The Importance of Gratitude in Recovery

Every year, around the holidays, gratitude becomes a hot topic.  The word gratitude is derived from the Latin word gratus which means ‘pleasing; welcome; agreeable’.  According to the Oxford English Dictionary, gratitude is “the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.”  Gratitude is more than a state of mind,…

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What to Expect in Life Skills Therapy

It is no secret that chronic substance abuse often leads to a wide variety of consequences. From severe medical complications to a loss of significant relationships, addiction and alcoholism leave no area of life untouched.  As use related activities begin to consume all available time and energy, some people may begin to lose the ability…

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The 10 Guiding Principles of Recovery

You may have wondered what does the word recovery really mean.  The definition of recovery, found in the Oxford English Dictionary, is “a return to a normal state of health, mind, or strength,” or “the action or process of regaining possession or control of something stolen or lost.”  The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services…

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Substance Use in the Workplace

Approximately 60% of people struggling with a substance use disorder are currently employed1.  Employees who report to work under the influence, hungover, or going through withdrawal can be responsible for a loss of productivity, decline in employee morale, and are more likely to be involved in workplace accidents.  Additionally, employers are assuming a significant portion…

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Supporting a Loved One with Addiction: The Do’s and Don’ts

Supporting someone living with an addiction can be challenging.  While it is not always easy to help the individual struggling with drug or alcohol use, studies have shown that your support will increase their chances at having success in treatment and recovery1.   If you’re worried that your loved one has developed a problem, there are…

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5 Common Myths about Addiction

In 2019, 20.4 million Americans struggled with a substance use disorder, but only 1.5% of them received any type of treatment1.  Despite the public focus on the opioid epidemic and addiction recovery in recent years, many people are still not accessing life-saving treatment.  Which leaves us with the question: why? There are still many misconceptions…

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Understanding Opioid Withdrawal: Symptoms, Timeline, and Treatment

Opioids are a class of drugs typically used to medically manage severe, chronic pain. The term opioids refers to natural, semisynthetic, or fully synthetic chemicals including both prescription medications and illegal substances such as heroin, fentanyl, codeine, morphine, and many others1.  While their primary role is to manage pain, Opioids are also abused due to…

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Joy Wise, MSN Director of Nursing

BIO: Joy currently holds a Master of Science in Nursing and has been a valuable member of the nursing staff at Greenbriar Treatment Center for over 17 years.  In early 2021, Joy accepted the role of Director of Nursing at Greenbriar Treatment Center and provides critical support to patients and staff.  Joy loves being a…

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Ten Quotes to Inspire your Recovery

Whether you’re in recovery from a substance use disorder, getting ready to begin your recovery journey, or supporting a loved one in recovery, a few words of encouragement can make a huge difference.  Recovery from a drug or alcohol issue requires commitment – one that can feel exhausting, overwhelming, and lonely.  Here are some quotes…

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Lori Drop – Office Manager

BIO: Lori Drop has been a valued member of the Greenbriar team for over 20 years.  As an Office Manager, Lori provides vital support to clients and staff, ensuring the treatment process runs smoothly. Lori is often the first point of contact for individuals and families seeking recovery.  Her welcoming personality and friendly demeanor make…

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