Archive for June, 2007

Jun 26 2007

Crack addict

Crack addiction kills. There is, of course, no such thing as a safe drug…but crack is especially dangerous. It is, for starters, extraordinarily addictive, which means that crack abusers are more likely to use in a compulsive or habitual nature than individuals addicted to other types of drugs. No less importantly, chronic crack abuse is associated with a steeply diminishing highs, meaning that crack addicts are inclined to use larger and larger dosages of the drug and thus are more inclined to overdose.


The good news is that crack addiction treatment works. If you or someone you care about has succumbed to crack addiction, you can’t afford not to act: You’ve got to get help today, because tomorrow won’t be around forever. For your own sake and the sake of the people who care about you, don’t wait to start getting healed.

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Jun 19 2007


The Internet was the worst thing that ever happened to me. Or at least Internet gambling was. People talk about the joys of connectivity: the world at your fingertips, and all that. For me, the world at my fingertips meant a 24-7 fix for my gambling problem. Poker. Sportsbooks. Horse racing. I did it all. And I lost. Big.

That’s the thing about having a gambling problem: You never come out on top. No win is big enough to satisfy you. No loss is big enough to wake you up. There’s always the next hand, the next game; there’s always the promise of that big score just around the corner…when the fact of the matter is you’re already too far gone for saving.

Or almost too far gone, I should say. I got help for my gambling addiction. It worked. Didn’t get me my money back…but it freed me from the Need, made it so I could wake up in the morning without thinking about parlays and doubling-down. Gambling treatment gave me my life back. Seems like that’s about the biggest score anyone could ever hope for.


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Jun 13 2007

You can’t hope your way to sobriety

Let me guess: You need drug treatment. Fantastic…you and fifteen million other Americans. If beating drug addiction were simply a matter of recognizing that you need drug rehab, the country wouldn’t be so rife with drug abuse. Of course, that’s not the way recovery happens; drug treatment, when it works, works only because drug addicts actively seek it out, and because drug treatment patients commit themselves to the healing process.

To put it simply: You can’t hope your way to sobriety. If you’re going to get better for good, you’re going to have to work for it.

What that means, of course, is that successful drug treatment has to start with self-education: with the sort of knowledge accumulation that will help you understand what to expect during your drug treatment experience. Remember, you can’t fight what you can’t see. To beat drug addiction for good, you’ve got to approach drug treatment with open eyes and a clear head. Anything less just isn’t good enough.


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Jun 05 2007

california drug rehab

How many California drug rehab centers are there? Millions, it seems like. Run a quick Internet search for “California drug rehab centers” and you turn up an endless list of hits…all of them linking you to this or that California drug rehab center claiming to have found the “ultimate” solution to drug addiction.

Sound too good to be true? It probably is.

The fact of the matter is that not every California drug rehab center lives up to the hype. Too many facilities emphasize universal treatment programs over individualized care. If you’re going to get better in a California drug rehab center, it’s going to have to be on your own terms, in a way that’s real for you. What that means, of course, is that you don’t need someone else’s rehab plan…and that any rehab facility trumpeting “universal” cures has badly missed the point.

So yeah, there are plenty of options on the California drug rehab center market. Some of them are good. Some of them aren’t. You owe it to yourself to do everything you can to distinguish one from the other.


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