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Navigating the Holidays in Recovery

The Holidays & Recovery If this will be your first sober holiday season, it's normal to feel a bit nervous. The holidays can be a time of excitement and reconnection—but they can also lead to stress and anxiety that fuel cravings. Here are some tips to help you plan a celebration that supports your recovery [...]

By |2021-11-19T14:43:11-05:00November 15th, 2021|Holiday, Practicing Recovery|Comments Off on Navigating the Holidays in Recovery

Addiction Is Not a Choice

One of the biggest myths about addiction is that people are choosing to live a lifestyle that is constrained by the burden of substance abuse. This couldn't be further from the truth. Addiction is not a choice. People Don't Choose Addiction No one chooses to feel powerless over their own destiny. Addiction is a chronic [...]

By |2021-11-12T11:21:53-05:00November 9th, 2021|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Practicing Recovery|Comments Off on Addiction Is Not a Choice

Understanding Ativan Addiction 

Anxiety disorders are quite common, but those who turn to medication to relieve their symptoms are often unaware of the potential risk of addiction to popular anti-anxiety prescription drugs such as Ativan. In fact, many people seeking treatment for Ativan addiction began their substance use disorder with a legitimate prescription for the drug. About Ativan [...]

By |2021-10-29T19:51:36-04:00October 28th, 2021|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Practicing Recovery|Comments Off on Understanding Ativan Addiction 

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