Transitioning Towards Healthy Coping Mechanisms

Transitioning Towards Healthy Coping Mechanisms

We’ve probably all heard the term ‘coping mechanism’ especially if we’ve been in treatment before. Coping mechanisms are behaviors we enact in moments of tension, stress, and trauma. When we are struggling with addiction, we can teach ourselves negative coping mechanisms such as drinking after a bad day or spending time with someone who isn’t […]

Pain Doesn’t Make Us Special, Overcoming it Does

Pain Doesn’t Make Us Special, Overcoming it Does

When we’ve experienced significant trauma, it can be easy to close ourselves off from the rest of the world and disconnect from the people we love. Our pain makes us feel isolated as if no one else could ever possibly understand its significance and its effect on our lives, but it’s this narrative that keeps […]

7 Reasons to Go to Therapy

7 Reasons to Go to Therapy

As a nation, we have progressed when it comes to mental health. More often than not, people are acknowledging the importance of mental health just as they would take care of their physical health, but there are still a lot of obstacles, financially and socially, that stop people from seeking the treatment they need to […]

People-Pleasing and Self-Worth

People-Pleasing and Self-Worth

Change, especially when it comes to honoring our mental health and removing addictive patterns, means shifting multiple facets of our lives. This could look like removing people who we were once close with, removing ourselves from certain situations, even removing ourselves completely by moving our homes or changing jobs.  While these literal and figurative moves […]

When You’re Too Smart for Your Own Good

When You’re Too Smart for Your Own Good

An old portrait of the addict may look like someone living on the streets, a person who is not well-dressed, or someone who is uneducated. But when we look at the spectrum of addiction, we might be surprised to find that most addicts are highly intelligent. They excel at communicating, and they have a keen […]

Computer Games May Help Predict Opioid Relapse

Computer Games May Help Predict Opioid Relapse

Currently, estimates state that more than 2 million Americans have a type of opioid use disorder (OUD); therefore, it is a substantial public health problem. Preventing opioid use in the first place is the best way to battle the opioid crisis. Unfortunately, there are not enough resources available for prevention to be the norm. Furthermore, […]

Building a Stronger Sponsorship

Building a Stronger Sponsorship

Sponsorship can be a bit of a nerve-wracking experience, especially if you’ve never had a sponsor before. You’re probably not used to having someone you can talk to and lean on in recovery – and now that you’re beginning the process, it can be a bit overwhelming because of the possibilities and challenges that come […]

Try These 5 Things to Support Better Health and Fitness Around the Holidays

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The holiday season is a time for people to get together and celebrate the new year coming and the one behind. Everyone has their own celebrations but it is a tricky balance for people in recovery. You may be wanting to work on overall health and fitness while staying sober, but all the food and […]

Know the Potential Signs of Hydrocodone Abuse in a Loved One

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Hydrocodone is a drug that people take by prescription for pain relief. Sold under the name Vicodin, this drug combines two things: acetaminophen and hydrocodone. The drug is effective for what it is prescribed for, but it is also habit-forming. When a doctor prescribes this drug, they are trying to help a person avoid the […]

Helping Your Loved One with Depression

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As a close friend or family member of someone struggling with chronic depression, it can be difficult and frustrating to navigate such a sensitive and worrisome situation.  You are likely to be concerned about their well-being, but unsure of how to help. While nothing can take the place of professional mental health treatment, there are […]