Gaining weight in recovery

Is Weight Gain in Recovery Normal

  You’ve probably heard it time and time again. Those who get off drugs or even alcohol will often find their weight ballooning in the next several years. Their stomachs bulge out a little more. Or, for some people, they may even put on over a hundred pounds during recovery. It’s a very common phenomenon.…

5 reasons to love recovery

5 Reasons to Love Recovery

5 Reasons to Love Recovery “24.6 million Americans were addicted to drugs in 2013. That’s 9.4% of the population.” If you’re among the millions of Americans addicted to alcohol or drugs, it’s never too late to get help. The longer that you wait, the harder it may be to recover from an addiction. A longer…

What to expect in the first 30 days of recovery

What to Expect in the First 30 Days of Recovery

Recovery is like a roller coaster ride, so knowing what to expect in the first 30 days of recovery can make it less overwhelming. It takes a lot of discipline, patience and motivation. Trying to restore balance to the body is not as easy as it sounds. Those who are trying to recover and abstain…

Alcohol Awareness Month

Alcohol Awareness Month

April is Alcohol Awareness Month. The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence created this initiative to educate the public on the dangers of alcohol dependence and related substance use issues. Originally created to target college students, this initiative quickly grew to be a national movement. Understanding Alcoholism and Alcohol Awareness To fully understand what…

Dual Diagnosis

What is Dual Diagnosis?

Dual diagnosis refers to a person that is suffering from substance use disorder in addition to an underlying psychiatric or mental health issue. While alcoholism and drug addiction are themselves mental disorders, many people that are experiencing addiction also have co-occurring mental health disorders. Understanding Dual Diagnosis Research points to the fact that an individual…


Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and Keep Your Sobriety

St. Patrick’s Day is a cultural and religious celebration that commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. It’s also is a holiday that celebrates the culture and heritage of the Irish in general. And drinking excessive alcohol in Ireland is the social norm. Which may be why St. Patrick’s Day is a…


The Thin Line between Love and Enabling

Friends, family members, and significant others of an individual dealing with substance abuse often fail to realize that they are acting as enablers in their loved one’s life. To make the decision to treat their addiction, an individual must come to terms with how their addiction affects their life. Someone that is dealing with addiction…

Difference Between Drug Abuse and Addiction

What is the Difference Between Drug Abuse and Addiction?

Drug abuse and addiction is rampant in America. It’s become a huge problem and economic burden. The economic burden of opioid abuse and addiction has already toppled over $1 trillion. This doesn’t even account for the many other substances that Americans abuse and are addicted to. Over 24 million Americans were addicted to a substance…

Drug and Alcohol Rehab Statistics and Success Rates

Understanding Drug and Alcohol Rehab Statistics and Success Rates

Substance abuse statistics and demographics generally appear in one of two categories. Some pertain to rates of use, while others pertain to rates of recovery. Generally speaking, one will find rates of use far more easily than rates of recovery. One problem with finding accurate drug and alcohol rehab statistics and success rates is that…

The Best Drug Rehabilitation Center for You

Finding the Best Drug Rehabilitation Center for You

Once an addict learns to recognize the harmful consequences of their substance abuse, they will want to seek help quickly. This leads to something of a predicament. It is important to begin without too much delay, but it is also important to look closely at what each drug and alcohol rehab has to offer. Careless…