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The Connection Between Exercise and Mood in Recovery

The "runner's high" you may have heard about isn't just a myth. Karmel Choi, a clinical and research fellow at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, found a 26% decrease in a person’s odds of becoming depressed for each major increase in objectively measured physical activity. A National Library of Medicine review of [...]

By |2022-03-22T17:47:46-04:00March 15th, 2022|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Holistic Treatment|Comments Off on The Connection Between Exercise and Mood in Recovery

Tips for Returning to Work After Addiction Treatment

Returning to work after completing addiction treatment represents a major step in your recovery journey. It's normal to feel a little nervous and apprehensive about rejoining the workforce, but these tips can help you make a smoother transition. Know Your Rights When Returning to Work Alcoholism and drug addiction are considered disabilities under the Americans [...]

By |2022-03-14T21:17:11-04:00March 13th, 2022|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Resource|Comments Off on Tips for Returning to Work After Addiction Treatment

4 Problems with Wine Mom Culture

Wine Mom Culture & AUD The rise of social media has had the unfortunate effect of amplifying wine mom culture—the idea that the monumental task of raising children is impossible without drinking a large amount of wine. While it might seem like memes referring to wine as "Mommy juice" or Etsy shops selling wine glasses [...]

By |2022-03-07T19:03:03-05:00March 5th, 2022|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Health|Comments Off on 4 Problems with Wine Mom Culture

Feeling Frustrated? Here’s How to Make Sure Your Recovery Stays on Track

Feeling Irritated Easily Lately? Is your first response to a difficult task to postpone it for as long as possible? Do you often find yourself searching for "quick fix" solutions or immediate gratification instead of taking the time to make a decision that will lead to long-term success? It's normal to feel frustrated when you're [...]

By |2022-02-28T13:27:44-05:00February 26th, 2022|Aftercare, Practicing Recovery|Comments Off on Feeling Frustrated? Here’s How to Make Sure Your Recovery Stays on Track

Getting Help for a Marijuana Use Disorder

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), part of the National Institutes of Health, 6.3% of adults will meet the diagnostic criteria for a marijuana use disorder at some point in their lives. However, this condition often goes untreated due to a general misunderstanding about the risks associated with abuse and [...]

By |2022-02-18T16:42:25-05:00February 15th, 2022|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Practicing Recovery|Comments Off on Getting Help for a Marijuana Use Disorder

Understanding How Rumination Can Lead to Substance Abuse

Do you often feel as though you can't shut your mind off? Are you constantly dwelling on things that are beyond your control? Do your friends and family accuse you of overthinking every decision you make? Understanding Substance Abuse Finding yourself unable to control intrusive, repetitive, and generally negative thoughts is referred to as rumination. [...]

By |2022-02-11T20:09:02-05:00February 6th, 2022|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Practicing Recovery|Comments Off on Understanding How Rumination Can Lead to Substance Abuse

Trauma-Informed Care to Support Addiction Recovery

The relationship between trauma and substance use disorders is complex, but there's no doubt that experiencing a traumatic event can be a trigger for drug or alcohol abuse in vulnerable individuals. Thus, trauma-informed care can be beneficial in promoting a lasting recovery. How Trauma Leads to Substance Abuse Some of the different types of traumas [...]

By |2022-01-31T15:25:40-05:00January 29th, 2022|Family Resource, Resource|Comments Off on Trauma-Informed Care to Support Addiction Recovery

Can Botanical-Based Alcohol Alternatives Help People in Recovery?

In the United States, more than 14 million people are struggling with alcohol use disorders. Those who consume alcohol on a regular basis face an increased risk of developing over 200 different health conditions—including cancer, dementia, and cirrhosis—as well as the danger of drunk driving crashes, accidental injuries, and suicide or self-harm. Fake Alcohol? A [...]

By |2022-01-25T18:30:51-05:00January 21st, 2022|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Practicing Recovery|Comments Off on Can Botanical-Based Alcohol Alternatives Help People in Recovery?

How Dangerous Is Fentanyl?

The Fentanyl Epidemic News coverage of the opioid epidemic often mentions that fentanyl has played a large role in rising overdose deaths. Regardless, many people still fail to understand just how dangerous this powerful synthetic opioid can be. According to the National Center for Drug Abuse Statistics, there were 42,700 fentanyl overdose deaths in 2020, [...]

By |2022-01-14T15:01:27-05:00January 5th, 2022|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Opioids|Comments Off on How Dangerous Is Fentanyl?

Respecting Your Recovery Journey

Your Recovery Journey For most people, a substance use disorder develops slowly. The casual use of drugs or alcohol as a way to relax or have fun with friends starts to turn into a coping mechanism for dealing with everyday stressors. Then, substance abuse begins to take over every aspect of life—leading to damaged relationships, [...]

By |2022-01-05T19:24:20-05:00January 1st, 2022|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Practicing Recovery|Comments Off on Respecting Your Recovery Journey