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Recovery Community Adjusts to the New Normal

As the deaths mount in the United States – surpassing the number of Americans who died in the two-decades-long Vietnam war – some states are loosening restrictions. Relaxing stay at home orders and opening businesses is welcomed by some but frowned upon by the majority. Undoubtedly, many people in [...]


Recovery is Impacted by COVID-19 Pandemic

The way we live today is significantly different from a short time ago, both for people in addiction recovery and out. The COVID-19 pandemic has placed us at heightened risk, requiring us to change our behaviors dramatically. With more than a million people who have tested positive for coronavirus [...]


Addiction Prevention: Teenage Substance Use

It's no secret that the road to addiction often begins during adolescence. The teenage years are a time of mental and physical changes that can be challenging to cope with for some. What's more, high school is when many youths begin experimenting with drugs and alcohol. Using drugs and alcohol [...]


Recovery from Addiction: Seeking Treatment

Men and women who meet the criteria for alcohol or substance use disorder have a choice. They can continue on a self-destructive and self-defeating path, or they can choose to seek assistance and embrace recovery. To the average person, the above may seem like an easy decision, a no-brainer perhaps. [...]


Recovery: A Healthy Mind and Body

Healing the mind from the ravages of addiction involves healing the body. Your brain and body are not mutually exclusive; they are one. If the health of one is neglected, the other suffers. For people determined to achieve lasting recovery, it's paramount to nourish and prioritize physical fitness. Early recovery [...]


Recovery 2020: Protecting Your Program

If you are working a program of addiction recovery, then we hope that you enjoyed a merry, safe, and sober Christmas. Significant holidays can present many challenges for men and women who are committed to sobriety. So, if you were able to keep your recovery intact, then you should [...]

Mindfulness In Addiction Treatment

New Study: Mindfulness May Reduce Opioid Cravings

Opioid addiction is one of the most challenging substance use disorders to overcome. Because many people take prescription opioids for chronic pain, it is important that addiction treatment for these individuals addresses both pain management and cravings. Today, a study from Rutgers University indicates a link between regular mindfulness practice and reduced cravings and [...]

Addiction Intervention

How to Stage an Intervention

Intervention and Denial in Addiction When someone you love is in the throes of addiction, it can be difficult to decide what to do next. You may hope that one day they’ll snap out of it and pursue treatment, or just suddenly choose to stop using altogether. At a basic level, you may [...]

Companion Animal in Addiction Recovery

Benefits of a Companion Animal in Addiction Recovery

Addiction recovery is a time characterized by major change: new routines and coping mechanisms are all integral to the days after you leave treatment. Many will need to reevaluate current relationships and may even find themselves seeking new living arrangements or ending long-term friendships that only centered around drinking [...]

Doctor Naloxone Prescription

California Requires Doctors to Prescribe Naloxone to Patients Taking Opioids

Naloxone, the life-saving opioid overdose drug, has become more and more commonly available to the general public. Recent legislation has protected those who administer it from legal recourse and required pharmacies to offer it without a prescription. Today, new co-prescribing laws in California and eight other progressive states require doctors to discuss the dangers [...]