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5 Recovery Rules, Relapse, & Thanksgiving

The holidays are about enjoying time with family and other loved ones—especially for Thanksgiving. We can all use this togetherness and comradery after the last two challenging years we’ve faced. And depending on who you ask, this holiday enjoyment may include drinking alcohol over dinner conversation or in front of a football game on TV. […]

Men’s Health Awareness and Mental Health
November 18, 2021

Not only is November home to Transgender Awareness Week, Veterans Day, and Thanksgiving, but it also shares this 30-day period with Men’s Health Awareness Month. The intention of Men’s Health Awareness is to raise awareness about testicular and prostate cancer, suicide prevention, as well as mental health. Suicide and mental health impact all of us […]

How to Raise Awareness about Veterans and Substance Misuse
November 11, 2021

Veterans Day is a day to honor those who have served in the United States military and is celebrated annually on November 11th. These dedicated men and women have put their lives on the line for their country, and inevitably, for all of us. And unfortunately, after being discharged, many, especially those who have served […]

Transgender Awareness Week
November 4, 2021

In addition to Thanksgiving and Veteran’s Day, November is home to Transgender Awareness week, which is observed between the 13th-19th of this month. The purpose is to address the issues faced by the transgender community, in addition to raising visibility about them as well. And visibility is definitely needed. Misinformation, as well as limited information […]

Antidepressant Death Awareness Month
October 28, 2021

Many individuals in the United States struggle with depression and anxiety. As a result, many of those who have  been appropriately diagnosed by a licensed therapist, or some other licensed medical professional, have been prescribed antidepressants in an effort to curtail the symptoms. And with October being Antidepressant Death Awareness Month, this is a great […]

“Dopesick” Series and the Opioid Crisis
October 21, 2021

There is no doubt that there is an opioid crisis in the United States. More than 70% of deaths associated with drug overdoses in 2019 alone involved opioids. We can all point fingers to place the blame on who we believe is responsible, but that won’t stop those addicted to opioids from misusing the prescriptions. […]

Does Job Burnout Lead to Substance Misuse?
October 15, 2021

It’s part of the human condition to get exhausted emotionally, physically, and mentally. Whether that exhaustion comes from a high-pressured career, the logistics of navigating through a global pandemic, or managing conflicts within relationships throughout life. Why do some individuals work to the point of complete exhaustion and perhaps turn to alcohol, prescriptions, or illegal […]

Professionals, Prescription Pills and Addiction
October 12, 2021

Addiction doesn’t always look like homelessness, getting arrested, being unemployed, or using illicit drugs. Although, sometimes it does. Other times, the picture of substance misuse is working professionals facing prescription pills and addiction. Addiction materializes in many different forms. And sometimes it’s not so obvious in certain social settings because the parties have become good […]

3 Signs of Substance Use Disorder
October 12, 2021

A substance use disorder (SUD) is a reoccurring use of drugs and/or alcohol, which leads to significant and clinical impairment. Determining the potential signs of such a disorder is not necessarily a diagnosis. Only a licensed medical physician or therapist can provide an accurate diagnosis. However, before even going to the doctor, it’s helpful to […]

How to Work Through Alcohol Addiction
October 1, 2021

Purpose provides direction and meaning. And for human beings, this can mean the difference between a healthy quality of life versus one that isn’t healthy. And the emotions that may arise from the latter may bring some individuals to the point of wanting to numb those feelings with the use of  drugs or alcohol. And […]

How One Medical Professional Overcame Addiction
September 29, 2021

Engineers. Lawyers. Accountants. Doctors. Nurses. No profession is immune to the disease of substance or alcohol misuse. The high regard that society holds medical professionals in is definitely a category that is well-earned and respected. However, that doesn’t mean that they aren’t human and vulnerable to the obstacles that everyone else faces. Drug and alcohol […]

What Does Stepping Down, or Up, in Addiction Treatment Mean?
September 28, 2021

If you or your loved one are experiencing a substance use disorder and are looking into treatment options, you may be confused about the terms “stepping up” and “stepping down.” Addiction treatment occurs on a continuum, so stepping down in addiction treatment means going from a more intense treatment setting or program to a less […]

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