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March 23, 2020

Navigating a Loved One’s Addiction During a Pandemic


As if dealing with addiction wasn’t challenging enough, now it seems the world is imploding.  When hit with a loved one’s addiction, your world already feels like it’s ending. Everything you may have known to…
March 20, 2020

Surviving Quarantine with Sober Activities


Many places have been forced to close during the COVID-19 outbreak; however, DreamLife Recovery is fortunate enough to be able to continue helping people struggling with addiction. DreamLife Recovery is open and accepting patients that…
March 20, 2020

Maintaining Sobriety During COVID-19 Pandemic


COVID-19 is affecting the world, with many counties, cities, states, and countries opting for periods of quarantine to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Events, gatherings, and meetings are being canceled to encourage people…
March 13, 2020

Fractured Families and Addiction


Don’t force it. As a mother, seeing your family torn apart by the drug use of one of your children is wrenching in more ways than you can imagine. The fear, stress and fatigue that…
March 6, 2020

Finding Your Happy Place During Addiction


I’ve always loved the beach. There’s something about chilling on the sand, watching the waves hypnotically make their way in and out as they touch the shoreline, that’s filled me with a sense of calm…
March 2, 2020

To Be or Not to Be Free?


Have you ever wanted to be a spy?  That’s what I felt like when my son, David, returned home after treatment for heroin addiction. Yet unlike anything glamorous and exciting offered up by a Hollywood…
February 8, 2020

Important Mental and Physical Benefits of Getting Sober


Thinking it's time to quit your drinking habit? Read more...
February 7, 2020

Choosing a Treatment Facility


Choosing a Treatment Facility It was Mother’s Day, 2010. Gathered at my own mother’s home to celebrate the holiday, my family, along with my brother, sister-in-law and their kids, were enjoying time together. I had…
February 3, 2020

Family Therapy—Bringing the Addict and Family Together


Family Therapy—Bringing the Addict and Family Together Oh no, he’s coming home. Usually, a loved one’s return home after an absence is met with celebration. We’ve missed them, and we welcome them back into our…
January 22, 2020

An Uncertain Homecoming


An Uncertain Homecoming Oh no, he’s coming home. Usually, a loved one’s return home after an absence is met with celebration. We’ve missed them, and we welcome them back into our lives with open arms…
January 7, 2020

Detox—The First Step Towards Healing


Detox—The First Step Towards Healing Detox. If you Google the word, you’ll find images of vitamins, herbs, teas and other soothing, healthful options for living a happy, healthy life. It suggests a spa, where someone…
December 23, 2019

Facing the New Year


New. The word is alive with possibility. Add it to the word “year,” and it’s nothing short of the opportunity to start fresh, wiping away everything ugly and clearing the path for all things good,…
December 18, 2019

15 Minutes of Magic


I’ve come to think of 15 minutes as a magical time. I began to feel that way during my son’s active addiction, when we managed to get through our crisis by taking on life in…
December 5, 2019

The 15 Minute Master | How to Make Everything Better 15 Minutes at a Time


Fifteen minutes. It was all my husband and I could manage at the height of our son’s heroin addiction. “Take it one day at a time” is the usual mantra in a crisis. But there…
November 27, 2019

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…
November 21, 2019

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. …
November 15, 2019

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…
November 11, 2019

I’m Mary Fran and I’m a Mother


On Mother’s Day, 2010, I learned I was the mother of a heroin addict. David had overdosed, not on heroin—he couldn’t get it that day—but on a pain medication he stole from his grandmother. He landed in the…
September 16, 2019

What to Expect During Opioid Withdrawal: A Timeline


What are Opioids Doing to Pennsylvanians? In Pennsylvania, there have been over 47,600 opioid deaths in a year. Pennsylvania is in the top ten states for opioid addiction. Every day 10 citizens of Pennsylvania are…
September 12, 2019

What to Expect if You Are Getting Treatment for Mental Health or Addiction in Pittsburgh, PA


Seeking help for any medical condition can be a harrowing experience. Few things are as scary as seeking help for an addiction disorder. There is a stigma attached to having an addiction disorder, even for…

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