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Opioid Addiction Among Middle Aged and Senior Adults in America

Understanding the Problem The U.S. opioid epidemic affects America’s middle aged and senior citizens in staggering numbers. In 2011 approximately 15% of Medicare recipients were prescribed an opioid painkiller upon discharge from a hospital stay, and approximately 42% of those same Medicare recipients were using opioid painkillers 90 days after discharge, and at 90 days […]

The Family Dependent

Every day I speak with people calling to place a family member or loved one in treatment for issues related to addiction. Their expectations on how treatment should look are very subjective, clouded by years of pain and suffering. Some people just want to find a workable solution to living with a functioning alcoholic, or […]

What to do with an alcoholic mother or father

Many of the calls for help that we receive come from adult children of alcoholics. It is never too late, even for an elderly parent to get help from recovery.  Everyone that commits to Arrowhead Lodge Recovery changes. They change in subtle ways and they change in miraculous ways. Everyone leaves this experience fundamentally different. […]

Functioning Alcoholics, Masters of Deception

Functional Alcoholics – Double Lives | The Dangers of ‘Secret’ Alcoholism. High functioning alcoholics are often individuals in powerful or highly respected professional positions. “He was never drunk when I interviewed him.” “It was just a mistake. He didn’t hurt anyone with the DUI.” “He goes to work every day.” “He is a well-respected professional.” […]

Opioid Addiction Older Adults - Not Just 'Old Age'

Senior Adult Opioid Addiction Misdiagnosed as ‘Old Age’ The President’s Commission on the Opioid Crisis reports that only 10 percent of the 21 million people with substance abuse disorders receive any kind of treatment for addiction. Why are so few individuals receiving treatment for opioid addiction? An ‘addict’ can be anyone, any time – if […]

2018 Opioid Addiction Older Adults

Older Adult Opioid Use In the past 20 years, the rate of hospitalization among seniors related to opioid overuse has quintupled. Since 2000, the rate of deaths from drug overdoses has increased 137%, including a 200% increase in the rate of overdose deaths involving opioids (opioid pain relievers and heroin). A study of Medicare recipients […]

Behavioral Health and Addiction Treatment

Addiction Recovery and Treatment | Behavioral health includes emotional, psychological and social well-being elements that can be changed through behavior. Addiction treatment is based on behavioral health; including treatment for co-occurring mental health disorders, alcoholism and functional alcoholism, substance use disorders. Behavioral Health is a branch of interdisciplinary health which focuses on a holistic view […]

Arrowhead Lodge Recovery Happy New Year 2018!

Mature Men’s Residential-Only Rehab May you reach all your goals in 2018! Happy New Year! Experience the Freedom – Take Your Life Back! Customized Addiction Treatment for the Whole Person: Physical, Emotional, Spiritual Call us 24/7 at 888-654-2800 Arrowhead Lodge Recovery – Happy New Year 2018 from Kenneth Chance on Vimeo. Need Help with Addiction […]

10 Days of Holiday Sobriety Tips – Day 5

Holiday Sober Living Tip 5 Avoid Negative Emotion Triggers – Hungry, Angry, Lonely or Tired: HALT | Relapse – and recovery – and closely tied to emotions. Negative emotions can lead to relapse. In the course of each day, those in addition recovery mindfully avoid relapse triggers. During holiday pressures – with accompanying high levels […]

10 Days of Holiday Sobriety Tips – Day 4

Holiday Sober Living Sober Living Tip 4 Do Not Commit to Activities Beyond Your Reasonable Ability to Deliver In the 1996 movie Jingle All the Way – a father vows to get his son a Turbo Man action figure for Christmas. However, every store is sold out of Turbo Man; and he must travel all […]

10 Days of Holiday Sobriety Tips – Day 3

Holiday Sober Living Sober Living Tip 3 DO NOT ‘ROMANCE’ ALCOHOL OR YOUR DRUG OF CHOICE Relapse – and recovery – and closely tied to emotions. Recent cognitive neuroscience research has confirmed that memory has an active emotional element. And the stronger the emotion, the more clear the activated memory is experienced. Avoid people, places […]

10 Days of Holiday Sobriety Tips – Day 2

Holiday Sober Living Sober Living Tip 2 It’s magical – it the holidays! Holiday Myth: Alcohol and/or drugs can be consumed with good cheer and no ill effects. WRONG. For those in recovery seeking to maintain sobriety – drinking any amount of alcohol (or consuming a favorite drug) will lead to a painful seasonal relapse. […]

10 Days of Holiday Sobriety Tips - Day 1

Holiday Sober Living Sober Living Tip 1 Finding Personal Peace During the Holidays As any recovering alcoholic or addict will affirm:  staying sober during the holidays is challenging! The holiday season actually starts just before Halloween when retail stores put their holiday decorations in place. Well before Thanksgiving, malls are decorated with visions of Christmas. […]

High Functioning Alcoholics - Red Flags

Are You a Functional Alcoholic? Problem Drinking Has Consequences – Even if Not Immediately Evident Media images of ‘an alcoholic’ often feature heavily intoxicated individuals who unsteadily beg for money in parks to fuel their alcohol consumption. This image of a ‘real alcoholic’ has become firmly entrenched in our shared cultural view. This view interferes […]

Gratitude - The Key to Inner Peace and Happiness

Thanksgiving Gratitude | Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others. Marcus Tullius Cicero | Gratitude Can be Difficult When individuals are at a low point in their emotional lives and physical circumstances – the idea of ‘gratitude’ seems almost laughable. But with a slight shift in habitual ways […]

How Insurance Works: Addiction Rehab Allowable Charges, Non-Covered Expenses

Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act | While expanding coverage, the ACA did not make the maze of the way insurance companies calculate charges any easier to understand. Under the Affordable Care Act, insurance plans were also required to provide the same level of care for mental health treatment as provided for physical health […]

Happy Veterans Day 2017 – Thanks for Service!

Thanks to All Who Have Served! National Veterans and Military Families Month – November 2017 For 98 years, Americans have remembered those who served our country in uniform on 11 November – first as Armistice Day, and then, since 1954 as Veterans Day. In this 99th year of commemoration, the Department of Veterans Affairs is […]

Senior and Older Adult Substance Use Disorders

Mental Illnesses and SUD’s Under-treated | According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) report – mental illness and substance abuse disorders are being under-treated in the US. Of the current population, 83% of older adults 60 and over take prescription drugs. Baby […]

Tips for Identifying Fake Review Extortion Scams

What is Fake Review Extortion Scam? To Pay Extortion or Not to Pay – That is the Question Everyone knows about online Reviews. We all use reviews to determine the trustworthiness of businesses. A Fake Review is when an anonymous individual posts a Review based on – nothing. The individual never called the business in […]

How to Spot Quality Addiction Treatment

Finding Effective Alcohol and Drug Addiction Treatment Programs Addiction treatment for alcohol use disorder (AUD) and substance use disorder (SUD) is available in many different formats. When searching for addiction treatment and a residential rehab center –  there are five main elements of best available quality treatment. While there is never a guarantee of success […]
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