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How Keeping a Journal Can Help You Stay Sober

By |2019-08-19T11:59:45-04:00August 16th, 2019|Personal Growth, Practicing Recovery|

Staying sober often seems like an impossible task in the first days of recovery. However, journaling is one self-care strategy that can help keep you accountable and on the right track. Understanding the Benefits of Journaling in Recovery There's no "quick fix" for drug or alcohol addiction, but journaling can offer a number of benefits [...]

Tweaking Your Diet to Control Drug and Alcohol Cravings

By |2019-08-10T14:46:21-04:00August 8th, 2019|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Holistic Treatment|

Cravings Are Normal Experiencing cravings for drugs or alcohol is a normal part of the addiction recovery process. It's nothing to be ashamed of, although the experience can be uncomfortable. In most cases, cravings pass on their own within 10 to 15 minutes. However, you can help limit your cravings by tweaking your diet to [...]

Trauma and Addiction: What’s the Connection?

By |2019-08-01T15:23:12-04:00July 30th, 2019|co-occurring & dual diagnosis, Drug and Alcohol Addiction|

It's difficult to say with certainty what causes some individuals to develop a drug or alcohol addiction. Substance use disorders are chronic biologically based illnesses with complex environmental triggers. However, exposure to trauma—especially during the childhood years—is strongly linked to an increased risk of developing an addiction. Defining Trauma Trauma can affect many aspects of [...]

Alcohol and Opioids Are a Deadly Combo

By |2019-07-19T18:59:54-04:00July 19th, 2019|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Opioids|

Legal doesn't mean safe. Since alcohol is legal for adults over the age of 21 and opioid painkillers are legal with a prescription, people often mistakenly assume that mixing the two is no big deal. This couldn't be further from the truth. How Addiction Develops Typically, people who are abusing both alcohol and opioids developed [...]

Understanding Addiction as a Chronic Disease

By |2019-07-11T15:38:41-04:00July 10th, 2019|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Family Resource|

Unfortunately, graduating from residential treatment doesn't mean your substance use disorder has been cured. Addiction is considered a chronic disease, which means the condition must be continually managed to reduce the risk of relapse. The Chronic Nature of Addiction Chronic diseases are much more common than you might expect. According to the Centers for Disease [...]

Managing Depression and Anxiety Without Medication

By |2019-06-28T14:58:27-04:00June 26th, 2019|co-occurring & dual diagnosis, Drug and Alcohol Addiction|

When it comes to managing depression and anxiety, there's no right answer. For some people, medication is a vital part of keeping their condition under control. For others, lifestyle changes let them work towards naturally improving their mental health. This article outlines several ways to manage depression and anxiety without the use of prescription drugs, [...]

Everything You Need to Know About Opioid Overdoses

By |2019-06-24T12:33:15-04:00June 22nd, 2019|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Heroin, Opioids|

The opioid epidemic is a public health emergency, but many people don't think about the potential consequences of opioid abuse until it's too late. If a loved one is taking opioids, even if they've been prescribed by a doctor, it's vital that you educate yourself about signs of a potential overdose. What Causes an Opioid [...]

What Is Dry Drunk Syndrome?

By |2019-06-12T16:01:43-04:00June 11th, 2019|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Family Resource|

True recovery involves more than mere abstinence. Someone who has quit drinking, but has yet to embrace the characteristics associated with a wellness-focused sober lifestyle, is sometimes referred to by others in recovery as a dry drunk. The term dry drunk is an oxymoron, meaning that a person is behaving in ways that are associated [...]

Enabling vs. Helping: How to Handle a Loved One’s Substance Abuse

By |2019-05-30T15:59:38-04:00May 29th, 2019|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Family Resource, For Families of Addicts|

What's the best way to handle a friend or family member's substance abuse? Your first impulse may be to try to "save" your loved one, but there's a fine line between helping and enabling. Understanding how to avoid enabling will make it easier to encourage your loved one to get the treatment they need. Acknowledge [...]

May Is Mental Health Awareness Month

By |2019-05-17T14:59:32-04:00May 16th, 2019|co-occurring & dual diagnosis, Health|

Throughout the United States, May is observed as Mental Health Awareness Month to bring attention to the role mental health care plays in a person's overall sense of wellbeing. Started in 1949 by Mental Health America (MHA), the observance encourages a better understanding of mental health disorders and promotes access to screening and treatment options. [...]