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What Do I Do To Support Veterans Suffering with PTSD and Addiction?

“We can all help prevent suicide. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. Call 1-800-273-8255.” Veterans who sacrifice their lives to defend our country often come back home from combat with post-traumatic […]

Suboxone as a Medical Assisted Treatment for Opioid Addiction

Buprenorphine, also known as Suboxone, is used to treat opioid addiction. Suboxone is a well-known brand name combination of two medications, buprenorphine and naloxone. Buprenorphine is a partial opioid agonist. This means it works the same way in the brain as other, stronger opioids do, such as heroin and painkillers. Suboxone produces milder effects than […]

Marijuana: A Gateway Drug?

Many people argue that marijuana is safe because the withdrawals are not as intense as they are with other substances. There is also a misconception that marijuana is not addictive. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (2018), “marijuana use disorder becomes addiction when the person cannot stop using the drug, even though it […]

Suicide: Ending the Stigma and Getting Help

“We can all help prevent suicide. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255).” The stigma surrounding mental illness can make it difficult for a person who suffers with suicidal […]

How Can I Avoid Relapse When Getting Sober?

Addiction is a complicated brain disease that causes a person to have intense cravings for drugs or alcohol, despite negative consequences. Substance use disorders cause changes in the way the brain functions and impacts judgment, coordination, memory, and behavior. Recovery is a lifelong process. A person in recovery will face challenges to maintain sobriety. Many […]

Avoiding Alcohol While on Vacation

Vacation is a time to relax, unwind, and take a break from work or school. Whether you go to the beach, go on a cruise, or visit another country, vacations are beneficial to your mental and physical health. Unfortunately, many people turn to alcohol as a way to have fun on vacation. Vacation is intended […]

How Do Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Addiction Relate?

“We can all help prevent suicide. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255).” Mental health conditions are linked to drug and alcohol use disorders and addiction. Post-traumatic stress disorder […]

Music Therapy is Helpful For Addiction Recovery

Music is therapeutic for healing in addiction recovery. Music generates critical thinking skills and comforts the mind, body, and spirit. People turn to music because of its positive psychological, emotional, spiritual, and mental effects. Music soothes the soul and helps in addiction treatment and recovery. Writing music promotes critical thinking in a healthy, toxic-free mind. […]

How Do I Plan An Intervention?

Addiction is a complex disease of the brain that affects all aspects of a person’s life. If your loved one is addicted, he or she can be in denial and the stigma surrounding addiction can make your loved one afraid to ask for help. Addiction interferes with relationships, responsibilities, savings, job performance, and productivity. Drugs […]

Yoga and Meditation in Recovery

Addiction affects the way a person takes care of him or herself. It takes over every aspect of a person’s life and takes priority over all responsibilities. When a person is grappling with addiction, they often forget about self-care. An addicted brain needs to be clear of toxic substances and learn to function normally, without […]