Drug and Alcohol Addiction

Why Are 12-Step Programs So Popular?

By |2018-12-07T18:15:27+00:00December 6th, 2018|12 Steps, Aftercare, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Personal Growth, Practicing Recovery, Resource|

For individuals struggling with substance use disorders, 12-Step programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous often play a vital role in the recovery progress. Taking the time to understand the benefits of a 12-Step approach can help you decide how to best structure your continuing care plan. 5 Key Benefits of 12-Step Programs The [...]

Masculinity, Trauma, and Addiction: Breaking the Cycle of Toxic Masculinity to Get Men the Help They Need

By |2018-12-07T18:12:50+00:00November 27th, 2018|co-occurring & dual diagnosis, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Exercising, Health, Physical training, Practicing Recovery, Recommended Reading, Resource|

The gender-based differences in addiction are hard to ignore. According the National Institute on Drug Abuse: Men have higher rates of binge drinking and alcohol abuse in most age groups. Men more likely to use almost all types of illicit drugs—including both illegal street drugs and misused prescription drugs. Men are more likely to need [...]

10 Facts You Need to Know About the Opioid Epidemic

By |2018-11-19T18:16:13+00:00November 19th, 2018|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Family Resource, Heroin, Opioids, Relapse|

The opioid epidemic was first declared a public health emergency in 2017. If you are struggling with opioid abuse or believe a loved one may be in need of addiction treatment, there are some important facts to consider as you decide how to best proceed with the recovery process. 1. Over 100 People Die of [...]

Enjoying Your First Sober Holiday Season

By |2018-11-13T13:20:04+00:00November 8th, 2018|12 Steps, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Health, Holiday, Practicing Recovery, Relapse|

Your first year of recovery will be full of many challenges, including how to best celebrate the holidays as someone who is newly sober. The risk of relapse is higher during this time, but remaining vigilant about your recovery will help you stay on the right track. Focus on What Brings You Joy There are [...]

Opioid Epidemic Creates a Blurred Line Between Dependency and Abuse

By |2018-11-02T10:26:42+00:00October 8th, 2018|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Family Resource, Heroin, Opioids|

With the opioid epidemic making headlines every week, it's understandable to be worried about the risk of addiction if you or someone you love has been prescribed opioids. However, you must remember that opioid medication does play a vital role in the management of chronic pain for certain individuals. It does these patients a disservice [...]

Understanding the Relationship Between Poverty and Addiction

By |2018-10-23T13:05:58+00:00June 18th, 2018|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Family Resource|

The relationship between addiction and poverty is complicated. Lower income people are slightly more likely to struggle with drug or alcohol abuse, but this doesn't necessarily mean that poverty causes addiction. In some cases, financial troubles are the result of a substance use disorder. Poverty Increases Addiction Risk Factors There are several ways in which [...]

The Rise of Substance Abuse Screenings at the Dentist’s Office

By |2018-10-23T13:07:05+00:00June 13th, 2018|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Opioids|

During your next dental appointment, you may be asked about more than your brushing and flossing habits. A recent survey found that 77 percent of dentists now perform substance abuse screenings as part of routine exams. Why Are Dentists Are Worried About the Addiction Epidemic? Dentists may not be considered primary care providers, but dental [...]

Using Self-Help Books to Support Your Addiction Recovery

By |2018-10-23T13:09:33+00:00May 30th, 2018|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Family Resource, For Families of Addicts, Recommended Reading|

There are thousands of self-help books promising to teach readers the secret to leading a better life, including many dealing with addiction recovery. Although you can't cure drug or alcohol addiction simply by reading a book, self-help books can increase your understanding of addiction and help you figure out ways to handle cravings, codependent family [...]

Unintended Addictions to Prescription Painkillers Pose a Serious Threat

By |2018-10-23T13:10:38+00:00May 21st, 2018|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Heroin|

Although the general public often assumes anyone in rehab actively set out to develop an addiction, this couldn't be further from the truth. In fact, most people who struggle with an addiction to prescription painkillers originally took their medication exactly as prescribed. Prescription painkillers are often viewed as safer than illegal drugs, but this misconception [...]

Understanding Marijuana’s Effect on Brain Function

By |2018-10-23T13:22:14+00:00March 15th, 2018|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Health|

Although much is still unknown about the effects of marijuana use, there is ample evidence to suggest that marijuana has both short term and long term effects on brain function. Short term effects are experienced immediately, while long term effects are the result of a prolonged substance use disorder. Marijuana's Short Term Effects on Brain [...]