He was famous in his field: a psychiatrist and professor at the local Ivy League university. A flyer initially drew me to one of his lectures.
As he spoke, it felt like my mind was exploding into millions of revelations. He spoke about things I’d always suspected, but had never known much about. And he showed, through studies and his own experience treating patients, how it worked. And it did work. I felt hope start to rise within me.
Addiction recovery is a long and arduous journey, filled with ups and downs, successes and setbacks. Recovery from addiction requires great strength, resilience, and even support from your loved ones. Addiction is not an individual struggle; it’s a family disease. That’s why the support and understanding of friends and family can provide the encouragement and motivation needed to achieve long-term sobriety.
This article will discuss how family members and friends can support their loved ones in addiction treatment and recovery.Read More
As a pastor, I often get asked what my must-have Christian books are. Reading is one of my favorite things to do in life. All readers are leaders, and all leaders are readers. Spending time in a book is one of my life’s joys. Not only does it help me grow in my relationship with God, but I also broaden and deepen my knowledge, reduce stress and create time for contemplation.
Below are my top five most cherished books in Christian literature. They offer insight to anyone—whether in recovery from drugs and alcohol or not. However, when I consider the best Christian books for alcohol and drug addiction, my list remains the same. The wisdom contained in these books will provide guidance and comfort to anyone pursuing recovery in the context of their Christian faith.Read More
Boredom can be a scary concept for anyone, but it’s even scarier for those in recovery. They may worry that without drugs or alcohol to keep them entertained; they will have nothing to fill their free time. However, finding constructive and fun activities in sobriety is essential for maintaining long-term recovery.
This article will explore the link between boredom and relapse and provide tips for curing boredom in recovery.Read More
For people recovering from alcoholism, managing alcohol cravings can be a daily struggle, but what you eat can help. The key is to choose foods that improve digestion, promote steady blood sugar throughout the day, or support brain chemistry and cognition. While health digestion optimizes the body’s ability to absorb amino acids, vitamins, and minerals that can reduce cravings, steady blood sugar normalizes hunger-causing hormones, such as insulin and leptin. Additionally, getting enough lean protein contributes to the production of chemicals associated with reward and well-being, such as dopamine and serotonin. If you or someone you know is in recovery from drinking, here are the best foods that reduce alcohol cravings.Read More
After completing a treatment program for alcohol and/or substance misuse, individuals are advised to remain connected to supportive family and friends, as well as to support groups. This includes returning to a safe home environment or attending a sober living facility, depending on the situation, circumstances, and needs of the individual. Doing so allows those in sobriety to get the support they need in order to reach long-term recovery. Addiction recovery apps contribute to maintaining this process by providing 24-hour access to support in some sort of capacity.Read More
Living with mental illness or a substance use disorder (SUD) can create a range of issues for someone including the toll they can take on your personal, social, and professional lives. From poor physical health to damaged relationships to negatively affecting work, SUDs and mental health disorders like depression, anxiety, and trauma can wreak havoc. Fortunately, effective treatment options do exist and recovery is possible. So how do you get to that point?
Navigating the treatment process to get to recovery can be daunting for some, but it doesn’t have to be. While family and friends can be most helpful, understanding, and supportive, knowing what steps to take with your employer, your rights, and your benefits aren’t quite as clearcut.Read More
This year, many are starting their recovery journey and seeking substance use disorder treatment. If you’re one of those individuals, understanding the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is one way to ensure you get the treatment you need. To support you, we’ve compiled a guide on accessing FMLA.*Read More
Getting High: 11 Unassuming Household Items Parents Should Watch Out For
A teenage mind determined to get high is a breeding ground for creativity. Everybody knows about the usual suspects: pot, alcohol, dad’s back pain pills, etc. However, there are a number of ways kids can alter their consciousness even when access to the usual suspects is successfully restricted. This week’s article, while far from comprehensive, covers some of the lesser-known ways kids find ways to stimulate their minds.Read More
Is your loved one in recovery from substance use disorder? Healing your family in the process means mending the bonds, embracing each other’s flaws, and growing stronger in the shared journey of recovery. Here are six tips to help you as a family begin healing together:Read More