Two Accredited Facilities, One Shared Vision

We are fortunate to live in the age of integrative medicine, a time when public health can really improve because we recognize mental wellness as the precursor to total health. If addiction or mental illness are addressed, the whole person can thrive because feedback from all systems is heard and felt. Not to mention, the […]

Six Months of Continuing Support

People seeking mental health treatment find themselves facing challenges many will never fully understand.  No one dreams about one day having a mental illness and the crises (spiritual, emotional, financial, social, moral) situated with these daunting illnesses. In fact, many fail to realize that it’s a mental illness or unresolved trauma that often leads to […]

My Kingdom for Some Care

Imagine that you’re driving your car near your home in Santa Barbara when you’re involved in a traffic accident through no fault of your own.  Your leg is broken and you are taken to the nearest emergency room. The doctor tells you that you’ll need surgery and a period of intense physical therapy to regain […]

D’Amore’s Aftercare and Alumni Programs


Alumni Programs Help You Maintain Your Sobriety You took time away from your job, home, family and friends in order to learn the skills and ability to remain clean and sober. A residential treatment center like D’Amore Healthcare is designed to take you out of your old life and open you up to a new […]

Shepherding the Shepherds: Addiction in The Faith Community


“Lead us not into temptation…” Clergy, including priests, pastors, ministers, and rabbis, are just as human as everyone else. They are just as prone to process addiction, substance use, or mental illness. As community leaders, the clergy explores the challenges facing humanity. However, they are not titanium-clad, extra holy, or stress-proof. The individuals who preach […]

Opioid Overdose: A Prime Time Problem

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The Conners Spotlights the Opioid Overdose Crisis It started last season when the topic of opioid addiction took center stage on the hit show, Roseanne. In typical Roseanne Barr fashion, the show’s matriarchal character faces a controversial topic head-on after a real-life knee injury. Dating back to the original series, the show has been known for […]

Dealing with ADD/ADHD in Adulthood


ADD/ADHD and Adults People often associate attention deficit disorder/attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) with children and adolescents but it can also affect young adults and adults. While ADD/ADHD is a commonly diagnosed mental health condition, it is not always treated early enough or effectively and can continue into adulthood. In fact, half of the children with ADD/ADHD […]

October is Substance Abuse Prevention Month

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Addiction Affects Us All On September 28, 2018, the President declared October  “National Substance Abuse Prevention Month.” This comes a year after the White House declared a nationwide Public Health Emergency. Earlier this year, The Crisis Next Door blog was launched to encourage Americans to share how this epidemic has affected their lives. The crisis […]

We want to get it off our chest — You deserve to be cancer free AND drug free!

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OCT Breast Cancer Awareness and Addiction: When One Disease Leads to Another Finding out you or someone you love has cancer is frightening. The emotional rollercoaster of understanding your diagnosis, treatment options and chances of survival is a challenging journey. All oncological treatments including breast cancer treatment are often unpleasant and painful, from radiation, chemotherapy […]

Meth: An Unwelcome Comeback


How Meth Takes Over Everything Methamphetamine, or meth, is a stimulant drug that is chemically similar to amphetamine [a drug used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy, a sleep disorder]. Other common names for methamphetamine include chalk, crank, crystal, ice and speed. Meth is one of the most highly addictive drugs known to man. More than […]