Breaking the family cycle of addiction

Breaking the Family Cycle of Addiction

We already know that growing up with addicted family members is difficult. But, does it increase the odds of an individual developing a substance use disorder (SUD) in the future? According to a US News and World Report article published in November 2018, it does. The article cites a study suggesting that family drug and alcohol abuse… Read More

Chronic Pain the start of many addictions

Chronic Pain: The Start of Many Addictions

Beginning in the late 1990s, drug manufacturers assured the health care professionals that people would not get addicted to pain relievers containing opioid analgesics. Consequently, doctors started prescribing opioid painkillers like Vicodin, OxyContin and hydrocodone. The American Society of Addiction Medicine reports that prescribing rates for prescription opioid analgesics among teenagers and young adults doubled… Read More

Stay on top of your work life balance

Stay on Top of Your Work/Life Balance in 2019

Long-term stress is often overlooked as an explanatory factor for poor mental health. People seek counseling and medication for anxiety and depression without realizing that their condition could be simpler than it seems. Sometimes, mental health disorders can be prevented, or at least lessened, by simply taking a step back and rethinking your day-to-day schedule…. Read More

IV lounges - a wellness trend?

IV Lounges: A New Wellness Trend?

IV therapy, or IV drip therapy, is a term used frequently to describe the process of pushing fluids into the body to enhance the health and well-being of a client. This isn’t a new service or treatment. Up to 80 percent of people who are hospitalized receive some type of intravenous therapy during their admission,… Read More

Practicing Better Communication in recovery

Practicing Better Communication in Recovery

Communication is the foundation for success in any household. Yet, people struggling with substance abuse often feel they cannot talk to their loved ones. In some cases, they even turn to drugs or alcohol because they can’t express their feelings and thoughts. On the other hand, many loved ones don’t know how to communicate with… Read More

Complications alongside addiction

The Most Common Medical Complications Alongside Addiction

Addiction is a chronic disease affecting your psychological and physical self. An alcohol, heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine or prescription pill addiction detrimentally impacts all physiological systems and may even exact permanent damage to your health. Specifically, certain brain areas and neurotransmitters responsible for supporting hormone release, memory, motivation, executive thinking and impulse control are severely incapacitated… Read More

US Life expectancy drops for 3rd year

US Life Expectancy Drops Third Year in a Row

In some rather alarming news, the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) reported that for the third year in a row, the U.S. saw a drop in life expectancy, meaning that the age of death of the average American is lower than it was in 2016 and even lower still than in 2015. In… Read More

Kick off 2019 with these 5 healthy habits

Kick Off 2019 With These 5 Healthy Habits

As the end of 2018 approaches, now is a time of reflection for many. It’s a time to take stock of your accomplishments and struggles over the last year. If you suffer from addiction or mental health issues, this time of the year may be especially bittersweet. The extreme highs and lows can be difficult… Read More

Overcoming Obstacles to Getting Help

Asking for help is scary. It forces us to show our vulnerability and give up control over the situation facing us. It also makes us feel like we’re burdening the person we’re asking to help us. This is hard for a lot of people to do because of these mindsets, but it is necessary in… Read More

Practicing Self-Care In Recovery

One of the main things lost when a person develops a substance addiction is the desire to maintain their health. When struggling with the addiction, the individual’s mental and physical health is not a priority because they are all consumed by using. Before the addict knows it, their health has completely deteriorated. Being physically out… Read More