Substance abuse affects people of all ages from all walks of life — and while 10 percent of U.S. adults have drug use disorder at some point in their lives, 75 percent do not receive any form of treatment. Addiction is a brain disease, one that is closely linked to poor trauma and poor mental health. Although each individual is unique, many addicts begin using substances as a coping mechanism
“Enabling is helping a person in a way that feeds the dysfunction. Helping is being there for someone in a way that does not support the dysfunction.” — Dr. Noelle Nelson Addiction is a family disease. If you have a loved one that is suffering from addiction, you know this all too well. Whether a family member or friend is addicted to drugs and/or alcohol, you know how challenging it
What is Neuroplasticity? The brain is one the most complex organs in the human body. It is composed of synapses, or small structures that neurons use to communicate with each another. Over time, some synapse connections can grow stronger, while others weaken as we get older. Because our brains are so adaptable, they change according to our circumstances and environments that we live in. Not only does the brain play
What Dangers Does Summer Bring for Those in Recovery? Summer brings its own challenges for those in substance abuse and addiction recovery. More people get together outdoors and have special events like weddings and birthdays. With these activities, there’s more temptation to enjoy a few drinks and enjoy the summertime sun. After all, no one expects every person in recovery to sit in the house all summer long. But it’s
What is Fentanyl? Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid. Producers make it in a lab and chemically modify it to be stronger than other opioids such as heroin or morphine. Doctors prescribe it to patients in severe pain, most commonly after serious surgeries. Although fentanyl is present in a number of legal prescriptions, it’s now increasingly associated with overdose deaths in recent years because of its potency and addictive properties. According
Many people recovering from addiction are unaware of their immune health. It can be a tough topic to address, especially when there are so many other things to work on. But your immune recovery is an essential part of your new life. Substance abuse over an extended period of time has harmful effects on a person, including how it affects them on a biological level. In many cases, our bodies
What is Aftercare? Aftercare programs are one of the most important parts of the recovery process. They include any type of care offered after the detox or residential treatment. Now that you’re sober, aftercare programs focus on how to keep it that way. They offer tools, strategies, resources, and support networks to make sure you don’t relapse. If someone doesn’t have an aftercare program in place after their treatment, there’s
What is Social Anxiety? Anxiety and fear are natural human reactions designed to keep us safe from perceived danger or threats. When we feel threatened or stressed, our bodies start to feel physical sensations of anxiety. This is a normal—and even healthy—response to perceived danger. But what happens when we experience these reactions without any real threat or danger involved? One of the most common forms of this anxiety not
Knowing how to set goals is a valuable skill in all areas of life. But it is especially important when you are recovering from substance abuse or addiction. The process of setting realistic and achievable goals will give you milestones to look forward to on your recovery journey. These milestones make an open-ended and sometimes intimidating process easier to break down. If you can wrap your head around step-by-step goals,
Spring is a time of renewal, rebirth, and new beginnings. With the changing weather, outdoor and leisure activities are more appealing than ever. But activities associated with leisure are often a sticky topic for those recovering from substance abuse and those newly committed to sobriety. For these folks—and maybe you’re one of them—leisurely activities might be tied to your first time engaging in drugs or alcohol. And as the addiction
Addiction and Adverse Childhood Experiences In today’s culture, stress has become an almost inevitable part of life. And children are no exception to having these experiences. But there is a difference between “normal” types of stress and what have become known as “Adverse Childhood Experiences,” or ACEs. One of the biggest amplifiers of ACEs, studies have shown, is a sense of chaos and randomness in a child or youth’s living
Recovery from addiction or substance abuse is not an easy journey to embark on. For many people, some type of fear often keeps them from even starting the process. For others, different fears may arise during recovery that make you want to quit your treatment program and just give up. If either of these sound like you, you might be afraid of more than one thing that’s blocking your path.
- I came into Pinnacle Recover broken and lost and so scared. I had no sense of hope or self love and I didn't know where my life was heading or what to even do with a day. From the first day to the last day at Pinnacle, I have received so much support and emotional help through the discovery of myself and life. The therapists gave me tools to help me better understand what it was like to be around me and gave me the space to hear myself speak. I have discovered so much about my being and soul and have found my passion again. I feel driven, alive, sober, hope, love, support, strength, self love, honest, and ready to hit the ground running. Thank you for giving me life! I will always hold everyone at Pinnacle in my heart. I could not have asked for anything better. THANK YOU!!
Savannah, 2020 Alumni
- Pinnacle changed my life. I voluntarily came into Pinnacle as a broken alcoholic woman. I was depressed, hated myself, full of guilt, and had pushed many friends and family away. I had Joel as a therapist and he had so much knowledge, compassion, and understanding. The entire staff including the amazing food Lee cooked were some of the best people I have ever met in my life. The classes, therapy sessions, activities, group sessions were so healing, and I gained so many skills to help me in my sobriety. I am a new person, and full of self-love, confidence, strength, and commitment to living my authentic sober life. I gained many friends here, as even the clients were so welcoming, and we became support as well for each other. I would highly recommend Pinnacle to anyone who is struggling with addiction and wants to commit to a new and wonderful life. Thank you to everyone at Pinnacle, I truly love you all.
Brenda, 2020 Alumni
- This place saved my life. The program is amazing. The staff are 100% committed to the clients. The clients mental health, well-being and sobriety are considered and placed as the top priority at all times. The therapists and clinical staff are well educated and super caring about each and every client. The house is amazing. The Dr is kind and super supportive and helpful. The professional chef is awesome. I loved every day I was there.
Matthew, 2021 Alumni
- Pinnacle was more than these words or stars can ever describe when talking about my recovery/sobriety. My wife found Pinnacle on google reviews and I took a leap of faith and called MK. She was welcoming throughout the entire process from day one. The staff is very accommodating to our needs and is very personable. The house is like a family per say and everyone that works here is very passionate about the work that they do.The therapists really care about their clients as they are recovering themselves and encourage us to be vulnerable with our peers and ourselves. I learned to change my behaviors and thinking through spirituality, meditation, therapy, group sessions, and philosophy that Pinnacle believes in.It is up to you to give it 110% every day even on the hard days if you want your life to be the best it can possibly be. Pinnacle has saved my life and I found a new life that I didn't even know was possible before.
Scott, 2021 Alumni
- Before coming to Pinnacle my life was hopeless as well as less meaningful. Here I was able to focus on core issues and learn how to manage. Pinnacle helped save my life. I am so grateful for the clinical staff and day and night staff. Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart.
- Food was great! I loved Natalie. She was a lifesaver literally. Loved the activities and felt they were a big part of seeing I could have sober fun. Staff was amazing, loved them all. Brad was very helpful to my recovery and talked me off the ledge several times. Joel helped me out a lot and was crucial to my recovery. Pinnacle is the best place ever. Pinnacle gave me hope again or at least a glimmer of it in the darkness of my life at the time I entered treatment. I felt very loved and welcomed by staff and clients and never once felt judged. I was scared of entering a rehab after a bad experience at my first treatment center. Upon arrival at Pinnacle that fear quickly melted away. If I had a friend or family member who needed treatment I would ONLY recommend Pinnacle.
- Pinnacle Recovery gave me another chance at life. A chance to create and find a better life for me, so that I could create and find the life I always wanted for myself. I owe my life to this program and the amazing people involved in it. Words cannot express how grateful I am and how blessed I feel to have been given this opportunity. Pinnacle allowed me the opportunity to become a better person and a better man. I've grown not only in recovery from my addiction, but I can confidently say that I left Pinnacle a better person and am continuing to grow each and every day. Change is inevitable, Growth is optional and that's exactly what pinnacle enabled me to do, grow.
- Words cannot express how grateful I am for all you have done for me. I really do owe my life to you. I was swallowed up in the depths of depression when I got to pinnacle. My will to live life was nonexistent. I did not have any hope for the future and you carried me out of the depths through self discovery. Thank you for being so understanding of my shortcomings. I sincerely apologize for breaking the rules and causing you additional stress and problems. You helped me learn from my mistakes and come to a better knowledge of my many addictions and gave me tools to cope with them. The harshest reality I've had to come to terms with is, the monstrous disease of addiction and mental illness will never leave me. It will be an ongoing battle to keep my sobriety and sanity and the work does not end when I leave the safety of the gates of Pinnacle. Thank you for giving me a firm stable foundation to build on and showing me I do not need to let it cripple me and that it is possible to have a happy and fulfilling life. I thank my heavenly father every night for the opportunity I had to come to Pinnacle. You are doing a marvelous work in this world and I appreciate your efforts.