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Gratitude in Addiction Recovery

The Role of Gratitude in Addiction Recovery

Depression and anxiety can wreak havoc on one’s recovery – just when everything should be going well, you may be tempted to use drugs or alcohol again. In these moments, it can be helpful to call on one of the strongest correlates to happiness: gratitude. By cultivating feelings of thankfulness, you can improve your [...]

After Detoxification

What Happens After Detoxification?

Many people, especially those trying to free themselves of alcohol and benzodiazepine addictions, choose to participate in a medically-supervised detoxification program. Generally, this process takes place with the help of supplementary medications and other withdrawal symptom management. Detox is the first step on the road to sobriety, but what happens when your program is [...]

Leaving Rehab

After Rehab: How to Transition Out of Addiction Treatment

It’s often said that real recovery begins at the conclusion of your time in rehab. As you leave an addiction treatment facility and return to your daily life, you’ll face many challenges and obstacles on your road to sobriety. Today, statistics say that relapse rates hover between 40% and 60% of those who [...]

Vaping and E-Cigs: What You Need to Know

E-cigarettes are relatively new – they’ve only been on the shelves in the United States for just over a decade. Because of this, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is just now beginning to fully understand the long-term effects of vaping. There are many misconceptions surrounding e-cigs – some [...]

Cross Addiction

What is Cross Addiction? | Don’t Swap One Addiction for Another

Cross addiction occurs when those addicted to a specific substance decrease or completely cease their use of that substance. These people then begin using a different substance under the false assumption that it won’t cause the same problems with addiction. For example, someone who has received treatment for an [...]

Warning Signs of Mental Illness

It’s commonly known that mental illness and addiction are inextricably linked. These two brain disorders feed into one another and, when left untreated, can create a vicious cycle of substance abuse, sobriety, and relapse. Either of these issues can come first – certain drugs can catalyze symptoms of mental health problems, and those [...]

Why Therapy is Important to Recovery

Beginning in the 1970s, the public understanding of addiction shifted dramatically. A massive research effort revealed that substance use disorder should be classified as a disease of the brain: one that impacts function and behavior. Rather than stigmatizing this mental illness, it became accepted that treatment should be easily accessible for those suffering from [...]

Prescription to Heroin

The Link Between Prescription Opioids and Heroin Use

America’s Prescription Opioid Epidemic You’ve probably seen endless news stories covering America’s rampant prescription drug abuse. Due to over-prescription, misinformation, and wide availability of these highly addictive medications, over 11.4 million people reported misusing their opioid medications in 2017. This has resulted in the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services labelling America’s opioid epidemic a public [...]

positive reinforcement in recovery

The Power of Positive Reinforcement in Addiction Treatment

Positive reinforcement motivates all of us, whether we realize it or not. From receiving good feedback at the office to thanking a spouse for work around the house, we respond well to this pattern of behavior and reward. Substance use is a system of negative reinforcement; people may seek out drugs and alcohol to [...]