A Patient’s Story of Recovery: Meet Nikki

A Patient’s Story of Recovery: Meet Nikki

A Patient’s Story of Recovery: Meet Nikki

My drinking began early in my teenage years. By the time I was 20, I knew I didn’t drink like most people. I remained functional and managed to graduate from nursing school. When my brother committed suicide in 2010, my…

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...

From the Sober Kitchen: Holiday Food and Families

From the Sober Kitchen: Holiday Food and Families

I remember saying in my first year of recovery, “For this holiday season, I am actually going to cook Christmas dinner for my family for the first time in a long time!” The truth was; I cared more about my serenity. It turned out well, and the family was grateful for the meal and time spent together.

Understanding Addiction and Substance Use Disorders Can Aid Recovery

Understanding Addiction and Substance Use Disorders Can Aid Recovery
More than 21.5 million Americans age 12 and older had substance use disorder in past year. (SAMHSA, 2014) Substance Use Disorder (SUD) is a broad term that covers what used to be called substance abuse and substance dependence. It encompasses...

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.

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,…

Tips for Talking to Kids About Drugs and Alcohol

Tips for Talking to Kids About Drugs and Alcohol
It's never too soon to begin talking to kids about drugs and alcohol. Children are being exposed to tobacco, alcohol and other drugs at increasingly younger ages. In 2017, the Monitoring the Future Survey reported that: 10% of 8th graders...