Health

May Is Mental Health Awareness Month

By |2019-09-11T17:02:29-05:00May 16th, 2019|co-occurring & dual diagnosis, Health|

Throughout the United States, May is observed as Mental Health Awareness Month to bring attention to the role mental health care plays in a person's overall sense of wellbeing. Started in 1949 by Mental Health America (MHA), the observance encourages a better understanding of mental health disorders and promotes access to screening and treatment options. [...]

Tips to Combat Sleeplessness in Recovery

By |2019-09-11T17:24:59-05:00January 28th, 2019|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Health, Recommended Reading, Resource|

The average adult requires seven to nine hours of sleep each night, but meeting this target can be difficult if you're in recovery for a substance use disorder. A study in the Journal of Addiction Medicine found that people in the early stages of recovery struggle with sleep problems at rates that are five times [...]

7 Benefits of Quitting Drinking

By |2019-01-15T12:14:47-05:00January 14th, 2019|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Health, Recommended Reading|

If you're in the early stages of recovery, it can be helpful to remind yourself of all you stand to gain by staying sober. The benefits of quitting drinking can touch nearly every aspect of your life. 1. You'll Look Better Alcohol dehydrates the body and causes inflammation. This can cause skin to look dry, [...]

Promote Lasting Sobriety by Spending Time in Nature

By |2019-09-11T17:03:30-05:00January 2nd, 2019|Aftercare, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Exercising, Health, Holistic Treatment, Personal Growth, Practicing Recovery, Recommended Reading|

Did you know that experts believe most Americans spend about 90 percent of their day indoors? Our modern lifestyles often don't provide many opportunities to naturally spend time outside, which means we need to make a conscious effort to head outdoors. If you're in recovery, you should make it a goal to spend at least [...]

10 Recovery Podcasts That Inspire, Educate, and Entertain

By |2019-09-11T17:04:41-05:00December 18th, 2018|12 Steps, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Family Resource, Health, Personal Growth, Practicing Recovery, Recommended Reading, Resource|

Listening to recovery podcasts can be a wonderful way to support your sobriety while you're commuting, handling household chores, or exercising at the gym. About Podcasts Podcasts are on-demand Internet radio programs that are generally either the monologue of a single speaker or a conversation between a host and one or more guest speakers. You [...]

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

By |2019-09-11T17:06:11-05:00November 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 [...]

Enjoying Your First Sober Holiday Season

By |2019-09-11T17:06:55-05:00November 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 [...]

Understanding Marijuana’s Effect on Brain Function

By |2019-09-11T17:26:44-05:00March 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 [...]