The Quest for Perfect Abs: How to Know if It’s Exercise Addiction

How to know if it is exercise addiction?

Many men and women want to look fit, but an unhealthy obsession with fitness can be an exercise addiction. Those who exhibit this condition spend a significant amount of time focused on body image, exercise methods, and overall physical fitness. This is a type of mental health disorder much like an eating disorder or body image disorder. What… Read More

5 Tips for How to Quit Smoking Weed, from the Experts

5 Tips from the experts on quitting smoking weed

For millions of Americans — approximately one in seven — smoking weed is a common and appreciated recreational activity. Used to relax, treat pain, party or simply relieve temporary stress, marijuana is seen as a lesser drug due to its mild symptoms and medicinal uses. However, just because marijuana lacks the dangers that heroin and meth, for example, may offer, this doesn’t… Read More

Up In Smoke: Knowing When Weed Has Taken Over Your Life

has weed taken over your life?

In the last few years, there’s been a monumental shift in laws, attitudes and social acceptance of marijuana use across the country. Despite the fact that cannabis remains classified as a Schedule 1 substance under the Controlled Substances Act, medical marijuana is now legal in close to three dozen states and recreational weed has been decriminalized in 10 states (and counting). Changing laws around… Read More

Free to Feel Good: Quality of Life & The Transition to Sobriety

What if you don't like being sober or you dont like your sober 'self'? Many people are worried that seeking sobriety means becoming a goody-two-shoes!

Sobriety can be scary, for many reasons. First, because rehab and recovery is not a simple or easy road, though it is a journey that’s possible for anyone willing to reach out for help and do the work. Second, recovery may seem like an unknown for individuals who have lived a life with drugs or alcohol for some time. What if you… Read More

Social Anxiety and Recovery: The Fear of Speaking in Groups and Other Barriers to Getting Help

How Social anxiety can stand in the way of recovery

Some of the barriers to seeking mental or behavioral health treatment, including treatment for addiction, are well-known. Despite the increase in social recognition of addiction and mental health disorders as legitimate diseases, a stigma remains, and it prevents some people from getting the help they need. Other people believe they can’t afford to get help. Another reason people… Read More

Seizures: Mitigating a Serious Alcohol Withdrawal Risk

How seizures are a serious alcohol withdrawal risk

If you’ve abused alcohol for a number of consecutive days, months or years, the cumulative impact all that alcohol has on your body can dramatically increase the levels of dopamine within your brain — that’s the neurotransmitter associated with pleasurable feelings like euphoria, relaxation and satisfaction. Given that alcohol stimulates dopamine within the brain, it’s easy to understand why… Read More

Lay Your Burden Down: On Getting Free From Shame and Seeking Help

On getting from free from shame and seeking help

Substance abuse disorder, or SUD, is a complex issue that impacts more than 20 million American adults each year and about 1 in 10 at some point in their lives. Close to half of those with a drug or alcohol addiction also have what’s known as a co-occurring mental health issue like depression, anxiety, personality disorders or post-traumatic stress disorder. Unfortunately, the vast majority… Read More

The Fundamentals of Methadone Clinics

The Fundamentals of Methadone Clinic

Whether you’re currently struggling with an addiction, care about an addict or simply want to know more about what’s being done to deal with the opioid crisis, chances are good you’ve heard about methadone clinics. In the United States, an estimated 350,000 people receive daily methadone doses from one of the 1460 or so federally regulated methadone clinics. In spite of the increased… Read More