Sober Living Homes – A Pathway to Long-term Recovery

There are many pathways to long-term recovery from addiction.  One of those includes Sober Living Homes.  In this post, we’ll explore why moving from inpatient treatment or detox into a Sober Living Home might be a good idea.   Sober Living Homes are group homes that act as a bridge between the regimented therapeutic structure […]

A Short Take on the Long History of Cocaine

The white powder that we know as Cocaine goes by many slang names, and its highly addictive offspring, Crack has many more. Call it blow, or rail, grit or hard candy. These potent drugs stem from the coca plant, a powerful stimulant that has been in use by humans for thousands of years. Let’s have […]

Dual Diagnosis Brief: Bipolar Disorder and Addiction

In our last Dual Diagnosis Brief, we looked at Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Substance Use Disorders (SUDS). Today, we will explore Bipolar Disorder and the complications that arise when someone with Bipolar Disorder also misuses drugs or alcohol. What is Bipolar Disorder? According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH),   “Bipolar disorder […]

Dual Diagnosis Brief: OCD and Addiction

In our last post, we talked a little bit about Dual Diagnosis, which is what professionals call it when someone has both a substance use disorder and a mental illness.  As we discovered in that article, one mental illness that is commonly linked with substance use disorders is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).  We’ll dive into […]

Let’s Talk About the Word Addiction

You may have heard people around you use the words, addict, addiction, and addictive with regard to any number of things to include Netflix shows, video games, apps, and bath bombs.  While there’s not anything technically wrong with saying, “Oh! I’m totally addicted to True Detective!” or “Americanos are my vice.  I’m a total addict,” […]

Dual Diagnosis: When Substance Use Disorders and Mental Illness Collide

Both substance use disorders and mental illnesses are serious health issues that impact millions of people in the United States.  Individually, substance use disorders, including addiction, and mental illness account for serious family, financial, educational and health problems.  Combined, they can be devastating. When someone is diagnosed with both a substance use disorder and a […]

Get Away from Blursday

Blursday is a term that’s being tossed around on social media right now to describe the merging of minutes, hours and days since COVID-19 shut so much of the world down.  Before the pandemic, it was a term that described a drunk or hungover day, according to Urban Dictionary.  You can probably see the similarities. […]

Trauma and Substance Abuse

I began my work as a substance abuse counselor during my Masters level internship in 2001. I’d been around alcoholism my whole life, and had you asked me way back then, I would have told you that yes, maybe there was a relationship between alcohol and trauma.  My father, after all, was a 4-time Vietnam […]

A Moment in Time: The Gin Craze

Something happened in London in the early- to mid-18th century.  It was called the Gin Craze.  It represents a moment in time, perhaps a first moment, that illustrates how the wider social context plays a key role in substance use disorders. London’s reaction to the Gin Craze and those impacted is also an early picture […]

The Negative Impact of Short- and Long-term Alcohol Use on the Body

Gray-area drinking is a new catch phrase that you might find as you search the internet.  The term describes that space between very casual, periodic drinking, and heavy binge or daily drinking.  Essentially, it was coined to provide a category for those folks whose drinking may not look outwardly problematic (i.e. they haven’t gotten into […]

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