Employment Before, During and After Addiction Recovery

“The 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (PDF | 7.6 MB) found that 68.9% of the estimated 22.4 million illicit drug users, ages 18 or older, are employed full or part time. The same survey found that most binge drinkers and heavy alcohol users are also employed. Of adult binge drinkers, 79.3% (41.2 million … Continued

How Men and Women Process Addiction Treatment Differently

Addiction does not occur because of a lack of willpower or an unwillingness to stop. It is a chronic illness accompanied by significant changes in the brain. While both men and women can become addicted to drugs or alcohol, women often use drugs differently, respond to drugs differently and can have unique obstacles when it … Continued

How Long Is a Residential Treatment Program and Why?

“There was a significant relationship between the number of days spent in clinically managed residential treatment and abstinence such that the more days participants spent in clinically managed residential treatment, the more likely they were to be abstinent at the 12-month follow-up.”  From National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (2019) Addiction Treatment Providers Outcomes – Pilot … Continued

The Garden – A Story of Reflection

As a part of our Alumni Testimonial series, this blog article features a Pavillon treatment alum’s personal story about the unplanned gifts that reflection and simple steps can bring to the recovery journey.  One night at a 12-Step meeting, someone brought the March 4th reading of the Daily Reflections, titled “Weeding the Garden,” as a … Continued

“Fear is a great tool but a lousy master.” ~Bobbie

– Michael R., Alumni Fear, like pain, may not be the most pleasurable experience to have to endure but that doesn’t mean that there cannot be valuable information obtained nonetheless. Without these often unsettling indicators, we would not be able to make the required course changes so as to avoid an even more challenging set … Continued

“We spent millions of dollars developing a pen for the astronauts that would work in zero gravity… you know what the Russians did? They used a pencil!” ~Aaron Sorkin

– Michael R., alumni “The obvious eludes us.” ~Anonymous As an active alcoholic and addict, the obvious eluded me continually and repeatedly. To be honest, it still does from time to time. At least now, when I miss something that is right in front of me I’m able to re-chart my erroneous course and intentionally … Continued

“Trust God, Clean House, Help Others”

Skip W., Alumni As an addict the only thing I trusted was my addiction. I just wanted to stay high, enjoying the moment until I no longer could. Then what? I mean, come on! I didnt want some Higher Power to run my life. But then, I hadn’t done a great job, had I? TRUST GOD: … Continued