Adaptive Center Blog

Is Pete Davidson Suicidal or Heroic

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 […]

Happy Thanksgiving

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 […]

Does Anyone Want To Do Therapy Anymore? Pampering Is Not Therapy.

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 […]

The Difference Between Treatment and Rehab

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 […]

Bias and Starbucks

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, […]

Alternative to AA Doesn't Mean Anti-AA

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 […]

How to Raise Your Self-Esteem: 4 Scientific-Proven Steps

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 […]

Self-Esteem and Social Media

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 […]

How Fentanyl Created Murderers

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 […]

What is Porn Induced Erectile Dysfunction?

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 […]

Adaptive Center, the “David” in the Addiction Treatment Field, Goes up Against the Giants

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. […]

Painkillers are not heroin but they lead to It

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 […]

4 Reasons to go to Treatment during the Holidays

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 […]

When You Use Adderall…

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 […]

Questions and Answers with Juan Lesende

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 […]

2 Psychological Benefits of Yoga That Will Change Your Entire Life

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.

Being Bored is CRAZY: 3 Effective Ways to Stop It

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.

Don’t Stress: 5 Natural Ways To Eliminate 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.

Tips For Overcoming Negative Thoughts

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.

3 Positively Uplifting Books for 2014

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 3-Minute Scientific Explanation of Addiction

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.

How to Host a Productive Drug Intervention

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 Interventions May Be Dangerous for Alcoholics and Drug Addicts

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. […]

Which Is the Best Alcohol and Drug Rehab Center for You or Your Loved One?

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.

Many Drug Treatment Centers Forget to Include Treatment in Their Centers

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