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Our recovery blog is a comprehensive resource for people seeking help with substance use disorders, a helpful guide for common issues people in recovery face, evidence-based information for clinicians looking to find out more about medical detox, 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, medical detox, the risks of home detox, how to pick a medical detox, how to identify if your loved one has a problem, what to expect from an inpatient medical detox, relapse prevention strategies, and critical steps for successful recovery.

How to Overcome Addiction and Improve Health

Addiction impacts people in different ways. You might be struggling with isolation, using alone, losing weight due to poor eating habits, or perhaps starting to feel the strain of addiction on your body. The impact of addiction varies depending on how long you, or your loved one, has been using substances and the type of […]

Dangers of Using Ambien

Ambien, or Zolpidem, is in a class of drugs known as sedative-hypnotics. It was created to have the same effects as benzodiazepines without harmful and addictive properties. Ambien is most often prescribed to those who have chronic insomnia. However, while it may take longer to form an addiction than benzodiazepines, it is still possible to […]

Addiction is a Disease

Many people believe addiction is not a disease. In the 1930s, scientists began to study addictive behavior and believed addiction was a cause of flawed morals and a lack of willpower. In response, society began to treat addiction as a moral failing, which led to punishment rather than treatment. Addiction was officially termed a disease […]

Why You Shouldn’t Use the Word “Addict”

Addiction is a disease. As such, it is essential to use language that frames it as a health issue to show respect to those with addiction and their loved ones. A person shouldn’t be labeled by their disease. We have a choice when we communicate and there are several commonly used words surrounding addiction that […]

What is Kratom?

Kratom is a substance that has become ever-growing in popularity. It is easily accessible, leading to misinformation and misuse. Despite being legal, it is possible to become dependent on kratom. Taking kratom may cause severe side effects and uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms when the substance is stopped. As such, detoxing from kratom should be done in […]

What We Can Learn From Dax Shepard’s Relapse

In an episode of the Armchair Expert Dax Shepard revealed his relapse after 16 years of sobriety. Standing by her husband, Kristen Bell, shared on the Ellen Show that her husband is moving forward and doing really great. “He is actually doing really great. … Everybody is up against their own demons,” Bell tells DeGeneres.  […]

Top Ten Addiction Recovery Books

In our latest blog for National Recovery Month we’ve selected our top ten recovery-related books that can help you, or your loved one, on their recovery journey. Why read a recovery-related book? Books are a powerful resource for people in recovery. Not just memoirs of people getting sober — although these can be great! — […]

How Do People Recover from Addiction?

While some might associate recovery with rehab (addiction treatment) or AA meetings, the reality is that people recover in a range of ways. Researchers measure both rates of addiction and recovery. How is Substance Use Disorder Measured? Since 1971, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) carries out a National Survey in Drug […]

What is the Definition of Recovery?

Recovery has evolved into such a broad term today — it can mean recovering from an illness, grief, substance use disorder, cancer, and even codependency. Like SHE RECOVERS says, We’re all recovering from something. And in the context of addiction, the term has also changed over the years too. This is in part as a […]

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