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Taking Risks in Recovery

What are the PROs and CONS to taking risks in recovery? What’s the difference between a positive and a negative risk? We explore here, and invite your questions or comments at the end. What is a risk? By definition, “risk” is a situation in which someone or something is exposed to danger, harm, or loss. […]

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Taking Responsibility in Recovery

How willing are you to change in recovery? I mean, really change? We explore what kinds of new responsibilities you can take on…and their importance here. Then, we invite your questions or comments at the end. Willing to change? Addiction treatment and recovery means an addict is ready and willing to change. Sometimes, addicts don’t […]

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Taking Pride In Recovery

Taking pride in recovery There is no shame in addiction recovery. But recovering addicts often feel fear, depression, anger and shame. How can you reframe your identity as a person in recovery? We explore here. The stigma of addiction Are you having trouble taking pride in recovery? Embarrassment usually comes from the social stigma that […]

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Legalize Heroin?

“Is it time to legalize heroin?” asks a recent article in the news compilation website, The Daily Beast.  The compelling but flawed premise behind the article is that drug addicts would be better served by being able to get their hands on purer, legally obtained heroin.  The answer to the question, however, from our corner […]

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Philip Seymour Hoffman – An Arresting Development

That didn’t take long.  Less than a week after Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead with a needle in his left forearm, police have arrested a man suspected of dealing heroin to Hoffman… at some point in the past year, if not actually selling him the batch that did him in (source: http://nypost.com/2014/02/05/my-stepdad-sold-heroin-to-hoffman/).  Which sounds […]

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US Drug Policy

Marijuana is arguably the most commonly used illicit drug available today.  In one recent study, thirty-eight percent of American adults have reported using this substance (source: http://www.gallup.com/poll/163835/tried-marijuana-little-changed-80s.aspx).  Along with its widespread use, Marijuana has been made legal with the possession of a Medical Marijuana card in seventeen states, including the following: – Alaska, Arizona, California, […]

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Crack Cocaine and The Crisis of Masculinity

Crack Cocaine and The Crisis of Masculinity A recent article in Esquire points out that among his other transgressions, crack-smoking Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has also demonstrated an alarming lack of honor in his dealings with the press and public following the leak of the notorious videotape. (source: http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/rob-ford-masculinity?click=main_sr).  From Mayor Ford to disgraced Dolphin […]

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Welcome

Located on the beautiful west side of Los Angeles, Axis Treatment West provides professional, effective rehabilitation for people who struggle with drug and/or alcohol addiction, gambling addiction, eating disorders, and co-occurring or dual diagnosis disorders. We are an in-patient treatment facility that utilizes a holistic approach with the most effective and clinically proven treatments. We […]

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