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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

The Truth about Hepatitis C and Drug Use

Nausea, vomiting, yellowing eyes and skin, abdominal pain, and fatigue are all symptoms of Hepatitis C. These symptoms can be slight or nonexistent, or they can be severe and debilitating. Nearly 500,000 people die each year from Hepatitis C complications. While Hepatitis C comes from a virus (HCV), almost 70 percent of those that contractRead More

Medication Management

One critical component of your recovery journey that is often overlooked is medication management. When someone has dealt with addiction in the past, it is even more crucial that they take extreme care when determining what types of medication are safe for them to take in recovery. Medication that is misunderstood or mistaken can haveRead More

5 Reasons You Shouldn’t Be Smoking

We all know smoking isn’t good for you, but if you are still smoking and need a few more reasons to quit, check out this list. After dealing with addiction and throughout your recovery, you are learning to put yourself first. Your mind, body, and soul are your priorities. Smoking is incredibly hard on yourRead More