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How Does Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid Addiction Work?

By |2018-10-23T13:27:50-04:00February 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 [...]

7 Sober Celebrity Role Models

By |2018-10-23T13:28:52-04:00January 30th, 2018|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, For Families of Addicts, Practicing Recovery|

When you're struggling with a drug and alcohol addiction, having sober role models to look up to can help you stay motivated on the path to recovery. If you're in need of celebrity inspiration, these 7 recovering substance abusers prove that great things are possible when you're willing to commit yourself to getting the help [...]

How Codependency Enables Addiction

By |2018-07-26T18:01:18-04:00January 23rd, 2018|Family Resource, For Families of Addicts|

Codependency is a common response to the challenges associated with loving someone who is addicted to drugs or alcohol. Unfortunately, even though the behaviors associated with codependency can seem positive on the surface, they will eventually have the negative effect of continuing to enable your loved one's addiction. Understanding Codependency The term codependent refers to [...]

What to Expect During Your First Year of Recovery

By |2020-10-19T10:57:47-04:00January 9th, 2018|Aftercare, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Family Resource, Practicing Recovery|

When you've made the decision to seek addiction treatment, it's hard to imagine what your life will be like without drugs or alcohol. Although no two people are exactly alike, this article outlines some of the issues you can expect to deal with during your first year in recovery. Withdrawal The term withdrawal refers to [...]

Setting SMART Goals for the New Year

By |2018-10-23T13:31:00-04:00December 27th, 2017|12 Steps, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Practicing Recovery|

Making New Year's resolutions may be a time-honored tradition, but most of us aren't very good at keeping those resolutions. Often, our lack of follow-through isn't a matter of motivation or willpower. It's because we haven't taken the time to set goals that are effective in bringing about real changes in our lives. If you're [...]

Post Rehab Do’s and Don’ts for Loved Ones

By |2018-07-30T12:26:17-04:00December 11th, 2017|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Family Resource, For Families of Addicts, Personal Growth, Practicing Recovery|

When your loved one comes home from rehab, it's natural to be nervous about what comes next. This guide will give you a basic framework for navigating some of the common challenges faced during the post-rehab adjustment period. Do Take Time to Educate Yourself If you've never struggled with drug or alcohol abuse yourself, it [...]

How to Help a Parent Who Struggles with Addiction

By |2018-10-23T13:32:05-04:00November 24th, 2017|Family Resource, For Families of Addicts|

Watching a loved one battle addiction is never easy, but having a parent who struggles with substance abuse presents unique challenges. You must balance the desire to see your father or mother get help with the need to address how parental addiction has affected your own mental health. Recognizing the Signs of Parental Addiction In [...]

8 Tips for Your First Sober Thanksgiving

By |2018-10-23T13:33:09-04:00November 14th, 2017|Aftercare, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Holiday|

In the early stages of recovery, you're learning new ways to cope with everyday situations. Developing healthy habits is a big task, especially during the holiday season. If this will be your first sober Thanksgiving, stay on the path to recovery with these 8 helpful tips. 1. Be Grateful. Thanksgiving is all about counting your [...]

Talking to Kids About a Parent’s Addiction

By |2018-08-06T09:32:01-04:00November 9th, 2017|Family Resource, For Families of Addicts|

Talking to kids about a parent's substance abuse problem isn't easy, but this is a conversation you simply can't ignore. Brushing the topic aside gives children the message that addiction is a shameful family secret. Instead, plan to discuss a parent's decision to seek treatment in an age-appropriate manner—setting the stage for open and honest [...]

A Look at Pennsylvania’s Opioid Epidemic

By |2019-01-21T13:28:38-05:00October 31st, 2017|Miscellaneous|

Nationwide, the opioid epidemic killed more Americans in 2016 than the wars in Vietnam and Iraq combined. On October 26, 2017, President Donald Trump officially declared the opioid crisis a national public health emergency. The Roots of a National Crisis The term opioid is used to refer to substances that act on the opioid receptors [...]