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Our blog is a comprehensive resource for people seeking help with substance use disorders, a helpful guide for common issues people in recovery face, clinicians looking for reliable and evidence-based information, and for families and partners wanting to support their loved one achieve long-term recovery. We cover topics ranging from the signs and symptoms of substance use disorder, how to identify if your loved one has a problem, and how to get the best inpatient medical detox help for successful recovery.

Risks of Home Detox

Detoxing from addictive substances can create a number of health risks, especially if you suddenly stop using certain substances, like alcohol or benzodiazepines. You may experience a number of unpleasant and potentially serious withdrawal symptoms and may need medical support.   Home detox also carries the risk of relapse and potential overdose, which could be […]

What is Medical Detox?

Overcoming substance use disorders can be a challenging process, especially if you have been using alcohol or drugs for a prolonged period.   When someone has persistently used drugs or alcohol, they can face a real health risk if they suddenly stop using substances without proper medical intervention. Many people who stop abruptly will experience […]

Celebrities Share Lessons Learned From Relapse

Relapsing is not uncommon, with as many as 60 percent of all people with substance use disorder experiencing a return to use. There is no shame in relapse, but it is important to develop strategies for relapse prevention, manage triggers, and take the opportunity to learn key lessons from the experience.   How common is […]

Key Strategies for Relapse Prevention

Substance use disorder treatment is intended to promote long-term recovery and prevent returning to use (relapse). However, that isn’t always the case. In this blog we outline the key strategies to help people maintain recovery and prevent relapse.   What is Relapse Prevention? While all treatments for addiction are intended to prevent returning to use, […]

Art & Addiction Recovery

  Art is a pursuit that many people in recovery discover for themselves. It can be a useful coping strategy, a means of escape, and even a new skill to develop. This week’s blog is an interview with award winning photographer Michael Blanchard, author of Through a Sober Lens, about how he uses art to […]

Common Triggers of Relapse

Relapse — or returning to use — is a common hurdle in the road to long-term recovery, which is why we’re spending July focusing on this specific subject. This week we interviewed clinical director, Steve Carleton, LCSW, to find out why relapse happens, what the common triggers are, and possible solutions.   What are the […]

Interview with Beck Gee-Cohen

In June we have focused on Pride: the unique challenges LGBTQIA+ people face with substance use disorder and treatment, and an interview with the incredible Eric Dorsa. In our last feature celebrating Pride, we interviewed Beck Gee-Cohen, the director of LGBTQIA+ programming at Visions Adolescent Treatment Center. Interview with Beck Gee-Cohen Gallus: In your role as […]

Addiction within the LGBTQIA+ Community

June represents the celebration of LGBTQIA+ Pride Month, to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan. The Stonewall movement was the pinnacle of the gay liberation movement in the United States. Since then each June hosts a series of pride events, parades, picnics, vigils and memorials, workshops, and concerts to raise awareness, celebrate liberation, and […]

Interview with Eric Dorsa

As part of our Pride feature in June, we interviewed the incredible Eric Dorsa: a non-binary actor, comedian, drag queen, and recovery advocate. Interview with Eric Dorsa Gallus: How do you identify? Eric: My name is Eric Dorsa I am non-binary and I am an actor, comedian, drag queen, and recovery advocate currently living in […]


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