Hope & Restoration
She lives under a bridge with hundreds of other junkies. Once beloved by her six grandchildren, she now shuns them in favor of squalor and heroin. I’ve never been well or happy for a long period of time. So when I do feel like I am doing well, I’m afraid because it’s not a feeling I’m familiar with and it scares me. When I do become clean, I’ve got to become a new person because I’ve been this other person for so long.Read More
September is National Suicide Prevention Month, and after a summer characterized by isolation, social unrest, financial strain, political division, and a startling loss of life due to Covid-19, this National Suicide Prevention Month should remind us all that we’re not experiencing these times alone. While some individuals may feel the effects of the present climate more intimately, we’re all weathering the same storm. Suicidal thoughts can happen to anyone, regardless of their race, wealth, age, or gender. In this way, suicidal thoughts are not uncommon. However, suicidal ideation should never be normalized, as the act of suicide is usually related to an undiagnosed mental health concern. Unfortunately, these mental health conditions – not surprisingly – have seen a sharp, correlative rise with Covid-19 and its rippling effects on everyday life. It is amidst this backdrop that suicide prevention resources are becoming all the more necessary.Read More
No matter how long you’ve been in recovery, you know the importance of relapse prevention strategies and support. Joining a community of Alumni is one way to do just that. Another way? Turning to a furry friend. Pets can offer so much more than just company (though sometimes, that’s enough in itself!). Studies have shown that animals can reduce loneliness, increase feelings of social support, and boost your mood – all important factors that aid in your recovery. Here’s how else our furry friends can boost your recovery:Read More
We meet every client right where they are at on their spiritual journey, even if they have no spiritual journey at all. A faith-based treatment program must be non-judgmental at its core. Whenever the topic of faith comes up, there are almost always variations of opinions and strong viewpoints. Let’s look at dispelling five of the most common myths about faith-based addiction treatment programs.Read More
Concerned family members and friends always want to know what the statistics are on whether someone gets over alcohol or drug addiction. That is understandable. They are watching their loved one destroy themselves, day by day. They are asking what addiction statistics are so that they can feel better about their loved one’s addiction… that they will eventually recover if the odds are on their side. They are reaching out for a lifeline of hope.Read More
When it comes to getting help for drug and alcohol use, sooner is better. Even during a global pandemic, many people feel busier than ever. The idea of putting your life on hold for 30, 60, or 90 days can seem impossible. Because of that, it’s easy to delay treatment for drug or alcohol addiction even when you know that you have a problem. When you’re looking for a reason not to go to treatment, there are a million excuses. The kids need you home for the transition back to school. You’ll go as soon as you finish that big project at work. You’ll wait until being without you for weeks is more manageable for your spouse.Read More
Sometimes I feel like sobriety’s Andy Rooney – the ironic, curmudgeon of the blogging set, pointing out the pitfalls and snafus that no one else will tell the world about quitting drinking. I have been known to sniff at the sophomoric crowing of those who extoll the benefits of living clean and sober. As if, like that other killjoy Groucho Marx, I do not want to join any club substandard enough to have me as a member.Read More
My friend is married to a man who’s addicted…and his addiction has grown by leaps and bounds over the last year. He constantly lies about his drug use, blows their savings, and disappears for entire weekends. He has created pure chaos in their home, but my friend can’t seem to realize that their tumultuous situation is because of his substance abuse. She confided in me that their marriage has been on the rocks for years now, and no matter how much time and effort she puts into it, it never seems to get better.Read More
Due to the global pandemic, services and care centers have become less accessible to individuals recovering from substance and behavioral addiction. Rehabilitation centers have limited the number of admissions and some clinics have even shut down to prevent the spread of the virus. This has caused significant disruption to the daily routines of those recovering from addiction; many families may be unsure of how to support their loved ones. Some medical professionals and institutions have adopted telemedicine as a treatment method during these times…Read More
You’ve made the decision to seek inpatient treatment for your chemical dependency. You’re investing time, money, and trust; you want to get the most out of it.
But rehab can be a scary place when you first arrive; making new friends is one of the best ways to squash that fear. We all want to feel like we’re part of the group, right?