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Drug or alcohol addiction was once considered a “bad habit.” Because addiction is often associated with personal blame and shame, it made seeking help difficult. Today, the addiction definition has been updated. While there’s still somewhat of a stigma, most of society no longer casts out struggling individuals. How Is the Addiction Definition Understood Today? Today’s addiction definition relates to a chronic, relapsing brain disease. This means that addiction is much like asthma, heart disease, and diabetes. These are other diseases that can become better but are still prone to relapse. A diabetic is vulnerable to a sugar-induced relapse. A ... Read more
Check out what’s new at MRC! Summertime We are kicking off the summer at MRC in a big way with lots of outdoor activities! Just this month, patients have had field day, picnics, water balloons, sidewalk chalk art therapy, and planted flower beds. Our counselors have big plans to incorporate several exciting treatment activities where everyone can soak up the sunshine this summer! Art Therapy Murals MRC incorporates art therapy into our programs each week to enhance the recovery process. This month the patients of MRC’s Adult Program worked together to create two beautiful murals. Each mural is made up ... Read more
Memphis Recovery Centers was honored to welcome Tennessee State Senator, Brian Kelsey to our facility on May 16th. Senator Kelsey met with MRC’s President & CEO, Director of Clinical Operations, Director of Program Operations, and our Board President to discuss the need for drug and alcohol treatment in our community. He was given a tour of our Adult Program and also took advantage of the opportunity to speak with some of our patients. We were delighted that Senator Kelsey visited our facility and had the opportunity to see first-hand how MRC is working to make a difference in the lives of individuals across the state ... Read more
Alcohol is legal and widely consumed around the world. For that reason, many people think of it as a harmless substance. But, is alcohol a drug? The answer is yes, and here’s why. Alcohol Is a Depressant Drugs can be stimulants, sedatives, depressants or pain relievers. Most people would be surprised to learn that alcohol is a depressant. Although many people drink alcohol for its stimulant benefits, the substance actually slows down the central nervous system. Clearly, alcohol leaves a negative impact, as evidenced by the effects of a hangover. Alcohol is a depressant substance, which makes it very ... Read more
Meet Jennifer! Meet May’s spotlight employee Jennifer Armstrong! Jennifer has been working as the HR Manager at Memphis Recovery Centers for 15 years. Jennifer works hard behind the scenes in many different aspects of administration to make sure that we can work toward fulfilling our mission everyday. Thank you Jennifer for helping us make a difference!
Prescription drug addiction and abuse run rampant across all demographics. However, it’s particularly worrying for young people. Addictive medications can affect young adults in devastating ways. Prescription Drug Abuse Can Affect Brain Development Prescription drugs in various forms can affect cognitive function. Many people that use prescription drugs recreationally will see a reduction in memory, judgment or rational thinking. For young people, these issues are more pronounced. Additionally, prescription drugs can impede brain development. The human brain can develop well into adulthood. Using prescription drugs while the brain is still developing may create lasting cognitive problems. In some studies, young people ... Read more
In the past, society has viewed addiction as a choice or some kind of moral flaw. In reality, that definition couldn’t be further from the truth. You might be asking, “Is addiction a disease?” Without a doubt, the answer is, “Yes.” Is Addiction a Disease? The Answer Is Yes The National Institute on Drug Abuse is just one governing body that identifies addiction as a disease. In order for addiction to be considered as an illness, it usually needs to be something professionals can clearly diagnose. Because The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders includes substance abuse disorder, addiction is clearly ... Read more
Meet April’s spotlight employee, Shane Kennedy! Shane is a Clinical Assistant in our Youth Development Program where he is dedicated to sharing his life experiences in hopes of making a difference in the lives of our patients. We are so grateful for the care and patience he shows toward these young men daily. Thank you Shane for being a valued member of our team!
Addiction treatment can come in many different varieties. Prospective patients and their loved ones face a number of decisions when trying to find the best care. One important question will be deciding between inpatient vs outpatient care. Learn more about both before making your choice. Defining Inpatient Addiction Programs In the most basic sense, inpatient drug rehab is where patients spend all of their time in a chosen facility. As a 24/7 program, patients spend each night on the premises. For patients with a severe addiction, inpatient programs are often the most obvious starting point. They allow for around-the-clock medical ... Read more
Living with loved ones who suffer from alcoholism isn’t easy. In fact, it can be extremely stressful and frustrating. However, there are things that people can do if their loved ones show signs of alcoholism. Adjusting their approach and providing compassionate support may encourage alcoholics to get the help that they need. Don’t Blame Yourself First and foremost, people can’t blame themselves for alcoholics’ problems. It’s easy to place the blame on themselves when loved ones show signs of a drinking problem. However, they can’t take those problems personally or try to control them, either. Instead, they can help lead ... Read more