First responders struggling with addiction and the risk factors for substance use disorder

To Our First Responders Battling Addiction: There’s Hope for You

If you work as a first responder, I’d like to start by saying thank you. Secondly, if you are one of the millions of first responders battling addiction, I want to tell you, there is hope.  We all owe a great debt of gratitude to our local emergency medical technicians, firefighters and police officers. You…

Prescription opioids and opioid addiction

What Makes Prescription Opioids So Dangerous?

If you’ve skimmed the headlines in recent years, you know prescription opioid addiction is a true American crisis.  And things are only getting worse. The CDC reported a 38% increase in deaths by opioid overdose from December 2019 to December 2020.  Maybe, when you see this statistic, you think to yourself, “That’s so sad. I’m…

Woman holding prescription pain medicine

When Does Prescription Pain Medicine Become a Problem?

Just this morning, my husband said, “My knee hurts. Must have slept on it funny.”    I chimed in, “Yeah? I did something to my shoulder. It’s been giving me trouble for days.”    And here we are, folks.    Our bodies—these glorious things that once rolled around on the ground with friends, powered through…

CBT Plays Large Role in Substance Abuse Treatment

When you finally take that brave, bold step toward substance abuse treatment and recovery, you want to know you’re walking in the right direction. Who wouldn’t?   When you enter treatment for addiction, you’re giving your time and effort as an investment. And we’re right there with you in saying we hope it’s an investment…

What is Illness Management and Recovery

What is Illness Management and Recovery?

Illness Management and Recovery (IMR) is a program that teaches coping and self-management skills. This program helps people with serious mental health conditions. If you’ve never heard of it, you’re not alone. It’s new to behavioral health, and most of the public isn’t aware yet either.    IMR is backed by research and is part…

What Are My Options For Substance Abuse Treatment

What Are My Options For Substance Abuse Treatment?

Expectations matter – especially when considering a substance abuse treatment center.   When we know what’s to come, we can set our mind to the task at hand. We can prepare to work hard, practice patience or all sorts of things in between.    Expectations also offer hope. The reward becomes easier to imagine and…