How Do I Know if I’m Crossing the Line Into Addiction?
A common fear among people who use medications or recreational substances is that they are veering toward addiction. But what does it mean to be crossing the line into addiction?What Defines Addiction?The National Institutes on Drug Abuse (NIDA) defines addiction as...read more
What Is the Current State of the Opioid Epidemic?
The opioid epidemic has been one of the most pressing public health crises in the United States within the past few years. This crisis has affected millions of people for different reasons and continues to be a challenge for policymakers, healthcare workers, and...read more
Getting Started: Finding a Treatment Program That’s Right for Me
One of the first steps of the recovery process is finding the right treatment program. For most people, this can be the first in a series of daunting tasks set out before them. That is why programs like West Coast Recovery Centers are ready to discuss what they offer...read more
What Are 8 Common Misconceptions About Addiction?
There are many misconceptions about addiction, and it's important to understand what's true and what isn't. For example, many people think that struggling with substance use disorder (SUD) is a moral failing. However, this is not the case. The misconceptions about...read more
The Benefits of a Life Skills Program in Recovery
There are many different aspects to treatment programs. West Coast Recovery Centers understands that not everyone is immediately prepared for the post-treatment world. That is why they are believers in a quality life skills program.What Are Life Skills?Life skills are...read more
How Does Music Therapy Help Addiction Recovery?
Music alone has the ability to provoke different emotions and bring communities together. However, music therapy, in particular, has been around for centuries and has many benefits for addiction recovery.Addiction can be a very complex disease that has both physical...read more
Exploring Somatic Therapy for Treating Trauma
Somatic therapy (or somatic counseling) was designed to address pent-up physical and emotional tension caused by trauma. There are many ways to deal with this type of problem. West Coast Recovery Centers offers a variety of examples of somatic therapy to help clients...read more
What Is the Role of Adverse Childhood Experiences on Substance Use Disorders?
Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are traumatic events that occur during childhood years. For example, this can include physical abuse, neglect, domestic violence, and parental substance use disorder (SUD). These traumatic events can have long-term effects on...read more
Making Amends: Traditional 12-Step and Alternative Methods
There are many pieces that make up the recovery process. However, one of the most important is making amends. This is placed so high on the list because it can profoundly affect how people approach the post-treatment world. West Coast Recovery Centers is aware of...read more
What Is the Importance of Mindfulness During Treatment?
In recent years, the use of mindfulness during treatment has become increasingly popular. The main idea of mindfulness is to stay present in the current moment and to better understand personal thoughts and feelings. Mindfulness may seem mundane. However, there is...read more