Does Health Insurance Cover Rehab? | High Desert First Step Recovery Center

Does Health Insurance Cover Rehab?

With all of the commotion that has gone on in the past several years about health insurance, it is no wonder that average Americans have difficulty determining what is covered by their policies. It seems as if insurance providers come up with new rules all the time to limit who can receive what services and…

Dangers of Binge Drinking | High Desert First Step Addiction Treatment

Dangers of Binge Drinking

Binge drinking is defined as drinking enough alcohol to bring one’s blood alcohol level to at least 0.08 grams percent. The CDC lists some of the following disturbing statistics about binge drinking that show how prevalent it is. (https://www.cdc.gov/alcohol/fact-sheets/binge-drinking.htm) Approximately 17% of American adults binge drink four times per month. Binge drinking is more common…

April Is Alcohol Awareness Month | Victorville Addiction & Rehabilitation

April Is Alcohol Awareness Month

The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence supports Alcohol Awareness Month every April. During this month, the organization focuses on removing the stigma from alcoholism, allowing those who have real problems with alcohol addiction to find life-changing care. In addition, the NCADD focuses on educating the public each April about what alcoholism is and…

How Well Do 12-Step Programs Work? | Victorville Rehabilitation Center

How Well Do 12-Step Programs Work?

There have been plenty of studies performed in the past decade looking at how effective 12-step programs, such as Alcoholics Anonymous, really are. Those who have had good success in the programs tend to cheer the groups on loudly while those who have not been successful tend to remain in the background. However, it is…

Cancer Patients and Narcotics | Apple Valley Rehabilitation & Recovery

Cancer Patients and Narcotics

An integral part of many cancers is pain. While some cancer patients are fortunate enough not to deal with pain, many patients have daily pain related to the disease process or the treatment. Many cancerous tumors are large enough to press on surrounding organs; other cancers require chemotherapy, radiation, surgery or a combination of these…

How to Avoid Addiction When Taking Opioids | Victorville Rehabilitation

How to Avoid Addiction When Taking Opioids

Opioids, such as prescription narcotics, are highly addictive. They work on certain receptors in the brain to decrease pain and create a calm feeling while also inducing tiredness. Narcotics are often used as the first line of defense against moderate to severe pain in hospitals and clinics around the world. While behavioral therapies can decrease…

Seniors and Alcoholism | Victorville Addiction Recovery & Treatment Center

Seniors and Alcoholism

It is hard to imagine very many elderly people as having problems with alcohol, such as unhealthy dependencies. However, it is certainly the case, especially among those who already have other chronic health problems. A recent report out of the University of Georgia that was published in the American Geriatrics Society Journal studied over 1,500…