Adam Banks

How Long Does It Take to Change a Habit?

To really change a behavior, you need to make a commitment and take action every single day. No one gets sober in a day, but you can commit to making a beginning any day you want.

My Story

In recovery I have been able to do some amazing things. I adopted two children from Colombia, graduated from a top business school, and I started and sold a successful company. Getting sober has been, without a doubt, that one best accomplishments of my life.

Case Study: Ivy League Cocktail (May)

May began her career at a hard-charging tech start up – it was a difficult job to get, but at a quality company that matched the quality of her college. Her hours were long and stressful and the job was very demanding. May continued to use Adderall at her job, which was common among the other young people at her company – they ever traded pills just like May had back in high school and college.

The Deep Valley Between Use and Recovery

Addiction drives people into their basements; they may spend a lot of time down there. When they do come upstairs and look around, they observe what has changed: while their yard is still a mess, their neighbors have cleaned up and moved on with their lives.

Vivitrol: An Important Tool for Recovery

General Information Vivitrol is a relatively new medication used to manage alcohol or opioid dependence. It’s a long-acting injection of the drug naltrexone, effective for about 28 days, which offers the convenience of a once-a-month injection over taking a pill every day. Vivitrol is a “hard stop” to opiate addiction; once it’s in the body, it’s impossible for the person taking it to get “high” from opioids. Using Vivitrol will also reduce the person’s cravings for opioids. Vivitrol is similar to Suboxone in that both are prescribed to treat opioid dependence. Suboxone contains both buprenorphine, a mild opioid medication known as a partial agonist, as it only partially stimulates opioid receptors in the brain, and naloxone, which is an opioid blocker. (Naloxone and naltrexone, though similar, are different drugs.) It’s much easier to make the transition from active use to a Suboxone prescription; most patients can transition 24 hours after their last opioid use – certainly within the period of withdrawal, but within a timeframe that many people can manage through willpower alone. Vivitrol, on the other hand, requires that the patient have 10-14 days completely free from opioids before the drug can be administered. This is a high barrier… Read More »Vivitrol: An Important Tool for Recovery

10 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Treatment Center

It’s so crucial for the recovery process for the individual to find the right treatment center. There can be a vast difference in quality—and price: thirty days of treatment can range from $7,500 to $120,000—and finding the right facility takes research. When you’re doing research on a facility, be sure to ask these questions.

Three Days Before Treatment

In the days following the intervention, the family should expect that the individual will drink or use even more than they were before—sort of a “last hurrah.” This can be very difficult to watch.