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…

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...

How Prescribers Can Address the Growing Opioid Epidemic

How Prescribers Can Address the Growing Opioid Epidemic

Prescribers have an important role in stemming the opioid epidemic. Pine Rest’s John Budnick, PA-C, reviews warning signs and behaviors that could indicate that your patient may be developing a substance use disorder.

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…

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 those using drugs or alcohol but can cause upheaval and chaos in lives of their loved ones. Family and friends can experience depression, anxiety, anger and powerlessness as they face what appears to be an…

Understanding the Opioid Crisis: Addiction & Opiate Use Disorder

Understanding the Opioid Crisis: Addiction & Opiate Use Disorder
If you are seeking assistance with addiction treatment, call 866.852.4001 or visit the Pine Rest Addiction & Recovery microsite at pinerest.org/addiction. Our present problem with opiates began a couple decades ago when it was decided that people had a right...

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…

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.

Five Tips to Help Manage Stress

Five Tips to Help Manage Stress

Stress occurs when you perceive that demands placed on you — such as work, school or relationships — exceed your ability to cope. Some stress can be beneficial at times, producing a boost that provides the drive and energy to…