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July 27, 2020

Finding Peace in Service

What does peace look like? When you’re trying to support someone in active addiction, it’s a question that’s impossible to answer. There is no peace, either for the addict or the loved one trying desperately…
July 24, 2020

Unique New Approaches to Benzo Withdrawal Treatment

Benzodiazepines is a commonly prescribed treatment for anxiety. It can also put you in the clutch of an unforgiving cycle of addiction. Producing symptoms that range from anxiety to seizures, benzo withdrawal is vicious. Don't wage…
July 24, 2020

Finding Your Identity After Addiction

In the throes of addiction, you are not usually taking the time to consider the abstract idea of identity. You are too caught up in the addiction to really ask, “Who am I? Who do…
July 20, 2020

The Blessing of Forgetfulness

What a luxury. This past week, I was blessed to spend several days at the Jersey shore. But that wasn’t the luxury. At the week’s end, I realized with a start that I had completely…
July 13, 2020

Summertime, But is the Living Easy?

Isn’t summer wonderful? Long, warm, light-filled days meant for relaxing and recharging after a dark, cold winter. There’s little more delightful than a summer day spent on a beach or by a pool, with nothing…
July 10, 2020

10 Questions You Should Ask a Rehab

Once you make the decision to seek help for addiction, you have to find a rehab facility that will fit your unique needs and ensure that you go through a safe, productive treatment program that…
July 6, 2020

The Risks of Freedom

As I write this post, it is the day before July 4th, our nation’s Independence Day. On Independence Day of 2020, freedom is a hot topic across the country. We’re in the midst of a…
July 3, 2020

Co-dependency and Addiction

Codependency and addiction have a strong connection although they are two different conditions people may struggle to manage. Codependency is when one person develops an unhealthy attachment to another person whose behavior in the relationship…
June 29, 2020

Three Little Words

Words are kind of my thing. As a writer, teacher, and English major, I love playing around with language, finding just the right word to bring life to an idea or thought. I especially love…
June 27, 2020

Alcohol Treatment Options Can Vary Depending Upon the Severity of an Individual’s Alcohol Problem

An estimated 88,129 people died from excess use of alcohol between 2006 and 2010. Alcohol abuse has become a prevalent issue in the United States over the years. Many times, it begins with a first drink and…
June 26, 2020

Robert Downey Jr.’s Heroic Recovery: From Addict to Iron Man

One of the highest-paid actors in Hollywood, Robert Downey Jr., is as well-known for being a talented, successful actor as he is for his struggle with addiction. He spent decades in and out of rehab,…
June 24, 2020

Why Addressing Addiction Alone Won’t Work – Addiction and Trauma

Historically, substance abuse treatment was a single-focus intervention–to get the “addict” to stop using. Clinically, counselors and therapists only focused on the addiction perhaps assuming that other issues could be resolved at a later time in in…
June 22, 2020

Letting Go of Dreams

My friend, Kristin, has two blind sons. Both boys were born blind due to a rare genetic defect.  Kristin often tells the story of how she always dreamed of becoming a mother. While she was expecting her…
June 19, 2020

What’s the Difference Between Crack and Coke?

Aside from the names, what is the difference between crack and cocaine? Read more...
June 18, 2020

Mind, Body, Soul: A Holistic Approach to Mental Health

When you hear the word “holistic,” what do you think? You may associate it with an organic health food store or barefoot yogis chanting “OM” together with their eyes closed. Read more...
June 12, 2020

7 Surprising Facts About Xanax

Xanax is one of the most commonly prescribed drugs in the United States. It is the brand name for the anti-anxiety medication alprazolam and is classified as a benzodiazepine, or benzo. Benzos are mild tranquilizers that are intended…
June 10, 2020

An Inside Look at Borderline Personality Disorder- Written by Our Clinical Staff

Personality, what is it?  How is it formed?  How we think, feel, and behave are characteristics of our personality and can account for the consistent way people act across different situations.  A person with BPD…
June 8, 2020

Rebuilding the Trust Factor

Lies. Theft. Manipulation.  How do you trust someone who has embodied not just one of those elements, but all of them?  It’s a question faced by every person asked to trust a loved one struggling…
June 1, 2020

Simple Wisdom: It is What it is

It is what it is.   What a simple, yet infuriating statement. It expresses the obvious—of course something is what it is; how could it be anything else? —and also attempts to boil down even the most…
May 21, 2020

Co-occurring Disorders: A Battle Raging Within

Treatment for addiction is not a “one size fits all” plan. Individualized plans and therapies ensure that not only their addiction is addressed but also any other mental health disorders they may be facing. Successfully…

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