addiction treatment

Rehab, Detox and Sober Living: What’s the Difference?

The Various Steps of Addiction Recovery Addiction comes in many forms, and so does recovery. It’s important to understand – and follow – all the steps to ensure the greatest chance of success. REHAB “Rehab” is a general term for intensive, supervised programs that are designed to get people weaned off of substances. The goal…

relationships and substance abuse

The Connection Between Toxic Relationships and Substance Abuse

Relationships and substance abuse – What’s the Connection? A great deal of research has been done on the connection between relationships and substance abuse. The studies have looked a range of groups, from young to old as well as common relationships, such as those between parents and children and spouses or partners. More specifically, they’ve…

staying sober during the holidays

How to Get Through the Holidays When In Recovery

Staying sober during the holidays is no easy task. As if holidays weren’t stressful enough, the added burden if trying to avoid potential relapse triggers is no easy task. Admitting this to yourself is step one. Having a plan in place is step two. We all have those relatives who drive us nuts or know…

overcoming helplessness during recovery

Overcoming Helplessness During Recovery

Overcoming helplessness during the recovery process requires one to look holistically not only at oneself, but to those around him or her who might be playing a role in these feelings. Look for the source of your learned helplessness. Your learned helplessness may have taken root due to the circumstances of your development. Try to…

addiction and relationships

Addiction and Relationships: Tips for Getting (and staying) Sober

Addiction and Relationships Understanding the unique challenges of addiction and relationships is something that is not often spoken about publicly. Of course, during addiction recovery treatment, threre’s a great deal of discussion that goes on behind closed doors, both in therapy and among the couples themselves. No one can deny that when a spouse or…

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How to Talk to Your Kids About Media That Glamorizes Substance Abuse

It’s never too early to start talking to your children about substance abuse. The general consensus is that you should start these conversations as soon as children start asking question about drugs, drug related phrases or when they happen to catch glances of this activity in social media or in mainstream media.This holds true even if…

harm reduction

What is Harm Reduction and How Does it Relate to Substance Abuse?

What is harm reduction? Harm reduction includes policies, programs and practices that aim to keep people safe and minimize death, disease, and injury from high risk behaviour, especially psychoactive substance use. Harm reduction recognizes that the high risk behavior may continue despite the risks. Harm reduction involves a range of support services and strategies to…

substance abuse and stress

The Connection Between Stress and Substance Abuse

Substance Abuse and Stress: What’s the Connection? According to Sinha & Jastreboff, 2013, Stress is a key risk factor in addiction, recovery maintenance and relapse. This conclusion has been reaffirmed many times in research and shows a clear connection between substance abuse and stress. A stressful live combined with a lack of coping skills can contribute…