Peter Davidson is Bold. The ‘SNL’ star posted a note on Instagram, saying … “i really don’t want to be on this earth anymore. i’m doing my best to stay here for you but i actually don’t know how much longer i can last.” Pete Davidson lives with depression. His note prompted dramatic responses from […]
In this time of festivities, travel, family, and giving thanks, I want to talk to you: You who feels sad, have nowhere to go, and no family or friends to celebrate with. You, who feels alone and alienated. You who feels that you have destroyed your life with bad choices. You who is haunted by […]
The whole point of physical rehab, mental rehab, alcohol rehab, or drug rehab, is to return people to wellness. To do that, the person treated needs to be challenged. Yet, thousands of addiction treatment centers and therapists pamper their clients instead of challenging them. That’s because the field of alcohol treatment, drug addiction treatment, and […]
Rehab is not Treatment Drug Rehab and Alcohol Rehab is not the same as Drug Treatment and Alcohol Treatment. The difference between Treatment and Rehab Early in my career, I met a substance abuse counselor that told me how they would help people in his rehab center. He said that the staff would wear robes […]
Starbucks closed yesterday to train their employees to be aware that they are biased. That they have implicit bias. Implicit bias is having an unconscious preference. A preference for a particular race, gender, or sexual orientation. It means that we unconsciously prefer some people over other people. The theory is that this bias, or prejudice, […]
The book of alcoholics anonymous says that there are alcoholics that can’t be helped by AA. (Book of Alcoholics Anonymous. Chapter 5). That means that there are alcoholics that need an alternative to AA. Yet, some people are against providing alternatives to help addicts and alcoholics. They say that offering an alternative to AA is […]
self-esteem | ˈˌself əˈstēm | confidence in one’s own worth or abilities; self-respect: assertiveness People seek a therapist’s aid to improve self-esteem. To treat the effects of low self-esteem. Many find treatment methods that are not effective like “positive affirmations”. Research shows that positive affirmations only raise self-esteem in people that already have self-esteem. (see […]
Humans need to belong. We are a social species. We want to be acknowledged and loved. We seek respect and worth. So, we reach out to the world to fulfill those needs. Today technology makes reaching out to people easier than ever. We can broadcast ourselves to the world in search of human contact. We […]
Fentanyl is a drug. It belongs to a family of drugs called opioids. Opioids are used as a pain medication and anesthesia. It comes in an injectable form. It’s also available as lozenges, and as a Fentanyl Patch. In these forms, Fentanyl is a very effective drug. But drug dealers turned it into a murderous […]
A man sits at home hiding. He is looking at pornographic material. He has already masturbated several times. He should have felt a sense of satisfaction when he first reached an orgasm. His mind should have stopped sending him the urgency to reach one. It did. For a short while before the impulse to seek […]
The most important question when you are dealing with alcohol addiction is: What is the best treatment for alcohol addiction?
My son is 10 years old. The world is a brand new place for him. He discovered the Beatles last month, and this month he discovered Nirvana; not the Buddhist state of Nirvana, the rock band Nirvana. He was fascinated by the music, the Grunge movement, and Kurt Cobain. Kurt Cobain was the leader of […]
Imagine that you are a healthcare criminal planning to set up a fraudulent addiction treatment center in order to profit from the suffering of people who need addiction treatment. Where would you set up your criminal addiction treatment center? In a place that is under heavy scrutiny from a law enforcement task force dedicated to […]
The Netflix’s show “13 Reasons Why” is dangerous. It’s the story of a young woman that commits suicide. Before the suicide, she leaves behind recorded tapes explaining the reasons that pushed her to kill herself. The tapes are distributed to people in her life that contributed to her suffering, and her eventual suicide. Here are […]
Five years ago I founded a treatment center named Adaptive Center. Actually, it’s not a “rehab”, it’s a Human Potential Center that specializes in treating addiction. However, that’s not the subject of this post. The subject of this post is that working in all kinds rehab centers for the past 25 years I have met […]
There is a danger that with the increasing attention to the current opiate epidemic alcohol addiction may be minimized. I see this trend in our treatment groups. People that are coming into treatment see drugs like heroin and meth as “hard”, and downgrade the danger of alcohol. Instead they display a belief that alcohol is […]
Living Sober in Miami Takes Soul and Balls For people suffering from addiction, living in Miami, and abstain from drugs and alcohol in order to nourish the continuing evolution of their human potential, is like a celibate monk living in a neighborhood of whorehouses while abstaining from sex. That’s what makes walking a spiritual path […]
If you have a beer every time you watch football, after a while and many repetitions, every time that you watch football you will want a beer. If you don’t have a beer while watching the game, you will feel that something is missing, you will have the sensation that watching football won’t be as […]
“You can speak your mind But not on my time” Billy Joel Does everyone have the right to express themselves? Yes. Does that mean that everyone has something interesting or intelligent to say? No. So why is it that some people think that to have the means to broadcast their opinions on Facebook, Instagram…etc. means […]
The formula for addiction treatment failure is: + More need for addiction treatment than ever before + More addiction treatment centers than ever before = More addicts dying and more families suffering than ever before. Why is this happening? The increased demand for addiction treatment has attracted treatment hustlers. What are addiction treatment hustlers? Here […]
Meet the New Boss Same as the Old Boss People that preach old values say that we shall not eat pork, display skin, or be sexually liberal. According to their traditional dogma it’s unthinkable to go through life without the guidance of a Priest, Rabbi, or Imam. They preach that our human nature is sinful […]
There is an ancient tradition in Taoism and Zen of writing a death poem to leave behind. My Teacher John Heider wrote this poem ten days before he died. His teachings are at the heart and the foundation of Adaptive Center, so I wanted to share this heritage, our heritage, with you.
Taoism is a philosophy that emerged from China around 2,500 years ago, and it is beautifully illustrated in an ancient painting called “The Vinegar Tasters”.
MIAMI–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Adaptive Center, a Miami-based addiction treatment center, was notified that it has earned the Gold Seal of Approval®for Behavioral Health Care Accreditation by The Joint Commission, the agency that accredits the best hospitals in the world. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s capacity to provide safe and effective care. […]
In Adaptive Center we treat a lot of opiate addiction. Painkillers and heroin belong to a family of drugs called opiates. Many of the painkillers that are prescribed for back pain, post surgery, and dental procedures are opiates, and close relatives of heroin. In the last few years two factors have contributed to an epidemic […]
1 The Holidays are a time of great personal expectations. Your family has high hopes of having the stereotypical happy and joyful Holiday events. Family members that otherwise live separate lives come to visit. The stage is set for your addiction to do great damage to the relationships with your family. What could be forgiven […]
If you are thinking of using Adderall, maybe it is because you feel pressured by parents, teachers, or peers to do better in school. Maybe you are planning to use it to help give you a boost of energy so that you can stay up all night and study. If you are hoping that Adderall […]
If I ask you who you are, and what you are, and what you do, you would tell me a story. The Story of You. Let’s start at the beginning. We all have a story, but how did we get that story? Where did it come from? How did we develop it? And, aren’t we […]
People come to substance abuse treatment centers for many reasons: to satisfy court orders, save their jobs, or pacify family members—as well as overcome the negative effects of addiction. The ones that come with the intention of resolving a problem—other than their addiction—usually abandon treatment after having resolved their legal issues, meeting the requirement of […]
Cognitive Therapy is founded on 3 scientifically proven propositions The “Access Hypothesis” The belief that with enough dedication, effort, and help we can become aware of the content of our thinking. The “Meditation Hypothesis” The belief that the way we see, think about, and interpret the events around us influences the way we feel and […]
Can you start by giving us a short history and summary of the philosophy of the Adaptive Center? Juan: The Adaptive Center’s history actually started when I began working in the field of addiction treatment over 20 years ago. One of the first things I noticed when I got into this field is that what […]
Yoga dates back 5,000 years. It evolved in India as a practice to achieve self-understanding, personal freedom, and an end to the suffering that comes with life. It was designed to join, or “Yoke” mind-body-and-God as one. For this purpose the Yogi/Yogin engages in training the body and mind to attain unity with both.
Boredom is common, and yet unnatural. Boredom comes from feeling that you should, or could, be doing something other than what you are doing right now. In other words, boredom is a resistance to engage in what is around you for the sake of a fantasy. If you think about it, that’s crazy. So, stop being bored, and stop acting crazy. Here are 3 ways to do it.
Long-term stress is unnatural. Stress is supposed to get us ready to act in moments of danger, not be a part of our lives for long periods of time. Here are some great tips and 5 Proven strategies to eliminate your stress in a natural way.
Building and maintaining healthy self-esteem is vital to your mental and emotional wellbeing. So how do we do that? Below are are 6 ways to do so.
Negative thoughts-lead to negative feelings-lead to negative behaviors. This deceivingly simple formula has been proven to be true for over 30 years. It is the proven foundation of successful psychotherapy. Here I give you a few techniques, proven by the most cutting edged science in psychology, that will lead you to positive emotions, positive behaviors, and success.
Sleep is as essential as nutrition for our well being. Yet, modern life seems to conspire to steal it from us. Here are 3 proven Meditation Techniques to beat the enemies of your rest.
Living in the present is an ancient and universal teaching. It’s the formula for a joyous and healthy life. Here are the 5 main reasons why.
Reading can be a powerful force and should be embraced because the right book can uplift and offer hope while helping us navigate our own lives. Here we offer 3 positively uplifting book suggestions for 2014.
The famous neurobiologist Anthony Movshon said that the human brain works like a camera. This metaphor of the human mind as a dual system offers a useful way to explain the nature of addiction and why addicts can’t stop using drugs on their own.
In our article on the dangers of drug Interventions, we explain why they can be damaging. In this article we will give you some guidelines on how to find the best intervention process to effectively admit an alcoholic or drug addict into a drug and alcohol rehabilitation program that will end their addiction cycle.
Drug and alcohol interventions are one way to get a person with an addiction to confront the consequences that their actions have on their work, family, and other aspects of their lives. The intervention is usually a meeting of close friends, family, and employers who are concerned and hurt by the alcoholic or drug addict. […]
When you or a loved one are seeking treatment for a drug or alcohol addiction, finding the right treatment center is challenging and confusing, emotionally and practically. So, how do you know which is the best one for you? Here are some facts about alcohol and drug treatment centers to help you make the right decision.
Most treatment centers today can easily be confused with spas. Being treated for addiction in a spa may sound like a good thing, but it’s not effective. If a client is seeking a vacation disguised as treatment, it may turn deadly if they are struggling with the chronic and lethal illness of addiction. Here we describe reasons why spa-treatment is not the best situation for someone addicted to alcohol or drugs
Over 20 years ago I walked into my first substance abuse course at Nova University.
The professor walked into the room, waited for silence and said, “Addiction treatment is addiction treatment, and AA is AA, period.”