How Can I Manage My Life During Treatment?

Content Reviewed by Jennifer Wheeler, Clinical & Community Outreach Substance use and addiction can result in intense consequences such as interpersonal relationship problems, financial instability, career issues and legal problems, among other things. After these consequences become clear, you may find yourself pulling your life together with the help of addiction treatment. However, treatment can … Read more

7 Things Not to Say to Someone in Addiction Recovery

Content Reviewed by Jennifer Wheeler, Clinical & Community Outreach Empathy does not always come naturally; it often takes awareness and learning to be supportive of others. Sometimes, even well-intentioned statements can be hurtful. In the case of someone in drug or alcohol addiction recovery, words can even be triggering. Educating yourself about substance abuse, treatment … Read more

5 Ways to Deal With Alcohol Cravings

  At any point in your alcohol recovery, you may experience cravings. Such impulses can soon return you to self-doubt and fear of relapse; this is because cravings can sometimes come from nowhere and feel irresistible. Learning to manage impulses is an essential skill that requires you to continue to grow and evolve in recovery.  … Read more

Going to Work During & After Addiction Treatment

There are so many factors involved in going to work during or after addiction recovery treatment. What do you tell coworkers? What do they know about your addiction? What will they say if they find out? How do you explain any absences from the workday? Those are often the primary concerns, followed by questions such … Read more

The Importance of Treating Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Together

When working to recover from a substance use disorder (SUD), such as chronic alcoholism, healing is only effective if you address all of the factors which impact substance use. For those who have co-occurring substance abuse and mental health disorders, the conditions are symbiotic. It is impossible to heal from one without treating and healing … Read more

Saying No to Substances: Ways to Make the Holiday Season More Uplifting

The holidays are a time of year that often invoke images of family and friends together, decorating the tree, baking cookies and exchanging gifts. While these images are ideal, this might not be the reality for many people. For some, the holidays can be a time of anguish, pain and over-indulgent behaviors. This stress can … Read more

Doctors Reluctant to Prescribe Buprenorphine

A recent survey showed that emergency department doctors aren’t ready to prescribe buprenorphine to patients with opioid use disorder, even though the number of patients visiting emergency departments due to opioid overdoses is increasing. Medications like buprenorphine can help, but doctors are reluctant to prescribe it due to a lack of support.  Let’s take a … Read more

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