12-Step programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) are excellent ways to supplement drug rehab. Though these programs do not provide addiction treatment, they offer support to those who are new to sobriety and those who have years invested in abstinent living. For people seeking recovery from addiction, twelve-step programs can provide … Continue reading Surviving the 12 Steps: Advice for Newcomers and Not-So-Newcomers to AA and NA
One of the keys to maintaining sobriety for the long term is intentionality. Choosing your goals, crafting your plan, and being very intentional in everything you do from what you eat to whom you spend time with and how you choose to view the world around you and your place in it can help you … Continue reading Recovery Goals for 2015: Where Will Sobriety Take You This Year?
In 2013, mental illness was a serious issue for as much as 20 percent of the adult population in the United States, according to a report from the US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). That’s one in five people over the age of 18 or 43.8 million Americans who were living with … Continue reading Mental Illness a Growing Problem in US: Therapy Helps
Are you the same person today that you were 10 years ago? Five years ago? Last year? Would you like that person – or pieces of that time in your life – brought back up with a few key strokes by anyone on your friend list at any time? A new search function on Facebook … Continue reading The 10-Year Drug Test
Recovery from drug addiction and alcohol use disorders can be a struggle. At any time, an unexpected event or emotion can trigger cravings for the drug of choice and make someone want to drink or get high. During the holidays, recovery can be even trickier than usual. Some common triggers during the holidays include the following: Dealing … Continue reading 10 Tips for Avoiding Relapse During the Holiday Season
After initial stabilization in detox, the first step in recovery should be an in-depth evaluation and assessment. This allows the treatment team to identify all obstacles to recovery and to create an individualized treatment plan to address those issues. Medical health, emotional health, specific life challenges – all these will be addressed through directed therapies … Continue reading 5 Benefits of Personalized Addiction Treatment
Recovery is hard. Under the best of circumstances, it’s difficult to make a new life for oneself—new friends, new perspective, sometimes a new home, a new job and a new relationship. Continuing to progress and grow in recovery by taking part in a range of aftercare services is always recommended, but what does every patient … Continue reading 3 Things You Need to Thrive in Recovery
Relapse is not uncommon in recovery. It’s not a guaranteed event, but it does happen to many patients at one point or another in their sobriety – and to some patients more often than others. For those who experience chronic relapse and frequent returns to active addiction behaviors, a new study has found that continued … Continue reading Five-Year Monitoring May Help Chronic Relapsers Stay Sober
Rehab was the first big step, but now it’s time for recovery. The excitement of feeling empowered by being sober is the honeymoon phase when people just out of treatment are optimistic but may have unrealistic expectations. It’s also a time of adjustment for family members who don’t know what to expect. Plan for Success … Continue reading 10 Things NOT to Do When Your Loved One Comes Home from Drug Rehab
Vaping continues to grow in popularity even as researchers worry about safety and long-term consequences. Critics of vaporizers say there’s more than safety to consider as well; they’re concerned the ease of using the devices leads to more widespread marijuana use. Plus, since inhaling the drug through a vaporizer makes is more potent, users run … Continue reading Is Vaping the New Trend Among Young Professionals?