Simply put, addiction can be explained by a chemical in the brain called dopamine. Dopamine is a hormone and neurotransmitter (a chemical messenger) naturally found and created in the human brain. It affects several vital functions, including memory, motivation, mood, learning, and attention. You may know dopamine as the “feel-good” hormone. Its presence helps us feel happy and high-functioning, while […]

As you read through this article, and you think this sounds like you, we are here to help. Reach out to us to talk with our team about how treatment might be the right next step for you. Below we outline some signs that it may be time for you to ask someone for help treating your SUD. You need […]

We often overlook how common overdose is until a celebrity death is splashed across the news cycle for a couple of days, then most of us return to pushing it to the back of our minds. When musician Mac Miller tragically died of an opiate overdose in 2018, it marked, for many, a new era of overdose deaths budding amongst […]

You won’t ever feel 100% ready to take the leap and go into treatment. Putting your life on hold while you dedicate yourself 24/7 to stopping your substance use disorder (SUD) is a scary proposition for anyone. If you’re considering starting treatment to help regain control of your life, that’s a good sign that you are ready, even if you […]

Helping a loved one decide to admit to treatment is often the most challenging part of the journey toward recovery. It is not uncommon for a person’s family, friends, or colleagues to be aware of an individual’s alcohol and drug problem before they accept how unmanageable their life has become due to their substance use.  Often, confronting a loved one related […]

I attended the event with no other intention than to support the relaunch of our JourneyPure alumni meeting. I was a former counselor and currently working in a more administrative role. I was leaning against the fireplace, watching as people disclosed the most vulnerable parts of their stories to strangers. I recognized a few faces. But, I was content with […]

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