Addiction Triggers

Holiday Relapse Prevention Planning – Staying Sober for the Holidays!

Overcoming Addiction During the Holidays

The holiday season is a time of merriment, family, and above all else – booze-fueled social events. Whether it be Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Years, alcohol is almost always present (unless you’re attending a sober event, of course). […]

6 NEW YEAR’S RECOVERY RESOLUTIONS YOU’LL STICK TO

The end of the year always has a way of making you feel introspective. The New Year is a benchmark and a new beginning, and people can’t help but reflect.

Now is as good a time as any to take stock of your life and well-being. […]

Early Sobriety Tips – How to Avoid Thanksgiving Temptation

If you have completed a treatment program and achieved sobriety, you have much to be proud of. Going through the detox and withdrawal process from drugs or alcohol is both mentally and physically exhausting and takes unbelievable strength. Despite this victory, it’s important to remember that […]

5 DO’S AND DON’T OF TALKING TO YOUR LOVED ONE ABOUT THEIR ADDICTION

If you suspect your loved one has a substance use problem and is in denial about it, bringing up the topic can feel awkward or even frightening. Defensiveness is the default response to such conversations for many people who have a substance use disorder or […]

5 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD PARTICIPATE IN YOUR LOVED ONE’S TREATMENT

The impact of substance abuse is varied and complicated. Family dynamics often contribute to and feed into the disease of addiction, which is why addiction is often called a “family disease”–and why it’s so important for the entire family to engage in treatment.

Whether your loved […]

EXPERTS CRITICAL OF CONGRESS’ RESPONSE TO OPIOID EPIDEMIC

Congress is at work on next phase of its response to the opioid epidemic, but according to experts, their response is failing to deliver compared to the scope of the crisis, especially when it comes to funding for treatment.

Experts say that states need more money […]

5 SUBSTANCE-FREE WAYS TO MANAGE STRESS & ANXIETY

Stress is inevitable. It might be something you deal with infrequently or seemingly all the time, but it’s how you respond to stress that can have a huge impact on your health and happiness. For example, self-medicating stress with drugs or alcohol is unhealthy and […]

6 PERSONALITY TRAITS COMMONLY LINKED TO ADDICTION

The term “addictive personality” is often used flippantly, and it implies that a person may be predisposed to substance use disorder based on their personality type. But it’s not that simple. There isn’t one single personality type that automatically indicates a potential for addiction. There […]

RESEARCHERS USE SPEARMINT AROMATHERAPY IN TREATMENT OF CHRONIC PAIN

Researchers have created a new strategy that could serve as a powerful tool in the fight against the opioid epidemic. In a study published in the journal Nature Biomedical Engineering, researchers engineered cells that target pain receptors and trigger an aroma that […]

HOW TO WELCOME BACK A CO-WORKER WHO IS IN RECOVERY

Substance use in the workplace is nothing new. According to a 2013 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Association study, of the 22.4 million illicit drug users ages 18 and older, nearly 70% were employed either full- or part-time.

Welcoming back a co-worker who has taken a leave […]

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