Could you imagine being able to function on a daily basis without putting a substance into your body? Ever think about having a family of your own, going back to school, owning a home, or building healthy relationships with the people around you? Wondering how you would overcome years of self-hatred, guilt, shame, and fear?
Whether we realize it or not, having gratitude changes the way we interact with the world. It promotes the thoughts and behaviors that support our recovery. It is helpful to try to shift your mindset to focus on being grateful for something each day. In early recovery we make choices to give up one way
Living with a parent who is an addict can be extremely difficult. If you, yourself don’t have a problem with drugs or alcohol it is nearly impossible to understand the self-destructive compulsion that drives someone to use. Always remember YOU are the most important! You have to know how to take care of yourself first!
Blog post by: Alumni Relations Specialist Not only is it now summer time and we are swimming but the new Finding Dory movie has hit the screens. This fish taught us in the first movie Finding Nemo that when life gets tough we should “just keep swimming!” I think of this often as it reminds
Between 20 and 33 percent of smokers pick up the habit to deal with anxiety and stress, according to a study in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine. Due to their reasoning behind using the substance, they find it much harder and more daunting to quit. However, the study shows that there is a way to reduce
The effects alcohol has on millions of people worldwide are astounding. For some, alcohol hides their fears and worries but tears their relationships apart. For others, it leads to serious diseases like cirrhosis and pancreatitis. But alcohol doesn’t just affect those consuming the substance. It affects everyone around them, especially children. There is an estimated
A fresh start! There are no flaws, no broken promises, no tears, no hardships or friendships thrown by the wayside. You open your eyes and you realize that you just have today. This moment that you are in right now, that’s all there is. Everything and everywhere you have been right up to this moment
Blog post by: Alumni Relations Specialist Holidays can be a hard time of year for an addict or alcoholic. In the past, there was always some substance in my body to help me get through this time. I looked at the holidays as a stressful and used that as an excuse to drink or use.
Having an open relationship with your children may deter them from using drugs, according to a study published in Drug and Alcohol Dependence. The study observed interactions between 675 parents and children of Latino families. It focused on Latinos due to cultural differences and the fact that Latino adolescents have a higher risk of abusing
Although it is very dangerous, smoking during pregnancy is not unheard of. According to the 2011 Pregnancy Risk Assessment and Monitoring Systems, 10 percent of women admitted to smoking during pregnancy. However, only about 50 percent of the women quit. Although there are many ways that physicians or other health professionals can encourage pregnant women