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A Path to Recovery for PTSD

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental disability that affects people who have gone through trauma. PTSD patients often struggle with the experience of reliving emotions they felt during their trauma and making unpleasant emotional connections as a result of the memories. Luckily, there are recovery options that can help people who struggle with PTSD […]

How Employment and Identity Contribute to Substance Abuse Recovery

For those struggling with substance abuse, the effects of the abuse can permeate to all areas of life. From relationships with family and friends to overall lifestyle, substance abuse plays a huge factor in daily routines and responsibilities and can have a huge impact on an abuser’s career. Jobs can play a big roll in […]

Uncovering the Stigma of Addiction

When struggling with addiction, recovery is a constant process. It can vacillate between great successes and feeling like there’s no one left in your corner. There are many stigmas associated with addiction that can influence the ways in which people react to you during recovery. These stigmas are a difficult part of healing and need […]

Tips for a Substance-Free Holiday

The holidays can be a difficult time for people recovering from addiction. Stress, visiting with family members and alcohol-fueled holiday parties can add triggers that may not be present during the rest of the year. If you or someone you love struggles with addiction, these tips can help you have a substance-free holiday this year.

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What the Rise in Opioid Overdoses Means for Substance Abuse Treatment

Drug overdose deaths due to opioid abuse have reached epidemic proportions in the United States. According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 91 Americans die from an opioid overdose every day. Opioid abuse has contributed to more than half a million deaths between 2000 and 2015. During that […]

Substance Abuse and Addiction in the Family Unit

It is said that addiction is a family disease, but what does that actually mean? According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, this describes the profound and stressful impact that a family member’s substance abuse can have on his or her loved ones.

How Does Substance Abuse Impact the Family?

Addiction has far-reaching effects […]

The Thin Line Between Misuse and Addiction

What is the difference between substance abuse and addiction? If you’re concerned about a loved one’s drinking or drug use, it can be challenging to understand the distinction. Substance use disorder is a psychiatric diagnosis defined as use that causes serious impairment or distress. While this does not necessarily constitute addiction, addiction is considered the […]

Five Valuable Engagement Techniques to Help Screen and Treat Substance Abuse Candidates

If you suspect a friend or family member is struggling with substance abuse, talking to them about this issue can be challenging. These five techniques can help engage your loved one in a conversation about the issues they are facing and encourage them to seek treatment.

Open the Dialogue on a Positive Note

Start the conversation […]

The Growth of Substance Abuse in America’s Youth

Substance abuse is continually on the rise without discriminating against age. Reports of an 11-year-old girl overdosing on heroin shocked the nation, and studies are showing that children are experimenting with drugs or alcohol as early as ages 10-16 years old. Because substance abuse is wreaking havoc on families around the world, we need to focus on the epidemic […]

Recognizing the Early Signs of Substance Abuse

Substance abuse affects individuals from all ages and walks of life. According to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 10% of people 12 and older have used substances within the past month. Understanding the signs that could indicate substance use and abuse will help identify family members or significant others […]