The strange thing about addiction is that it affects relatively few people. Although most Americans drink alcohol, few develop an alcohol use disorder. Even Extremely addictive substances like nicotine and heroin only hook about a third and a quarter of users, respectively. We know there are certain risk factors that make someone more likely to develop a substance use disorder. These include genetic predisposition, mental illness, using drugs or alcohol
Although addiction and treatment have similar features for everyone, no two situations are identical. The circumstances of your life matter a great deal for your recovery. There are significant differences, for example, between young adults and older adults. Men and women also have different needs in treatment. For a long time, men have been treated as sort of the default. However, recognizing some of the key differences between men’s and
One curious thing about addiction is that relatively few people develop it. For example, alcohol is generally considered an addictive substance, yet although more than 60 percent of Americans drink and about half binge drink, only about 12 percent of those people develop alcohol use disorder. What are the factors that make some people become addicted while others don’t? Research shows there are roughly four main factors. Genes The biggest
Everyone’s road to recovery is different. The challenges you face in recovery often have more to do with the circumstances of you life than with the substance or addiction in general. For that reason, it’s generally helpful to treat men and women separately. Although the factors of addiction are similar for both, the distribution is often much different. Women also tend to have different life stressors, which can make a
Estimates of how many people relapse vary widely, depending on who you ask. Some studies estimate relapse rates are as low as 12 percent, while others estimate they are as high as 90 percent. These variations depend on each study’s definition for addiction and criteria for relapse, as well as different research methods and who’s conducting the study. One frequently cited study from the Journal of the American Medical Association
Every phase of life is different, with different challenges and different advantages. Effective addiction treatment will respect these differences. Separating patients by age group allows treatment staff to better help each patient within the context of his or her own life. Young adults have some specific challenges when recovering from addiction. These include incomplete brain development, lack of experience, lack of resources, and over-reliance on peers. However, young adults also
Relapse is common in addiction recovery. Estimates of relapse rates vary widely among studies. Some estimates are as low as 12 percent, while others are as high as 90 percent. These results depend on each study’s criteria for addiction and relapse, research methods, and who’s conducting the study. According to one frequently cited study in the Journal of the American Medical Association, between 40 and 60 percent of people treated
Every stage of life is different, with different opportunities and challenges. Addiction treatment is no exception. For most people struggling with a substance use disorder, the problem is not so much the substance as what’s going on in their lives. This makes context extremely important. Since life looks very different at different ages, it makes sense to divide patients by age group. It allows more personalized care while facilitating connection
Spirituality has been an integral part of AA since the beginning and continues to be to this day. The 12 steps include making “a decision to turn our will and lives over to the care of God as we understood Him,” asking God to remove defects of character, seeking “through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, as we understood Him, praying for knowledge of His will
Group therapy is a standard element of addiction treatment. Most treatment centers incorporate group therapy and you could even say that 12-step programs, since the earliest AA meetings, are a form of group therapy. Many studies have shown the effectiveness of group therapy for addiction and other mental health conditions, but the thought of sharing with a group makes a lot of people uncomfortable. It can be hard enough to
- 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.