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Refusing to Reflect

I never really imagined one of the blessings/curses of the current pandemic would be time to think. Given our isolation, as well as a 24-hour bad news cycle, it’s hard not to think, unendingly, about the current state of the world and what may lie ahead. It’s almost mandatory reflection, whether you like it or not, and most of us would agree—NOT. Ordinarily, I think of reflection, whether it’s self-reflection or more...

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“Just Visiting” Crisis

With every crisis, you’ve got a decision to make: Are you going to live there, or are you just visiting?  Since the descent upon us of the modern plague, aka, COVID 19, we may all feel as though we’re living there—in the thick of the crisis, with no escape. And to an extent, we are, at least as long as the virus continues its grip on society.  However, there is still a way...

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When Rules Bind Too Tightly

These days, it seems like we’re all just making up the rules as we go along.   During this global pandemic, virtually every aspect of life has changed. No one really seems to be in charge, with different factions making different rules, and everyone rolling the dice, hoping their decisions are the right ones. And no matter who says what, no one really knows how any of this will play out.   The simplest of acts (at...

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Confused About Furlough During COVID-19 Crisis?

Do you still have insurance? COVID-19 is affecting every aspect of our lives right now. Unfortunately, it has led to people being laid off or put on furlough. Unemployment can be a very stressful and confusing time, especially when you are struggling with alcoholism. You may think you cannot get treatment because you don’t have a job or insurance; however, that is not the case. This may be the right time...

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The Mind of Addiction

The drug dealers are wearing masks. It’s almost unfathomable that purveyors of addiction and death are worried about protecting themselves from possible COVID 19 infection transmitted by their “customers,” a.k.a. addicts. These bottom dwellers who have no problem selling the tools of sickness and death are wearing masks to stay healthy even as they provide others with the drugs to get and stay sick.  Yet, I wonder if the masks, and the...

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Fighting Alcoholism While Avoiding Covid-19

Everyone is encouraged to stay at home during the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. However, this can prove very dangerous for those struggling with alcoholism. DreamLife Recovery, in Donegal, PA, is open and here to help those struggling with addiction. We can help you overcome your addiction and achieve a life in sobriety. We wanted to provide some information about alcohol withdrawal for those struggling at home right now. What is Alcohol Detoxification? Alcohol detoxification...

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Facing Benzodiazepine Detox During COVID-19

Everywhere you turn right now, you hear more and more about COVID-19, the coronavirus spreading throughout the world. At DreamLife Recovery, our focus remains on those struggling with drug and alcohol addiction. Everyone is encouraged to stay home and practice social distancing right now, making the thought of detoxing even harder. You can still get help for your addiction. If you are struggling with an addiction to Benzodiazepines, such as...

COVID-19 and Addiction

What is COVID-19? COVID-19 is a specific type of coronavirus that has not been previously seen. Coronaviruses were first identified in the 1960s. The name came from the crown-like spikes that appear on their surface. More common coronaviruses can cause illnesses such as the common cold or mild upper-respiratory infections. COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus, meaning it has not been identified before. The “CO” represents corona, the “VI” is for virus,...

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Controlling the “Control-ables”

How do we function in a world that seems to be spinning out of control?   For anyone dealing with addiction, either personally or through a loved one, navigating life is already a challenge. Addiction forces one to deal with a total disruption of what was once normal in life, upending relationships, home life, finances—the list goes on. It’s hard to imagine something more disruptive to everyday life than the scourge of...

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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 want to start their path to recovery. DreamLife Recovery, located in Donegal, PA, is a rehab facility that offers detox, residential, and aftercare programs. DreamLife treats substance abuse, alcohol abuse, and dual diagnoses with addiction. If you or...

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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 to stay at home. But what does this mean for the community that relies on meetings and contact with others to maintain their sobriety? DreamLife Recovery, a rehab facility in Donegal, PA, would like to offer...