Virtual Communities

This year, 2020, has been something, hasn’t it? The COVID-19 Pandemic has altered the way we live generally – how we shop, if we socialize, how our children go to school, how we work.  It’s affected many people financially and even residentially. It’s also altered how we find support in our recovery from addiction. Where […]

9 Tips for a Safe Sane Holiday Season

It’s that time of year again. Thanksgiving has just ended, and Christmas is around the corner.  Whether you celebrate or don’t, the holiday season is upon us – even in 2020, the year of COVID-19.   On the surface, this is the time of year when twinkle lights go up around the neighborhood, Christmas songs […]

Taking the Edge off Social Anxiety

Nearly 15 million American adults have Social Anxiety. If you’re one of them, you know what a challenge it can be. It’s hard to enjoy life when you feel nervous, anxious, or panicked in social situations.   If you’ve suffered from Social Anxiety for some time, you’ve probably tried lots of different things. You may […]

Some Truth About Methamphetamine

During my Master’s Degree back in 2001, I worked at a residential addiction treatment center in Hawaii. When I walked in on my first day as a practicum student, I still had a ways to go in my degree, but I had some ideas of what kind of work I’d be doing – my parents […]

Overdose, Suicide and Pandemic Induced Stress

January 1st kicked off a new decade. It was time to open a new calendar and turn a new page.  The new year was supposed to be filled with possibility, adventures, and positive change.   The first lab-confirmed case of COVID-19 in the United States was reported on January 22, 2020.   The event might […]

About Suicide

Life can be really hard sometimes.  For many people, life’s hardships feel very difficult, but they are able to reach out for help from family, friends, or healthcare providers. For others, life’s hardships feel impossible, and rather than finding solace in social connections, they may isolate. Their pain can become overwhelming, and their need to […]

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 […]

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