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When a rehab moves into the neigborhood

When a rehab moves into the neigborhood

Here is a letter we recently posted to social media regarding the kerfuffle surrounding our move into a new community in Eldersburg MD. There was a lot of misunderstanding about who we are and what rehab is and the move spawned some initial backlash due to rumors and...

Celebrating success at the Judicial Institute

Celebrating success at the Judicial Institute

Last Friday we had the pleasure of presenting at the Judicial Institute in Annapolis. Special thanks to Judge Patti Mitchell for inviting us to speak to some 50 judges about our treatment protocols. In our presentation, we gave a brief history of Right Turn and spoke...

Is addiction really a disease?

Is addiction really a disease?

Drugabuse.gov defines addiction as “a chronic, relapsing brain disease that is characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences. It is considered a brain disease because drugs change the brain; they change its structure and how it works.”...

What Recovery Really Means

What Recovery Really Means

People “in recovery” know what recovery means and how important it is to them — and how important it is to society. But what if society doesn’t fully grasp what recovery means? The term is sometimes couched in the idea of “struggle” and is understood as “someone who...

The Truth about Addiction

The Truth about Addiction

Yesterday a friend said, “I have a disease that tells me that I need to feel better than the way I feel right now, all the time.” Think about the strength of that statement: Feel better. Right now. All the time. There is a phenomenon in recovery known as “euphoric...

Effective and Affordable

Effective and Affordable

Treatment is an event that takes place in time. It has a specific start and end point. Recovery, on the other hand is not an event, but a lifestyle. A lifestyle of recovery requires continuous effort, commitment, and support. Substance abuse treatment can be very...

Recovery and the Decisions We Make

Recovery and the Decisions We Make

Usually these questions involve the three things we’re often told to be wary of: People, places, and things. Potential triggers. Since people need to draw their own lines and make their own decisions, the way I usually answer these questions is with another question:...

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We tried everything. Except this.

We tried everything. Except this.

Where did our best thinking get us? We concocted new ways to keep things going and the shame hidden. But at some point, the scorn of the ones who loved us most rang true. We had that moment when we quietly admitted to ourselves: “I’m stuck. And I can’t break free.” So...

Thinking that ‘slip’ all the way through

Thinking that ‘slip’ all the way through

You’ve probably heard sad stories about people who relapsed. Bob had 2 years and he relapsed. He took one drink went down hard, and fast. He lost everything all over again. And this time he lost his wife for good. We’ve all heard stories of relapse. Maybe it’s even...

We Is The First Word

We Is The First Word

“‘We…’ admitted that we were powerless…” -Word 1, Step 1. Maybe you’ve heard that your recovery should be “selfish.” It’s true. If your efforts aren’t foremost for yourself you’ll be very discouraged when those efforts aren’t met with the appreciation you hoped for....

The First Step Takes Honesty. And Guts

The First Step Takes Honesty. And Guts

The First Step… “We admitted that we were powerless over our addiction, that our lives had become unmanageable.” — Step 1: The Twelve Steps A person doesn’t typically wake up one morning and say, “I think I’ll become a drug addict or alcoholic today.” In fact, most...

Dealing with a 2nd DUI

Dealing with a 2nd DUI

The first thing we advise clients is not to despair and surrender to fear. In this regard, one of the most important decisions to be made is whether the DUI charge is defendable. Remember, a second, third, or whatever DUI charge is still nothing more than an...

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