What is the Difference Between a Halfway House and Recovery House?

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Confused about the difference between the terms “halfway house” and “recovery house?” You’re not alone. People commonly refer to Recovery Houses as Halfway Houses, making matters more baffling. To complicate things, the term halfway house has come to mean different things in each state. Thankfully, the National Alliance for Recovery Residences (NARR) has come to … Read more

7 Meaningful Ways to Enjoy Sober Holidays [Expert Guide]

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Stress runs rampant between Thanksgiving and Christmas, making it an especially difficult period of time for those struggling with mental health and substance use issues. That’s why we wanted to share this expert guide on 7 ways to enjoy Sober Holidays. Harvard describes holiday stress as “an acute reaction to an immediate threat” where “the … Read more

Overcoming Addiction Triggers – Tips for Recovery

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The most difficult part of overcoming addiction and addiction triggers is making the decision to seek help and quit using alcohol and drugs. The most effective way to overcome addiction is often the next hurdle that people struggling with the condition must face. Fortunately, evidence-based addiction treatment has made incredible advances in the last two … Read more

A Month of Awareness: National Recovery Month + Suicide Prevention Month

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September is National Recovery Month and National Suicide Prevention Month to create awareness about each of these important mental health issues that sometimes intersect. Let’s begin by giving you some framework on how to best think about addiction. Imagine a close friend or family member is diagnosed with heart disease. Then, despite the fact that … Read more

September is Pain Awareness Month

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Sadly, over 14 million people worldwide live in perpetual pain. In the United States, it’s estimated that about 20.4% of adults live with constant chronic pain. That is a lot of people who live in pain, and it’s nearly the same amount of people will suffer from a mental illness in any given year. There … Read more

Life After Relapse – 7 Ways to Stay Sober

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Facing the fallout of a relapse can feel devastating for a person in recovery from addiction, but it’s important to know that you haven’t failed and there is life after relapse. In truth, setbacks are a normal part of recovery and it’s certainly not a reason to throw away all of the hard work that … Read more

Substance Induced Disorders Causes and Treatment

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The consequences of alcohol and drug abuse can be dire for some people, and left untreated, the disease of addiction can rob them of their livelihoods, their closest relationships, or their freedom. Even for people without a history of substance abuse, drugs and alcohol can wreak havoc on mental and physical health, leading to what’s … Read more

What is the Difference Between a Bad Habit vs. Addiction?

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Many people wonder how to know when a bad habit becomes an addiction. It can be difficult to say depending on the type of habit or behaviors involved, especially if they include certain substances. First, it’s important to understand the differences and similarities between a bad habit vs. addiction. We are all, by nature, creatures … Read more

Meth Withdrawal Symptoms, Detox and Treatment

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While it might be in the news as much these days, it’s important to understand meth withdrawal symptoms, detox, and treatment because methamphetamine abuse and addiction is still a very real problem in many parts of the United States. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that an estimated 1.6 million … Read more

Addiction Rehab : 8 Excuses Used To Avoid It

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In case you haven’t heard all the excuses addicts use to avoid going to addiction rehab, we’ve outlined some of the most common ones here. Anyone with sufficient time in recovery will tell you that it’s incredibly rewarding and life altering. But like anything else, it comes with challenges and struggles. Understanding that and anticipating … Read more