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Benzos Addiction Is Often Overlooked

When most people think of the abuse of prescription medications, they imagine individuals who are struggling with an addiction to opioid painkillers. However, benzodiazepines also have a significant potential for abuse and addiction. What Are Benzos? Benzodiazepines, often simply called benzos, are a class of prescription drugs most commonly used to treat anxiety. However, they [...]

By |2022-07-29T12:41:28-04:00July 28th, 2022|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Family Resource|Comments Off on Benzos Addiction Is Often Overlooked

How Alcohol Damages the Liver

Weighing about three pounds, the liver is a dark reddish-brown organ located in the upper right-hand portion of the abdominal cavity. It plays a vital role in maintaining a person's overall health, but about one in 10 Americans suffers from some type of liver disease. Excess alcohol consumption is one of the most well-known risk [...]

By |2022-07-13T16:18:23-04:00July 12th, 2022|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Health|Comments Off on How Alcohol Damages the Liver

Healthy Summer Fun: 11 Ideas for People in Recovery

If this is your first summer in recovery, you may be wondering how you'll fill those long days without alcohol. Pop culture has programmed us to romanticize drinking as a crucial part of summertime fun, but the truth is that summer is 100% better when you're sober. When your mind, body, and spirit are healthy, [...]

By |2022-06-26T12:05:17-04:00June 24th, 2022|Family Resource, Practicing Recovery|Comments Off on Healthy Summer Fun: 11 Ideas for People in Recovery

Gray Area Drinking Quiz: How to Tell if It’s Time to Reevaluate Your Relationship With Alcohol

What Is Gray Area Drinking? The concept of gray area drinking was popularized by Jolene Park in a 2017 TED talk. While this is not a medical diagnosis, the concept may be useful in helping you to determine if your alcohol consumption deserves a closer look. A Brief Gray Area Drinking Quiz Pop culture doesn't [...]

By |2022-06-16T15:24:47-04:00June 15th, 2022|Practicing Recovery, Relapse|Comments Off on Gray Area Drinking Quiz: How to Tell if It’s Time to Reevaluate Your Relationship With Alcohol

A Closer Look at the Connection Between Substance Abuse and Suicide

Suicide & Substance Abuse According to the CDC, suicide is a leading cause of death in the United States. There were 45,979 deaths as a result of suicide in 2020—the equivalent of about one death every 11 minutes. Many factors affect a person's suicide risk, including poverty, childhood trauma, bullying, and a family history of [...]

By |2022-05-27T16:13:10-04:00May 25th, 2022|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Family Resource|Comments Off on A Closer Look at the Connection Between Substance Abuse and Suicide

How Anxiety Disorders Increase a Person’s Addiction Risk

Anxiety Disorders & Addiction It is normal for a person to feel anxious in certain circumstances, such as before a first date or job interview. However, some people struggle with anxiety that is more prolonged and difficult to control. Anxiety disorders are characterized by symptoms such as: Worry and fear that never seems to go [...]

By |2022-05-16T11:36:39-04:00May 11th, 2022|co-occurring & dual diagnosis, Drug and Alcohol Addiction|Comments Off on How Anxiety Disorders Increase a Person’s Addiction Risk

There’s No Such Thing as an Addictive Personality

What Is an Addictive Personality? When people say someone has an addictive personality, they are often implying that a person who is addicted to drugs or alcohol will be unable to ever meaningfully change their behavior. This simply isn't true. No matter what challenges a person has experienced in the past, there's always hope for [...]

By |2022-05-03T13:35:55-04:00May 1st, 2022|Practicing Recovery, Resource|Comments Off on There’s No Such Thing as an Addictive Personality

Anger Management Tips for People in Recovery

HALT: Anger Management Over time, unchecked anger takes a toll on your mind and body. It can lead to a wide range of uncomfortable symptoms—including teeth grinding, headaches, anxiety, muscle tension, and trouble sleeping. If you've ever heard the HALT (Hungry, Angry, Lonely, and Tired) acronym used to describe the most common relapse triggers, you [...]

By |2022-04-22T12:51:06-04:00April 17th, 2022|Aftercare, Practicing Recovery|Comments Off on Anger Management Tips for People in Recovery

Signs of a Marijuana Use Disorder

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), marijuana is the most commonly used federally illegal drug in the United States. About 18% of Americans used marijuana at least once in 2019 and roughly 30% of these individuals met the diagnostic criteria for a marijuana use disorder. Medical Marijuana Is on the Scene Now The [...]

By |2022-04-10T17:14:44-04:00April 7th, 2022|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Practicing Recovery|Comments Off on Signs of a Marijuana Use Disorder

How to Handle Family Members Who Aren’t Supportive of Your Recovery

Family Members & Your Recovery In a perfect world, you could count on your parents, siblings, and other family members to always have your best interests at heart and to be supportive of your efforts to build a better future. Unfortunately, many of us have learned the hard way that our families are deeply flawed. [...]

By |2022-03-31T17:07:12-04:00March 30th, 2022|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Personal Growth|Comments Off on How to Handle Family Members Who Aren’t Supportive of Your Recovery