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Mountainside Educates Families on Addiction as a Disease

Canaan, CT (PRWEB) November 06, 2014

Roughly 50 percent of American adults have a family member who is an alcoholic, and approximately 1 in 4 children under 18 live in a family with alcoholism, with many more living in a family with drug addiction (NCADD). These kinds of statistics may be shocking, but they demonstrate just how many families are affected by substance abuse. They also highlight something Mountainside Treatment Center has known for years: families need to be educated about addiction as a disease so that they may begin to heal together.

With the recent expansion of its Family Wellness program, Mountainside empowers families by making them aware of how their family dynamics have been affected by as well as have influenced their loved one’s addiction. In the first phase of the program expansion, Mountainside’s new Family Wellness Director Thomas Miller created a Family Wellness Orientation, an interactive and educational workshop that equips families with some key tools to support their loved one in treatment.

“In this workshop, we help families to understand what an addiction is, how addiction impacts the brain, that addiction is a family illness, and to identify the effects that addiction has on a family. We illuminate what their family member is experiencing while in treatment, the type of treatment that their family member is receiving, what constitutes healthy communication, and we explore and prepare the families for their first reunion with loved ones since starting treatment,” said Miller.

The aim of the new workshop is to build a strong foundation for recovery by providing families with healthy and effective strategies to change the environmental and behavioral issues related to their loved one’s addiction and treatment.

“Whatever families have done to cope and survive with their family member’s addiction was their best thinking in the moment and it’s what they knew how to do,” explained Miller. “We are always trying to identify new and innovative programs to support and empower families on their journey towards wellness. We remind them to always take care of themselves first, always present a united front, always trust the process, never give away their circle of control, and to always have hope.”

Miller is developing other additions to the Family Wellness program, including multi-day workshops that will focus specifically on family care, independent of their loved one in recovery.

To learn more about Mountainside’s treatment programs for alcohol and drug abuse, visit http://www.Mountainside.com.

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About Thomas Miller

Thomas is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Masters of Social Work from New York University. At Mountainside, he oversees our Family Wellness program. He develops creative and rich programming to help clients and their families get the treatment and care they need to embrace wellness and maintain long-term sobriety. He has extensive experience in recovery work and treating dual diagnosis clients, and he achieves positive outcomes for the whole family by using a multitude of modalities. Throughout his career, Thomas has devoted his energies to building solid therapeutic alliances with clients and their families to help them move forward in their time of need. He has a special talent for connecting with families, young adults, and LGBT individuals.

About Mountainside Drug Rehab and Alcohol Treatment Center

Mountainside is nationally recognized for the effectiveness of our drug and alcohol addiction treatment programs. We offer a complete continuum of care: detox, residential, extended care, and outpatient services. Our Integrative Care Model provides a comprehensive set of treatment and care offerings coordinated by a multidisciplinary treatment team to best fit the unique needs and interests of each client. We are lauded for our ability to partner with each client and the client’s family and healthcare professionals in developing and executing individualized treatment plans that promote long-term sobriety.







Mountainside Educates Families on Addiction as a Disease

Canaan, CT (PRWEB) November 06, 2014

Roughly 50 percent of American adults have a family member who is an alcoholic, and approximately 1 in 4 children under 18 live in a family with alcoholism, with many more living in a family with drug addiction (NCADD). These kinds of statistics may be shocking, but they demonstrate just how many families are affected by substance abuse. They also highlight something Mountainside Treatment Center has known for years: families need to be educated about addiction as a disease so that they may begin to heal together.

With the recent expansion of its Family Wellness program, Mountainside empowers families by making them aware of how their family dynamics have been affected by as well as have influenced their loved one’s addiction. In the first phase of the program expansion, Mountainside’s new Family Wellness Director Thomas Miller created a Family Wellness Orientation, an interactive and educational workshop that equips families with some key tools to support their loved one in treatment.

“In this workshop, we help families to understand what an addiction is, how addiction impacts the brain, that addiction is a family illness, and to identify the effects that addiction has on a family. We illuminate what their family member is experiencing while in treatment, the type of treatment that their family member is receiving, what constitutes healthy communication, and we explore and prepare the families for their first reunion with loved ones since starting treatment,” said Miller.

The aim of the new workshop is to build a strong foundation for recovery by providing families with healthy and effective strategies to change the environmental and behavioral issues related to their loved one’s addiction and treatment.

“Whatever families have done to cope and survive with their family member’s addiction was their best thinking in the moment and it’s what they knew how to do,” explained Miller. “We are always trying to identify new and innovative programs to support and empower families on their journey towards wellness. We remind them to always take care of themselves first, always present a united front, always trust the process, never give away their circle of control, and to always have hope.”

Miller is developing other additions to the Family Wellness program, including multi-day workshops that will focus specifically on family care, independent of their loved one in recovery.

To learn more about Mountainside’s treatment programs for alcohol and drug abuse, visit http://www.Mountainside.com.

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About Thomas Miller

Thomas is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Masters of Social Work from New York University. At Mountainside, he oversees our Family Wellness program. He develops creative and rich programming to help clients and their families get the treatment and care they need to embrace wellness and maintain long-term sobriety. He has extensive experience in recovery work and treating dual diagnosis clients, and he achieves positive outcomes for the whole family by using a multitude of modalities. Throughout his career, Thomas has devoted his energies to building solid therapeutic alliances with clients and their families to help them move forward in their time of need. He has a special talent for connecting with families, young adults, and LGBT individuals.

About Mountainside Drug Rehab and Alcohol Treatment Center

Mountainside is nationally recognized for the effectiveness of our drug and alcohol addiction treatment programs. We offer a complete continuum of care: detox, residential, extended care, and outpatient services. Our Integrative Care Model provides a comprehensive set of treatment and care offerings coordinated by a multidisciplinary treatment team to best fit the unique needs and interests of each client. We are lauded for our ability to partner with each client and the client’s family and healthcare professionals in developing and executing individualized treatment plans that promote long-term sobriety.







Mountainside Educates Families on Addiction as a Disease

Canaan, CT (PRWEB) November 06, 2014

Roughly 50 percent of American adults have a family member who is an alcoholic, and approximately 1 in 4 children under 18 live in a family with alcoholism, with many more living in a family with drug addiction (NCADD). These kinds of statistics may be shocking, but they demonstrate just how many families are affected by substance abuse. They also highlight something Mountainside Treatment Center has known for years: families need to be educated about addiction as a disease so that they may begin to heal together.

With the recent expansion of its Family Wellness program, Mountainside empowers families by making them aware of how their family dynamics have been affected by as well as have influenced their loved one’s addiction. In the first phase of the program expansion, Mountainside’s new Family Wellness Director Thomas Miller created a Family Wellness Orientation, an interactive and educational workshop that equips families with some key tools to support their loved one in treatment.

“In this workshop, we help families to understand what an addiction is, how addiction impacts the brain, that addiction is a family illness, and to identify the effects that addiction has on a family. We illuminate what their family member is experiencing while in treatment, the type of treatment that their family member is receiving, what constitutes healthy communication, and we explore and prepare the families for their first reunion with loved ones since starting treatment,” said Miller.

The aim of the new workshop is to build a strong foundation for recovery by providing families with healthy and effective strategies to change the environmental and behavioral issues related to their loved one’s addiction and treatment.

“Whatever families have done to cope and survive with their family member’s addiction was their best thinking in the moment and it’s what they knew how to do,” explained Miller. “We are always trying to identify new and innovative programs to support and empower families on their journey towards wellness. We remind them to always take care of themselves first, always present a united front, always trust the process, never give away their circle of control, and to always have hope.”

Miller is developing other additions to the Family Wellness program, including multi-day workshops that will focus specifically on family care, independent of their loved one in recovery.

To learn more about Mountainside’s treatment programs for alcohol and drug abuse, visit http://www.Mountainside.com.

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About Thomas Miller

Thomas is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Masters of Social Work from New York University. At Mountainside, he oversees our Family Wellness program. He develops creative and rich programming to help clients and their families get the treatment and care they need to embrace wellness and maintain long-term sobriety. He has extensive experience in recovery work and treating dual diagnosis clients, and he achieves positive outcomes for the whole family by using a multitude of modalities. Throughout his career, Thomas has devoted his energies to building solid therapeutic alliances with clients and their families to help them move forward in their time of need. He has a special talent for connecting with families, young adults, and LGBT individuals.

About Mountainside Drug Rehab and Alcohol Treatment Center

Mountainside is nationally recognized for the effectiveness of our drug and alcohol addiction treatment programs. We offer a complete continuum of care: detox, residential, extended care, and outpatient services. Our Integrative Care Model provides a comprehensive set of treatment and care offerings coordinated by a multidisciplinary treatment team to best fit the unique needs and interests of each client. We are lauded for our ability to partner with each client and the client’s family and healthcare professionals in developing and executing individualized treatment plans that promote long-term sobriety.







Mountainside Educates Families on Addiction as a Disease

Canaan, CT (PRWEB) November 06, 2014

Roughly 50 percent of American adults have a family member who is an alcoholic, and approximately 1 in 4 children under 18 live in a family with alcoholism, with many more living in a family with drug addiction (NCADD). These kinds of statistics may be shocking, but they demonstrate just how many families are affected by substance abuse. They also highlight something Mountainside Treatment Center has known for years: families need to be educated about addiction as a disease so that they may begin to heal together.

With the recent expansion of its Family Wellness program, Mountainside empowers families by making them aware of how their family dynamics have been affected by as well as have influenced their loved one’s addiction. In the first phase of the program expansion, Mountainside’s new Family Wellness Director Thomas Miller created a Family Wellness Orientation, an interactive and educational workshop that equips families with some key tools to support their loved one in treatment.

“In this workshop, we help families to understand what an addiction is, how addiction impacts the brain, that addiction is a family illness, and to identify the effects that addiction has on a family. We illuminate what their family member is experiencing while in treatment, the type of treatment that their family member is receiving, what constitutes healthy communication, and we explore and prepare the families for their first reunion with loved ones since starting treatment,” said Miller.

The aim of the new workshop is to build a strong foundation for recovery by providing families with healthy and effective strategies to change the environmental and behavioral issues related to their loved one’s addiction and treatment.

“Whatever families have done to cope and survive with their family member’s addiction was their best thinking in the moment and it’s what they knew how to do,” explained Miller. “We are always trying to identify new and innovative programs to support and empower families on their journey towards wellness. We remind them to always take care of themselves first, always present a united front, always trust the process, never give away their circle of control, and to always have hope.”

Miller is developing other additions to the Family Wellness program, including multi-day workshops that will focus specifically on family care, independent of their loved one in recovery.

To learn more about Mountainside’s treatment programs for alcohol and drug abuse, visit http://www.Mountainside.com.

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About Thomas Miller

Thomas is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Masters of Social Work from New York University. At Mountainside, he oversees our Family Wellness program. He develops creative and rich programming to help clients and their families get the treatment and care they need to embrace wellness and maintain long-term sobriety. He has extensive experience in recovery work and treating dual diagnosis clients, and he achieves positive outcomes for the whole family by using a multitude of modalities. Throughout his career, Thomas has devoted his energies to building solid therapeutic alliances with clients and their families to help them move forward in their time of need. He has a special talent for connecting with families, young adults, and LGBT individuals.

About Mountainside Drug Rehab and Alcohol Treatment Center

Mountainside is nationally recognized for the effectiveness of our drug and alcohol addiction treatment programs. We offer a complete continuum of care: detox, residential, extended care, and outpatient services. Our Integrative Care Model provides a comprehensive set of treatment and care offerings coordinated by a multidisciplinary treatment team to best fit the unique needs and interests of each client. We are lauded for our ability to partner with each client and the client’s family and healthcare professionals in developing and executing individualized treatment plans that promote long-term sobriety.







Mountainside Educates Families on Addiction as a Disease

Canaan, CT (PRWEB) November 06, 2014

Roughly 50 percent of American adults have a family member who is an alcoholic, and approximately 1 in 4 children under 18 live in a family with alcoholism, with many more living in a family with drug addiction (NCADD). These kinds of statistics may be shocking, but they demonstrate just how many families are affected by substance abuse. They also highlight something Mountainside Treatment Center has known for years: families need to be educated about addiction as a disease so that they may begin to heal together.

With the recent expansion of its Family Wellness program, Mountainside empowers families by making them aware of how their family dynamics have been affected by as well as have influenced their loved one’s addiction. In the first phase of the program expansion, Mountainside’s new Family Wellness Director Thomas Miller created a Family Wellness Orientation, an interactive and educational workshop that equips families with some key tools to support their loved one in treatment.

“In this workshop, we help families to understand what an addiction is, how addiction impacts the brain, that addiction is a family illness, and to identify the effects that addiction has on a family. We illuminate what their family member is experiencing while in treatment, the type of treatment that their family member is receiving, what constitutes healthy communication, and we explore and prepare the families for their first reunion with loved ones since starting treatment,” said Miller.

The aim of the new workshop is to build a strong foundation for recovery by providing families with healthy and effective strategies to change the environmental and behavioral issues related to their loved one’s addiction and treatment.

“Whatever families have done to cope and survive with their family member’s addiction was their best thinking in the moment and it’s what they knew how to do,” explained Miller. “We are always trying to identify new and innovative programs to support and empower families on their journey towards wellness. We remind them to always take care of themselves first, always present a united front, always trust the process, never give away their circle of control, and to always have hope.”

Miller is developing other additions to the Family Wellness program, including multi-day workshops that will focus specifically on family care, independent of their loved one in recovery.

To learn more about Mountainside’s treatment programs for alcohol and drug abuse, visit http://www.Mountainside.com.

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About Thomas Miller

Thomas is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Masters of Social Work from New York University. At Mountainside, he oversees our Family Wellness program. He develops creative and rich programming to help clients and their families get the treatment and care they need to embrace wellness and maintain long-term sobriety. He has extensive experience in recovery work and treating dual diagnosis clients, and he achieves positive outcomes for the whole family by using a multitude of modalities. Throughout his career, Thomas has devoted his energies to building solid therapeutic alliances with clients and their families to help them move forward in their time of need. He has a special talent for connecting with families, young adults, and LGBT individuals.

About Mountainside Drug Rehab and Alcohol Treatment Center

Mountainside is nationally recognized for the effectiveness of our drug and alcohol addiction treatment programs. We offer a complete continuum of care: detox, residential, extended care, and outpatient services. Our Integrative Care Model provides a comprehensive set of treatment and care offerings coordinated by a multidisciplinary treatment team to best fit the unique needs and interests of each client. We are lauded for our ability to partner with each client and the client’s family and healthcare professionals in developing and executing individualized treatment plans that promote long-term sobriety.







Powerful & Emotional New A Forever Recovery Video Spotlights Graduate Who Overcame Opiate Addiction


Battle Creek, MI (PRWEB) November 20, 2014

People struggling with drug abuse or addiction, as well as their family members and other loved ones who desperately want to be part of the solution, should head to A Forever Recovery’s YouTube channel, and watch a powerful and emotional new video featuring “Charlie” – a 37 year old from Southeastern Virginia who overcame an opiate addiction, and is now on the path to lasting sobriety.

“A big part of recovery is learning how to build and maintain strong, healthy and meaningful relationships, and leaving behind the so-called friendships that were based on using drugs and alcohol,” commented Charlie. “The personal connections, the bonds of friendship and the extensive support network at A Forever Recovery are crucial for successful long term rehabilitation. I told myself when I came to A Forever Recovery that I could do this on my own. But you can’t do it on your own.”

“The single biggest factor in Charlie’s rehabilitation and the fact that he’s living a strong, sober life full of promise is one person: Charlie,” commented A Forever Recovery’s CEO Per Wickstrom. “Yes, our staff played an essential role, and I’m very proud of our team for their efforts, dedication and compassion. But if Charlie didn’t accept that he had a drug problem, and wasn’t willing to dig deep and commit to getting sober, then we wouldn’t be celebrating his graduation – instead, we’d be lamenting a relapse, and he would be a tragic statistic instead of an inspiring success story. Charlie deserves the ultimate credit for putting his life back in order, and we couldn’t be happier for him!”

A Forever Recovery’s powerful and emotional new video featuring Charlie is available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_UrVURoJsk.

Additional videos are also available on A Forever Recovery’s YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyAijfNFxX2Ihh3MmynmMPA.

About A Forever Recovery

A Forever Recovery program is an open-ended drug and alcohol treatment program that gets clients off to a great start and gives them a solid foundation in recovery they can believe in. Not every treatment methodology works for every client. Some people are very receptive to 12-step principles, whereas others are more comfortable with faith-based treatment. Cognitive approaches have excellent success, whereas others thrive within a more holistic approach. A Forever Recovery allows clients to choose from a wide range of recovery methodologies, coupled with Moral Recognition Therapy (MRT), to achieve success rates unmatched in the addiction treatment industry. The bottom line is that there is no single therapeutic approach to recovery that works for everyone… until now.

Learn more at http://aforeverrecovery.com







Mountainside Educates Families on Addiction as a Disease

Canaan, CT (PRWEB) November 06, 2014

Roughly 50 percent of American adults have a family member who is an alcoholic, and approximately 1 in 4 children under 18 live in a family with alcoholism, with many more living in a family with drug addiction (NCADD). These kinds of statistics may be shocking, but they demonstrate just how many families are affected by substance abuse. They also highlight something Mountainside Treatment Center has known for years: families need to be educated about addiction as a disease so that they may begin to heal together.

With the recent expansion of its Family Wellness program, Mountainside empowers families by making them aware of how their family dynamics have been affected by as well as have influenced their loved one’s addiction. In the first phase of the program expansion, Mountainside’s new Family Wellness Director Thomas Miller created a Family Wellness Orientation, an interactive and educational workshop that equips families with some key tools to support their loved one in treatment.

“In this workshop, we help families to understand what an addiction is, how addiction impacts the brain, that addiction is a family illness, and to identify the effects that addiction has on a family. We illuminate what their family member is experiencing while in treatment, the type of treatment that their family member is receiving, what constitutes healthy communication, and we explore and prepare the families for their first reunion with loved ones since starting treatment,” said Miller.

The aim of the new workshop is to build a strong foundation for recovery by providing families with healthy and effective strategies to change the environmental and behavioral issues related to their loved one’s addiction and treatment.

“Whatever families have done to cope and survive with their family member’s addiction was their best thinking in the moment and it’s what they knew how to do,” explained Miller. “We are always trying to identify new and innovative programs to support and empower families on their journey towards wellness. We remind them to always take care of themselves first, always present a united front, always trust the process, never give away their circle of control, and to always have hope.”

Miller is developing other additions to the Family Wellness program, including multi-day workshops that will focus specifically on family care, independent of their loved one in recovery.

To learn more about Mountainside’s treatment programs for alcohol and drug abuse, visit http://www.Mountainside.com.

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About Thomas Miller

Thomas is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Masters of Social Work from New York University. At Mountainside, he oversees our Family Wellness program. He develops creative and rich programming to help clients and their families get the treatment and care they need to embrace wellness and maintain long-term sobriety. He has extensive experience in recovery work and treating dual diagnosis clients, and he achieves positive outcomes for the whole family by using a multitude of modalities. Throughout his career, Thomas has devoted his energies to building solid therapeutic alliances with clients and their families to help them move forward in their time of need. He has a special talent for connecting with families, young adults, and LGBT individuals.

About Mountainside Drug Rehab and Alcohol Treatment Center

Mountainside is nationally recognized for the effectiveness of our drug and alcohol addiction treatment programs. We offer a complete continuum of care: detox, residential, extended care, and outpatient services. Our Integrative Care Model provides a comprehensive set of treatment and care offerings coordinated by a multidisciplinary treatment team to best fit the unique needs and interests of each client. We are lauded for our ability to partner with each client and the client’s family and healthcare professionals in developing and executing individualized treatment plans that promote long-term sobriety.







New A Forever Recovery Blog Post Asks: Which Addiction is the Hardest to Overcome?


Battle Creek, MI (PRWEB) September 04, 2014

In its latest blog post, A Forever Recovery, an open-ended drug and alcohol treatment program that gets clients off to a great start and gives them a solid foundation in recovery they can believe in, is asking: which addiction is the most difficult to overcome?

“All addictions are difficult and achieving sobriety is never easy,” commented A Forever Recovery’s CEO Per Wickstrom. “However, some addictions are harder to conquer than others – including some that may come as a surprise.”

According to A Forever Recovery, addictions that are widely considered to be the most difficult to overcome are:


Alcohol. There are several reasons why alcohol makes the dubious list, including: widespread availability, relatively low price, and integration into everyday life and society. Withdrawal symptoms can include: headache, lack of appetite, nervousness, fever, insomnia, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, mood swings, anxiety, depression, heart palpitations, and Delirium Tremens (DTs).

Benzodiazepines (a.k.a. benzos, Valium, Xanax, Klonopin, Ativan, Librium, Versed, Halcion, Tranxene, Serax, etc.). These anti-anxiety drugs were originally meant to replace barbiturates as a “less addictive” option; however, many people grow addicted to them with fatal consequences. Withdrawal symptoms can include: difficulty concentrating, muscle pain and stiffness, tremors, irritability, anxiety, panic attacks, dry retching, nausea, psychosis, heart palpitations, seizures and coma.

Methadone. Created as a synthetic opiate used primarily in the treatment of addiction to opiates such as morphine or heroin, many people who use methadone over a period of time struggle severely to break free. Withdrawal symptoms can include: fever symptoms (e.g. like cold sweats and shivering), agitation, anxiety, depression, abdominal cramping, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, muscle and bone aches, insomnia, rapid heartbeat, high blood pressure.

“Regardless of the substance involved, addicts need to understand that quitting cold turkey is almost always the wrong move – in fact, it can worsen the problem and lead to hospitalization and, in some tragic cases, death,” added Per Wickstrom. “That’s why it’s essential to get the compassionate and qualified help them need from a rehab facility that has been accredited, licensed and certified.”

The full text of A Forever Recovery’s latest blog post entitled “Which Addiction is the Most Difficult to Overcome?” is available at http://aforeverrecovery.com/blog/addiction/addiction-difficult-overcome/

About A Forever Recovery

A Forever Recovery program is an open-ended drug and alcohol treatment program that gets clients off to a great start and gives them a solid foundation in recovery they can believe in. Not every treatment methodology works for every client. Some people are very receptive to 12-step principles, whereas others are more comfortable with faith-based treatment. Cognitive approaches have excellent success, whereas others thrive within a more holistic approach. A Forever Recovery allows clients to choose from a wide range of recovery methodologies, coupled with Moral Recognition Therapy (MRT), to achieve success rates unmatched in the addiction treatment industry. The bottom line is that there is no single therapeutic approach to recovery that works for everyone… until now.

Learn more at http://aforeverrecovery.com/







New A Forever Recovery Blog Post Asks: Which Addiction is the Hardest to Overcome?


Battle Creek, MI (PRWEB) September 04, 2014

In its latest blog post, A Forever Recovery, an open-ended drug and alcohol treatment program that gets clients off to a great start and gives them a solid foundation in recovery they can believe in, is asking: which addiction is the most difficult to overcome?

“All addictions are difficult and achieving sobriety is never easy,” commented A Forever Recovery’s CEO Per Wickstrom. “However, some addictions are harder to conquer than others – including some that may come as a surprise.”

According to A Forever Recovery, addictions that are widely considered to be the most difficult to overcome are:


Alcohol. There are several reasons why alcohol makes the dubious list, including: widespread availability, relatively low price, and integration into everyday life and society. Withdrawal symptoms can include: headache, lack of appetite, nervousness, fever, insomnia, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, mood swings, anxiety, depression, heart palpitations, and Delirium Tremens (DTs).

Benzodiazepines (a.k.a. benzos, Valium, Xanax, Klonopin, Ativan, Librium, Versed, Halcion, Tranxene, Serax, etc.). These anti-anxiety drugs were originally meant to replace barbiturates as a “less addictive” option; however, many people grow addicted to them with fatal consequences. Withdrawal symptoms can include: difficulty concentrating, muscle pain and stiffness, tremors, irritability, anxiety, panic attacks, dry retching, nausea, psychosis, heart palpitations, seizures and coma.

Methadone. Created as a synthetic opiate used primarily in the treatment of addiction to opiates such as morphine or heroin, many people who use methadone over a period of time struggle severely to break free. Withdrawal symptoms can include: fever symptoms (e.g. like cold sweats and shivering), agitation, anxiety, depression, abdominal cramping, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, muscle and bone aches, insomnia, rapid heartbeat, high blood pressure.

“Regardless of the substance involved, addicts need to understand that quitting cold turkey is almost always the wrong move – in fact, it can worsen the problem and lead to hospitalization and, in some tragic cases, death,” added Per Wickstrom. “That’s why it’s essential to get the compassionate and qualified help them need from a rehab facility that has been accredited, licensed and certified.”

The full text of A Forever Recovery’s latest blog post entitled “Which Addiction is the Most Difficult to Overcome?” is available at http://aforeverrecovery.com/blog/addiction/addiction-difficult-overcome/

About A Forever Recovery

A Forever Recovery program is an open-ended drug and alcohol treatment program that gets clients off to a great start and gives them a solid foundation in recovery they can believe in. Not every treatment methodology works for every client. Some people are very receptive to 12-step principles, whereas others are more comfortable with faith-based treatment. Cognitive approaches have excellent success, whereas others thrive within a more holistic approach. A Forever Recovery allows clients to choose from a wide range of recovery methodologies, coupled with Moral Recognition Therapy (MRT), to achieve success rates unmatched in the addiction treatment industry. The bottom line is that there is no single therapeutic approach to recovery that works for everyone… until now.

Learn more at http://aforeverrecovery.com/







Mountainside Educates Families on Addiction as a Disease

Canaan, CT (PRWEB) November 06, 2014

Roughly 50 percent of American adults have a family member who is an alcoholic, and approximately 1 in 4 children under 18 live in a family with alcoholism, with many more living in a family with drug addiction (NCADD). These kinds of statistics may be shocking, but they demonstrate just how many families are affected by substance abuse. They also highlight something Mountainside Treatment Center has known for years: families need to be educated about addiction as a disease so that they may begin to heal together.

With the recent expansion of its Family Wellness program, Mountainside empowers families by making them aware of how their family dynamics have been affected by as well as have influenced their loved one’s addiction. In the first phase of the program expansion, Mountainside’s new Family Wellness Director Thomas Miller created a Family Wellness Orientation, an interactive and educational workshop that equips families with some key tools to support their loved one in treatment.

“In this workshop, we help families to understand what an addiction is, how addiction impacts the brain, that addiction is a family illness, and to identify the effects that addiction has on a family. We illuminate what their family member is experiencing while in treatment, the type of treatment that their family member is receiving, what constitutes healthy communication, and we explore and prepare the families for their first reunion with loved ones since starting treatment,” said Miller.

The aim of the new workshop is to build a strong foundation for recovery by providing families with healthy and effective strategies to change the environmental and behavioral issues related to their loved one’s addiction and treatment.

“Whatever families have done to cope and survive with their family member’s addiction was their best thinking in the moment and it’s what they knew how to do,” explained Miller. “We are always trying to identify new and innovative programs to support and empower families on their journey towards wellness. We remind them to always take care of themselves first, always present a united front, always trust the process, never give away their circle of control, and to always have hope.”

Miller is developing other additions to the Family Wellness program, including multi-day workshops that will focus specifically on family care, independent of their loved one in recovery.

To learn more about Mountainside’s treatment programs for alcohol and drug abuse, visit http://www.Mountainside.com.

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About Thomas Miller

Thomas is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Masters of Social Work from New York University. At Mountainside, he oversees our Family Wellness program. He develops creative and rich programming to help clients and their families get the treatment and care they need to embrace wellness and maintain long-term sobriety. He has extensive experience in recovery work and treating dual diagnosis clients, and he achieves positive outcomes for the whole family by using a multitude of modalities. Throughout his career, Thomas has devoted his energies to building solid therapeutic alliances with clients and their families to help them move forward in their time of need. He has a special talent for connecting with families, young adults, and LGBT individuals.

About Mountainside Drug Rehab and Alcohol Treatment Center

Mountainside is nationally recognized for the effectiveness of our drug and alcohol addiction treatment programs. We offer a complete continuum of care: detox, residential, extended care, and outpatient services. Our Integrative Care Model provides a comprehensive set of treatment and care offerings coordinated by a multidisciplinary treatment team to best fit the unique needs and interests of each client. We are lauded for our ability to partner with each client and the client’s family and healthcare professionals in developing and executing individualized treatment plans that promote long-term sobriety.