Addiction can be expressed in a number of ways. These include behavioral addiction and addiction to substances. Although sometimes tricky to identify, behavioral addictions share common biological and behavioral characteristics as substance addictions. Behavioral addictions come in a variety of forms, including conditions such as pyromania, kleptomania, compulsive sexual behavior, compulsive gambling, and compulsive shopping. Substance addictions, also called substance use disorders (SUDs) are relegated to drugs, alcohol, and other
The Dangers of Methamphetamine Abuse Many people have heard the terms “meth” or “crystal meth.” Despite its common use in movies and television, methamphetamine is one of the most dangerous and illicit substance addictions. Since its chemical components are so corrosive, the drug’s effect on the user are incredibly damaging. Αs a highly addictive substance that creates an intense, short-lived high, methamphetamine interacts with some of the brain’s most powerful
The Challenges of Finding Employment After Addiction Despite the great progress society has made, there is unfortunately still a stigma against addiction and individuals who have struggled with substance abuse. Some potential employers won’t even consider hiring someone in recovery from drug or alcohol abuse. As a result, it can be challenging to navigate the job market. But with realistic expectations and the right resources, it is more than possible
Why Are the Holidays Difficult For Those in Recovery? For many people, the holidays are a time of the year that are filled with joy, smiles, and family bonding. For others—including those in recovery from substance abuse and addiction— the experience can be quite difficult. A season filled with parties and gatherings where alcohol and substance use are common can be triggering. Such events can instigate an array of responses
How Does Exercise Help with the Recovery Process? For many people, high levels of stress are just a normal part of life. But did you know that there is a strong link between stress and addiction cycles? Physical, emotional, and mental stress can all contribute to the patterns that often lead to substance abuse and addiction. And although there are many therapies that can help you manage stress during the
Why is it Important to Continue the Healing Process? Many people think recovery is finished when you’re done with your treatment. Whether it be detox, residential treatment, or a set of therapy sessions, these formal treatments are only the beginning. One recent study in the journal of Addiction Research and Theory describes the process of recovery as including “personal recovery capital.” For a more sustainable healing process, a person needs
Throughout the 19th century, “laughing gas parties” were widely popularized and common among societal classes. By the late 20th century, most people were aware of “glue sniffing,” a recreational activity among teenagers and young adults. And although this category of psychoactive substances known as “inhalants” is still common until today, it remains a life-threatening substance abuse pattern. What are Inhalants? The “high” produced from an inhalant affects the central nervous system
What is a Substance Abuse Cycle? Substance abuse often occurs in a recurrent cycle, a pattern of events that repeats over time. What makes it so easy to become caught in a substance abuse cycle? How does a substance abuse cycle morph so quickly into an addiction cycle? And when an addiction cycle occurs, how can recovery treatment help? While substance abuse and addiction cycles are related, they are also
While addiction falls under the umbrella of mental health disorders, there is no avoiding the fact that it severely impacts the body as well as the brain. Drugs and alcohol can cause damage to multiple essential systems, from the heart and blood vessels to the liver, pancreas and kidneys. Individuals who struggle with addiction are also known to neglect their health and wellness as they become completely focused on the
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
- 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.