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.

  • 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.

  • Different Recovery Groups Meet Different Needs

    Different Recovery Groups Meet Different Needs

    Just as different restaurants cater to different dining needs (i.e. casual, formal, takeout), different recovery groups meet different needs. I recently had someone tell me about the “different types” of AA meetings that he attends. Now this individual didn’t describe…

  • Addiction: A Disease, Not a Moral Weakness

    Addiction: A Disease, Not a Moral Weakness

    I find this topic extremely exasperating; having to convince a colleague or a patient’s family member that addiction is a disease and not a moral weakness or strictly the result of poor choices. However, before we embark down this road,…


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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”

Woman holding up a sign reading "HALT"

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