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What If I Relapse During The Holidays?

Spend time in the rooms of recovery support group meetings like Alcoholics Anonymous and you will come to learn that the holidays are an extremely difficult time for people who are in recovery from addictions and alcoholism. Spend time among people in recovery and you will learn that the holidays are an extremely difficult timeRead More

Jada Pinkett Smith’s Story on Addiction

Celebrities are often in the spotlight because of their role in the entertainment industry; what they do both on – and off – camera becomes a national discussion. When celebrities talk about their past struggles with addiction, this often inspires other people to come forward and talk about their problems – or at least, considerRead More

Can Stimulant Medication for ADHD Increase Someone’s Risk for Substance Abuse?

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is characterized by attention difficulty, hyperactivity, and/or impulsivity. Common medications for ADHD include: Adderall, Ritalin, Dexedrine, and more. Stimulant medications work for those with ADHD by increasing dopamine levels in the brain, which helps boost concentration and focus, while reducing hyperactive and impulsive-type of behaviors. Some medications for ADHD areRead More

Cannabis, Alcohol, and Socioeconomic Implications: Risks for the Future

Substances such as alcohol, prescription medication, and illicit drugs are of major concern in the United States, particularly as Americans are finding unhealthy ways to deal with stress, chronic pain, and more. Cannabis use has risen over the past decade, and continues to soar as marijuana becomes legal either medically and/or recreationally throughout America. AccordingRead More

Is There A Smart Phone App to Explore My Drinking Habits?

Have you ever heard the phrase, “There’s an app for that!” While many of us joke around the pervasiveness of social media and just how many apps there truly are (reports suggest there are currently 3.8 million apps for Android users and 2 million apps for Apple users), the truth is that there’s many forRead More

Exercise Can Actively Help You Move Away From Addiction

Running, swimming, jogging, and more typically enter discussions surrounding weight gain and diet, but what about recovery? A holistic approach to addiction recovery means that you will focus on creating a lifestyle that will be conducive to the growth and development of your mind, body, and spirit. Yes, by engaging in physical activity, you willRead More

In What Ways Can Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Assist Those with Substance Use Disorders?

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a type of therapy that helps individuals change destructive thought patterns and guide them towards more positive, productive ones. Many people who have gone through substance abuse either started in order to self-medicate painful feelings or have developed symptoms of a mental illness due to their substance use; CBT hasRead More

Substance Use Disorder and PTSD: The Whole Person Approach

When seeking treatment for a dual diagnosis, it’s important to feel heard on all levels, not just one. A holistic approach to treatment means that your healthcare team will consider everything that has influenced who you are today; this could include your family history, medical history, personality, previous instances with substances, current substance patterns, symptoms,Read More

How Do Employers View Those in Addiction Recovery?

Those in recovery often strive not only to build a lifestyle that is conducive to recovery, but to become active and stable in employment. The last few weeks or months leading up to discharge of a recovery treatment program, an individual may work diligently with their treatment center to strengthen interviewing skills, application skills, andRead More