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Written By: Harris House

Category: Addiction, Blog, Recovery

Ann Landers is quoted as saying: “The trouble with talking too fast is you may say something you haven’t thought of yet.” When you are talking to a person who is in a drug and alcohol rehab treatment program, it is easy to do just that. Why Talking to a Person in Addiction Rehab Is Tricky…

Written By: Harris House

Category: Addiction, Blog, Recovery, Relapse

If addiction recovery is a road that leads to wellness, then relapse is an exit that can steer you off course and land you back where you started. When you are suffering from addiction to alcohol or drugs, relapse is an ever-present possibility. What can you do to stay on the road to recovery and…

Written By: Harris House

Category: Addiction, Blog, Brain, Physiological

We all need love. From our first breath to our last, we need to both give and receive love and affection. Sadly, all too often, instead of affection, what is experienced is rejection. Understanding the Pain of Rejection Rejection, the feeling of being pushed away or excluded from a person or group of people you…

Written By: Harris House

Category: Blog

Have you ever actually read the little leaflet your pharmacist gives you when you pick up your prescription medication? There is good reason to do so. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the agency tasked with ensuring that drugs manufactured are relatively safe for consumers, has this to say: “Medicines are relied upon to…

Written By: Harris House

Category: Addiction, Blog

Dealing with alcoholics can be tricky. Alcoholism is a terrible disease that wreaks havoc on the alcoholic, and, sadly, it can wreak havoc on family and friends as well. If someone you love is an alcoholic, you likely can think of nothing you would not give to free that person of their addiction. You may…

No one decides to become an addict. While it is true that a person may decide to engage in substance abuse, it is when that initial choice is followed by addictive consequences that true addiction occurs. Thus, addiction is a disease with both physical and psychological components.   Defining Addiction The American Society of Addiction…

Written By: Harris House

Category: Addiction, Brain, Physiological

Families who are dealing with an addicted loved one are faced with many challenges. The anger, sadness, guilt, shame, and disappointment can become overwhelming, which can start to affect life in powerful ways, such as job loss, divorce, or medical problems. Many families have been able to avoid these consequences of loving an addict by…

Written By: Harris House

Category: Blog, Recovery

Gratitude. It’s not something that happens overnight, especially for someone who has struggled with difficult life circumstances. But day by day, one decision at a time, it can grow like a rare and delicate flower. And like a flower, gratitude needs protection against assailants that would cause it to wither away. In a garden, those…

Written By: Harris House

Category: Blog, Brain, Trauma

Psychological trauma occurs when it is not possible to process a situation with one’s usual, everyday coping mechanisms, leaving the individual in fear for his life or sanity. Trauma can be due to violence, helplessness, physical pain, illness, grief, or physical, verbal, or emotional abuse. While we recover from setbacks every day, the effects of…

Written By: Harris House

Category: Addiction, Blog, Recovery

Hope is, indeed, alive. You must never give up! That’s the fundamental truth that we at Harris House want you to know. We understand that there are times when it seems like there’s a tether; something that binds you to addiction no matter what you do. But that tie can be undone and unwound for…