Recovery

‘Tis the Season to Be Jolly – 25 Tips For Staying Sober Over the Holidays

October 8th, 2018|

The holidays are right around the corner. To this, many will shout, “Cheers! It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” Others will, say, “Bah Humbug!” It really doesn’t matter which category you fall into. The reality is, the months of November and December can be a challenging time for people in recovery from a drug or alcohol addiction.   To help you along your recovery journey, we have put together a list of 25 tips to help you stay sober for the holidays. Here goes: #1 Make The Commitment

Really Naked: How intimacy changes when you get sober

October 5th, 2018|

It does not come as much of a surprise that recovering addicts are often faced with the added challenge of recovering their relationships, particularly during the early stages of recovery. Reinvigorating and learning to grow healthy levels of intimacy is an integral part of addiction recovery. Since substance abuse (like alcoholism and drug addiction) are often associated with secrecy, isolation, and social distancing, recovering alcoholics and addicts often start from ground zero when it comes to rebuilding the most important relationships in their lives. Intimacy, in this way, does not simply mean sexual or

Theories of Addiction: The Stages of Change

September 10th, 2018|

No one knows why it is easy for some people to overcome addiction but it’s hard for others. Some psychologists believe that the “Stages of Change” theory offers insight. According to the National Institutes of Health, 10 percent of Americans struggle with drug use disorder at some point during the course of their lives. The organization estimates that, at the moment, more than 23 million people are addicted to drugs. Fortunately, many people are able to overcome their addictions. Utilizing resources such as detox, rehab, and 12-step programs, a lot of addicts are able

3 Gateway Drugs That Anyone Should Be Wary Of

August 10th, 2018|

The concept of a gateway drug is not new. 3 Gateway Drugs That Anyone Should Be Wary Of Most people have heard of the idea but may not know which substances qualify as gateway drugs. It is important for everyone to be wary of gateway drugs. Part of this means understanding the risk factors of addiction and the slow progression toward physical dependence. This brief guide addresses three of the most common gateway drugs that anyone should be wary of: Alcohol Marijuana Prescription medication. These are the three most common gateway drugs. They are

The Benefits of Group Therapy During Addiction Recovery

July 5th, 2018|

When a person is seeking treatment for a substance abuse disorder such as alcoholism or addiction to illicit or prescription drugs, there are a number of treatment options that, when used in combination, can prove particularly effective. One of the “tried and true” tools that a professional addiction counselor uses to help people struggling with addictive disorders is group therapy. The Benefits of Group Therapy During Addiction Recovery An addiction recovery group can be a valuable tool to help a person maintain sobriety in the early days of treatment and for the long term.

Harm Reduction Strategies—Good or Bad for Recovery?

June 8th, 2018|

Read any article about the continuing drug addiction and overdose public health crisis, and you may see a term that you’re not familiar with – “harm reduction”. And if substance abuse has touched your life or the life of someone you care about, you will want to become familiar with this controversial concept. First Things First – What Is “Harm Reduction”? “Harm reduction” is a catchall phrase used to describe any public health strategy or policy aimed at limiting or minimizing the individual and societal damage caused by the potential

Brett Favre: Addiction, Relapse, and Recovery

June 2nd, 2018|

If you are a football fan, you are probably somewhat familiar with the story of NFL Hall of Famer Brett Favre and how he battled an addiction to Vicodin in 1996. Today, it is the stuff of sports legend—how he overcame his issues, won both the Most Valuable Player award and The Game of Games, and went on to have one of the longest and most celebrated pro football careers in history. But as is usually the case with problematic substance abuse, there is much more to the story. In fact, Favre’s issues with

Subutex: This Opioid Replacement Therapy is Highly Effective As a Treatment For Opioid Addiction

December 21st, 2017|

Subutex: This Opioid Replacement Therapy is Highly Effective As a Treatment For Opioid Addiction By now, most Americans know that opioid addiction is ravaging the country. Millions of Americans are addicted to opiates like heroin, Morphine, and Codeine, and synthetic opioids like Oxycodone, Hydrocodone, and Fentanyl. Opioid Addiction Has Taken America By Storm And The Individual Addict Still Suffers The problem is so devastating, President Donald Trump recently declared the opioid epidemic a national public health emergency. Since then, the federal government has promised to allocated millions of dollars to solving the problem. In

Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars on Dealing with Addiction, Grief, and Loss

December 15th, 2017|

Showtime’s new documentary, Eric Clapton’s “A Life in Twelve Bars,” is due out in February of 2018. The film discusses much of the historical impact Clapton has had on rock and blues music. There are many candid interviews from people with firsthand experience of Mr. Clapton’s influence and power, as can be found in many rockumentaries. “A Life in Twelve Bars” offers more though. If offers glimpses into the storied past of Clapton’s legendary alcoholism, drug addiction, and finally his recovery, against insurmountable odds. As of yet, not much information has been released regarding

Russell Brand: Changing Our View on Addiction

December 5th, 2017|

You May Not Love Russell Brand For His Comedy – But You Gotta Love The Guy For His Recovery Russell Brand isn’t for everybody. He’s an acquired taste. The 42-year-old British comic and movie star is quite controversial, making a name for himself with his outrageous stand-up comedy and notorious public antics. Starring in movies Get Him to the Greek and Forgetting Sarah Marshall – and famous for his two-year marriage to rocker girl Katy Perry – he’s the kind of guy you either love or hate (or love to hate). But, one thing