Blog: Recovery Talk

What to Say When Addiction Strikes

by Mary Fran Bontempo What to Say When Addiction Strikes Oh my god, what am I going to say? How do I tell people what’s going on? Addiction is a horror that begins privately and almost always ends up playing out in public, for the world to see. The emotional trauma that consumes family members […]


Navigating the Holiday Minefield

by Mary Fran Bontempo Navigating the Holiday Minefield Ah, the holidays! The time of year when worries are sent packing and the world is bright with cheer, love, and lots and lots of temptation, triggers and potential traps for those struggling with addiction.  When families are embroiled in a loved one’s addiction, the holidays can […]


Lost and Afraid

by Mary Fran Bontempo Lost and Afraid As we drove up to the historic-looking white building outside of Philadelphia, I felt oddly detached, almost numb. Ordinarily, such a place would have sparked my curiosity about the origins of the house—what had it been used for years ago? Philadelphia is an area rich in history, something I always […]


Is There Such Thing as Health Insurance that Covers Substance Abuse?

Although over 22 million Americans need treatment for a drug or alcohol problem, less than 2.5 million ever get that treatment. There are barriers to getting treatment for drug or alcohol addiction. For many people, the problem lies in finding an affordable rehab. For those people, there is health insurance that covers substance abuse. And there are […]


The Most Important Difference Between Inpatient and Outpatient Drug Rehab

When you’re addicted to drugs or alcohol, it can be a negative cycle that’s hard to get out of without outside help, like outpatient drug rehab. Pretty much everyone in the world lives according to some sort of cycle; for many people, these cycles are positive. For addicts, substance use creates an artificially positive feedback […]


The Incredible Benefits of Yoga for Addiction Recovery

According to the Surgeon General, 1-in-7 people in the U.S. will face substance addictions. With almost 21 million Americans dealing with addiction, its a dangerous problem. Thankfully, the right recovery center can help. Did you know that using yoga can help with addictive behaviors? As a method of holistic treatment, yoga helps individuals through the recovery process. […]


Aftercare Preparation: A Checklist for Clean and Sober Living

The day is finally here. You have completed your addiction treatment program and are clean and sober. It was hard work and there were days you weren’t sure you could do it, but you did! Now what? Some people believe once they are finished with rehab they can resume their life and pick up where […]


Important Mental and Physical Benefits of Getting Sober

Thinking it’s time to quit your drinking habit? Want to get drugs out of your life for good? Using drugs and alcohol can have huge effects throughout every part of your life. While you may know deep down that you need to quit, you may also find it hard to convince yourself that it’s really time […]


7 Rehab Essentials to Prepare for Residential Inpatient Treatment

Overcoming substance abuse isn’t easy. But seeking help for your problem is a huge, and courageous, first step. For many, the best way to focus on their recovery is to check into a residential treatment center. While your initial concerns may involve how to get into rehab fast as well as questions about how rehab works, there are also practical considerations to take […]


Intensive Outpatient Treatment (IOP Program): What is it and What to Expect

If you or someone you love is dealing with a substance abuse problem, it might feel like your options for getting help are limited. You might look at treatment programs and assume that you have two options. You can go to inpatient treatment or deal with it on your own in an outpatient program that […]


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