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What is Wet Brain Syndrome?

May 20th, 2019

What many mistakenly perceive to be the benefits of alcohol use—such as reduced inhibitions and an improved mood—are merely short-term drug effects. Long-term, excessive alcohol use can slowly degrade your health and put you at risk of the types of health conditions that cause lasting complications and detract from your quality of life. If you […]

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Why is relapse a part of recovery?

May 8th, 2019

While a obstacle at the time, relapse is a common part of recovery. Roughly 40% to 60% of people with a substance use disorder will relapse at some point during the recovery process. There are many ways to minimize and/or help avoid relapse. Here are some ideas: Continue with therapy: Follow-up care, including intensive therapy […]

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Nine Tips for Sobriety in the First Days, Weeks, and Months

April 15th, 2019

When you have committed to sobriety, every hour is a milestone and an achievement. While your pledge to remain sober will require constant awareness, attention, and courage throughout your life, the first days, weeks, and months of sobriety are, for many, the most challenging and vital to success. To help you remain focused and confident, […]

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Not Your Parent’s Marijuana

December 7th, 2018

Q: Is it true that marijuana is more potent today? A: The facts are conclusive; marijuana has gotten stronger. From the 1960s to the 1990s, the most prevalent marijuana in the U.S. was known as “brick” marijuana because it was compressed into brick-like molds to be transported from Mexico. Brick marijuana was not especially potent […]

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Three Tips for Handling Social Situations While in Recovery

September 7th, 2018

It’s Recovery Month! In September, we celebrate the hundreds of thousands of people living in recovery, those interested in recovery, and the loved ones and professionals who work tirelessly to support them on their path. Social situations can become awkward for even the most elegant among us. Trying to balance healthy boundaries with the natural […]

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Is Your Loved One Ready for Treatment?

March 12th, 2018

You can’t make someone get help. Here are some ways to tell if your loved one is ready for treatment. Substance use disorder or addiction doesn’t happen in a vacuum. It affects not just the person using alcohol or drugs, but every person that cares about them. If you ask someone struggling with addiction, a […]

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Self Medicating is an Unhealthy Coping Mechanism

September 16th, 2017

How do you deal with stress? Do you take a walk, hit the gym, talk to a friend, or light up a joint? When your day goes wrong or you’re under the gun at work, do you pour yourself a drink as soon as you get home? The act of self-medicating occurs when you turn […]

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The Physical Side Effects of Drugs and Alcohol

July 2nd, 2017

Substance Abuse Impact on Your Body Perhaps the most obvious effect that substances have on the human body is their brain altering effects. Taking a substance will result in either some kind of high or suppression. Over time, this initial ‘feel good’ effect wears off and leaves the person with many repercussions. Below are a few examples […]

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