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...

The Truth About E-Cigarettes: What Parents, Teens & the Public Should Know

The Truth About E-Cigarettes: What Parents, Teens & the Public Should Know
The vaping industry has run a very successful campaign to create a widespread perception that e-cigarettes or vaping is less dangerous to users than smoking conventional cigarettes. But are they really? The information available can be confusing. For every story...

Understanding Addiction and Substance Use Disorders Can Aid Recovery

Understanding Addiction and Substance Use Disorders Can Aid Recovery
More than 19.7 million Americans age 12 and older had substance use disorder in the past year. (SAMHSA, 2017) Substance Use Disorder (SUD) is a broad term that covers what used to be called substance abuse and substance dependence. It...

How Therapy Helps with Addiction Recovery

How Therapy Helps with Addiction Recovery
Therapy helps addiction recovery! Our culture supports people going to detox or rehab, thinking this is the cure. Really, it’s just one part of the process for some people. Addiction is a chronic disease that needs ongoing maintenance just like...

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.

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…

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 memories can be daunting for anyone. Add addiction to the equation,…

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.