The Seasons of Addiction Recovery

Change is a constant in our lives. You make decisions, follow different paths, fail, and start over. Change is constant; learning is continuous. When you decide you need or want to change something in your life, you enter into a new chapter—a new season. Your life includes stories—some you want to share and others you […]

Substance Addiction Treatment: Tips to Help Build Financial Stability 

The economic impact of substance addiction affects many aspects of an addicted person’s life. However, when a person enters substance addiction treatment, they have the opportunity to begin again, emotionally and financially.   The Impact of Substance Use Disorder   A person with a substance use disorder (SUD) bears the brunt of their financial problems. […]

Adult Children With Substance Addiction: What to Know About Family Dynamics

Your child holds a special place in your heart. When an adult child has a substance use disorder (SUD), you will experience a range of emotions from disbelief to denial to anger. You may wonder where you went wrong and question your parenting skills.   After the initial feelings subside, you may wonder what happens […]

A New Look at the “California Dream” and What it Means for Your Recovery

California has been the dreamland of many people who hope to gain wealth, stardom, or simply start over. It is equally a state of mind as it is a state: a place for fresh starts, freeways, and fame. Traditionally, the California Dream may bring into mind images of wealth, success, and sunshine. Yet, as many […]

What to Do When Drinking Is “Part of the Job”

Drinking alcohol is ingrained in many workplace cultures. Whether in the creative, tech, or business industry, a common idea that encompasses all these workplaces is that drinking is integral to the work culture and personal success. Some environments may even evoke the feeling that if you decide not to drink, it will be a barrier […]

Alcohol and Drug Abuse Withdrawal Symptoms: How Medical Detox Can Help

When you are struggling with a substance use disorder, the idea of quitting can be overwhelming. A medically supervised detox can help those who are unsure about facing withdrawal symptoms alone. Depending on the substance and the individual’s circumstance, detoxing on your own can range from uncomfortable and painful to life-threatening. This is why it […]

The Importance of Normalizing “It’s Okay Not to Be Okay”

Throughout our lives, we may have frequently heard sayings such as “suck it up,” “don’t cry,” “be a man,” or “snap out of it” that tend to minimize an individual’s experience of pain or mental health struggles. However, when someone is in distress, it is crucial to respond with sympathy and compassion. By doing so, […]

Spring: An Opportune Time to Start Your Recovery

As the snow begins to melt, the grasses begin to green, and the flowers start blooming; the season of spring brings about thoughts of life, rebirth, and renewal. As the darker, colder winter begins to fade into the brighter, warmer spring season, those suffering from Substance Use Disorder (SUD) may find the metaphors of spring […]

The Instant Gratification Trap

In today’s society, and with the advent of new technologies, we are used to being gratified instantly. We can communicate with others whenever we want, shop online, have it shipped to our door the next day, and endlessly stream new shows and movies after just hearing about them. Anything and everything is at our fingertips. […]

Facing Alcoholism in a Drinking Culture

From excessive drinking among the ancient Greeks and Romans to modern-day frat parties and beer festivals, drinking has long been a part of human culture. It has been a way to bring people together in celebration, such as weddings, birthdays, and graduations. People have used drinking to ease social anxiety at parties, commiserate rough days, […]