Addiction is a complex disease and the idea of being “in recovery” or being “a recovered addict” is somewhat objective. Recovery is unique to every individual and if you’re wondering whether you’ll ever fully recover after addiction, you’re not alone.
Upon the completion of detox and rehab, individuals gradually transition into a “life of recovery.” That phrase is thrown around a lot, but what does it really mean? What should a life in recovery look like after rehab is over?
One of the most common questions about an intensive outpatient program is, “How long does IOP last?” The duration of addiction treatment can be a barrier for some people and will also affect how much treatment costs so this is an important question! In this blog, we’ll give you some answers to help you determine […]
If you’re living a sober life, chances are, you’re bound to end up in a social situation where other people are drinking. Alcohol is a part of many celebratory occasions and social gatherings, so sometimes it can seem impossible to avoid. Next time you’re faced with a difficult situation or craving, try one of the […]
Addiction recovery is full of roadblocks and challenges, but if you hate being sober and resent the fact that you can’t drink or drug, this doesn’t necessarily mean that sobriety isn’t for you. Instead, it could be a sign that your mind and heart are not in the right place.
When you’re sober, choosing a college is about more than just its academic offerings. You also want to make sure it’s an environment that is conducive to your recovery. Unfortunately, college life is often characterized by heavy drinking and drug abuse. It’s a part of the college culture and this can make it hard to […]
Before enrolling in an intensive outpatient program (IOP), it’s natural to want to know what your daily schedule will look like and how addiction treatment will affect your current routine, especially if you are employed or you’re enrolled in college.
Unlike other chronic health conditions and diseases, people who suffer from addiction are often blamed for it. No one sets out to become addicted, but negative beliefs and attitudes about people with substance abuse disorders can create barriers like shame and fear that can keep people from getting help and living a fully sober and […]
Substance abuse and addiction can take a toll on the way others view us and the way we view ourselves. In fact, drug abuse itself is often a symptom of low-self esteem and self-hate. Conversely, getting sober (and staying that way) is just as much a physical process as it is an emotional and psychological […]
Recovery is an ongoing process that doesn’t just happen in a day. Many people struggle with relapse, find their way back to treatment, and continue the work to become the best version of themselves before they achieve their ultimate goal of lasting sobriety. Sometimes relapse is a part of the recovery process but a pattern […]
People in the early stages of recovery often face difficult roadblocks emotionally and physically. It can be an uncomfortable process that requires ongoing treatment and medical management of symptoms. Massage therapy is one therapeutic treatment method that has many benefits for people in recovery. According to the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), here are some […]
Many times, family members and loved ones try to help an addicted loved one, but unknowingly make the situation worse. Dealing with alcohol or drug addiction in the family is a difficult and complex situation, many people find themselves enabling a loved one and ultimately contributing to the addiction. So, if you’re reading this article […]
Updated on July 13th, 2020 Substance abuse and addiction come with a host of negative side effects, including legal issues. If a person refuses to admit they have a problem and won’t go to rehab on their own, he or she may eventually end up facing an ultimatum: rehab or jail.
Updated on July 17th, 2020 Addiction recovery is as much about physical abstinence as it is about making positive mental and behavioral changes. The way we think impacts the way we behave, so naturally, therapy and counseling are an important aspect of addiction treatment in rehab and the recovery process.
Sometimes a person can become overly confident in his or her sobriety and believe that it is possible to return to controlled casual drinking without falling back into full-blown addiction. Or, a person may begin using alcohol because he or she previously only had a problem with heroin or other opioid drugs. However, this flawed […]