black-and-white thinking
April 11, 2024

Reframing Thoughts

Healthy mental habits are crucial in addiction recovery. Viewing the world, yourself and your experiences in extremes of “always good” or “always bad” can derail your progress and exacerbate your challenges. Understanding the implications of this cognitive pattern and learning to reframe your thoughts can significantly improve your resilience...

using FMLA for treatment
December 21, 2023

Can You Use the Family and Medical Leave Act for Rehab?

When struggling with substance abuse, the fear of losing your job can be a significant barrier to seeking the help you need. Fortunately, the Family and Medical Leave Act offers a solution, ensuring your health and job security can coexist. What Are Your Rights Under the Family and Medical Leave...

start treatment before the holidays
December 14, 2023

Should You Start Treatment Before the Holidays?

The holiday season is here, bringing a unique set of challenges and stressors that can be particularly difficult for people struggling with addiction. You may recognize the need for qualified treatment, but still use the holidays as an excuse to postpone getting help. Let’s explore why starting your recovery journey...

talking to kids about addiction
December 7, 2023

Talking to Kids About Addiction

Young people face pressure to drink and use drugs from many sources, including peers, social media and pop culture. If you fail to proactively address this topic with your child, they may view substance abuse and other risky behavior as a rite of passage. However, initiating conversations about young...

Xanax and Alzheimer's
November 29, 2023

Xanax Abuse or Alzheimer’s?

In the quest to manage anxiety and insomnia, many turn to medications like Xanax, a widely prescribed benzodiazepine known for its calming effects. However, its impact on mental processes such as memory and attention, especially in older adults, can raise concerns about its connection to dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease. Xanax...

sleeping pills
November 20, 2023

Which Sleeping Pills Are Most Addictive?

In our fast-paced, stress-filled world, a good night’s sleep can sometimes feel like a luxury. According to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 8% of adults use sleep aids nightly or most of the time. While occasionally reaching for melatonin or prescription drugs...

substance abuse in older adults
November 16, 2023

Elderly Substance Abuse: Spotting the Signs

When you imagine a person with a drinking or drug problem, you probably picture someone younger – perhaps a college student or young professional with an active social life. However, addiction in older adults is a growing problem in the U.S. today. This issue is partly because the baby...

November 7, 2023

Can Diabetics Drink Alcohol?

November is American Diabetes Month, a time dedicated to raising awareness and understanding of a condition affecting millions of people worldwide. The complexities of living with diabetes include determining whether you can safely consume alcohol. This question is particularly pertinent as we approach the holidays, a season known for...