How to Tell Friends and Coworkers That You Are In Recovery Now that you are sober, you may start running into situations in which you have to explain to friends and coworkers that you are in recovery. Thanks to the stigma of addiction, this can be uncomfortable or anxiety-provoking for many individuals. The good news… Continue reading How to Tell Friends and Coworkers That You Are In Recovery
What is SAMHSA? Established by Congress in 1992, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. In December 2016, the 21st Century Cures Act was signed into law, reauthorizing… Continue reading What is SAMHSA?
Obsession vs Addiction: Is There a Difference? You know that something is amiss with yourself or your loved one, but you’re not sure if it is obsession or addiction. Is treatment for addiction the right way to go, or is it just bad obsessive habits that need to be untangled by a behavioral doctor? It… Continue reading Obsession vs Addiction: Is There a Difference?
Robert told me that the first time he remembers thinking about drug addiction recovery, he was just seventeen. He remembers standing in a synagogue on a Friday night, already aware that religion wasn’t for him, and suddenly feeling immense despair. The despair was for the meaning he’d lost, and the idea of a life without… Continue reading Drugs Addiction Recovery And The Search For Meaning
Ask most people and they’ll tell you that New Year’s resolutions aren’t worth talking about. It’s almost a cliché that they’re bound to fall away. Nonetheless, gyms are packed every January. Shelters and charities overflow with volunteers. People clearly believe in the power of a new year. Which is why many alcoholics decide to get… Continue reading New Year, New You: Can New Year’s Resolutions Get You Sober?
When someone in recovery is working on improving their health and maintaining their sobriety they may need to focus a lot of their energy on self-care in addiction therapy. The idea of self-care can mean different things but for someone who is recovering from an addiction there are general areas of their health they… Continue reading 3 Main Types of Self-Care in Addiction Recovery
Most recovery programs and twelve step groups incorporate aspects of service for the people trying to quit addictions. Service simply means helping out others or contributing something to a group through volunteer work. The emphasis on service in recovery is related to the sort of behavior and self-centered thinking that can occur as a… Continue reading The Importance of Service in Addiction Recovery
Recovery treatment and Sobriety involves not only changing your attitude about substances but also your own lifestyle and habits. In recovery, people need to learn how to use their time differently so that they won’t feel the need to use drugs to fill up their time. Boredom and free time can be very dangerous for… Continue reading Sobriety and Staying Busy in Recovery
It is important for people to have good role models in life no matter what type of goals they are looking to achieve. In addiction recovery, it can be especially helpful to have positive role models that can show you how to become comfortable and confident in sobriety. People who struggle with addiction often… Continue reading Addiction Recovery: Role Models in it
Substance abuse over a long period of time takes its toll not only on a person’s mental health and the way that they function in life but also on their physical health. Many people have so damaged their bodies from repeated abuse of alcohol or drugs that they end up with chronic physical diseases that… Continue reading What is the Burden of Disease?