San Diego Addiction Recovery: Going Beyond the Twelve Steps

The twelve step program, more commonly referred to as Alcoholics Anonymous or AA, has become the ultimate authority over the last 100 years when it comes to recovery from alcohol and substance abuse. Its core message is based on the principles of turning your life over to a higher power while admitting that you solely […]

Horse Whisperers: The Benefits of Equine Therapy

There are many alternative therapy options available to those seeking help, as the benefits of holistic treatment become increasingly apparent. Sometimes a traditional route towards recovery just doesn’t work, and in that case, there is a need for a more progressive style of rehabilitation. Of the various therapies we offer at Ranch Creek Recovery, one […]

A Closer Look at Amino Acid Therapy

Amino acids are the primary structures responsible for the body’s production of proteins. These proteins are responsible for the makeup of our cells as well as their function, so without the correct levels of amino acids, we can become sick, and in some cases, die. Usually, amino acid levels are maintained through a balanced diet […]

The Other Side of Addiction: Co-Dependency

When most of us think about addiction, our minds go directly to substance abuse. Dependencies on alcohol, narcotics, or nicotine are three of the most publically recognized addictions in our society, due to the overwhelming number of people dealing with them each day. We are able to see the physical and psychological effects of these […]

Depression and Substance Abuse

Mood disorders and substance abuse go hand in hand. Data from treatment seeking populations indicate that substance abuse disorders and other psychiatric disorders co-occur more commonly than would be expected by chance. Substance abuse, chemical dependance and alcoholism in particular are more common in patients with bipolar affective disorder than in the rest of the […]

Inside America’s Alarming Prescription Drug Addiction

Are you taking more pain medications than prescribed? If so, you could be one of the millions of Americans dealing with a prescription drug addiction. Most people think of street drugs when they think of drug abuse, but addiction to prescription medication has skyrocketed in the U.S. in recent years. Prescription drug abuse is running […]

Alternative Approaches to Addiction: Top Trends in Holistic Therapy [INFOGRAPHIC]

Holistic medicine has been gaining popularity across the U.S. and worldwide in recent decades. Holistic options are used more frequently by people everyday to promote relaxation, treat medical problems, and counsel people with mental disorders. Increasingly, addition treatment centers are adopting holistic methodologies to treat drug and alcohol abuse. Some of the most popular therapies […]

Getting Familiar with the Language of Addiction Treatment

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Seeking drug addiction treatment means confronting a whole new world of terminology. Learning the language of treatment and recovery will help you better understand the process and put you in control. Here are some of the terms you are likely to encounter during addiction treatment: Addiction The World Health Organization defines addiction as the repeated […]

Drug Abuse, Neurotransmitters, and the Loss of Happiness

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Why is it so difficult to give up drugs, even when using them is destroying your relationships, career, health, and finances? Many people dealing with addiction blame themselves for lacking willpower, but the answer is much more complex than that. Drugs actually alter the way the brain works, making addiction very powerful. At Ranch Creek […]