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Job Hunting in Recovery

Posted on Jun 12, 2018 in Addiction, Blog, Recovery | 0 comments

Job Hunting in Recovery

Overcoming addiction is scary. Job hunting can be overwhelming. The combination of the two is almost enough to make a person want to crawl into bed and never work again. Fortunately, job hunting in recovery doesn’t have to be as daunting as you might think. A lot of the same skills and advice for finding a job in a normal situation applies to finding a job in recovery. However, there are a few special considerations to keep in mind as you search for suitable employment. It’s Up to You How Much You Want to Disclose Most people in recovery are...

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What to Do if Your Child Is Struggling with Addiction

Posted on Jun 1, 2018 in Addiction, Alcoholism, Blog, Recovery | 0 comments

What to Do if Your Child Is Struggling with Addiction

If your child is using drugs or alcohol, you may feel overwhelmed, angry, or in denial of the problem, or uncomfortable talking about it. You may feel as if you have failed as a parent. You may feel unsure how to help your child or when is appropriate to seek help. Nearly a fourth of young adults ages 18 to 20 have used an illegal substance. Substance abuse among teens is common and many parents feel ill-equipped to handle it. If it feels like your child’s addiction is out of your control, that’s because it is, in part. Ultimately, you cannot...

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Handling the Stigma of Recovery

Posted on May 23, 2018 in Addiction, Alcoholism, Blog | 0 comments

Handling the Stigma of Recovery

Stigma isn’t tangible, but it is very real. It’s seen in the facial expressions of a person when she finds out her friend is an alcoholic. It’s heard in the tone of voice an employer uses with someone in recovery during an interview. It’s seen in the portrayals and stereotypes of addicts shown on TV shows and in the media. Recovery can feel like an uphill battle, even on the best of days. Stigma can make that climb even steeper. Knowing how to handle stigma can be the difference between a successful recovery and relapsing. What Is Stigma?...

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Fun in the Sun While Staying Sober

Posted on May 7, 2018 in Blog, Recovery | 0 comments

Fun in the Sun While Staying Sober

You hibernated at home all winter—purposely separating yourself from all the usual temptations. You didn’t go to bars when your friends asked. It wasn’t that hard to say no because it was cold outside and you didn’t want leave your warm house. But now, it’s getting warmer. The trees are blooming. The sun is out and the days are getting longer. Suddenly, you have a longing to sit on the porch with a beer or two. Or, maybe you remember the times that the weather was warm and you went to the park to get high with your friends. Spring and summer...

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Chronic Illness and Addiction: Is There an Extra Risk?

Posted on May 1, 2018 in Addiction, Blog, Recovery | 0 comments

Chronic Illness and Addiction: Is There an Extra Risk?

According to the National Health Council, almost half of Americans live with some sort of chronic pain. From injury, surgery, and chronic diseases to terminal cancer, many of us experience consistent, debilitating pain that drastically reduces our quality of life. If you’ve ever been in intense pain and had a medical professional not believe you, you know how frustrating untreated pain can be. This is especially true if your race, socioeconomic status, gender, criminal record, or previous drug use has led someone to stigmatize you. Pain is...

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6 Tips for Dating a Person in Recovery

Posted on Apr 10, 2018 in Blog, Recovery | 0 comments

6 Tips for Dating a Person in Recovery

Every relationship is different and recovery looks different for each person. However, there are some basic guidelines to keep in mind if you are dating someone in recovery or are considering starting to date someone in recovery. 1. Don’t start dating someone who started recovery yesterday. Everyone knows it’s risky to date someone a week after they get out of a serious relationship. In some ways, addiction is like a destructive, abusive relationship. If the last time your significant other took a hit or a drink was only a week ago, it’s...

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7 Ways to Restore Trust with a Loved One After Recovery

Posted on Mar 29, 2018 in Blog, Recovery | 0 comments

7 Ways to Restore Trust with a Loved One After Recovery

The journey towards recovering from addiction involves many steps. After you’ve gone through detox and gotten the counseling necessary to better understand the issues behind your substance abuse, you’ll need to work on repairing fractured relationships with your friends and family. These 7 tips will help you work on rebuilding trust. 1. Realize It’s Not Up to You Unfortunately, you can’t make a loved one decide to trust you. Trust must be earned, so the first step in restoring trust with a loved one after recovery is...

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Are You Afraid of Getting Sober?

Posted on Mar 15, 2018 in Blog, Recovery | 0 comments

Are You Afraid of Getting Sober?

Using drugs or alcohol on a daily basis is not just a habit; it’s a lifestyle. Imagining life without the constant chase of sustaining a buzz is difficult. The truth is, you’ve been using drugs and/or alcohol as a way to escape for so long that now the idea of reality, normality, is frightening. How can you return to a life where you just wake up without the worry of wondering how and when you are going to use? In other words, long-term substance abuse often leads to a fear of sobriety. Consider the following eight fears that may be holding...

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The Importance of Sleep in Recovery

Posted on Feb 26, 2018 in Blog, Recovery | 0 comments

The Importance of Sleep in Recovery

Besides eating healthy and exercise, there’s one piece of advice doctors always give their patients. Get plenty of quality sleep. Sleep is important for everyone’s health, but is especially important for those in recovery. Here’s why. Lack of sleep turns even the strongest people into their most vulnerable self. When people are sleep-deprived, they put themselves at a greater risk of falling into depression, suicidal thoughts, obesity, or turning to coping mechanisms. If those weaknesses and coping mechanisms are alcohol and drug related,...

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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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