Addictions often intensify over the holiday season. Family conflicts surface. Loneliness and depression creep in. Stress builds. Yet even in the face of a clear drug or alcohol problem and increasingly troublesome consequences, many people resist getting help.
Genaro Sandoval always dreamt of creating a nutrition and fitness program tailored to people with addiction and mental health issues. He grew up in San Diego with a love of sports, especially soccer – the sport he was recruited to play at Alliant International University.
Becca Davis, residential manager at The Ranch, is a calm, knowing force in addiction treatment. “We see miracles happen every day,” says Becca, who herself once suffered from addiction. Seeking treatment was among the “scariest” decisions of her life, she said, but it was also one of the best.
It’s time to stop talking out of both sides of our mouth. Drug addiction is now recognized as a chronic medical disease just as heart disease and diabetes and cancer are chronic medical diseases. In that sense, addiction is a traditional disease. It should be covered the same way. That’s not the case today, however.…