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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Celebrate your Recovery this 4th of July

As the 4th of July gets closer, Americans all over the country are firing up their grills and getting ready to spend the evening watching fireworks displays with loved ones.  For those of us in recovery from a substance use disorder, Independence Day can be a little more difficult to navigate.  Each year, Americans spend…

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Five Hard Truths About Early Recovery

Five Hard Truths About Early Recovery

Recovery is a transformational process.  From repairing wounded relationships to gaining confidence and self-esteem, the gifts of recovery can seem never-ending.  However, those gifts don’t arrive at our doorstep just because we made the decision to enter recovery; we have to work for them.  Countless hours of hard work and a steadfast dedication to self-growth…

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Alcohol Awareness Month 2022

Alcohol Awareness Month 2022

Alcohol use is the third leading cause of preventable death in the United States.  In 2019, approximately 14.5 million Americans met the criteria for an Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD)1.  To help raise awareness and the risks associated with alcohol use and abuse, The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) established Alcohol Awareness Month…

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Are You Enabling an Addicted Loved One?

Six Questions to Help You Recognize Enabling Behaviors It is basic human nature to want to help someone you care for.  When we see a loved one in pain or distress, the desire to offer support is instinctual.  Watching a loved one battle a substance use disorder is a painful experience – one that often…

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Codependency and Addiction: A Family Affair

When someone is struggling with a substance use disorder, they can prevent the people closest to them from living their own lives.  Those closest to the addicted individual may feel an urge to protect their loved on from experiencing the painful consequences brought on by an active substance use disorder.  These protective urges can lead…

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Understanding the Common Warning Signs of Relapse

Addiction is a chronic disease that can be successfully managed and long-term recovery is possible.  For many, part of the recovery process will include relapse, which is a return to active substance use after a period of improvement or discontinuation of use.  Relapse does not mean that treatment was ineffective or that recovery is unattainable,…

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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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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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