How to Go Out and Stay in Recovery

How to go out and stay in recovery- cover

Recovering from addiction will take some drastic life changes, but you’ll likely still feel those familiar urges to go out with friends “just like old times.” In recovery, we’re told to be especially careful in social situations, especially those with friends who are still entrenched in your old lifestyle or in situations where substances are readily available. This… Read More

How to Know Whether “Couple’s Rehab” Is for You

How to Know Whether Couples Rehab is For You

When you enter a relationship with someone, you often start to engage in hobbies and activities that interest them and vice versa. Sharing parts of your life with each other is a natural part of getting to know one another and becoming closer. If one person is abusing drugs or alcohol at the start of the relationship, it’s… Read More

How Drug Use Impacts Your Family: An Intimate Look at the Fallout of Addiction

How Drug Use Impacts Your Family - An Intimate Look at the fallout of addiction

People who take drugs often tell themselves their addiction doesn’t affect anyone other than themselves. Consumed by alcohol or drug abuse, the user typically doesn’t see how their behavior has far-reaching impacts. According to the Chicago Tribune, drug use by family members not only affects the abuser and their life, but also the lives of family and everyone around… Read More

How to Make the Most of Group Therapy: Topics That Get Addressed

How to make the most of group therapy

In a group setting, you come together with others who understand your problems and know what you are experiencing. You can benefit most from group therapy and feel comfortable getting the help you need if you put time and effort into the process. The Advantages of Group Therapy Group therapy is a popular source of help. Offered in many… Read More

Alcohol Abstinence Challenge: What Happens When You Go Cold Turkey

Can you stop drinking?

The Alcohol Abstinence Challenge seems to be a straightforward, honest way to test yourself. All you have to do is go one week without drinking alcohol of any type. It seems easy enough, but what this challenge proves is that abstaining from alcohol is not possible for an alcoholic. Doing so can even be dangerous unless it’s done… Read More

Not Sure if You Have ADD? This Quiz Can Help

ADD Quiz - Not sure if you have ADD?

ADD is a common condition in modern culture, to the point that it has become a catch-all for anyone who has trouble focusing or is disorganized and flighty. It’s not uncommon to hear someone say something like, “Sorry, it’s like I have ADD,” when they’re not listening, or they may make a joke about having ADD after making a… Read More

The Revealing Link Between Adverse Childhood Experiences and Addiction

ACEs and Addiction- the link

The psychological community has long understood a strong link between what happens to us as children and the way mental health disorders manifest later in life. Is this true of addiction as well? Addiction is a physical and mental disease, and while it can happen to anyone, some people seem to be more prone to drug abuse. What… Read More

Self-Detox and Other Excuses for Not Getting Help

How the idea of 'self-detox' is an excuse for not getting help

“I don’t have an addiction.” It’s something people say to family and friends all of the time. Then they ask themselves, “Am I an addict?” Secretly, you may question whether you do, in fact, have an addiction. If you’re asking these questions, you may be lying to yourself. Many men and women find it difficult to commit to… Read More

How to Find Good Trauma Therapy for PTSD

Finding good Trauma Therapy - Tips

Living with trauma can be deeply challenging. Much like having a dark cloud overhead all the time, virtually any situation has the ability to trigger symptoms of panic, worry and anxiety. In some cases, those affected will start to avoid places and people that are reminiscent of trauma, experience flashbacks and turn to inappropriate coping methods in an attempt… Read More

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