How To Spot Substance Recovery Sabotage

Sabotage is a word with connected emotions. Typically, the first thing a person thinks of when they hear this word is self-sabotage. Often your worst enemy is yourself; however, while many people create their own obstacles, it is important to remember that some people are determined to tear others down. Not everyone who offers advice […]

How to Discuss A Substance Use Disorder in December

December is a time of celebration. Holiday gatherings are festive and often include substances that can impair a person’s ability to drive safely or make responsible decisions. During December, it is essential to talk with clients about how substance use affects their well-being. National Impaired Driving Prevention Month In 1981, officials proclaimed December National Drunk […]

Finding the Sober Lifestyle in High Profile Jobs

High-profile, high-stress jobs come with challenges. Many jobs are stressful, leaving people trying to find ways to decompress after a day of work. The socially accepted customs of happy hour after work or retreating home to a glass of alcohol are controllable for some. In contrast, others can’t stop using a substance once they start. […]

Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome and Marijuana Laws

The increase in legal access to marijuana in the U.S. poses a greater risk of health hazards. Whether a state has decriminalized, limited use or possession to medical, or expanded to recreational use, marijuana is becoming mainstream. For some, the legalization of marijuana is a sign of relaxing attitudes. However, others consider such substances a […]

The Connection Between Racial Discrimination and Substance Use Disorder

The effects of racial discrimination are a mental health and substance use crisis. The toll racial discrimination takes on Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) is immense. Racism decreases BIPOC’s physical and mental health; however, we can make a difference in understanding and treating one of the foremost causes of mental health and substance abuse […]

Why Minimalism In Sobriety Works

Minimalism as a philosophical lifestyle is attainable. Wants and needs drive the desire to obtain status, acceptance, and happiness. One of the main culprits of creating the feeling of wanting or needing something is marketing. Products are pushed as necessities that improve your overall quality of life. On the other hand, the marketing of alcohol […]

COVID-19 Affects California’s Substance Addiction Rates

Substance addiction and mental health care have been affected by COVID-19. Unfortunately, the longer the pandemic continues, the higher the rates of mental health and substance use disorders (SUD) continue to climb. However, despite the continued rise in rates, there is hope for those who suffer from mental health or substance use disorders. COVID-19’s Effects […]

Finding a New Life: Substance Use and How to Redefine Yourself

When people decide they want to redefine themselves, they must be willing to leave the past behind. The most accurate sense of redefinition–the transformation from one state to another–must be absolute, definite, and distinct. Many aren’t aware of how their family, friends, and neighborhood impact them.  For change to occur, a person must be mindful […]

A Guide to Sober Holiday Parties

Once the fun of Halloween ends, you wake up to find yourself in the height of the holiday season. November begins an intense eight weeks of holiday expectations, social gatherings, and family reunions. So as you plan your holiday, why not add some much-needed guidance in planning sober holiday parties? Strains on Your Sobriety Whether […]

How to Find Sobriety During the Holidays

Sobriety during the holidays can be challenging for anyone. Whether a person is in recovery for years or new to it, the holidays will likely fuel both positive and negative emotions. While this season may be rough for some, you can help guide those with a substance use disorder (SUD) through the ups and downs […]