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Category: Getting Help

4 Tips for Preparing for Rehab

4 Tips for Preparing for Rehab

Preparing to enter an inpatient drug or alcohol rehab program is, in many ways, akin to preparing to go off to college. Getting the most out of both experiences require a fair amount of pre-planning, follow through, and earnest effort. Just like the decision to pursue higher education can benefit...

Why You Shouldn’t Rely on Motivation in Recovery

Why You Shouldn’t Rely on Motivation in Recovery

Being motivated to make positive changes in your life is a great launching point for your future, especially when it comes to addiction recovery. The spark that inspires you to take the steps you need to better your life and create the future of your dreams is important- but it’s...

5 Signs You’re Addicted to Marijuana

5 Signs You’re Addicted to Marijuana

Though still illegal in many states, marijuana use has become widely socially accepted and almost expected, especially among younger crowds. Today, smoking weed is treated much like social drinking, with many believing it’s actually a safer alternative to alcohol use. These misconceptions are dangerous: not only does marijuana use impair...

Overdose Survivors Share What You Should Know About Addiction

Overdose Survivors Share What You Should Know About Addiction

The current substance abuse crisis affecting the United States is impossible to ignore. It has made orphans of children, stolen brothers and sisters, and lead to parents having to bury their children. The substance abuse epidemic claims thousands every day and yet society still carries stigmas that suggest those who...

Linkin Park Singer Chester Bennington Dies by Suicide

Linkin Park Singer Chester Bennington Dies by Suicide

On July 20th, 2017, Chester Bennington, the lead singer of alternative rock band Linkin Park, was discovered dead in his Palos Verdes Estates home after an apparent suicide. Suspected contributing factors include ongoing struggles with depression, substance abuse, and the recent death by suicide of Chris Cornell, his close friend....

5 Things to Say to Your Loved One in Recovery

5 Things to Say to Your Loved One in Recovery

Being there to support your loved one as they overcoming substance abuse and addiction is vital to their ongoing success in long-term recovery. Rather they say so or not, your support and encouragement means the world. As a supporter, you can help your loved one stay dedicated to their new...

5 Harsh Realities You Face in Your First Year Sober

5 Harsh Realities You Face in Your First Year Sober

There’s a lot of misconceptions and hearsay when it comes to addiction recovery. Knowing what lies ahead helps to quell your concerns and allow you to focus on the journey ahead, instead. Recovery is a journey, not a destination, so recognizing that the path will sometimes get bumpy is important....

What Nelsan Ellis’ Alcohol Withdrawal Death Should Teach You

What Nelsan Ellis’ Alcohol Withdrawal Death Should Teach You

On July 8th, 2017, the world lost a beautiful spirit and phenomenal actor when Nelsan Ellis passed away due to heart failure at only 39 years old. The actor is best remembered by his role as Lafayette Reynolds on the hit show “True Blood” which ran from 2008 to 2014....

Addiction and Borderline Personality Disorder

Addiction and Borderline Personality Disorder

We’ve touched on the role of co-occurring mental health disorders in the development of an addiction, and the most common combinations of mental health and substance abuse disorders. Understanding how your mental health contributes to substance abuse is key to unraveling the deep-rooted causes of addiction and beginning your healing...

Tiger Completes ‘Intensive Program’ following DUI Charge

Tiger Completes ‘Intensive Program’ following DUI Charge

Tiger Woods Back on the Saddle Last month, the media reported Tiger Woods’ run in with authorities when he was found asleep at the wheel of his vehicle at 2am in Jupiter, Florida. While many originally assumed he had been drinking and driving, reports confirmed that Woods was under the...