Monthly Archives: January 2017

Chronic Pain and Addiction: Two Peas in a Pod

January 30th, 2017|

Despite the cute title of this post, the story of how chronic pain and addiction interact is no fairy tale. Three factors of the healthcare situation in the United States contribute to the convergence of chronic pain and substance addiction. First, chronic pain has a significant impact on the quality of life and satisfaction, which makes it a significant risk factor for addiction. Second, prescription drugs and heavy pain medications are the primary forms of care for individuals with chronic pain. Finally, nearly a third of Americans suffer from some form of either acute or

Alcohol, Drug Misuse are “major public health challenges”: Surgeon General on the Addiction Crisis in the US

January 27th, 2017|

Last year, 27 million people reported either the use of illegal drugs or the misuse of prescription drugs. Over 66 million people reported binge drinking in the past month. These two key findings are the beginning of Surgeon General Vivek Murthy’s lengthy and historic report on the addiction crisis in the United States. These findings, along with many others presented in the report, support the Surgeon General’s contention that “Alcohol and drug misuse and related disorders are major public health challenges that are taking an enormous toll on individuals, families, and society.” The report also

Addicted: What to Do When Therapy Isn’t Enough

January 23rd, 2017|

“Solitude is fine but you need someone to tell that solitude is fine.” ~ Honre de Balzac As the common sentiment goes, addiction recovery is a personal process that starts with the individual; but this does not mean that you have to attempt achieving sobriety or abstinence completely on your own. Counseling is an extremely helpful resource for those struggling with addiction and alcoholism, particularly as a first response and as a way of seeking out continued care in the long term. However, individual therapy sometimes is not enough for addicts struggling to stay on

The steps of recovery: What does the process look like?

January 20th, 2017|

If you try to Google “steps to recovery,” you are likely to uncover a wide range of results. Whether one follows twelve steps, five stages, or six chapters, they all work together to highlight one thing: recovery from addiction is not straightforward and does not happen overnight. There is no question that the road to recovery is a process that requires intentional steps toward specific goals. More often than not, it is not enough to simply determine to live addiction-free. Instead, the process is filled with difficult challenges, triumphant achievements, and more highs and lows

Hello, My Name Is: How to Explain your Addiction and Recovery to Others

January 16th, 2017|

“To share your weakness is to make yourself vulnerable; to make yourself vulnerable is to show your strength.” ~ Criss Jami There is no question that addiction recovery is a long, hard process. Thankfully, there are many treatment programs and support groups that can help you overcome your addiction and get you on the right path. However, one of the most difficult parts of recovery for some is in acknowledging to others that you are an addict, and sharing your recovery with others. There is no right or wrong way to go about this, but

Post Acute Withdrawal: Detox Part Deux

January 13th, 2017|

“What breaks you down is not the amount of pressure you feel at one time, but it’s the way you perceive and handle it.” ~ Ashish Patel No one has ever said that recovery from alcohol and drug addiction is an easy process. While the end result – sobriety - is more than worth all of the effort and discomfort during detoxification, the road to recovery is filled with challenges. Keeping your calm, your optimism, and your determination during recovery requires having realistic expectations of what is to come. While many have a general understanding

The Power of Positivity in Recovery and Healing

January 9th, 2017|

“The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago. The second best time is now.” ~ Chinese Proverb Do you roll your eyes at statements like always look on the bright side of life, every dark cloud has a silver lining, or the classic think positive? Positivity may seem like a hollow cliché in the face of addiction recovery, but there is everything to be said for the power that positive thinking, attitudes, and actions have on not only recovery from addiction but healing as an entire person. The statements above do more

Outpatient Addiction Treatment in Boise: Is it the right fit for you?

January 6th, 2017|

Why do people avoid addiction treatment? What is stopping you, or someone you love, from seeking out addiction treatment in Boise, ID? Many people are intimidated by addiction treatment programs, both because of the cost and supposed social stigma associated with them. Some of the most cited reasons for not going to rehabilitation is either because people say they do not have the time or money to seek out treatment or because they do not want other people knowing that they are in a recovery program. The image of ‘rehab’ that many have in their