Recovery Addiction Blog

Recovery is Possible Blog

The articles in this blog are for individuals seeking treatment, already receiving services and those in recovery as well as their family members. Written by members of the Pine Rest staff and Retreat Center alumni, topics will include everything from warning signs of a substance use disorder to tools for living in recovery.

  • How to Talk to Family Members About Addiction

    How to Talk to Family Members About Addiction

    Struggling with the disease of substance use disorder usually means dealing with friends and family who are angry, lack understanding or may even blame themselves. Often family members ask themselves where they went wrong and think they could have helped…

  • Why is it so difficult to stop using opiates?

    Why is it so difficult to stop using opiates?

    What are opiates and why are they so difficult to quit? WZZM’s Catherine Behrendt interviews Pine Rest Addiction Medicine clinicians John Budnick, PA-C, and Stacey Wililamson-Nichols, LMSW, CAADC to learn more.

  • Is Your Family Member Ready for Recovery?

    Is Your Family Member Ready for Recovery?

    Being ready to make a change is key when it comes to addiction recovery. For family members and friends, understanding the five stages of change when it comes to recovery readiness can help you provide the type of support that is helpful for the stage he or she is in.


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“How do we HALT self-destructive behaviors? One way is to routinely monitor and take care of four aspects of our lives – Hunger/Hurt, Angry, Lonely, Tired – which can be remembered using the acronym H.A.L.T.” – Jean Holthaus, LISW, “Putting a HALT to our Self-Destructive Behaviors”

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