Opioid Crisis Documentaries

Opioid Crisis Documentaries Bring Epidemic to Light The opioid crisis in the U.S. has led to great suffering. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, there are more than 115 fatal overdoses every day due to opioids. People become hooked on addictive prescription painkillers. They may start using heroin or turn to fentanyl and other synthetic opioids. The risks they face include death, serious health problems, psychological impairments, and diminished quality of life, including job loss and the disintegration of relationships. Documentaries can help us better understand the crisis…

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Self-Care in Addiction Recovery

Self-care in addiction recovery can be mood stabilizing. Whether you read a book, play a sport, or practice meditation, self-care is necessary. Self-care can include anything that helps you relax, enjoy life, or improve your mood. It can be as simple as getting a manicure, going to the spa, surfing, or even yoga. Whatever the activity is that helps you be the best version of your self can be defined as self-care.   With this broad definition, self-care can really be quite subjective. The three types of self-care that are…

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How Addiction Affects Men and Women: Gender Specific Addiction Treatment

How Addiction Affects Men and Women Substance abuse can affect anyone, but the individual circumstances surrounding addiction and recovery can vary significantly between individuals and groups. Gender is one factor that can make a big difference in addiction and recovery. Because women and men process substances differently, use drugs for different reasons and encounter different problems during recovery, gender specific treatment programs are valuable in offering the specific care an individual needs. Many patients also find a gender specific inpatient program to feel safer and promote a better environment to…

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How to Support a Loved One Struggling with Addiction

How to Support a Loved One Struggling with Addiction Supporting a friend or loved one through addiction and recovery can be challenging, both mentally and emotionally. Here are a few important suggestions on how to support a loved one struggling with addiction without subjecting yourself to more emotional trauma. Understand the Disease of Addiction Regardless of the addiction, many of the signs and symptoms are similar. People with addictions often lose interest in things they once loved and drastically change their behaviors. Even after an individual is in recovery, the…

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How to Stop Using Drugs When You’ve Been Using Every Day

How to stop using drugs when you’ve been using every day. Whether you are taking prescription medication or using illicit drugs every day you may have tried to stop using on your own at some point. Drugs in most forms take their toll on individuals often leaving them without hope and with the same symptoms that led them to taking the drug in the first place. How do I stop using drugs when I’ve been using every day? If you’re asking yourself this question, it may be time for change….

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The Value of Healthy Self-Worth in Recovery

The value of healthy self-worth in recovery is crucial. Feelings of worthlessness, self-pity and shame are common feelings to addicts and alcoholics, especially in early recovery. Shame and remorse from past mistakes often haunt their thoughts and reaffirm what addicts and alcoholics believe about themselves:  they have no worth. So how does an alcoholic or addict in recovery get from the depths of despair to a life filled with hope, optimism and purpose? Sometimes the answer is as simple as “Being of Service…… The value of healthy self-worth in recovery starts when…

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Kratom Withdrawal Timeline

Kratom Withdrawal Timeline: What to Expect The Kratom withdrawal timeline can be similar, though less intense than that of an opiate withdrawal. Kratom withdrawal largely is dependent upon the user and how much they have been consuming. For those who frequently use Kratom, it can be challenging to stop, especially after consuming large doses. The idea of stopping usually only comes after the user experiences some sort of event that causes internal reflection on their actions. Most Kratom users experience mild withdrawal symptoms, however, some cases have been reported that…

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Fidget Spinners for Anxiety in Recovery

Spinning, flipping, and turning everywhere are fidget spinners and fidget spinners for anxiety in recovery is a fairly new concept. Regardless of opinion is there any truths to fidget spinners or are they still just toys? Our admissions representative decided to try one out for a week. At first it was weird and kind of childish, but when he faced difficult situations the fidget spinner often helped out. Our employee has several small children under 10 years old and the fidget spinner, in his opinion was a life saver. Our…

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Weather Effects on Substance Abuse

Have you ever woke up and looked outside and thought, it’s going to be a great day?  When asking the question regarding weather effects on substance abuse many of us rely on our experiences. Is there a reason why the murder rates in Chicago increase when ice cream sales increase? Seattle has a reputation for being a very rainy city and there is data that corroborates that, so is there also a relevancy that Heroin Treatment in Seattle is needed at an all-time high? The answer to weather-related questions are often simple, weather affects…

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