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Understanding the Process of Addiction

Understanding the Process of Addiction

Understanding the Process of Addiction

The process of addiction is a little like dandelions spreading in your lawn. Every time you use drugs, it’s like a new dandelion pops up in your yard. Even one could be enough to take over your whole lawn unless…

Making and Keeping New Year’s Resolutions

Making and Keeping New Year’s Resolutions
As the ball in Times Square counts down the seconds to the New Year, many of us will resolve to do things differently…lose weight, stop drinking caffeine, exercise more, spend less money, spend more time with family, or start a...

Can You (Or Your Loved One) Stay Sober Over the Holidays?

Can You (Or Your Loved One) Stay Sober Over the Holidays?
The simple answer is yes. But staying sober over the holidays isn’t always easy. The holidays are a stressful, emotional time for many people. People who are new to recovery and have made the decision to stop using substances have...

Addiction Affects the Whole Family: Tips for Surviving the Holidays

Addiction Affects the Whole Family: Tips for Surviving the Holidays

The holidays can be loaded with expectations. Connecting with family, feeling the true spirit of this time, giving the perfect gift, making the perfect meal and creating the perfect family memories can be daunting for even the most organized and…

Memory Books: Growing Up Through Recovery

Memory Books: Growing Up Through Recovery

As I work with clients in the Retreat Center, I often think about the wasteland they’ve had to cross … littered with drugs, broken relationships, pain, blame, abuse, excuses, broken promises, lost opportunities and lost lives. It’s a glimpse into…

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...

Douglas’ Story: Your Passion is Your Pathway to Recovery

Douglas’ Story: Your Passion is Your Pathway to Recovery
About two years ago because of my substance use challenges with alcohol in particular, I lost my job and actually lost one of the most powerful, wonderful relationships I was having in my life at the time. I opened the...

Addiction is a Family Disease

Addiction is a Family Disease

Addiction does not just affect the person who uses the drug or alcohol but can cause upheaval and chaos in lives of their loved ones. Family and friends can experience depression and anxiety, anger and powerlessness as they face what…

Understanding the Opioid Crisis: Addiction & Opiate Use Disorder

Understanding the Opioid Crisis: Addiction & Opiate Use Disorder

Our present problem with opiates began a couple decades ago when it was decided that people had a right to be pain free. Pain became the fifth vital sign. Although an admirable goal, this quickly became a rallying cry from…

Understanding and Overcoming Opioid Abuse

Understanding and Overcoming Opioid Abuse

The abuse of and dependence on prescription painkillers has reached epidemic proportions in the United States and around the world. According to federal U.S. data, an estimated 2.1 million people in the United States suffered from substance use disorders related…