Man refuses alcoholic beverage being offered to him by friend.

How to Keep Your Recovery Moving Forward When a Friend Relapses

Your journey through the recovery process is sure to include both beautiful moments and difficult scenarios. That’s why having a strong network of friends and loved ones who are there for you when times get tough is essential to overcoming setbacks and staying on track when the temptation to relapse arises.  After all, each and […]

Woman looks back sadly at significant other drinking alcoholic beverage.

How Do I Love an Addict Without Enabling Them?

If your loved one has struggled with substance addiction, then you may have heard the term “enabling” or being an “enabler.”  Enabling is defined as doing things for an individual with a substance use disorder that they normally could do for themselves if they were sober.  The term also includes making excuses for your loved […]

Man uses dollar bill to snort cocaine.

How Cocaine Affects Your Brain Function

Nearly half a million people arrive in emergency rooms annually to get help for problems related to their cocaine use. Add to that the fact that more than 160,000 people go to rehab to get help for cocaine addiction each year and you can understand the severity of cocaine addiction in our communities.  Whether snorted, […]

Woman pours alcohol and looks depressed.

Are Past Trauma and Alcohol Abuse Related?

For anyone dealing with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and an addiction to alcohol,  the relationship between their trauma and their alcohol abuse is complicated and closely intertwined.  A trauma is a shocking and dangerous situation that you see or experience. During a traumatic event, you think that your life or the lives of others are […]

Person saying no to friend offering them alcohol.

How to Set Boundaries with Loved Ones Who Have Enabled Your Addiction

For many people who have braved the process of rehab and begun the long road to recovery, creating and fostering a strong sober support network is essential to avoiding unforeseen relapse incidents.  While your friends and loved ones can be some of the most important social connections you maintain during your recovery, avoiding people who […]

Bottle of crystal methamphetamine spilled onto a table.

What Does Meth Do to Your Stomach?

Among the many illicit substances that an individual may become addicted to, meth is one of the most dangerous and destructive. This is due to the way it interacts with your brain the instant you ingest it, as well as how it damages your entire body in such a short amount of time.  Meth, or […]

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5 Tips to Help You Stay Sober at the End of Summer

When the summer season winds down, it can become increasingly difficult to maintain sobriety.  While most people prepare their minds for temptations associated with warmer months, when summer weather begins to wane, it can also lead to a dip in your mood and an increased desire to self-medicate to avoid feeling negative emotions.  Have you […]

Young woman vaping.

Can Vaping Lead to a Drug or Alcohol Addiction?

E-cigarettes, or vaping devices, come in a variety of shapes and sizes. From traditional cigarette shapes and cigars to everyday  objects like pens and USB memory sticks, the e-cig has evolved significantly over the past decade.  Over that same time frame, existing evidence showing the safety of these cigarette alternatives also evolved — and not […]

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The Dangers of Xanax Dependence and Addiction

Most people who find themselves with a prescription from their doctor rarely think twice about the medication they’re ingesting. They don’t pause to think if the drug is highly addictive or dangerous to their health. After all,  it came from a physician, so how could it pose a risk?  Take Xanax, for example. This is  […]

A person sits in a tent to look at the sun rise over the ocean.

How Being in Nature Can Help Your Addiction Recovery

Humans have tapped into the healing qualities of nature since the dawn of time. But with the advent of smartphones and instant internet everywhere, society has drifted further from its natural roots and forgotten about the health benefits of nature and the healing properties of Mother Nature.    Feeling the bright morning sun fall across your […]

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