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Why You Should Learn as Much as You Can About Addiction

Whether you’re considering treatment, starting recovery, or are a long time sober, it pays to learn as much as you can about addiction. Although everyone is different and faces different challenges in addiction, there are certain patterns and pitfalls that are common. The more you are aware of these, the easier they will be toRead More

Denial is More Than Stubbornness

Addictive behavior is baffling from the outside. Friends or family of addicted people may look on in wonder as their loved one burns her life down. From the outside, it is obvious that most of the bad things in her life would stop happening if she would only get treatment and stay sober. Her unwillingnessRead More

Treating Addiction in Rural Areas

While drug use and addiction is typically associated with cities, it’s actually rural areas that have been hardest hit by the opioid crisis in recent years. If you look at any map showing fatal overdose rates in the US, it’s immediately obvious that the most affected areas are the least densely populated. The worst areasRead More

5 Ways to Deal with Boredom in Recovery

You really don’t want to be bored during recovery. Along with stress and loneliness, it’s one of the biggest relapse triggers. It’s a little weird to think of being bored when our culture seems dedicated to eliminating all boredom everywhere, but many ways of relieving boredom–TV, movies, social media, games–get stale pretty quickly and are,Read More

Social Anxiety and Addiction

While around 10 percent of the population struggles with some sort of addiction, the percentage of people with social anxiety disorder struggling with depression is closer to 20. That is, someone with social anxiety disorder is twice as likely as any random person to struggle with addiction. Social anxiety disorder means you you experience intenseRead More

How to Deal with a Breakup in Recovery

Stress and depression are major relapse triggers and a bad breakup can lead to both. A breakup always poses a threat to recovery, but it’s especially dangerous early on. If you’re going through a breakup in recovery, here are some ways to get through it. Don’t do anything rash. If you get dumped, you mightRead More

What is Codependency?

Codependency is a condition where one person in a relationship goes to great lengths to care for another person–often at the expense of his or her own needs–and needs validation from the other person to feel good. This is common in families of addicts, and in fact, it’s where the condition was first identified. ARead More

Can I Quit Xanax Cold Turkey?

Absolutely not. Xanax is a strong benzodiazepine and one of the most commonly prescribed drugs. It’s popular because it works quickly to relieve anxiety, but it’s not supposed to be used regularly. Dependence can develop in as little of two weeks of regular use. Once dependence develops, it’s dangerous to quit using it abruptly. XanaxRead More

Treatment is for Anyone Who Wants to Quit

People who drink a lot or use drugs are sometimes unsure if they have a serious problem that requires treatment or if they have it more or less under control. People who drink a bit too much are particularly unclear about whether their drinking is a problem. Most people drink at least occasionally. You canRead More

Why is the Opioid Crisis in West Virginia so Bad?

West Virginia has the highest rate of overdose deaths in the US. While the national average is around 16 per 100,000, in West Virginia, more than 40 in 100,000 die of overdose every year and the majority of those deaths are opioid related. Why has the opioid crisis been so bad in West Virginia? ThereRead More