marriage, divorce and addiction
May 31, 2023

Divorce and Addiction: Picking up the Pieces

Ending a marriage is never an easy decision, especially if the disease of addiction is primarily to blame for creating a rift between you and your partner. Substance abuse can destroy previously healthy, loving relationships by eroding trust and causing hurt feelings. While it’s possible to resolve some of...

barbiturate addiction
May 25, 2023

Barbiturate Abuse: Warning Signs and Risks

Barbiturates like Seconal and Pentothal are sedatives that became popular in the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s for treating anxiety, insomnia and seizures. Though barbiturate use has declined in recent decades because benzodiazepines have emerged as a safer alternative, barbiturates remain a backup treatment for people who do not respond...

mindfulness in addiction recovery
May 18, 2023

Practicing Mindfulness to Advance Your Recovery

Mindfulness is a practice that helps you learn to be more present in your daily life. By cultivating mindfulness, you can reduce your stress levels, improve your overall health and find peace and significance in the world around you. While becoming more mindful can benefit anyone, the habits you...

mental health stigma
May 11, 2023

The Stigma of Mental Illness

Though we have made noteworthy strides in our understanding and treatment of mental health disorders, a persistent stigma has made it more challenging for many people who need help to receive it. For example, you may hesitate to pursue a diagnosis because you fear it will limit opportunities or...

you can't save everyone
April 21, 2023

You Can’t Save Everyone

Achieving lasting sobriety by ending your relationship with drugs and alcohol is a significant accomplishment. Once you realize how much better you feel, learn to let go of internalized guilt and have more enthusiasm for life, it’s only natural to want your loved ones to experience the same benefits....

loneliness and depression among older adults
April 13, 2023

Loneliness and Depression Among Older Adults

Depression is a potentially debilitating mental health challenge that affects millions of people worldwide. While the causes are complex and varied, loneliness and isolation are significant factors – especially among older adults. Older adults are more vulnerable to loneliness because they are more likely to face traumatic life events such...

the role of shame in recovery
April 6, 2023

The Role of Shame in Recovery

Shame is a complex emotion that often takes a larger-than-life role in the lives of people working to overcome a substance use disorder. During active addiction, you may have done or said things you knew were harmful, but still felt powerless to stop. When you are in recovery, these...

weed hangover
March 30, 2023

Weed Hangover: Signs of Cannabis Use Disorder

While you can expect to be hungover if you drink too much alcohol, you may be surprised to wake up with uncomfortable symptoms the day after using marijuana. Since cannabis affects your body differently than alcohol, a weed hangover typically has less severe consequences than a night of binge...