grief and complicated grief
July 19, 2023

Grief Definition

Grief is a universal emotion, albeit an intricate one, and its journey varies significantly from one person to another. Today, we aim to deepen our understanding of grief, including its stages, complications and how it interplays with mental health and substance abuse. Grief: A Journey Through Complex Emotions Grief is the...

older adult grief
July 6, 2023

Helping Older Adults Navigate Grief

Hemet Valley Recovery Center & Sage Retreat maintains our unwavering commitment to providing comprehensive and compassionate care for every client who comes to us needing treatment. We understand that people of all ages and backgrounds experience addiction and mental health struggles. As a CARF-accredited, hospital-based treatment facility, our mission...

PTSD group
June 29, 2023

Do I Have PTSD?

While some people can quickly move on from a terrifying or life-threatening event such as military service, a natural disaster or physical assault, others find themselves stuck in a cycle of fear, negativity, detachment, guilt and avoidance. All these responses are a natural part of post-traumatic stress disorder –...

older adults men
June 15, 2023

Men’s Health in Our Older Adult Men’s Program

Growing older comes with significant physical and emotional challenges. Many older adults struggle to cope with loved ones’ deaths or find themselves frustrated by new or worsening physical limitations, which could leave them unable to get out of the house as much as they used to. These issues can leave...

marriage, divorce and addiction
May 31, 2023

Divorce and Addiction: Picking up the Pieces

Ending a marriage is never an easy decision, especially if the disease of addiction is primarily to blame for creating a rift between you and your partner. Substance abuse can destroy previously healthy, loving relationships by eroding trust and causing hurt feelings. While it’s possible to resolve some of...

barbiturate addiction
May 25, 2023

Barbiturate Abuse: Warning Signs and Risks

Barbiturates like Seconal and Pentothal are sedatives that became popular in the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s for treating anxiety, insomnia and seizures. Though barbiturate use has declined in recent decades because benzodiazepines have emerged as a safer alternative, barbiturates remain a backup treatment for people who do not respond...

mindfulness in addiction recovery
May 18, 2023

Practicing Mindfulness to Advance Your Recovery

Mindfulness is a practice that helps you learn to be more present in your daily life. By cultivating mindfulness, you can reduce your stress levels, improve your overall health and find peace and significance in the world around you. While becoming more mindful can benefit anyone, the habits you...

mental health stigma
May 11, 2023

The Stigma of Mental Illness

Though we have made noteworthy strides in our understanding and treatment of mental health disorders, a persistent stigma has made it more challenging for many people who need help to receive it. For example, you may hesitate to pursue a diagnosis because you fear it will limit opportunities or...