5 Ways to Stay Clean, Sober and Sane on Thanksgiving

It’s that time of year again. For many, it’s a joyous time to gather with family and friends, reunite, reflect, and eat themselves silly. Yet, if you are in recovery, the thanksgiving holiday can be challenging, and a real drag, especially if you’re in early recovery. Every stressor, from traveling, unresolved family feuds, uncomfortable conversations about addiction, being offered a drug or drink at a party, to being alone for the holidays can fuel those annoying little triggers. If you’re in recovery, maybe Thanksgiving reminds you of a time when you were using or a lonelier time when you were [...]

Substance Abuse Prevention|

IOP: The Role of Community in Addiction Recovery

As humans, we all have a natural need to connect and bond with others. When that bond breaks or is under-developed, there’s a greater tendency to develop unhealthy and destructive behaviors. In our hyper-individualistic and hyper-competitive society, many people feel isolated and don’t know how to best cope with life’s stressors. When difficult situations occur, stressors make it that much easier to escape problems by isolating. While many people may think isolation is relief, it doesn’t stop the ruminating negative thoughts, erratic emotions, and unhealthy behaviors that often lead to addiction. For recovering addicts, isolation often spells disaster, but community [...]

Addiction Treatment|

Life After Rehab: Transitioning Back into Life After Treatment

Completing an addiction treatment program is an accomplishment worth celebrating. It takes a great deal of courage, strength, and commitment to complete a rehab program for your drug and alcohol addiction. However, maintaining sobriety is a lifelong journey. Believing that a 28- or 90-day treatment program can solve all of your problems underestimates the severity of the disease of addiction. To stay sober after treatment, an individual must practice recovery principles every day. This may sound overwhelming at first, but that’s when the phrase “one day at a time” comes into play. If you focus on the day ahead of [...]

Alumni|

FMLA and Addiction: Go to Treatment Without Compromising Job

Making the decision to go to treatment for your drug or alcohol dependence is an important first step towards living a healthier life. It is a difficult decision and there are typically some common barriers that prevent people from seeking the treatment they desperately need and deserve. One of these barriers is the fear of losing one’s job while taking time off for rehab. “Will I lose my job if I go to rehab? What will my boss and my coworkers think?” These are common questions people have when considering taking time off to go to rehab, but they should [...]

Addiction Treatment|

Prescription Painkillers More Widely Used than Tobacco

According to a new report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, in 2015, more American adults used prescription painkillers than used cigarettes, cigars, or smokeless tobacco combined. While 31% of Americans use tobacco products, 38% of Americans use prescription painkillers. More than 1 in 3 American adults, 35%, were given prescription painkillers by medical providers last year. The total rate of painkiller use is higher, 38%, when you factor in the number of adults who obtained painkillers via other means. The SAMHSA report highlights the shocking presence of prescription painkillers in American life. While the majority of [...]

Prescription Drug Abuse|

Mental Illness Awareness Week 2016: Replacing Stigma with Hope

October 2nd-8th marks Mental Illness Awareness Week in the United States. During the first week of October, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) raises awareness of mental illness. Each year, NAMI and participants all across the nation fight stigma, educate the public, and advocate for equal care. Although mental health issues are important to address year-round, Mental Illness Awareness Week provides an opportunity for people to unite together and display the strength of those working to improve the lives of the many people affected by mental illness. NAMI believes that raising awareness of mental health conditions can “break down [...]

Holistic Drug Treatment|
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