Do's and don'ts of recovery

5 Do’s and Don’ts in Recovery

  Not everyone is willing to get help for addiction. Among those who do, 40% to 60% who try to recover from a substance use disorder (SUD) will relapse. Addiction recovery is a process and is going to take time. There’s no right or wrong way. Let’s take a look at 5 do’s and don’ts…

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…

The Pros and Cons of Safe Injection Sites

The proponents of safe injection sites feel that the sites are a welcome addition to the fight against addiction. Specifically, they believe that they are a benefit to public health and the community. On the other hand, the opponents of safe injection sites vehemently insist that these sites cause roadblocks in the battle against addiction. They…

Going Through the Recovery Process Multiple Times

The drug and alcohol recovery process works in steps. First, an addict will  realize that their substance abuse has become an issue. Then, they will look into treatment options and take note of which ones they like. After choosing, even though treatment programs vary in scope and focus, an addict will always go through medical…

Seeking Treatment for Major Depressive Disorder: Why Addicts Self-Medicate

There are many misconceptions about addiction. One of them is that it is always a choice. Mental health plays a huge factor in the forming of serious addiction. The American Psychiatric Association classifies addiction as a complex condition. Major depressive disorder or depression goes hand in hand with addiction.  It is important to think about…

positive psychology

How a Fourth Step Inventory Uses Positive Psychology To Shape Behavior

The fourth step inventory is one of the most well-known steps in the 12 step program. The 12 step program uses simple steps to help addicts recover. Each one provides a recovering addict with a new way of looking at life. It is very progressive. It looks at the person as an individual that is…

alcohol rehab program

Using the H.A.L.T Method In Your Alcohol Treatment Program

There are many methods that addiction treatments use to help maintain sober living. These can be huge lifestyle changes or small reminders of how to help an addict relax their mind in times of stress. When it comes to alcohol abuse and recovery, there are certainly times when an addict just doesn’t feel great. It’s…

12 step program

How A 12 Step Alcohol Rehab Program Calms Your Anxiety

Anxiety can be very threatening to our daily lives. It’s something that many people struggle to cope with. Often times, anxiety comes as a package deal with alcohol addiction.  This is called a dual diagnosis. The anxiety causes the need to start drinking, leading to alcohol addiction. After becoming addicted to substances, it is likely…

Meditation and Addiction Recovery

For centuries, cultures across the world have used meditation for a number of purposes. Some practitioners seek enlightenment, while others simply wish to increase their sense of present-moment awareness. Many believe that calming the mind can help us to seek answers, while others put their focus toward the development of feelings such as gratitude, compassion…