Polysubstance Abuse: What You Need to Know

Polysubstance Abuse: What You Need to Know

We often think of addiction in singular terms, with someone being purely an “alcoholic,” “cocaine addict,” or “heroin addict,” but the truth is that addiction often is not so cut-and-dry. In fact, addiction can and often does center around more than one substance. The...

Addiction as a Learning Disorder

Recently, a new book has come out about addiction, and it’s creating a lot of buzz. Maia Szalavitz’s book Unbroken Brain is part memoir and part manifesto. Coupled with her personal experiences with drugs and addiction is a passionate argument to change the way we see...

The Importance of Psychotherapy in Recovery

Spending time with a licensed therapist is central to a successful recovery from addiction. Here are just a few reasons why: Addiction is more than physical. When treating any drug addiction, including alcohol addiction, it’s vital to remember that addiction is never...

Benefits of Group Therapy

Here at A Mission for Michael, we involve group therapy as an integrated service in our multidisciplinary program in order to provide well-rounded, long-term support for individuals who are battling addiction. Here is a look at the many benefits that group therapy can...

Understanding the 12 Steps Part 2

Last week we discussed the first six of the AA’s 12 steps (in case you missed it, check out the blog post here).  This week, we will be discussing the final six steps.  Read on to learn more.   7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings. Once you...

Understanding the 12 Steps Part 1

If you are a recovering addict, there is no doubt that you have heard of the twelve step process.  It is used by Alcoholics Anonymous, many treatment centers, as well as most private support groups.  If you are curious about the twelve steps, but don’t fully...