Recovery Blog

With this blog, you will be able to stay updated with all Champion Center news and announcements, as well as staying abreast of trends and news regarding alcoholism and addiction treatment.

The process of detoxification is a critical pathway to your journey to recovery. It represents a bridge between the current version of you and the healthier you.

Though, the detox process isn’t always given the attention it deserves. While some may simply write-off detox as a transitional period from addiction to recovery, it warrants serious consideration. Without the proper supervision and care, individuals pursuing a path free from the chains of addiction can suffer serious and long-lasting physical and mental repercussions. For example, if a heavy-drinker suddenly stops, he or she may experience severe complications include dehydration, vomiting, abnormal heart rhythms and a condition called delirium tremens.

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Relationships that start off great often lead to despair and tears. Sometimes letting go of someone you love seems like the hardest thing to do. However, holding on to something that isn't working will eventually just make matters worse. When things sour in our relationships, it can catch us by surprise and it can be devastating.

While we are in romantic relationships, we get comfortable with the other person. Being together becomes a second nature, a given. We can't envision being without that person. We create a reality centered on that person and when a future with that person becomes an impossibility, we crumble.

What may begin as one bad day, turns into several in a row. And a month or two later, you may realize that those “sometimes blues” have started to become your new normal. Depression can come and go, or it can hit you all at once like a freight train. It’s really different for everyone. Though, the one common denominator is just how common it can be. According to the Archives of General Psychiatry, nearly 15 million adults are diagnosed with a major depressive disorder each year. In fact, depression is so widespread that it is cited as one of the top three disruptive issues in the workplace and contributes to nearly $70 billion in medical costs and lost productivity.

When you consider addiction triggers, you likely think of certain things, situations and people that ignite your cravings for drugs and alcohol. But, you may not realize that one of the most common triggers for substance abuse is actually related to the absence of something – feeling lonely. And, it’s often an unhealthy cycle of using drugs and alcohol to numb feelings of isolation – which leads to strained relationships with friends and family members - ultimately intensifying those feelings of being alone. If you are on a journey to addiction recovery, you can reduce your risk of relapsing and falling into negative behaviors by prioritizing your social networks.

We've come a long way since the days of "Reefer MadnessReefer Madness," the 1936 cautionary and highly exaggerated propaganda film, depicting marijuana as a scary and mind-controlling substance. In fact, instead of warning our children of the powerful and dangerous effects of cannabis, we are legalizing the use of the drug in more states with every pass. But the question of whether or not marijuana is a gateway drug remains... Does smoking pot at an early age lead to the use of harder, more illicit drugs? Is weed a gateway drug? Well like anything else, there are two sides to the argument.

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The following is a letter from the parents of Sean, who lost his life on February 21st, 2016 at the age of 31, to heroin overdose...

If you only knew how much we love you and how much more often we wish we could tell you. If you only knew that we were biting our tongues, trying to give you the time and space you needed. If we only knew what was really happening... If we only knew that you were crying for help. If we only knew how much you needed us.