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Resources for people and their families that are dealing with substance abuse.

Seven Diseases Caused by Alcoholism That You May Not Know About

July 15th, 2019

Some of the most dangerous risks of alcohol abuse are commonly known. They include a long-term dependence that can interfere with relationships and work responsibilities and negatively impact decision-making. Drinking and driving, unprotected sex, and accidental injuries are all dangers of frequent alcohol misuse. The long-term effects of alcoholism add further threats. Those who abuse […]

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This Summer Don’t Drink and Drive

July 15th, 2019

With the nice weather finally here, it’s time to take advantage and spend some time outside. Many Buffalonians like to enjoy the sunshine, while sipping a summer cocktail, sangria, or beer. However, it’s imperative to be smart and remember to avoid drinking and driving at all costs. New York State considers a person to be […]

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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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