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Addiction Recovery Means Breaking Free From the Trap of Codependency

Building the foundation for a lasting recovery requires rethinking past relationship dynamics. Often, the people we work with at our Pennsylvania residential addiction treatment center are involved in unhealthy codependent relationships and need help breaking the cycle of toxic behavior so they can face the future with confidence. What It Means to Be in a [...]

By |2021-10-22T16:47:34-04:00October 22nd, 2021|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, The Path of Addiction Recovery|Comments Off on Addiction Recovery Means Breaking Free From the Trap of Codependency

Tips for Telling People You’re Going to Rehab

Once you've made the decision to seek treatment for your substance use disorder, you may wonder how to share the news that you're going to rehab. This can be an intimidating conversation to have, but it's an important part of your recovery journey. Here, we share some tips to help you decide what you wish [...]

By |2021-10-15T14:01:17-04:00October 10th, 2021|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Practicing Recovery|Comments Off on Tips for Telling People You’re Going to Rehab

Burnout and Your Recovery

Burnout is a toxic mix of stress-induced exhaustion, depression, and cynicism. Burnout can come from many sources—including work, family obligations, and the uncertainty of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. It's crucial that you promptly address the symptoms of burnout to avoid putting your hard-earned recovery at risk. Symptoms of Burnout The symptoms of burnout aren't always [...]

By |2021-10-08T16:08:55-04:00October 7th, 2021|Health, Practicing Recovery|Comments Off on Burnout and Your Recovery

Codeine Is an Overlooked Gateway Drug

Contrary to what you may believe, addiction doesn't always develop overnight. Often, it's a slow progression of substance misuse. A person starts using larger and more frequent doses of one substance, develops a tolerance, and then turns to a more powerful and more dangerous drug in search of a stronger and longer-lasting high. Public health [...]

By |2021-09-27T09:36:19-04:00September 24th, 2021|Opioids|Comments Off on Codeine Is an Overlooked Gateway Drug

Staying Sober on the Weekend

Even if you feel relatively confident in your sobriety during the week, the weekend may be another story entirely. If you spend years viewing the weekend as a non-stop chance to party, it can be difficult to imagine staying sober on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. This is understandable, but we promise that real-life relaxation will [...]

By |2021-08-30T17:25:21-04:00August 30th, 2021|Drug and Alcohol Addiction|Comments Off on Staying Sober on the Weekend

The Dangers of Binge Drinking Among Older Adults

Most people associate binge drinking with rebellious teens and party-loving college students, but this dangerous form of alcohol consumption occurs among people of all ages. In fact, a study published by the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society found that 10% of all adults over 65 regularly engage in binge drinking. What Qualifies as Binge [...]

By |2021-08-18T14:28:11-04:00August 18th, 2021|Drug and Alcohol Addiction|Comments Off on The Dangers of Binge Drinking Among Older Adults

Substance Abuse in High Achievers: Convincing the Functional Addict to Seek Help

One of the biggest misconceptions about addiction is that substance use disorders only happen to people who aren't successful. A substance use disorder is a chronic illness with complex biological and environmental triggers. It's not a character flaw or a condition caused by a lack of willpower. A Substance Use Disorder Can Happen to Anyone [...]

By |2021-07-30T19:57:52-04:00July 29th, 2021|Drug and Alcohol Addiction|Comments Off on Substance Abuse in High Achievers: Convincing the Functional Addict to Seek Help

Overdose Deaths Are on the Rise, Which Means Encouraging Your Loved One to Seek Addiction Treatment Is More Important Than Ever

  The coronavirus pandemic changed many aspects of our daily routine—and exacerbated the difficulties already faced by people struggling with substance use disorders. Recently released statistics show that overdose deaths rose dramatically in 2020. Consider the following: From October 2019 to October 2020, overdose deaths from drugs of all types increased by 30% across the [...]

By |2021-07-19T12:23:03-04:00July 19th, 2021|Drug and Alcohol Addiction|Comments Off on Overdose Deaths Are on the Rise, Which Means Encouraging Your Loved One to Seek Addiction Treatment Is More Important Than Ever

Self-Harm and Substance Abuse Are Often Connected

It's common knowledge that people who struggle with substance use disorders often suffer from mental health challenges. However, the link between self-harm and substance abuse is frequently misunderstood. Understanding Self-Harm Self-harm refers to any behavior that intentionally causes injury to the body. Common types of self-harm include: Cutting with a knife or other sharp object [...]

By |2021-07-01T11:22:38-04:00June 30th, 2021|co-occurring & dual diagnosis, Drug and Alcohol Addiction|Comments Off on Self-Harm and Substance Abuse Are Often Connected

Tramadol May Not Be the Most Powerful Opioid, But This Painkiller Can Still Be Addictive

Tramadol is often prescribed for patients suffering from moderate to severe pain because it is less addictive than other types of opioid painkillers. However, it's important to understand that this drug still carries a very real risk of abuse and addiction. About Tramadol Tramadol was invented in 1962, but it was not sold in the [...]

By |2021-07-01T11:24:47-04:00June 17th, 2021|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Opioids|Comments Off on Tramadol May Not Be the Most Powerful Opioid, But This Painkiller Can Still Be Addictive