A patient going through the stages of substance abuse treatment

Stages of Substance Abuse Treatment

For centuries, medical teams have questioned what therapies are best suited for substance use disorders (SUDs). Then in 2006, the National Quality Forum published a document specifying the seven practices that organization found most effective in substance abuse treatment. Marcie Bough, Pharm.D., senior manager of practice development and research for the American Pharmacists Association (APhA)…

A woman feeling the effects of alcohol on the body

Effects of Alcohol on the Body

Alcoholism is an addiction, but it does not have to rule your life. Because drinking is legal and socially acceptable, if not encouraged, it can quietly take control of your life. The move from alcohol use to abuse to dependency can be insidious. San Antonio Recovery Center has professional, compassionate staff with experience in treating…

Two people discuss mindfulness-based relapse prevention

Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention

Addiction, substance abuse disorders, and alcoholism are all mental health conditions that are chronic in nature. They are also progressive conditions, meaning that the longer you avoid treatment and mindfulness based relapse prevention, the more pervasive and damaging the symptoms become. Substance abuse problems can diminish your standard of living, cause mounting financial debt and…

Coping skills for relapse prevention

What Are Common Coping Skills for Relapse Prevention?

Addiction to drugs or alcohol is a disease that spreads its deadly tentacles into every aspect of your life. Nothing is immune, including your job, relationships, coping skills, finances, and even your physical and mental health. Because addiction is so destructive and pervasive, recovery is an incredibly time-intensive, exhausting, and challenging process. Therefore, it is…