Tips for Avoiding a Holiday Relapse

Tips for Avoiding a Holiday Relapse

Tips for Avoiding a Holiday Relapse
The holiday season may be a difficult time for those in recovery. Spreading yourself too thin, high expectations and fatigue can all lead to feelings of being overwhelmed. Stress can also increase with all of the additional activities and time...

September Declared Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month in Michigan

September Declared Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month in Michigan
September 2021 In an effort to bring awareness to the issue of substance use disorder while also celebrating people living life in recovery, The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer have officially declared September...

Drug Slang Emojis: What Parents Need to Know

Drug Slang Emojis: What Parents Need to Know

It’s normal for teens to engage in their own private conversations using language designed to keep parents out of their world. Wise parents walk the line of allowing this while keeping a pulse on what is going on in these conversations. Jean Holthaus, LMSW, LISC helps parents know what to look out for and what to do if they suspect their teen is using drugs.

Providing Healthy Support to Family Members in Recovery

Providing Healthy Support to Family Members in Recovery

People in recovery from substance use disorders often get various degrees of support from their family—some helpful and some not. Although families want to provide healthy support, often they do not because of misinformation and misperceptions about the disease and the best way to handle it. So, let’s start over and take a look at what individuals in recovery really need from their family.

How to Work Through Group Treatment for Substance Use

How to Work Through Group Treatment for Substance Use

Imagine that for years you have been living a double life because of your substance use addiction. In that double life, you have been dishonest with the people closest to you, have fallen short of your own ideals for yourself….

Healing the Family, Healing Addiction

Healing the Family, Healing Addiction
I just want things to be "normal" again... I hear this from both the individual suffering from addiction and the family members that ache for their return to health. Addiction does not occur in a vacuum. Everyone loses when addiction...

Is Your Stress Level Helping or Hurting You?

Is Your Stress Level Helping or Hurting You?

Some stress can be energizing and motivating, helping us to perform at our very best. Too much stress can negatively affect our bodies and our brains. The challenge for each of us is to find the perfect balance for our lives. Learn how to optimize your stress with a daily check in and self-care plan.

Putting a HALT to our Self-Destructive Behaviors

Putting a HALT to our Self-Destructive Behaviors

How many times have most of us vowed “I’m done [insert your favorite unhealthy behavior], and I’m never doing it again,” only to find yourself doing it again? Frustrating, isn’t it? Yet this is the experience most of us have when…

Seven Tips for a Happier, Healthier Life

Seven Tips for a Happier, Healthier Life

Reap the benefits of being kind to yourself! Prioritizing a good night’s sleep, positive self-talk, using vacation time and intentional self-care can have some surprising benefits for your productivity, longevity, confidence, weight and relationships.