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FDA Black Box Warning Labels – Opioid Painkillers

FDA requires 'black box' warning on immediate release painkillers | In an attempt to slow the prescription drug abuse epidemic, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced Tuesday March 22, 2016 that immediate-release opioid painkillers such as oxycodone and...

CDC Issues New Guideline for Prescribing Opioids

New Prescription Guidelines - Chronic Pain | Curbing a 'doctor-driven' prescription overdose epidemic. March 22, 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a new guideline for prescribing opioids such as Oxycontin (oxycodone) for chronic pain;...

Suboxone Treatment for Opioid Dependence

Arrowhead Lodge Recovery Suboxone Inpatient Treatment Program | At Arrowhead Lodge Recovery, we have found that Suboxone (buprenorphine) is an effective inpatient treatment protocol for opioid dependence. Suboxone treatment not only eases withdrawal symptoms. When...

Baby Boomers Prescription Opioid Painkiller Addiction

Boomer Opioid Addiction and Chronic Pain Recovery Program | The Baby Boomer generation is increasingly being prescribed strong opioid painkillers. Many go on to become addicted to their painkiller medication. At Arrowhead Lodge Recovery, we treat opioid prescription...

What Makes a Good Life? Ted Talk Video

Lessons From the Longest Study on Happiness • What produces real happiness? • 75 Year Study: Harvard Study of Adult Development • 724 men tracked • Men still participating in their 90's • Boston 1930's teenagers from tenement; economically disadvantaged • One...

Opioid Prescription Painkillers Addiction Treatment

Understanding the Opioid Prescription Addiction Problem It’s in the news everywhere you turn: opioid prescription painkiller addiction has reached epidemic proportions. Opioid Addiction Statistics In 2014 alone approximately 10.3 million people reported non-medical...

Dramatic Rise in Older Adults Seeking Addiction Treatment

Boomer Addiction Recovery and Rehab | Baby boomers are increasing developing drug addictions; using drugs, getting into trouble for drug offenses, and dying from drug overdoses at increasingly higher rates. Boomers struggling with addiction issues are actively looking...

Tom McGrath Running to Recovery

Running Helped Tom Beat Addiction | Once he had run clear across the United States, but in July of 2004 Tom McGrath was in really bad shape. His doctors gave him only days to live: his alcohol use was killing him. Born in 1950 in Northern Ireland, Tom had always been...

The Man in the Mirror: The Truth About You

Introduction to The Truth About YouIn the Arrowhead Lodge Recovery addiction and trauma treatment program for men, we have found the “Man in the Mirror” concept helpful in overcoming negative self-talk that originates in a shame-based core belief of one’s self....

Alcohol and Drug Treatment: 4 Things You Need to Know

Alcohol and Drug Treatment FactsAlcohol and drug treatment centers, like any other business, vary in quality and price. Before you chose a program for yourself or a loved one, there are a few things you should know.Price Does Not Equal QualityWhen it comes to choosing...

The Right Thing To Do Has No Resistance

Introduction to No Resistance When you want something or when you need to make an important decision, the path of least resistance is generally the right direction or the correct decision. You see, resistance indicates one is pushing against the natural forces of the...

How to Change Your Negative Beliefs About Yourself

Introduction to Changing Negative Beliefs Many of us grew up in some level of dysfunction. In our homes we heard statements, judgments, claims and generally abusive, degrading and harming words from those whom we love and, sadly, feared. The repetitious years and...

The Value of Making Amends in Your Family

Making Amends in Your Family An important milestone in recovery is making amends to people who were harmed by one’s self-centered behavior. In twelve-step programs it’s step nine: “Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure...

Emotional Health – Letting Go of Training Wheels

Introduction Most children learn to ride a bicycle using training wheels until they are confident enough to attempt riding without them. Having raised several children of my own, I’ve held on to the back seat many times only to let go on “2” (in the “1-2-3” count) and...

Treatment for Depression and Trauma

Depression and Trauma in Men: It’s Killing Us! As men grow older, symptoms of depression increase because their ego created defenses no longer work. The defenses are often created as the direct result from some traumatic incident(s) that occurred somewhere in their...

Depression Treatment

Introduction - Depression in Men: The Killer Disease Clinical depression. Men don’t talk about it. Only ‘weak’ men get depression and the ‘weak’ don’t win. This is but one commonly held belief by men about a deadly disease called Depression. Men are just as...

30 Day Drug and Alcohol Rehab

30 Day Drug and Alcohol Rehab – What You Should and Should Not Expect  Introduction There’s a myth about drug and alcohol rehab. If you go to treatment, you will be able to stop your addiction. Not necessarily true. And what’s so magical about 30 days of treatment?...

How Insurance Works

Part I – An Overview Health insurance companies are in business to make money. Reread that sentence three times, until it really sinks in. You, the insured person, are necessary only to pay into the company your monthly premium. They, the owner of the policy, and now...

A Cure for Alcoholism

Introduction An alcohol treatment program advertises they have a cure for alcoholism. If it were only that simple! Unfortunately alcoholism is a disease for which no known cure exists today. This is not exclusive to alcoholism: there is no cure for the common cold or...

Bucket Brain: The Power of a Mental Obsession

The Addict Brain as Muddy Water Metaphor Notice a river after a storm. It's water is muddy resembling chocolate milk. Miles of storm induced agitation has stirred up layers of sediment from the bottom of the river; as well as introduced new filth from rain cleansed...

Spirituality: Simple Yet Elusive for Most

Spirituality is Simple Unfortunately many people have become so materially obsessed they are unaware of what 'spirituality' truly is. In an effort to understand it these individuals spend large amounts of money on books, workshops, retreats and lectures about...

Mindfulness in Addiction Treatment

Mindfulness Meditation: Addiction Rehab and Recovery Tool Mindfulness Meditation in addiction treatment is more than just a good idea. As more individuals and corporations are beginning to practice mindfulness meditation – the question of meditation effectiveness is...

Substance Abuse and Anger

Addicts and Anger - A Dangerous Combination Everyone experiences anger from time-to-time, but in the alcoholic or drug addict - anger becomes a toxic emotion that often leads to acts of violence either to oneself, or toward another person. While anger is often a...

Importance of Spirituality in Recovery from Addiction

Recovery from addiction is more than abstinence from a substance. It is a lifestyle that incorporates all aspects of one’s life - body, mind and spirit, or, one’s physiological, mental and spiritual condition.But what exactly do we mean when we use the word...

Resolving Core Issues in Addiction Recovery

Successful recovery from any addiction requires discovery - and resolution - of the Core Issues that are the drivers for relapse. Core issues are the 'drivers' that keep individuals locked in addictive behavior patterns and ways of thinking. Today, we will look at the...

Why Gender Specific Addiction Recovery?

Rehab for Men - Arrowhead Lodge Recovery Successful treatment of chemical dependency (alcoholism and drug addiction) requires that the individual not only be free from the substance and practice abstinence - the addict must eliminate thought processes that accompany...