Samantha Nettleton, CCTP, CMHIMP is the Chief Operating Officer and Clinical Director for Spring Gardens Recovery. After completing and receiving her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Human Services (Concentrations in Mental Health & Addiction Counseling), she became licensed for the State of Florida as a Mental Health Counselor. She has also been a recovery coach since 2012. Samantha specializes in Trauma, Personality Disorders, Substance Abuse, Process Addictions, and Other Mental Health Disorders.

The Reasons Why Someone Becomes Addicted

The Five Reasons Someone Becomes Addicted to Drugs or Alcohol

For decades, researchers have tried to identify the primary reasons someone becomes addicted to drugs or alcohol. Despite varying theories that have evolved over the years, five primary factors contribute to someone becoming addicted to drugs and alcohol. These factors include genetic components, environmental factors, chronic stress, trauma & adverse childhood experiences, and mental health.…

Symptoms of Co-Occurring Disorders

Symptoms of Co-Occurring Disorders

Individuals diagnosed with a substance use disorder1 can experience many associated symptoms or symptoms of co-occurring disorders. It’s essential to recognize that co-occurring disorders are common in these individuals and sometimes complicate their diagnosis. Often, substance use disorder and mental illness2 go hand in hand. Specialists can diagnose each disorder separately, but a person can…

Nutrition In Addiction Recovery

Nutrition In Addiction Recovery

When you are misusing substances or are struggling with addiction, you will suffer many physical body symptoms. One of the most important but little cared for is your nutrition. Healthy nutrition prioritization falls to the wayside as you spend time and money differently, and your entire body suffers the effects. That’s one of the reasons…

Avoiding Relapse with Technology

These days, it seems like just about everyone has a cell phone in their hand. This assumption isn’t far from reality, as recent numbers released by the Pew Research Center show that nearly 85% of Americans [1] own a smartphone in 2021. This digital point of connection had been moving towards becoming an integral part…

What is Polysubstance Abuse?

What is Polysubstance Abuse?

Polysubstance abuse is the use of multiple substances to achieve a stronger “high.” This is why some people who struggle with a substance abuse disorder use multiple substances simultaneously. The addiction to “feeling high” notes an important distinction from a person addicted to multiple substances. Polysubstance Abuse and Addiction vs. Addiction to Specific, Multiple Substances…