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Is My Teen a High Functioning Addict?

By |2018-07-30T16:07:49+00:00April 24th, 2018|Family Resource|

The term high functioning addict refers to someone who is outwardly successful while inwardly struggling with addiction. In contrast to the stereotypical vision of an addict as someone who is disheveled in appearance, struggling financially, and frequently in trouble with the law, a high functioning addict appears to have it all together. People of all [...]

How to Let Go of Resentment Towards Your Addicted Parent

By |2018-07-30T11:50:38+00:00April 10th, 2018|Family Resource, For Families of Addicts|

Parents are supposed to provide their children with a source of support, strength, and unconditional love. Unfortunately, the parent-child relationship can be severely strained by the burden of addiction. Find a Way to Confront Your Feelings Parental addiction is more common than one might expect. Studies estimate that more than 28 million people in the [...]

6 Ways to Cope with Cravings for Drugs and Alcohol

By |2018-08-06T09:35:10+00:00March 29th, 2018|Aftercare|

You may leave rehab feeling like you've got your addiction under control, but cravings are a normal part of the recovery process. Cravings are often described as a feeling of intense hunger for alcohol or drugs. When you're experiencing a craving, you might feel like the abused substance is calling out your name so strongly [...]

Sober Activities for Families

By |2018-10-23T13:20:42+00:00March 23rd, 2018|Aftercare, Family Resource, For Families of Addicts|

A lasting recovery requires you to replace harmful habits with healthy alternatives. Family-friendly recreation lets you stay on track with your sobriety while making special memories with the people you care about the most. Although it's always a good idea to chat with your family to see what activities are of interest, here are some [...]

Understanding Marijuana’s Effect on Brain Function

By |2018-10-23T13:22:14+00:00March 15th, 2018|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Health|

Although much is still unknown about the effects of marijuana use, there is ample evidence to suggest that marijuana has both short term and long term effects on brain function. Short term effects are experienced immediately, while long term effects are the result of a prolonged substance use disorder. Marijuana's Short Term Effects on Brain [...]

Using Writing to Further Your Recovery

By |2018-10-23T13:23:14+00:00March 7th, 2018|Aftercare, Holistic Treatment, Personal Growth|

While it won't cure substance abuse issues on its own, writing offers many therapeutic benefits to people in recovery. Even if you've never had the urge to jot down your thoughts in the past, writing can be a powerful tool for physical, mental, and spiritual healing. How Writing Helps in Addiction Recovery In today's fast-paced [...]

What Is a Functioning Alcoholic?

By |2018-07-30T12:09:11+00:00February 23rd, 2018|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, For Families of Addicts|

Alcoholism can take many forms. While some people end up on the streets or incarcerated as a consequence of their addiction, many others continue to lead outwardly successful lives while struggling with their inner demons. About High Functioning Alcoholism Someone with high functioning alcoholism is able to hold down a job, socialize with friends, and [...]

7 Benefits of Exercise for People in Recovery

By |2018-10-23T13:26:22+00:00February 9th, 2018|Aftercare, Exercising|

Being in recovery involves rethinking your entire approach to life, which means the early stages of recovery are the perfect time to begin a regular exercise regimen. Making physical activity a daily part of your life offers multiple benefits for the body, mind, and spirit. 1. Exercise Gives You a Natural High. It may sound [...]

How Does Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid Addiction Work?

By |2018-10-23T13:27:50+00:00February 5th, 2018|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Resource|

Medication assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid addiction has been endorsed by the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry, and the American Society of Addiction Medicine. However, MAT is often misunderstood by those in search of effective recovery options. What Medications Are Used to Treat Opioid Addiction? The most common medications used to [...]