive of you doing the...

Treatment Programs for Women

For decades, research into addiction and substance abuse treatment involved male-dominated studies. In the 1970s, pressed by the women’s movement, research and services specifically tailored to women’s needs finally began...

10 Myths About Drug Treatment

Many people who struggle with compulsive substance abuse or addiction have tried and failed—sometimes repeatedly—to stop using intoxicating substances. For many, part of the chronic struggle with addiction is that it’s...

How Long Should a Person Stay in Treatment?

How long someone stays in treatment typically depends on several factors. The first thing most people consider when seeking out a treatment facility is what type of care they need....

Amenities at a Treatment Facility

In 2013, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration accounted for 1,683,451 people entering drug and alcohol abuse treatment centers across the nation. It’s likely that the majority of these people...

Traveling for Treatment

When someone comes to terms with the fact that they need additional help to get out of the cycle of drug or alcohol abuse they’re stuck in, they are often...

The Use of Family Therapy in Treatment

Family therapy isn’t “one size fits all.” After all, families come in all shapes and sizes. Not every family has the same set of problems, and each individual member is...

What to Bring to Rehab

A basic rehab packing list will likely include: Comfortable clothing, including good walking shoes Toothpaste and toothbrush Shampoo and conditioner Bath soap Hair brush or comb Personal items (e.g., photos...

Getting Into Drug Rehab

When you’re suffering from addiction, it’s common to feel immense shame and lose hope about ever getting sober. However, as much as the disease tells you that you are worthless...

Eating Disorders and Addiction

An eating disorder occurs when mental or cognitive impairments hinder an individual’s dietary behaviors and impairs physical health or psychosocial functioning (i.e., problems with friends and family or problems at...

Tips for Avoiding Relapse

Relapse is a common concern for individuals in recovery from a substance use disorder and for their friends and family members. While relapse is a part of the recovery process...

How Much Does Substance Abuse Treatment Cost?

In view of the fact that the US does not have a socialized healthcare system, it is not surprising to learn that one survey on drug treatment admissions found that...

Impulse Control Disorder and Addiction

Impulse control disorders are psychiatric disorders in which a person lacks the self-control of emotions and behaviors in ways that cause them to behave angrily or aggressively toward people or...

Can You Detox at Home?

When individuals make the decision to pursue treatment for drug or alcohol dependence, they’ve likely explored the option to attend a treatment facility, at least for the first step: medical...

Treatment for LGBTQ

When it comes to substance use, any kind of suffering or stress makes abuse of and addiction to that substance more likely. People often abuse substances to dull emotional pain...

Is Addiction a Disease?

Addiction, as defined by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, is a chronic brain disease that causes an individual to seek out and continually use drugs, even though doing so may...

Dealing with a Relapse

In the recovery process, individuals must be prepared for the possibility of relapse – when an individual who has abstained from drugs or alcohol uses again. The relapse can be...

When Is It Time to Seek Treatment?

Substance use may begin for a variety of reasons – curiosity, pressure from friends, or an effort to manage unwanted emotions – but some people who use alcohol or drugs...

Recognizing Signs That Your Loved One Needs Treatment

Around 22.7 million people needed treatment for a substance abuse problem in 2013, and only 2.5 million received it, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reports. It can be very...

Using Insurance to Pay for Treatment

Greenhouse Treatment Center is now in-network (INN) with Blue Cross Blue Shield of TX (BCBS TX). This applies to all levels of care offered at Greenhouse: detox, residential treatment, partial...

Finding a Drug Treatment Facility

Recovering from drug addiction can represent a new start in life, especially if the individual has access to a strong support system and a comprehensive treatment program. The first step...

Alcohol Treatment Guide

When a loved one shows signs of alcoholism, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by questions, such as: Is my loved one abusing alcohol? Will your loved one accept help or...

What Is Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome?

Medical detox is often the first step in addiction treatment, and generally, it’s believed that once medical detox is complete, the bulk of the physical withdrawal process is over. While...

Understanding Detox

For every person seeking professional help with their recovery, exactly how their course of treatment will progress—including the potentially distressing period of detoxification and accompanying withdrawal to develop in the...

Helping a Patient Through Relapse

Patients in recovery for a substance use disorder are all on an individual journey that does not have a single route or roadmap to success. In addiction treatment, the topic...

When to Use Motivational Interviewing with a Patient

Go to a 12-step meeting (e.g., Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, etc.) anywhere in the world, and one of the first things you will hear is an individual acknowledging that life...

Referring Professionals (Referring Patients as Part of Your Practice)

Doctors and other clinical professionals can be in an excellent position to recognize substance abuse in their patients and refer them to much needed treatment services. However, these medical professionals...

Asperger’s and Addiction

Asperger syndrome, or Asperger’s, was a previously used diagnosis on the autism spectrum disorder.1,2 It is one of several developmental disorders that was folded into one umbrella diagnosis of autism...

Codependency and Addiction

Codependence, as it pertains to addiction, commonly refers to a specific type of dysfunctional relationship in which a family member (or multiple members of the family unit) enables the active...

Antisocial Personality Disorder and Addiction

Antisocial personality disorder (ASPD) is a mental health condition characterized by a demonstrated inability to conform to lawful or ethical behavior and an egocentric lack of concern for others, exhibited by...

Exploring the Link between Stress and Addiction

Stress is a normal part of life, but it’s also a risk factor for initiating substance use as well as aiding in the development of addiction, relapse, and also treatment...

Understanding Intermittent Explosive Disorder and Addiction

What Is Intermittent Explosive Disorder? Intermittent explosive disorder, otherwise known as IED, is a little-known yet relatively prevalent mental health disorder marked by explosive outbursts of aggression or violence.1 Such...

Nutrition and Recovery

Nutritional counseling and education, nutrient replacement, and rehydration are key components of recovery from substance abuse.1–3 Heavy alcohol and/or drug use depletes the body of crucial vitamins, minerals, and energy...

Helping Your Loved One in Recovery: Top 10 Dos and Don’ts

When your loved one agrees to enroll in treatment, you may feel a great sense of relief. Finally, the time has come to stop falling deeper into the hole and...

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Addiction

After experiencing or witnessing any terrifying event, such as a natural disaster, military combat, or a car accident, the mind and body need time to recover from the shock and...

Medications to Stop Addiction

Sci-fi depictions of the future often portray a society that is free of all diseases because cure-all pills have been invented. These hopeful imaginations are a long way off from...

Drug-Induced Psychosis

Psychosis is an altered state of mind, or a break from reality, that is often characterized by delusions and hallucinations. Hallucinations are perceptual distortions that arise without an external stimulus—they...

The Relationship between Borderline Personality Disorder and Addiction

Before discussing personality disorders and borderline personality disorder, it is important to understand that the descriptions of these disorders described in this article are offered for educational purposes and are...

Understanding the Types of Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder, originally called manic depressive disorder, is a severe disorder that vacillates between extreme “ups” (mania, hypomania) and “downs” (depression). Previously, bipolar disorder and related disorders were classified with depression...

Helping a Family Member with ADHD and Addiction Issues

Someone who has attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has a pattern of hyperactivity-impulsivity, inattention, or both that persists and gets in the way of the individual’s development or functioning.1 A few kinds...

Treating OCD and Addiction

It has been found that, among American adults, over 2% have had obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) in their lives.1 Often, OCD exists with substance use disorders.2 Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder OCD involves having...

Living with Bipolar Disorder and Addiction

Bipolar disorder affects an estimated 2.8% of adults and 2.9% of adolescents in the U.S. annually, and the World Health Organization estimates 45 million people worldwide suffer from the disorder.1,2...

Guide to Depression and Substance Abuse

Of all of the mental health disorders, major depression is the most common mental illness in the United States. It is more common in women than men, and it affected...

Getting a Loved One into Aftercare

The concept of aftercare is explained in the word itself: caring for and supporting those who used to abuse substances after they complete a treatment program. Too often, the assumption...

The Connection between Anxiety and Drug Addiction

  Anxiety and Anxiety Disorders Anxiety is a big word, covering a wide variety of conditions and symptoms that affect millions of people. While the concept of anxiety is universally understood,...

Guide to Drug Addiction & The Most Addictive Drugs

The discussion about drug addiction exists everywhere: in our politics, in our schools, and in our homes. Drugs strike at everything we hold dear: our self-image, our relationships, and the...

What Are Co-Occurring Disorders?

Addiction to drugs or alcohol is a long-lasting and often recurring medical condition; a “substance use disorder” that’s characterized by compulsive use of substances despite devastating consequences.1 Co-Occurring Disorders When...

Preparing for Home: What to Expect When Returning from Rehab

Whether you are excited for the return of your loved one or concerned about how things will change, you have a number of things to look forward to, as well...

10 Ways to Increase Hope in Addiction Recovery

Addiction recovery is characterized by ups and downs, extreme emotions, and a lot of work on the part of the person in recovery. While the good parts of recovery can...

Is Forced Addiction Treatment Ethical?

Is your loved one struggling with a substance abuse problem or addiction and completely uninterested in getting treatment despite the many problems experienced as a direct result of substance use?...

Two to Tango: Making a Relationship Stronger When Both Are in Recovery

It’s never recommended that anyone who is new to recovery embark on a new romantic relationship in the first year. It’s too easy to lose focus, stop prioritizing all the...

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