National Recovery Month: Jeff’s StoryPart Two

active addiction

I realize that I’ve spent a good deal of time describing my life in active addiction. In order to fully understand how my life was transformed by Greenbriar and my commitment to recovery, I need to make it clear just how bad things got. Prior to my life in active addiction, I had never taken…

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National Recovery Month 2022 – Jeff’s Story

Hi, my name is Jeff Stone and I am currently the office manager at Greenbriar Treatment Center-Wexford. I deeply enjoy my work helping individuals suffering from substance use disorders find freedom from active use. A big reason I am so dedicated to my work is because Greenbriar Treatment Center saved my life and helped me…

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Overcoming the Stigma of Substance Use Disorders

The Stigma of Substance Use Disorders

Thousands of lives are lost each year due to overdose and other medical complications stemming from untreated substance use disorders. For generations, substance use disorders have been shrouded in misconceptions that have kept countless people from seeking help. A strong stigma remains associated with substance abuse, resulting in feelings of personal shame for the afflicted…

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Tips for Being a Recovery Ally

Recovery Ally

Substances use disorders, and those suffering from them, remain heavily stigmatized across the country.Individuals struggling with a substance use disorder may hesitate to seek help for fear of judgement.Many of those people will also find it difficult to open up to their loved ones because they don’t believeanyone will understand them. For most people in…

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September is National Recovery Month

National Recovery Month

National Recovery Month is observed every September to celebrate the millions of lives transformed through recovery, recognize the providers and communities who make recovery possible, and to educate the public on evidence-based treatment and recovery practices1. Recovery Month was initially established in 1989 by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMSHA), but is now…

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International Overdose Awareness Day 2022

International Overdose Awareness Day

Established in 2001, International Overdose Awareness Day is a global campaign which looks to raise awareness surrounding overdose risk, commemorate those lost to overdose without stigma, and recognize the grief of those who have lost someone to overdose1.   International Overdose Awareness Day is recognized on August 31st each year and is currently coordinated by the…

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Entering Treatment while Employed: What you Need to Know

Entering Treatment While Employed

When you’re ready to get help for a substance use disorder, navigating the treatment process can be daunting. While there are many things to consider prior to entering a treatment program, employment is a major concern for many.  The risks of job termination, fear of discrimination or stigma all prevent individuals from entering treatment while…

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How to Build Resilience in Recovery

How to Build Resilience in Recovery

Simply put, resilience is the ability to overcome or adapt to challenging life experiences.  Learning how to build resilience in recovery requires mental, emotional, and behavioral flexibility.  In recovery from a substance use disorder, there is no shortage of adversity.  Being resilient can mean the difference between a fulfilling life in recovery and a return…

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What to Expect from Inpatient Treatment

What to Expect from Inpatient Treatment

For those struggling with a substance use disorder, making the decision to enter a treatment program can be a daunting experience.  Even if you have the desire to make significant changes in your life, you may still feel intimidated by the prospect of rehab if you don’t know what to expect from inpatient treatment. Knowing…

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The Role of Peer Support Groups in Recovery

The role of support groups in recovery

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) are the most well-known support groups within the recovery world.  Since the development of AA in the 1930’s, many individuals suffering from a substance use disorder have credited their recovery success to help found in the rooms of a 12-step program.  While AA and NA remain the most…

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