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Substance Use and Triggers

Triggers can be extremely difficult. They can put you back into a mindset where you don’t want to be. You may have been clean for a while and, once you are triggered, you might want to use again. These triggers can be situations that are emotional or even have a social or environmental component. TheRead More

The 7 Steps To Acceptance

Acceptance can be a difficult thing. It’s important, however, because it is the first step to moving toward recovery. There are seven steps that you must go through to reach acceptance. You may get stuck on one of these steps, or maybe a few will trip you up. Whatever it may be, you can trustRead More

Dealing With Withdrawal Symptoms

If you have been using a substance for a long period of time, you may find yourself dealing with some withdrawal symptoms if you are attempting to stop using the substance. This is because your body has become dependent on the substance. When your brain and body realizes that it is no longer receiving theRead More

Substance Use Disorder Diagnostic Criteria

When a medical professional is looking at diagnosing someone with a substance use disorder, they must look at certain criteria set forth by Fifth Edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). This is where you can go to learn about any mental illness. The Fifth Edition of the DSM was releasedRead More

Being Mindful Of Others’ Triggers

With the July 4th holiday approaching, it is always a good idea to have empathy and keep in consideration those around you and how their experiences impact their daily lives. For example, many veterans come home with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Fireworks on the 4th of July may trigger some veterans. It’s important toRead More

The Two Most Misunderstood Facts About Addiction

There are so many misconceptions about addiction. These misconceptions are harmful to those suffering from this very real disease — yes, addiction is a disease. Along with mental health myths are the facts that contradict them. Although each person’s experience is different, there are facts about addiction that are the same for everyone. Here areRead More

Addiction and the LGBT Community

While members of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transexual) community have always been a part of our society, their prominence and publicity have increased significantly over the last decade. Once a potentially tricky social issue, sexual orientation is nothing to be ashamed of and something an individual can be open and proud of withRead More

Are There Truly Gateway Drugs?

Many people believe there is nothing wrong with smoking cigarettes or having a few beers after a long day at work. Others feel smoking marijuana is harmless as it is entirely natural and has few if any, long-term effects. For some, taking a Vicodin with their glass of wine is not a concern as itRead More

Relapse: Your Questions Answered

There are many definitions of the term relapse, but one of particular interest refers to someone dealing with addiction. Relapse for those in recovery means to return to a bad condition or negative form of behavior. This really sums up its meaning, but there are still many unknowns when it comes to relapse. Below, pleaseRead More

Christmas and Loneliness

When asked about their favorite holidays, the majority of the population claims Christmas is their favorite above all others. When we think of Christmas, we are often filled with feelings of love and contentment. However, as the holiday approaches each year, those of us dealing with recovery often succumb to a series of negative emotions.Read More