Woman working aa step 4 in addiction treatment

How to Work AA Step 4

Working through any 12-step program can be not only life-changing but, more commonly—life-saving. The twelve steps, combined with a supportive treatment environment, can be the catalyst you need to change your life completely. You may already be familiar with steps one through three: admitting that we are powerless and our lives unmanageable, believing in a…

Addiction treatment - taking the first step

Addiction Treatment: Taking the First Step

Realizing that you need addiction treatment can be an altogether terrifying and confusing reality, although it doesn’t have to be.  Our men’s and women’s inpatient and outpatient treatment services, along with group therapy, family, and alumni programs are ready to provide all needed support on your journey. However, to receive the best these support programs…

In Addiction Treatment and Beyond: We Need Each Other

In Addiction Treatment and Beyond: We Need Each Other

If any good thing has arisen from the collective trauma that we are all experiencing through the spread of COVID-19 and subsequent prevention methods, it is a spotlight on just how much we need each other especially when it comes to addiction treatment and beyond. Throughout the last six months, our ability to adapt to…

woman wondering is alcohol a depressant

Is Alcohol a Depressant?

At Recovery Ranch in Tennessee, clients sometimes ask, “Is alcohol a depressant?” Alcohol meets the definition of depressant because it suppresses the central nervous system. Slurred speech, disturbed perceptions, unsteady movements, and the inability to think clearly all indicate impairment of the central nervous system. Fortunately, our drug and alcohol detox center can help you…

woman suffering from substance abuse psychosis

Substance Abuse, Psychosis Affect Men and Women Differently

Significant numbers of the people in the U.S. dealing with serious substance-related issues also have symptoms of a highly destabilizing mental state called substance abuse psychosis. Some affected individuals meet the basic criteria used to identify a substance and mental health-related condition called a dual diagnosis. In a study published in September 2014 in the…

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The Complex Nature of Trauma Treatment

What we experience early in life can influence our future responses. A psychologically traumatic event from your past may impact how you think, feel, and behave today. That’s how post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) develops. While addiction is an illness of the brain, PTSD is more of an injury to the brain—something from the outside that…