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How Alcohol May Be Damaging to Your Body

How Alcohol May Be Damaging to Your Body - alcohol effects on organs - waypoint recovery centerAlcohol effects on the body are numerous because it is quickly absorbed and affects all parts of the body.

Side effects occur not only with long-term alcohol use or abuse, but it can also have impacts on the moderate to light drinker over a period of time.

Many people drink alcohol because of the feeling you get as it affects your central nervous system. (more…)

Letting Go of Old Ideas

Letting Go of Old Ideas - let it go - waypoint recovery centerWhen I began recovery from alcoholism, I didn’t realize I would need to let go of old beliefs about life. But learning to let go has actually been one of the biggest benefits of working a 12-step program.

When I got sober, I brought a lifetime of ideas with me, both self-taught and society driven. Every time something did not go the way I thought it should, I believed it was my fault. (more…)

Addiction Treatment for First Responders

Addiction Treatment for First Responders - ambulance and fire truck - waypoint recovery centerChoosing a career as a first responder means putting your well-being second to those you serve.

Police officers, firefighters, 911 operators, EMTs, correction officers, servicemen and women, and hospital/trauma workers are always risking their lives to protect others. These heroic men and women are expected to (more…)

Types of Addiction

Types of Addiction - addiction 101 on blackboard - waypoint recovery centerThose in the field of recovery are not surprised by the many different and deadly types of addiction that are plaguing our communities.

Defined as a “primary, chronic disease of the brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry,” addiction is characterized by the inability to abstain from using (more…)

What is an Intensive Outpatient Program?

What is an Intensive Outpatient Program - therapy - waypoint recovery centerWhen it comes to addiction treatment, there are essentially two types of programs.

Residential treatment, also called “inpatient,” is designed for individuals who require around the clock care in a supervised setting while they are receiving addiction treatment. The need for medical detoxification is often a deciding factor. (more…)

The Disease of Addiction

The Disease of Addiction - chronic disease of addiction - waypoint recovery centerAddiction is a powerful and complex disease that disrupts regions of the brain responsible for motivation, reward, learning, judgment and memory.

It involves a compulsive use of one or more substances, despite serious health concerns or negative consequences. The disease of addiction effects can be devastating to families, (more…)

Life in Alcohol Addiction Recovery

Life in Alcohol Addiction Recovery - man standing by lake - waypoint recovery centerMaybe you are considering seeking help for an alcohol addiction issue, or maybe you already have made treatment arrangements and you have some questions.

One of the biggest questions people have when they are going into addiction recovery is centered around what life in alcohol addiction recovery will be like. (more…)