Reaction Recovery is an addiction recovery service designed for individuals who want to maintain a life completely free from drugs and alcohol. We use video calls for an online meeting that is designed like a pharmacy consultation to assess and review the individual's medication and nutritional supplement regimen.
NOTE: There is a lot of information written into these pages, and we appreciate the time that you are spending unpacking it all. The guidance included on this website is what we deeply believe in after many years of study, experience and observation. The 12 Daily Rules for Recovery as well as any nutritional repair tools described on this site are not intended as substitutes for any needed psychotherapy, medical care, or spiritual guidance. They are intended to provide additional relief, where appropriate.
Recovery from alcoholism and drug addition must involve every aspect of the individual's mental and physical being. Addiction is a fierce and tenacious disease, insidious in its onset, cunning in its methods, and ruthless in its progression. Conventional medicine has done well to get a large number of people clean and sober through detoxification facilities and short-term rehabs, but we have made little overall improvement in keeping people sober. Did you know that the long-term success rate of traditional addiction treatment is less than 5%? This is about the same success rate of people who spontaneously quit on their own.
Through public attention, government-funded treatment, private healthcare and removing the stigma from addiction, many people today have opportunities to safely separate themselves from the addictive chemicals and begin a life of sobriety. Reaction Recovery provides an affordable and accessible way to review an individual's recovery routine if he/she is sober but still experiencing regular feelings of anxiety, depression, fatigue, or mental fogginess. It is our experience that often times small, specific and directed changes to the daily routine are enough to stabilize the internal environment, thereby reducing the risk of relapse or failed attempts at sobriety.
Substance abusers have lived irregular and unhealthy lives for years if not decades before getting sober, and this irregularity does not simply disappear by ending the abuse. The goal of a successful long-term addiction recovery plan must be to stabilize the internal environment. This means that ALL parts of the individual's life need to be considered if long-term recovery is to be expected. Many people in the treatment community focus on the benefits of counseling and talk-therapy to unearth and process root traumas that may have contributed to the development of a substance addiction. We believe this is important, however this alone will typically not be enough to maintain sobriety. We believe the primary focus must be on changing the daily, repeatable actions that we do every day so that these will become the habits and routine that sustain a successful recovery attempt.
If we are being honest and thorough about our desire to address all of our regular, repeated daily behaviors, then we must also be prepared to discuss prescription medication and nutritional supplementation. There is perhaps no area of recovery more sensitive than this one. Most people will avoid these topics all together and for good reason. The current treatment recommendations and clinical research is always changing. You need a source who is experienced and familiar with addiction treatment and up-to-date on the latest guidelines. As much as we would all like to believe our family practitioner will always be our number one proponent of behavioral health and well-being, the truth is that unless you are working with a prescriber specially trained and experienced in addiction medicine, you may not be getting the whole picture. Reaction Recovery offers quick and confidential generalized assessments of medication and supplement regimens to identify and make recommendations based on clinical data, outcomes-based research, and personal experience
Drug addiction is a chronically progressive full-body disease that will deteriorate the spirit, mind, and body, in that order. When an individual attempts to recover, he typically does so in the reverse direction: body, mind, then spirit. After the individual stops drinking and using drugs, his body requires time to heal. This is where nutritional therapy, in particular, goes to work and is immediately effective. It helps stabilize and strengthen the internal organs. We have developed twelve daily rules that, if regularly followed, have been proven through practical experience to rebuild the body, repair the mind, and position the spirit so that it is in a position to be healed.
We blend the current research trends, clinical treatment considerations, holistic methodologies and fifteen years of experiencing and witnessing addiction from a practical, professional, social, and personal experience.
Individuals in drug recovery can not afford to wait for physicians to become educated, federal government programs to realign, treatment programs to adjust, and legislative action to protect us. It is the individual's responsibility, no less his duty, to change his behaviors of daily living to align himself with a long-term recovery approach. We promise you that recovery - not merely temporary abstinence - is possible.
Reaction Recovery is not psychotherapy or about getting to the root cause of your addiction, nor is it a deep introspection into the origins of the addictive pathology. There is a time and place for that in the individual's recovery, but we believe the effectiveness of talk therapy and spiritual work is maximized when the mind and body are stabilized through healthy, repeatable daily habits.
The goal throughout this website, through our social media presence, in-person recovery work, and online video consultations is to give the recovering alcoholics or drug addicted people the information and knowledge they need to protect themselves against the disease of drug addiction and alcoholism and free themselves from its grip.
[Please note that we are not a detoxification service. If detoxification from a chemical dependency is required, please seek medical attention.]
Addictions can often lead to chemical dependencies which may result in a serious withdrawal or detoxification syndrome. For this reason, it is always recommended to seek medical attention when a detox is required. It is not safe or appropriate to begin discussing a lifestyle consistent with a successful recovery until the mind is cleared from the acute toxicity.
After the detox is complete, we are available for individualized in-person appointments or online video consultation
Short or long-term treatment is often indicated and can be very helpful to many people. However, for different reasons this is not always an option. For example, an individual may desire treatment but due to a lack of insurance, or insurance restriction, have difficulty affording a pricey rehab facility. Other individuals might complete an in-patient detox but not be ready or so situated to transition to longer-term care. For these individuals, keeping close contact with recovering consulting service can be a perfect way to affordably bridge the difficult transition from in-patient care to regular living.
There are many people who want to live a life free from all drugs and alcohol, have not gotten to the point of considering formalized treatment but who are finding it very difficult to maintain continuous sobriety. These are individuals for whom periodic online consulting could be invaluable. There may simply be a few considerations that are being overlooked that continue to derail otherwise sincere attempts.
The greatest wholesale miracle in the field of addiction treatment was the advent of the twelve-step faith-based fellowships. As a whole they have been able to accomplish what nothing previously could. Although this is the most successful long-term approach to addiction, by itself it is ultimately unsuccessful for the majority of individuals who join these fellowships.
As much as we support these groups (so much so it is our first daily rule!), one drawback is the tendency for members who have been sober for a little while to feel unable to express the internal instability that he/she is experiencing in sobriety. Occasionally, this hesitancy to speak up will slowly lead to the dissolution of one's overall quality of life and lead to relapse or worse.
We have worked with many individuals in these organizations who are staying sober but continuously feel unstable or that something is missing. Most of these people report considerable improvement from the addition of a personalized nutritional supplement regimen.
The use of MEDICATION-ASSISTED TREATMENT (MAT) including buprenorphine (Suboxone) or Methadone treatment continues to be a popular method of treating recurring opioid abuse. Despite its frequent use, this method of treatment continues to be the most contentious and hotly-debated topic in the treatment of substance-use disorder. For this reason, many individuals engaged in this therapy feel put off and unaccepted by twelve-step groups where a lot of the members might not consider this individual a "sober" member of its community. For this reason these individuals often take on the huge task of establishing an effective recovery routine without the invaluable guidance and support from a fellowship of other people.
Whether you plan on using the medication assistance for a predetermined length of time with the ultimate goal of complete abstinence or it is being used as a long-term harm reduction plan, creating a disciplined recovery routine and adding nutritional supplement where appropriate can be extremely helpful.
If you do an internet search or speak with someone in your community about addiction recovery, you're likely to get flooded with information and suggestions. Although some of the content may be misguided, we believe a lot of the information is well-researched, good-intentioned and makes practical sense.
The problem is that it doesn't seem to be working. Today, more people than ever are beginning a life of sobriety, however increasingly few are maintaining it and transforming this lifestyle into a purposeful life of recovery. The reason might be explained by our current-day approach to health and well-being:
Modern medicine has made incredible advancements over our lifetime. It's almost hard to fully appreciate how fortunate we really are. Nearly every acute or chronic disease state has been greatly improved upon if not nearly eliminated over the course of the past century. Because of the many great medical advancements, we've become accustomed to having our ailments alleviated - and alleviated quickly. An infection can be cured with antibiotics in a few days, broken bones are usually healed in a few weeks, even damaged joints or failing kidneys can be replaced in a few weeks or months.
Addiction, unfortunately, is an exception to the rule. Not only have we not figured it out, but by any measurement it seems to be getting worse - both in overall incidence and rate of mortality. Brain damage from years or decades of chemical abuse takes an agonizingly long time to repair. This needs to be acknowledged and accepted right away if long-term treatment is going to be possible.
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New scientific research from the past twenty years makes it very clear that addiction is not a weakness or a moral failing. Rather, it is a chronic medical disease with a lot of similarities to other chronic disease states like hypertension, diabetes, and asthma. Addiction causes damage to the brain and leads to physical changes that can be verified with MRIs and other imaging tools. The changes lead to altered thoughts, behaviors, and brain function. Alcohol and addictive drugs physically damage and alter the brain, in much the same way too much cholesterol will damage and alter the linings of the arteries. This means it is not enough to talk to people with addictions and threaten or coerce them into maintaining sobriety. It's simply not effective.
A chronic, progressive illness requires chronic, progressive care. We all feel great listening to a knowledgeable speaker talk about addiction, hearing an inspiring story from a recovering drug abuser, looking at inspirational quotes on social media, or reading a well-researched book on addiction recovery. But this will not keep anyone sober. To actively recover, one must first acknowledge that he need and want to be sober, and then actively treat the addiction DAILY like the chronic, progressive disease that it is. If this approach is repeated every day, we can consider the illness to be in remission and the individual to be on the road to recovery.
Years of unhealthy living and unstable daily habits have created grooves in the brain that control the way we live our lives. It's not just the chemicals that are addictive. We've become addicted to undisciplined and unhealthy lifestyles. The good news is the brain is "plastic", and the neural circuitry can literally be changed. The bad news is it can not be changed simply by reading something or listening to someone else speak about it. It is only changed through regular, repeated actions. Over and over and over and over again. The old recovery slogan applies here:
We can not think ourselves into right action; we need to act ourselves into right thinking.
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Enter the 12 Daily Rules for Recovery . The principle behind the twelve rules is action. Sobriety is an action word and recovery is only achieved through DOING- not thinking, or conceptualizing, or talking, or believing, or understanding, or explaining, or theorizing. They're all fine in their own time, and a strong understanding of your own condition is very important if for nothing other than encouraging the willingness needed to start taking the actions in the first place. But by themselves they have absolutely no correlation to long-term recovery.
The twelve rules were designed from careful observation of the disease process, clinical practice, behavioral research study, but most importantly through personal experience witnessing what actually works. It is not theory. People in recovery do well approaching their sobriety in 24-hr segments with a practical list of items to 'check off' each day. It keeps the guess work out of the process so we always know - in real-time - how we are progressing. Often in sobriety, by the time an individual realizes he is headed for a relapse, it is too late. There is no reason for anything to be so abstract.
Some people call it "white-knuckle sobriety", others call it "dry sobriety". Whatever the label, it is painful, uncomfortable, and dangerous. It is like a recurrent itch that can't be scratched. The individual usually experiences depression and despair, alternating with intense guilt and shame, that becomes so painful that only self-intoxication or suicide appear as realistic options. This might sound like an extreme description, but we assure you it is not. In fact, if you talk to someone who had a few months or years sober and then went back to using drugs or drinking and ask them why they did it, they usually can't remember. But what typically happens is the discomfort and agony from simply abstaining from the substances that used to be used to anesthesize oneself can become so intense that it completely blocks out the memories of the pain that went along with active use.
Anyone in recovery who is having that much trouble hanging on, might at any time be almost forced to go and seek relief simply to preserve the integrity and sanity of the mind. Alcohol and drugs provide almost instantaneous relief from this so it is no wonder there is what can be described as a gravitational pull back towards the substance if we are feeling this sense of desperation for too long a time.
There is a belief in the recovery world that to tolerate all of this discomfort is simply normal, and we just need to get through it. It is true that the person new to recovery is learning how to safely and maturely tolerate the inevitable ups and downs of responsible living, but there are small and specific changes we can make that can make a huge difference. This is the purpose of the 12 Daily Rules for Recovery. It is to target the preventable daily discomfort that disrupts too many sincere sobriety attempts so that we give ourselves a real chance to recover spiritually and start to heal.
With years of extensive and relevant education, ten years professional experience in the clinical pharmacy setting counseling patients through the peak years of the prescription opioid epidemic, as well as himself living the life of active recovery from opioid addiction, Dr. Simone is a uniquely qualified advocate for and healthcare provider to the recovery community. We believe that The integration of these three areas - education, professional experience, personal history - separate Dr. Simone as one of few individuals uniquely positioned and qualified to help.
We believe everything an individual consumes in his or her sobriety is significant. As a doctor of pharmacy and an advanced nutritional supplements adviser, Dr. Simone is qualified to speak to an individual about everything he or she is consuming - prescription medication, over-the-counter items, vitamin and mineral supplements, herbal products, as well as a general diet and nutrition assessment.
Early education in human physiology has provided the educational groundwork necessary to build a competent career in healthcare. Mainstream understanding of addiction recovery has moved sharply away from the antiquated view that addictions are purely psychological disorders. Modern scientific research agrees conclusively with the physical disease model of addiction, rooted in the genes and activated by the effect drugs and alcohol have upon the biochemistry of the brain and body. Chemical abuse undermines the physical health and mental stability of the individual by destroying and destabilizing the vital neuro-chemistry responsible for their maintenance.
A "chemical dependent" is an individual with a sick body who seeks to find comfort and relief by consuming the very substance that guarantees the body will remain sick. For many reasons the nutritional life of the individual becomes dangerously unhealthy and depleted across many aspects of nutritional health. Alcoholics and drug abusers are without exception nutritionally deficient, to one degree or another. These nutritional needs are only partially corrected with a balanced diet; they also typically require vitamin and mineral supplementation to correct the deficiencies and maintain a nutritional balance.
Any approach that completely ignores the nutritional component of the disease is almost certain to fail in the long-term.
When malnutrition or nutrient starvation is present, it is nearly impossible for one to respond effectively to a medical protocol. It is our belief that it is very difficult for a addiction recovery to be successful without a structured and patient-specific nutritional supplement regimen in place.
Because there is such an over-abundance of information and suggestion available on-line, it is more critical today than ever before to follow the recommendations of a qualified source. Administration of an inappropriate supplement regimen is a wasteful use of money at best and potentially harmful at worst. Align oneself with experienced, knowledgeable, and credible sources.
A Nutritional Supplements Adviser can:
It would be incomplete and irresponsible to have a meaningful discussion about the roots and causes of the opioid epidemic without discussing the impact of the pharmacy world and the pharmaceutical community.
Years of standing on the front lines in the area of community practice pharmacy, across the full stretch of the United States, has provided Dr. Simone with an understanding of the problem - inside and out - such as few possess. He has practiced in the poorest sections of Philadelphia to the wealthiest communities in Los Angeles and many areas in between - he has seen first hand that the drug epidemic has fairly evenly affected all cross-sections of American life and has been the respecter of none.
More importantly, however, is the need for an educated and experienced expert in the field of prescription medicine. The contentious areas of debate surrounding appropriate use of pharmaceuticals during and after a drug detoxification protocol require the careful knowledge and experience of one who is trained, experienced, and well-researched in this area. In fact, this topic is so touchy and wrought with heated argument, that most people will stay completely silent on the topic (at least publicly).
We believe that everything an individual in recovery puts into his body is significant, therefore prescription medication must be discussed. It is no exaggeration to say that this is the most controversial topic in recovery today. Most people hold very strong and stubborn opinions about the use of pharmaceuticals. Despite this many individuals attempting to get sober are prescribed prescription medications, therefore how they integrate into the full clinical picture must be considered. As much as we would like to stay out of this controversy entirely, we feel there is none more qualified to speak on it than a pharmacy professional in recovery. For this reason, we believe there is no area of recovery that we need shy away from discussing.
The decision to start, continue, or discontinue a pharmaceutical medication is between the patient and the prescriber. This is why we recommend working only with those who are fully aware of your medical history and have an established understanding of addiction medicine. However, because prescription medications - like anything else that is consumed on a regular basis - will affect the daily life and the recovery process, these medications must be discussed openly and freely if an honest assessment and effective recovery consultation is to be made.
It has been said that the body is our temple; it is our home. As any active or recovering substance abuser knows too well, when it is neglected and left in ruin, the ability to successfully do anything else becomes much more difficult. It is our belief that if the body is not honored and restored to a degree of high condition and health, recovery likely will not happen.
Although building the body with exercise and strength training is an absolute must, it must be implemented with caution, particularly in the early months. Years of substance abuse often can have a severe negative impact on the body's functioning, therefore the individual must first be cleared by a physician as healthy enough to begin exercise.
Reaction Recovery was created as a service for individuals recovering from drug and alcohol abuse that they may improve the quality of their sobriety, thereby increasing the likelihood of a successful and thriving recovery.
Reaction Recovery was created as an opportunity to offer access to a large number of people for a quick, affordable and confidential consultation in the privacy of their own home. Consultations assess actual or potential limitations to the daily recovery routine with heavy focus on medication and supplement management. We serve people who do not currently have access to formalized long-term treatment, do not wish to enroll in long-term treatment, or have completed a treatment program and are looking for a quick and periodic review of their daily supplement regimen.
Our online video consultations are conducted by an experienced clinical pharmacist and certified nutritional supplements adviser who is also an active member of the recovery community and creator of the highly acclaimed "12 Daily Rules for Recovery."
Mental, emotional, intellectual, and physiological well-being and development. Reaction Recovery picks up after the decision to get sober has been made, and the initial detoxification has been completed. It focuses on long-term and sustainable personal growth through stable behavioral changes.
Jeff Simone is a trained clinical pharmacist, drug recovery consultant, and nutritional supplements adviser. He has earned bachelors of science degrees in physiology and nutrition from Penn State University and completed a doctorate in pharmacy from Rutgers University in 2009. He is a certified Advanced Nutritional Supplement Adviser as well as author for Addiction Unscripted. Dr. Simone himself lives a life of recovery currently residing in lower bucks county township, PA with his wife and two children.
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We offer online video consults to everyone, however we also provide in-person service to the greater Philadelphia area including Bucks, Montgomery and Mercer counties. We believe recovery is won or lost in the trenches of every day life. For this reason, Reaction Recovery is the first traveling recovery consulting service to make recovery assessments and realistic plans of action where the individual lives. We use the proven 12 Daily Rules for Recovery as a template with which to plan and design a daily routine that is specific and attainable.
Are you fit to recover (FTR)? If you are regularly checking off 9 of the 12 rules every day, we consider you "fit to recover." This is your way to monitor and predict long-term stability.
Through the use of online video-calling with Zoom and Skype, we can offer video consults from the convenience of your home. 30-min online consultations are now available to review and assess your current sobriety lifestyle to determine if you are doing everything possible to stabilize the internal environment and maximize the potential for a successful recovery.
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Southampton, Pennsylvania, United States