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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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How to Get Better Sleep in Addiction Recovery

It’s no secret that sleep is integral to your health and wellbeing. This is the time of day when the body repairs itself and moves short-term memories to long-term storage; it’s also when young people experience critical progressions in growth and development. When sleep is sabotaged, there are devastating physical and emotional consequences. [...]

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Deaths from Fentanyl-Laced Cocaine on the Rise

Across the country, people who buy cocaine are discovering too late that it contains potentially lethal fentanyl. In a recent Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention highlights this issue as it manifested in Fresno earlier this year. A Crisis in Fresno, California In January of 2019, three patients [...]

Lessons From Rehab

5 Important Lessons from Rehab

Lessons from Rehab Without a doubt, rehab is a transformational time for many. By making the choice to leave their old lives of substance use behind and start over anew, the 2.3 million people per year who enter treatment programs emerge with a fresh perspective. Perhaps the greatest piece of [...]

Detox at Home

Can You Detox from Alcohol at Home?

When someone finally recognizes that they have a problem with alcohol, they have taken the first step to recovery. After this realization, they may decide to cut back on their alcohol consumption or suddenly stop drinking altogether. While this is a noble goal, attempting to quit all alone can be dangerous. What many people [...]