a woman enjoying a sober thanksgiving

Tips for Having a Sober Thanksgiving

On Thanksgiving Day, many people come together as families and friends to celebrate their blessings. For some, Thanksgiving is a difficult day as it’s also a holiday that frequently involves drinking. Having a sober Thanksgiving free of substance abuse can be a real challenge. The danger for someone in recovery lies in peer pressure. You’re…

a family having an intervention for their son

Importance of an Intervention

You’ve grown tired of watching a friend or loved one struggling with addiction. You and others who are also concerned have gotten together to talk about staging an intervention. But what exactly does that mean, and how does an intervention help? An intervention, simply as an expression of the depths of your caring and concern,…

a young woman undergoing trauma-informed care

What Is Trauma-Informed Care?

Researchers have a growing understanding of the role that trauma plays for individuals struggling with substance abuse. Deep-seated reactions to incidents involving violence, war, disaster, the death of someone close to you, or other difficult moments can drive individuals to drink or use drugs. In such cases, you will want to make sure treatment involves…

a young man suffering from heroin abuse

Signs of Heroin Abuse

The heroin epidemic continues to damage too many lives. Thousands die each year from a heroin overdose in the United States, and countless others end up in emergency rooms with withdrawal symptoms or worse. Heroin abuse remains a central problem for our country. There are many signs of heroin addiction to watch out for. Perhaps…

a woman feeling stressed from a behavioral addiction

What Are Behavioral Addictions?

Often, when people talk about addiction in the United States, they refer to the abuse of drugs or alcohol. And rightly so — substance abuse continues to claim thousands of lives each year. However, healthcare experts are beginning to understand more about another form of addiction: behavioral addiction. Behavioral addictions, like substance abuse issues, prompt…

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Attending Gender-Specific Rehab

Substance abuse doesn’t discriminate. Both men and women struggle with drugs or alcohol. When they do, and they decide to seek treatment, they often find they can choose gender-specific rehab. There are good reasons to provide specific treatment options for men and women. Maintaining separate men’s rehab facilities and women’s rehab facilities provides an opportunity…

a support group at rehab

4 Reasons to Join a Support Group

People who struggle with addiction face a long road to recovery. Treatment typically includes various stages, including intake, detox, counseling, and aftercare. One of the best ways to avoid backsliding into destructive habits is to join a support group. Support groups involve regular meetings with other people who are also on the road to recovery.…

a woman hugging her friend struggling with signs of codependency

5 Signs of Codependency

People who are in a difficult relationship with someone who is addicted to a substance may wonder if they are codependent. Codependency is an excessive emotional or psychological reliance on a loved one. Usually, the loved one has an addiction. It’s helpful to understand the signs of codependency so that you can seek treatment from…

a family healing during recovery

Family Healing During Recovery

Addiction doesn’t just harm the individual. It does psychological, emotional, and, in some cases, physical harm to those closest to the addicted person. For this reason, family healing during recovery is crucial if all people involved are going to overcome the problem. A family therapy program offers hope for anyone in addiction recovery and the…