How to Prepare to Enter Treatment for My Addiction

How to Prepare to Enter Treatment for My Addiction

If you’re reading this, you’re probably thinking about entering addiction treatment. Entering treatment is a huge step that can save your life and help you get on the path to a better one. Before committing to treatment, however, there are some things you need to know about how it works and what you need to […]

How Does Addiction Affect the Brain? Can the Effects Be Reversed?

How Does Addiction Affect the Brain? Can the Effects Be Reversed?

The National Institute on Drug Abuse estimates that about 22 million people in the United States have an addiction to alcohol or drugs, such as opioids and cocaine. Addiction is also one of the leading causes of death for Americans under the age of 50.  Substance abuse is clearly a widespread problem, but what effect […]

Coping With a Relapse

Coping With a Relapse

Relapses happen. They are not the end of the world–don’t catastrophize. How you cope with relapse can determine whether you continue on your path to recovery or whether you spiral out of control. According to the Indian Journal of Psychiatry, approximately 40-80% of individuals managing an addiction will have at least one lapse within the […]

The Relationship Between Addiction and Bipolar Disorder

The Relationship Between Addiction and Bipolar Disorder

Addiction and mental health sometimes go hand in hand. A person who experiences addiction and a mental health illness such as bipolar disorder can receive proper treatment. With the correct diagnosis, they can not only be treated properly, but they can also live fuller lives. There are many links between depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, and substance […]

Replacing One Addiction for Another

Replacing One Addiction for Another

Overcoming addiction can be challenging. You may experience a spectrum of feelings you have been suppressing with substances. As a result, you may turn to new unhealthy coping mechanisms. However, this can lead to replacing one addiction with another. Becoming aware of your habits and deciding whether they are good for you is the first […]

The Truth About Domestic Violence and Addiction

The Truth About Domestic Violence and Addiction

Domestic violence and addiction are two of the most common concerns in modern relationships. Both are serious and complex issues that can cause significant pain if left untreated. While they may seem like completely separate problems on the surface, many victims of domestic violence also struggle with addiction. It’s essential to understand how these two […]

How to Know You’re Enabling Addiction

How to Know You're Enabling Addiction

It’s easy to fall into a belief system that unknowingly supports addiction. If you care about someone battling addiction, it is possible to have difficulty knowing what to do and how to support them in a healthy way. Trusting your intuition may not always be what’s best for someone. You can be blinded by love, […]

The Top 5 Causes of Addiction

The Top 5 Causes of Addiction

It can be challenging to understand the causes of addiction if it has burdened you for so long. After using substances for an extended amount of time, it is possible to feel like life is blurred and without intention. There are many reasons why addiction is a struggle. Aside from the substances themselves, some of […]

When People Don’t Take Your Addiction Seriously

When People Don't Take Your Addiction Seriously

Taking the initial steps toward treatment is difficult, but it’s even more difficult to go through treatment when everyone around you doesn’t think your addiction is serious. Those with addiction to normalized substances like alcohol and cannabis might struggle to convince others in their life that they have a problem when the drug itself isn’t […]

How Eating Well Helps You Heal From Addiction

How Eating Well Helps You Heal From Addiction

Good nutrition plays a big role when healing from addiction. What you put in your body impacts your mood and energy for the day. That’s why Villa Oasis San Diego focuses on high-quality nutrition for our clients. Addiction is hard on your body, so it’s important to be mindful of the foods you eat during […]