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Recovery Support After Rehab

Recovery is a lifelong journey, and we are here to support you. From our aftercare planning and alumni program to our sober living residence in Las Vegas, Desert Hope has...

Support for Veteran Caregivers: When to Ask for Help

Caregivers are people who provide significant care for another person who is unable to fully care for themselves due to an injury, disability, illness or other issue(s). Providing care for...

Drug & Alcohol Addiction Hotline Guide

Addiction is widespread in American society, touching millions of families every year; however, “only 10% of US individuals who need treatment for drug addiction receive it.”1 Unfortunately, many people are...

Addiction Guide for Colleagues and Employers

Substance abuse in the workplace: The average person spends the majority of their week at work, so when there’s an issue with a coworker, it can cause stress and create...

Helping an Addicted Friend

Almost everyone knows someone who has dealt with addiction, and yet few people know how to handle it. The truth is: every situation is complicated and, ultimately, no one can...

Addiction and Recovery: Guide for Families

Having a family member who is struggling with drug abuse can leave you feeling stressed, overwhelmed, and unsure of what to do next. We’re here to help. In this guide,...

Wholly Holistic Patient Care: Why Caring for the Whole Patient Matters

Have you ever watched fitness professionals? Powerhouse individuals whose tone and definition defy reality? Able to lift, run, move and bend their bodies to the contour of their mind? One...

Why and How Harm Reduction Is Saving Lives in Nevada

Harm reduction comes in many forms. At the Harm Reduction Center Las Vegas, and other needle exchanges across the state, it comes in the form of clean needles, hygienic paraphernalia,...

Narcan: Lifesaver or a License to Abuse Opiates?

Nevada is one of the states in the country in which more people lose their lives to prescription drug use than to car accidents. Despite this fact, however, there is...

Is a New Experimental Drug the Answer for Those With Alcohol Addiction?

Researchers are continually seeking new, effective treatments – both therapeutic and pharmacological therapies – that will augment current treatment options, prevent the development of addiction altogether, or become the proverbial...

5 Reasons to Embrace Holidays in Recovery Even if You Don’t Want To

In recovery, it can be easy to simply opt out of doing the things that make you uncomfortable, and in many cases, it is the best choice if the alternative...

Getting a “Clear Picture” of Recovery

We live in an age of instant gratification. If you want food, you order it and one delivery company or another has it on your doorstep within the hour. If...

Recovering Father’s Day

Father’s day is often a treasured day – full of specially planned events all in honor of Dad. It starts with a lovingly made – but often horribly tasting –...

Celebrating Graduation: How to Cope Beyond the Cap and Gown

Commencement. It’s a big deal. As it should be. You work hard, focus on classes, dig deep, complete the dreaded final exams and drop the pencil like an artist drops...

Stories of Recovery

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When Your Loved One Leaves Desert Hope

Our treatment center offers a safe, structured, supportive environment for those in recovery from substance use disorders. When your loved one comes home after completing their treatment program, they’ll need...

Fixing Broken Finances Caused by an Addiction

If your finances are wrecked due to a drug or alcohol addiction, don’t despair. This guide will help you learn about steps you can take to get back on track....

How to Handle Passive-Aggressive People in Recovery

Passive-aggressive people are everywhere in recovery. They may be sitting in 12-Step meetings with you, across the dinner table at home, or working alongside you. Unfortunately, passive-aggressive behavior may even...

Never Saw It Coming: Top 7 Relapse Triggers to Avoid in Recovery

If you have spent any time in treatment and addiction recovery, you have heard a lot about the big, obvious triggers for relapse. Spending time with old friends who are...

Are You a Doormat in Recovery? How to Be More Assertive Now

Do you find yourself agreeing to do things you don’t want to do? Do you pipe up in conversations like you are on board with what everyone is saying even...

Treating Addiction Using Eastern Medicine

In the search for more holistic and natural methods for treating addiction, Eastern medicine – also referred to as oriental medicine or Chinese medicine – has grown in popularity. Because this type of approach...

Holistic Alternative Medicine for Treating Substance Abuse

People are always exploring new ways of treating ailments and illnesses, and the field of substance abuse treatment is no exception. In particular, people who are interested in a whole-body...

How Long Should One Stay in a Sober Living Halfway House?

Sober living environments are transitional places where individuals who are in recovery for a drug or alcohol addiction can stay after leaving a more structured treatment program and before returning home....

Trying to Quit Drugs on Your Own

When a person comes to the realization that substance abuse has become a problem, concerns about the process of addiction treatment or the cost of rehab may lead the person...

I Just Got Sober! Do I Have to File Taxes?

If you just got clean in the last few months and barely worked at all last year due to addiction, then you may wonder whether or not the tax deadline...

Guide to Opioid Replacement Therapy

Opioid replacement therapy is the use of opioid medication to treat addictions to more powerful opioids like heroin or OxyContin. Opioid addiction can be very strong, going so far as to change...

Buprenorphine: Signs of Abuse, Side Effects, and Concerns

Buprenorphine is a long-acting opioid that is used in the treatment of opioid addiction. This drug acts on the same receptors in the brain as heroin and morphine. Buprenorphine sates an addict’s...

The Benefits of Exercise during Addiction Treatment

Most people are aware that exercise is beneficial, as there is no lack of information regarding the benefits of an exercise program. Obesity, one of the major health issues in...

12 Things You Can Do on St. Patrick’s Day Other than Drink

There are a number of great things to do in Las Vegas on St. Patrick’s Day, but too many of them involve being surrounded by people who are drinking or...

3 Ways to Clean up Your Recovery in 2019

Are you ready to take advantage of the new year and the fresh start it offers, and let it motivate you to wipe the slate clean in your recovery –...

LSD Detox Information

LSD, or d-lysergic acid diethylamide, is a powerful hallucinogenic drug with unpredictable side effects. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) reports that LSD has no medically accepted uses in the United States; thus,...

Detox from Ecstasy

In 2016, the Key Substance Use and Mental Health Indicators in the United States: Results from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) report stated that nearly 30 million people...

Guide to Health and Wellness through Addiction Recovery

There are subjective definitions and ideas of what constitutes health and wellness. Perhaps the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration {SAMHSA) offers the best and yet most general definition...

Disulfiram (Antabuse) for Treating Alcoholism

Researchers who study the treatment of alcoholism and alcohol abuse are continually trying to find better ways to treat these conditions and help people to get and stay sober. One...

Antidepressants That Help In The Detox Process

One of the benefits of research-based, professional drug treatment is the availability of medical support for the detox process. As many people who have tried to quit an addictive substance...

How Family Therapy Works

Group psychotherapy consists of one or more therapists treating one or more clients together by using principles derived from psychological paradigms. The makeup of the groups that can occur in...

What Is Court-Ordered Rehab?

Substance abuse is an expensive affair on many levels, costing American society over $700 billion every year in expenses related to healthcare, crime and legal fees, and lost workplace production,...

How Do Needle Exchanges and Injection Clinics Operate?

Safe injection clinics (or safe injection sites) and needle exchange programs have their origins from the harm reduction model. Harm reduction (HR) is a model that proposes strategies that are...

How Does a Medication Management Program Operate?

The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) reports that in 2014 one out of every 12 American adults suffered from addiction to drugs or alcohol or a combination of both....

Will Your Drug Recovery Impact Your Ability to Do Well in School?

There are a number of excellent schools in Nevada, and for many people who enter recovery, starting over means heading back to school and embarking on a degree that will...

What Is the Purpose of a Placebo Pill?

Psychologists and doctors often talk about the placebo effect. This is the term for a psychological benefit incurred by any treatment that is not really a treatment – usually in the...

7 Easy Ways to Pull Yourself out of a Bad Mood

Do you ever wake up just feeling off? Do you tend to feel irritated, bored, or uncomfortable in your skin, in certain situations, or with certain people? Bad moods can...

Heat Getting You Down? 5 Ways to Cool Off and Stay Sober in NV

There’s no escaping it: Nevada summers are hot, excruciatingly hot, bake-cookies-on-your-dashboard hot. For many, the old way of handling the heat was to retreat inside and drink steadily or get...

10 Acts of Self-Love That Will Boost Your Recovery

In recovery, it’s easy to get down on yourself. You may often feel that your family and friends are disappointed in choices you made in the past. Dealing with the...

10 Signs You’re Not Getting Enough Sleep and What to Do About It

In recovery, self-care is a daily point of focus. Eating healthfully, getting to the doctor regularly, and generally taking care of yourself to stay healthy, both physically and mentally, play...

The Science behind Comfort Food

It’s not uncommon for people to crave chocolate, French fries, and other foods that are high in calories, sugar, and carbohydrates. Comfort foods provide a temporary sense of wellbeing, and...

Naltrexone (Vivitrol) as an Addiction Treatment 

Addiction to alcohol or drugs affects millions of people throughout the US, with some types of substance abuse reaching epidemic proportions. Because of this, researchers are diligently seeking forms of treatment that can help...

How Clonidine Can Manage Withdrawal Symptoms 

One of the most persistent worries about detoxing from opioids is the discomfort of withdrawal symptoms. Body aches and pains, nausea, insomnia, and other symptoms can make it challenging for...

What Is Medication Assisted Treatment?

Good addiction treatment incorporates many different tools and strategies to help support an individual’s long-term recovery. Medication is one such tool, and the term “medication-assisted treatment” (MAT) is the combination...

How Color Affects Mood and Mental Health 

Alternative therapies are promoted as being able to support scientifically researched treatments for improving physical and mental health. Color therapy is one of these alternatives that is touted as a way to...

Smoking Cessation Drugs: Bupropion, Nicotine Patches & Varenicline

As many smokers have experienced, quitting smoking can be an extremely challenging process. The combination of addiction to nicotine, maintaining a comforting habit, and confusion about the most helpful methods for...

Acamprosate (Campral) for Treating Alcoholism 

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, 16.3 million adults in the US have some form of alcohol use disorder. Whether it involves addiction or binge drinking, this...

How to Improve Your Mental Health during Drug Rehab 

Individuals who are in a formal recovery program for a substance use disorder can receive maximum benefit from treatment by attempting to incorporate a holistic approach to their recovery. Often,...

How Can a Dietitian Help in Drug Recovery? 

According to the book Practical Skills and Management of Alcoholism and Drug Addiction, chronic abuse of drugs or alcohol can affect the body directly by altering brain pathways or producing...

Should You Handle a Freelapse the Same as a Relapse? 

Medical science is changing the concept of addiction. Now, most addiction and medical professionals agree that addiction is not a failure of willpower, but a chronic illness that is a complicated...

10 Ways to Lower Stress and Boost Your Mood in Recovery

In many parts of the country, February is still the dead of winter. Days are short and dark, and the weather can force people inside for days at a time....

Can a Vision Board Help You Stay Sober in 2017?

Vision boards are a great way to pull together a bunch of different inspirations and ideas to help you turn a dream or goal into a reality. As we move...

Drug Detox Programs – Treatment Options, Admissions & Processes

One of the side effects of a substance use disorder, or drug addiction, is a chemical dependency on the substance being abused. The brain literally relies on the drug to...

The Benefits of Staying in a Transitional Living Home Post Drug Rehab

Transitional living homes, often called sober living homes, are places that people often move into after completing a residential addiction treatment program. They provide a middle ground between rehab and...

Opioid Addiction Treatment: Is Methadone Treatment Right for You?

The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) has developed criteria to be used in the consideration of treatment for any type of substance use disorder that results in the development...

What Happens during a Family Therapy Session on Substance Abuse?

Psychotherapy is a form of intervention where a trained and licensed therapist uses techniques and principles based on psychological principles to help individuals change their behavior, thoughts, and feelings, or...

Does Having a Drug Recovery Aftercare Plan Improve Outcomes?

Individuals who complete the very early stages of a treatment program for a substance use disorder are often very tempted to make the determination that their struggle is over. This...

8 Ways to Avoid Relapse during the Holiday Season

Are you feeling stressed out this holiday season? Are you worried that dealing with family, managing a hectic schedule, or having nowhere to go may ultimately be a trigger for...

Tips to Help Cope During Drug Detox

Detoxing after drug or alcohol addiction can be tough. Particularly after a long, heavy period of substance abuse, withdrawal symptoms can be intensely unpleasant – so much so that they...

Selecting a Detox Program: Must-Haves

When looking for a drug or alcohol addiction detox program, there are a few things that every potential client should ask about. It’s essential that a good amount of research...

How Do Detox Programs Ensure the Health and Safety of Their Clients?

Drug detox programs are meant to help people suffering from an addiction disorder get on the road to recovery. They’re not meant to be a cure, as there is no...

How Can Detox Medications Ease Withdrawal Pains?

Withdrawal is often a very uncomfortable experience. Detoxing from drugs or alcohol after addiction has developed is often thought to be so physically and emotionally distressing that it serves as...

What to Do if You, or a Loved One, Relapse during Addiction Recovery?

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) reports that relapse rates for addiction are between 40 percent and 60 percent. This is very similar to relapse rates for other chronic...

10 Signs a Relationship is over in Recovery

Dating can be tricky in recovery. Your focus must remain on staying sober, a part of your life that requires a great amount of time, energy, and sacrifice. A new...

10 Lifestyle Changes That Will Boost Your Recovery

In treatment, you will spend a great deal of time working to identify your triggers for drug and alcohol use. You’ll create plans to avoid encountering those triggers when possible,...

I Relapsed! Now What Do I Do?

Drug addiction is a chronic brain disease, one that is often characterized by relapse. Though relapse is not always part of recovery, when it does happen, it does not signify...

Preparing to Exit Inpatient Rehab

A Complete Checklist for Individuals and Families When you fight back against drug addiction, an inpatient rehab center can be your home away from home for weeks or even months....

Drug Recovery Process and Timeline

The Steps to Getting Your Life on Track For anyone contemplating entering rehab for drub abuse or addiction, knowing what the process is like can make it easier to take...

Medication-Assisted Treatment Options: Methadone, Suboxone & Naloxone

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) defines medication-assisted treatment as a combination of behavioral therapies and medications to treat specific types of substance use disorders. A variety of medications...

What Medications Can Reverse a Heroin Overdose?

Heroin addiction, abuse, and overdose are on the rise.  According to the Centers for Disease Control, heroin poisoning, overdose, and death has tripled in the United States from 2000 to 2013,...

The Limitations of Over-the-Counter Drug Detox Products

There are a number of online sites that promise detox from substances of abuse can be easy and quick. These sites recommend kits of over-the-counter drugs that can ease and...

10 Ways to Live Your Truth in Recovery

In the wake of the many tragedies that have struck Orlando this month, people across the country are having revelatory experiences. Though grief and anger are normal first responses to...

Student Guide on Attending College in Las Vegas

College students around the country face extraordinary amounts of pressure to succeed academically, plot out their professional lives, be socially (and sexually) active, and have fun, all while showing up...

Utilizing Aftercare as Part of Recovery

An important consideration in providing treatment for substance use disorders is what happens after the inpatient treatment period has ended. Sometimes the transition from fulltime treatment back to the person’s...

Top Mental Health Apps to Help You Track Symptoms & Thrive in Recovery

Whether you are in outpatient treatment and looking for ways to stay connected with your recovery, or transitioning into sobriety and looking for access to round-the-clock support, one of the...

What Causes Addiction and How Can it Be Prevented?

There are many myths that have continued to circulate and grow over the years pertaining to what the exact cause of addiction is. Unfortunately, many of them paint individuals suffering...

What Is Harm Reduction Therapy?

Harm reduction comes from the idea that some people just aren’t going to stop abusing drugs. Since these people won’t opt for rehab, the idea is to make the abuse...

Signs It’s Time to Take a Loved One to Rehab

Addiction plagued some 22.7 million people in America during 2013, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reports. How do people know if they are struggling with substance abuse or addiction? Typically,...

What to Look for at a Drug Rehab Center

Rehab should be a safe haven for individuals affected by substance abuse, where they can voice their frustrations and talk freely about their experiences with drugs and alcohol. Picking the...

How to Pay for Addiction Treatment

For families seeking help for a loved one, how to cover the cost of drug addiction treatment is often first question.  With so many options available and little guidance in...

5 Ways You Can Boost Your Ability to Avoid Relapse in Recovery

Mindfulness is simple. It’s being present in the moment. It’s being aware of what is happening around you. It’s choosing not to spend your life locked up inside your own...

The Answers to 10 Common Questions Asked When Choosing a Drug Rehab Program

Starting a new phase in life and leaving drug and alcohol use behind is a huge step. As with any big change in life, asking questions is an important part...

Are You Living with a Substance Use Disorder?

It is not uncommon in our culture to use alcohol or other substances to unwind after a long day or on the weekends, to assuage feelings of sadness or depression,...

10 Common Questions Asked When Choosing a Drug Rehab Program

Starting a new phase in life and leaving drug and alcohol use behind is a huge step.  As with any big change in life, asking questions is an important part...

10 Tips for Managing Emotions in Early Sobriety

Many people turn to drug and alcohol use in an effort to manage uncomfortable emotions. Anger, grief, depression, and anxiety – it is a cultural norm to have a drink,...

Should You Just Say No to a Drink or Divulge Recovery Status?

It’s practically impossible to get through the holiday season without some well-meaning person offering you a drink or another substance. Though the intent is to help you enjoy yourself and...

5 Ways You Can Positively Impact the Future of Recovery

As we head forward in the year, many people are considering how best to make changes for the better, what they can do to improve themselves and the world around...

Detoxing at Home

People who abuse drugs may feel as though they are in control over how much they take, and they may even feel a little burst of pride when they think...

Self-Help Resources Are Not Enough for Treating Addiction

There are hundreds of books on the subject of drug addiction treatment and recovery, as well as a bevy of motivational resources online to help those in treatment for drug...

Top 10 Ways to Improve Your Chances of Avoiding Relapse in Recovery

Avoiding relapse in recovery is all about staying healthy, actively engaged with treatment, recognizing when it’s time to step things up or change things up, and getting some help staying...

Top 5 Triggers for Relapse and How to Manage Them Without Drinking

Relapse doesn’t come out of nowhere. Though it may initially feel that way, upon reflection, most people can identify the trajectory of events and/or emotions that may have contributed to...

Drug Rehab Aftercare

At Desert Hope, we understand that recovery from a substance use disorder doesn’t happen overnight, and that it may be difficult to adjust to a healthier, sober lifestyle after treatment....

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