Blog post by: Alumni Relations Specialist Keeping it simple. It is easier said than done? Or is it really that simple and our addict minds like to complicate it? The rooms are full of different clichés that we hear every day: “One day at a time,” “Recovery is a journey, not a destination,” “NA is
Every year, September is recognized as National Recovery Month. It is a month dedicated to educating the public and raising awareness on the issues of substance abuse and mental illness, which are both far too common yet stigmatized in the United States. Each year, over 20 million people will use an illicit drug. Some of
If addiction recovery is not managed correctly, there is a chance of relapse. There are many tactics taught to recovering addicts to help prevent these relapses, one of which includes ‘HALT.’ What is HALT? HALT is an acronym for four common factors that can cause a relapse, which include being hungry, angry, lonely and tired.
According to data released by the New Jersey Medical Examiner’s Office, the number of heroin overdoses in the state has doubled since 2011. Just last year, there were 600 overdoses due to the deadly drug. Authorities believe the major increase of overdoses is because of the new purity of the drug and its availability. A
Humans tend to develop strong relationships with animals. These relationships provide comfort, happiness and love. Animals are used for therapy in many different treatment programs, addiction recovery included. That’s right, having an animal to connect with can actually help you heal. A dog is a very common pet that people use for therapy and comfort.
You finally made the decision to enter rehab, and made it through alive and a better, healthier, and happier person. But now you have to go back to ‘normal’ life, which seems scary. How do you continue in life without the one thing that used to consume you? There are ways to make transitioning back
Blog Post By: Alumni Relations Specialist In recovery anything is possible if we remain sober and teachable. However, there are times we are given suggestions that we may not want to take. Our sponsor may have us repeat a certain step or work an assignment that makes no sense to us at the time. We can
A study published in European Psychiatry reports that hospital patients that are alcohol-dependent have a higher mortality rate than other non-dependent hospital patients. Furthermore, the dependent patients die an average of 7.6 years earlier. These findings come from a long-term study of patient data from hospitals in Machester, England. the researchers analyzed data from over
Blog by: Alumni Relations Specialist The old saying “A leopard can’t change its spots,” does not always hold true for alcoholics and addicts. Many of us become clean and sober and completely turn our lives around. A person can become unrecognizable when compared to the former person they were in the midst of their addiction.
Blog Post By: Alumni Relations Specialist We were powerless. We had to find a power greater than ourselves, and when we did, miracles happened. On page 25 in the 4th edition of the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, it reads, “The great fact is just this, and nothing less: That we have had deep and