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Friend worried for friend in recovery

3 Helpful Things to Say to Friends in Recovery

When your friend in recovery is going through addiction therapy, there’s no doubt your heartaches with a desire to help—to ease burdens, soothe the mind and comfort the soul.  And in your best of intentions, you’re probably looking for just the right words to say. So let’s talk for a moment about how the words …

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Line of first responders represent careers at risk for addiction

3 Careers at Risk for Addiction

Are Our First Responders at Risk for Addiction? Firefighters, police officers and paramedics share two major job components: each is a hero of the community, and all face inherent danger on a daily basis. These pressures can make first their careers high risk for addiction.   You can imagine those dangers, right? Burns, smoke inhalation, gun …

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Woman at the harbor ready for setting boundaries in addiction recovery

Setting Boundaries in Addiction Recovery

A Few Simple Things to Know About Setting Boundaries in Addiction Recovery   Before we get started on setting boundaries in addiction recovery, take a moment to gather a few supplies:  A blank sheet of paper A pencil A toddler  A few crayons (If you don’t have a toddler handy, your imagination should do the …

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Illustration of woman that depicts the struggle of addiction as a chronic brain disorder

Is Your Addiction a Chronic Brain Disorder?

Diabetes, a broken arm, a heart attack—these are all widely recognized as medical conditions. But what about a chronic brain disorder? How does it relate to addiction?  In some cases, the patient may have even contributed to the onset. Right? And yet . . .  A sedentary woman diagnosed with type 2 diabetes receives understanding, …

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Woman talking to doctor about options other than prescription opioids

“No Prescription Opioids, Please.”

Recovery offers a beautiful opportunity to view each day for all of the potentials it holds.  And yet. Sober individuals live the same ol’ adulting life as the rest of the world:  We have to work and keep a job.  Have to prioritize relationships.  We must take care of your body.  And it’s that last …

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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 …

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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 …

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Woman feeling stigmatized while in substance abuse treatment

How Stigma Interferes With Substance Abuse Treatment

We all know about the supposed power of first impressions. Allow us to illustrate how this applies to substance abuse treatment.   Cut someone off in traffic only to sit across from them at a dinner party minutes later? That’s bound to be awkward. Show up to your first day on the job early, sharply …

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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 …

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Understanding Addiction with Family Therapy

Understanding Addiction Treatment with Family Therapy

If your loved one is living with addiction, it can be hard to wrap your head around their behavior. You may see the way it affects your life and realize you’re struggling to cope, too. If it’s time for addiction treatment, why is family therapy important?   Family therapy can help your loved one get …

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