When you begin a substance abuse treatment program, finding fulfillment in recovery may be the furthest thing on your mind. However, as you progress and celebrate each small win, a sense of personal satisfaction is likely to arise. You’ll start to realize that it is possible to find meaning and fulfillment throughout your journey.
Insurance claims for addiction treatment can reach tens of thousands of dollars, capturing the attention of unscrupulous middlemen who want to make a quick buck. Body brokering, a technique used by some unethical treatment centers, is illegal in many states and is intended only to line the pockets of a select few—not to heal and do the most good possible.
Whether it’s Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, the 4th of July or any other holiday, celebrating with loved ones during recovery can fill you with dread. Alcohol plays a role in many people’s family’s holiday gatherings, so it’s no wonder you’re concerned.
Surviving your first family holiday sober is possible—and even potentially enjoyable—if you have a plan in place to ensure your success.
A recovery network on campus is crucial for students who are striving for a sober college experience. A college campus, after all, isn’t the easiest place to recover from a drug or alcohol addiction.
According to the 2015 Monitoring the Future Survey, daily marijuana use is increasing among college students, with 17 percent reporting smoking marijuana at least once a month and over four percent smoking daily.
A history of trauma is a major factor for substance abuse for both men and women, but men and women experience and respond to trauma differently. This is due in part to traits unique to each gender, including differences in the structures and functions of the male vs. the female brain. More complicated are the environmental and cultural factors that come into play when coping with a traumatic event,
Your first semester back at college after entering recovery can be an exciting, rewarding time. But it isn’t without challenges. A high level of support both on and off campus is essential for ongoing success, and enjoying your college experience without drugs or alcohol is a major priority. Here are some tips to help you ace your first semester back at college.
On and off college campuses all across the country, fall means football, and that means it’s time to tailgate. But how do you tailgate sober when so many parties are all about getting primed before the game?
Of course, the ideal scenario is to find a sober tailgate. According to an article published in the Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine,
When you first enter recovery, your goals may revolve around simply getting through the day without using. But once you’re past the initial hump of quitting a substance, setting goals for long-term sobriety helps you stay focused on recovery while improving your life on many fronts.
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration,
The food you eat has a significant impact on your physical and mental health and sense of well-being, and the best foods for addiction recovery are those that make you feel strong, healthy and satisfied while providing your body with the nutrients it needs. The National Institute on Drug Abuse states that a healthy diet improves your mood and reduces stress levels and cravings,
Research shows that the longer you stay in treatment for a drug or alcohol addiction, the better the outcome. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, anything less than a 90-day addiction treatment program is of limited effectiveness.1 Choosing the right 90-day program for you is essential for getting the most out of treatment.