What Is National Recovery Month?
September is National Recovery Month. The month provides a platform for services and professionals to educate the public about substance abuse treatments and mental health services. While substance abuse and mental health services are nothing new, there is still stigma attached to them. September provides an opportunity to help eliminate the stigma and demonstrate the […]
The Importance of Aftercare for Mental Health Disorders
Your recovery does not end once you walk out the door of a detox facility, especially if you struggle with a co-occurring mental health disorder. The detox process involves managing the uncomfortable and sometimes life-threatening withdrawal symptoms associated with the cessation of substance use. The most important thing you can do for yourself after a […]
Holistic Therapy and Methods of Aftercare
Once you’ve made it through detox, inpatient or outpatient treatment, and the acute phases of your recovery, you’ll be ready to embark upon the rest of your life in sobriety. However, post-treatment life in recovery is not without its challenges. It’s crucial to your long-term success that you have access to resources and relationships, and […]
Do I Have to go to 12 Step Programs to Recover?
Many people with drug or alcohol use disorders successfully recover using 12 step programs. While these programs may be effective for some individuals, they are not the only path to recovery. Today there are many resources available that can assist those trying to get past drug dependency. Each person’s struggle with substance use is unique […]
Detox is the Foundation of Recovery
The first step towards recovering from a substance use problem is detoxing. Throughout the detox process the body is cleansed of whatever toxin was being, ingested. More importantly, when a person detoxes in a medical detox, their withdrawal symptoms are safely managed. The length of detoxification depends on the type of substance an individual is […]
How to Ask for Help with Addiction
Struggling with addiction can be all consuming. What’s key is that you’ve realized you need help, and you are looking for ways to find that help. Or you could be a loved one seeking resources for a family member or partner. Either way, help is available! Ways to ask for help Whether you are drinking […]
Why Are Benzodiazepines Dangerous?
Benzodiazepines, also commonly known as benzos, are highly addictive prescription drugs. They treat a variety of disorders and are considered safe if used short-term. Long-term use may lead to physical or psychological dependence or substance use disorder. Along with these, users may experience multiple adverse side effects. Benzo withdrawal can be dangerous, and in some […]
Ten Proudly Sober Celebrities
In 2020, we witnessed an inspiring story of hope—one that brightened an otherwise difficult year for many people out there. On Tuesday, the New York Post’s Page Six revealed that Sir Anthony Hopkins hit an impressive milestone this week: 45 years of continuous sobriety. The 82-year-old Oscar winner celebrated the occasion with an Instagram post […]
What We Can Learn From John Mulaney
You may have recently heard that comedian John Mulaney checked into treatment for cocaine and alcohol addiction. While there is no shame in seeking treatment for those struggling with addiction, John’s story is common for individuals with substance use disorder during the pandemic. Surveys reveal that more people are using alcohol to cope in 2020 […]