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Fentanyl: An Open Letter to Grandma

Posted on Feb 12, 2018 in Addiction, Blog | 0 comments

Fentanyl: An Open Letter to Grandma

Dear Grandma, A few months ago, we circled up in your living room and talked about the opioid epidemic. You were shocked and saddened by the death toll. You had seen it reported on the news. Since I write about addiction, I tried to explain how people become dependent on drugs. I talked about increasing tolerance levels—about how people need more and then more and then more to experience the high of their first time. One day, I said, that more could kill you. You recounted what you’d seen on the news, that some people were poisoning the...

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Recovery Takes Guts: Good Nutrition for Addiction Recovery

Posted on Feb 5, 2018 in Blog, Recovery | 0 comments

Recovery Takes Guts: Good Nutrition for Addiction Recovery

Addiction is a health crisis. Physical health, mental health, societal health—you name it, addiction harms it. But what about nutritional health? People experiencing addiction are less likely to engage in the self-care it takes to maintain a healthy diet. And while nutrition may seem relatively minor next to all of the other problems confronting people with addiction, poor nutrition can have serious health ramifications. In addiction recovery, taking back your gut is an important step toward overall health. Drugs and grub. Dietary and immune...

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How to Deal with Insomnia During Recovery

Posted on Jan 31, 2018 in Blog, Recovery | 0 comments

How to Deal with Insomnia During Recovery

If you’re anything like me, you live in fear of tossing and turning while trying to fall asleep. Insomnia can have frustrating and devastating effects, especially for someone who is in recovery from substance abuse. Unfortunately, even though insomnia can be a symptom of detoxification from substances, taking sleeping pills is not the answer. While sleeping pills may seem mild in comparison to drugs like heroin, cocaine, or benzodiazepines, they are powerful enough lead to addiction and have potentially fatal side effects. Sleeping pills pose...

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6 Things a Doctor Wants You to Know About Addiction Recovery

Posted on Jan 23, 2018 in Blog, Recovery | 0 comments

6 Things a Doctor Wants You to Know About Addiction Recovery

There are professionals who work every day with people in recovery. They see the same patterns, the same pitfalls, and the same traits of successful recoveries. Have you ever wondered what advice a doctor who works with drug and alcohol rehabilitation gives? I recently spoke with a doctor at UPMC in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, who routinely works with addiction. I asked him some questions about recovery that I’ve always wanted to ask a doctor. 1. What is the first advice you would give to someone in recovery? Learn about your deeper emotional...

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Mom’s ‘Little Problem’: How to Handle Parents with Addiction

Posted on Jan 12, 2018 in Addiction, Blog | 0 comments

Mom’s ‘Little Problem’: How to Handle Parents with Addiction

Older adults are rarely presented as the image of substance abuse. Nevertheless, this group confronts unique risks when it comes to addiction. Due to lifestyle factors, older adults can be at an increased risk of developing addictions. The resultant health concerns are also greater with age and can take a severe toll on your loved one’s overall quality of life. If you suspect your parent is struggling with addiction, you should know as much as possible about what they are facing. Your knowledge could save your parent from having to learn...

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Let in the Light: Seasonal Affective Disorder and Substance Abuse

Posted on Jan 3, 2018 in Addiction, Blog | 0 comments

Let in the Light: Seasonal Affective Disorder and Substance Abuse

Last week I walked out of work at seven o’clock p.m. and my heart sank. I had forgotten that the sun goes down earlier this time of year. I work in a building almost entirely without windows, and when I get out of work late, it means that I barely see the sun at all. As I walked out into a cold, dark, grey landscape I thought, “How am I ever going to get through this winter?” All I wanted to do was to curl up in a ball and hibernate till spring. I am one of many who live with Seasonal Affective Disorder. What is Seasonal Affective Disorder...

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How to Survive the Holidays in Recovery

Posted on Dec 15, 2017 in Blog, Recovery | 0 comments

How to Survive the Holidays in Recovery

Situation one: You’re at a work party, and it’s awkward. Your boss is making forced jokes and everyone is fake laughing. Coworkers take big gulps of their spiked punch hoping it will loosen the tension. You desperately want a drink. Situation two: You’re stressing out. You’re back in your hometown for the first time in a long time, and you don’t feel like yourself. Family members are arguing about politics. If you don’t have kids, Grandma is reminding you that you aren’t getting any younger. If you do have kids, Grandma is lecturing you that...

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Sexual Assault and Addiction

Posted on Nov 29, 2017 in Addiction, Blog | 0 comments

Sexual Assault and Addiction

The #MeToo movement has recently taken social media by storm. Thousands of women posted #MeToo and brought their experiences of sexual assault into the light, making the statistics about sexual assault more personal. The aim is to bring awareness that the vast majority of women—of all races, ages, looks, socio-economic backgrounds—have been sexually assaulted. The message is powerful: sexual assault is a huge problem in this country. The problem of sexual assault begs a few follow up questions in relation to substance abuse: First, what were...

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Barriers to Successful Long-Term Recovery

Posted on Nov 2, 2017 in Blog, Recovery | 0 comments

Barriers to Successful Long-Term Recovery

When thinking about giving up a substance, most people consider the difficulties of entering a rehabilitation center, withdrawal, and problems associated with the first few weeks and months. Many don’t think down the road about how they will handle recovery in five or ten years. And yet, recovery is a life-long process. We often talk about qualities of successful recovery, but what about qualities of failure stories? What makes a person in recovery trip, fall back into old habits, and give up? Knowing the possible weaknesses can help you be...

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What to Expect the First Week Out of Rehabilitation Center

Posted on Oct 18, 2017 in Blog, Recovery | 0 comments

What to Expect the First Week Out of Rehabilitation Center

So you’ve done the first hard steps. You recognized you have a problem. You sought help. You went through physical and mental withdrawal. You wrestled with the emotional demons that drew you to substance abuse. Now you’re leaving the facility sober and ready to face the world. The hard part is over, right? In some ways yes, in some ways no. The first stage of recovery is the most intense, but without being on your guard and properly prepared, the difficulties of the second stage of recovery can sneak up on you. Here are some difficulties in...

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