Warning Signs of Crystal Meth Use

Warning Signs of Crystal Meth Use

Crystal Methamphetamine, commonly known as crystal meth, is a highly addictive, illicit drug linked to significant health risks. It is estimated that approximately 1.6 million adults have used crystal meth in the past year, with about 52.9% of those individuals meeting criteria for a methamphetamine use disorder1. What is Methamphetamine? Methamphetamine is a highly addictive…

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5 Strategies for Managing Cravings in Recovery

5 Strategies for Managing Cravings in Recovery

Cravings are a totally normal part of recovery, but they can also be extremely difficult to manage – especially in early recovery. Cravings are intense urges to use drugs or alcohol that can creep up out of nowhere. Learning how to manage cravings will help prevent relapse and strengthen your on-going recovery with out 5…

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5 Signs a Loved One is Struggling with a Substance Use Disorder

5 Signs Your Loved One is Struggling with a Substance Use Disorder

When you’re worried about your loved one’s substance use, it can be difficult to tell just how severe the problem is. Those with a substance use disorder often try to downplay or hide their symptoms.  Trying to determine what kind of support to offer can also be challenging.  While it is not always easy to help the…

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How to Let Go of Comparisons in Recovery

How to Let Go of Comparisons in Recovery

How to Let Go of Comparisons in Recovery We’ve all heard that comparison is a thief of joy.  In recovery, comparing ourselves to others has the potential to rob us of much more than happiness.  While we all have a tendency to see how we’re measuring up to other people in our lives, the need…

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An Introduction to Outpatient Rehab

When most people hear the word ‘rehab’, they think of a 28-day inpatient treatment program.  However, there are many different treatment options available for those seeking help with a substance use issue.  If you’re having trouble stopping or controlling your use, you may be considering different treatment options.  In addition to inpatient treatment, many facilities…

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Simplifying Self-Care: Tips for Practicing Self-Care in Recovery

Simplifying Self-Care: Tips for Practicing Self-Care in Recovery

Self-care has been trending for years. The term ‘self-care’ has taken on a life of its own, covering a plethora of activities from expensive spa trips to guided meditation practices. While the concept of self-care has become somewhat engrained in our culture, the idea can feel completely foreign to people in early recovery from a…

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Alcohol Use Disorder: When Drinking Becomes a Problem

Alcohol Use Disorder: When Drinking Becomes a Problem

Like other substance use disorders, alcoholism – also called alcohol use disorder (AUD) – impacts the pleasure centers of the brain. This means that when you regularly use alcohol, the brain begins to associate consuming alcohol with feelings of euphoria, relaxation, and lowered inhibitions.  Over time this can result in cravings and, in some cases…

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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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