Addiction Recovery: Meditations for Positive Results

How Can Mantras Help You with Addiction Recovery? The word “mantra” comes from Hindu origins, and it means “sacred utterance,” according to Encyclopedia Britannica. These mantras can be used for dealing with a wide range of issues, such as: ●      Addictions ●      Social Problems ●      Work Problems ●      Personal Problems   These mantras help you […]

Addiction Recovery: The Best 55 Sayings and Recovery Quotes

Addiction recovery is one of the most challenging journeys of someone’s life. An addict may wake up to tough days with no desire to get better. But some powerful sayings and quotes can save you from the temptation of going down the relapse road. Addiction recovery sayings and quotes reinforce your focus on the recovery […]

7 Ways Life Gets Better When You Stop Drinking

There are many ways excessive drinking makes your life worse—it damages your relationships, it makes you worse at your job, it causes health problems, it exposes you to legal problems, and the list goes on. Typically, when people finally decide to stop drinking, it’s because of one big thing. Maybe it’s hurting their family or […]

How to Cope When a Loved One Has a Substance Use Disorder

It’s hard having a loved one with a substance use disorder; fear and anger mingle with worry and compassion as your loved one’s substance use seems to get steadily worse. This can take a toll on your mental and physical health. Elsewhere, we’ve looked at how to help a loved one with a substance use […]

6 Ways to Help a Loved One with a Substance Use Disorder

It’s hard to watch someone you care about struggle with addiction. Addiction leads to poor choices and self-destructive behavior. Their behavior may make you feel frustrated or even desperate. You may feel tempted to cut ties with them completely. However, social support often makes the difference between getting help and continuing on a destructive path. […]

5 Factors that Increase Women’s Risk of Addiction

Statistically speaking, men are more negatively affected by substance use. According to statistics compiled by the Kaiser Family Foundation, about twice as many men as women die from overdoses each year, (Sex and Gender Differences in Substance Abuse). Men make up more of the emergency room visits and men use a lot more drugs in […]

4 Precautions You Should Take if there’s Addiction in Your Family

It’s often said that addiction is a family disease. There are several reasons for this. One is that children who grow up in families with addiction tend to assume their parents’ substance use habits are normal. Kids who grow up in homes with addiction are also more likely to be exposed to adverse experiences, such […]

5 Signs that College Drinking Has Become an Alcohol Use Disorder

Drinking has long been considered a normal part of the college experience. Studies show that college students actually do drink more than their non-matriculating peers. One aspect of college life in particular–more frequent binge drinking–is a significant risk factor for developing alcohol use issues.  While college students don’t appear to be at a significantly higher […]

What are the Most Common Co-occurring Conditions with Addiction?

What Are The Most Common Co-Occurring Conditions With Addiction

There are several major risk factors that make developing a substance use disorder far more likely. Genes account for about half of your addiction risk. If you have a close relative such as a parent or a sibling–especially a twin–with a substance use disorder, you have a much higher risk of developing an addiction.  Related […]

What Caused the Opioid Crisis?

The US is currently in the midst of an opioid crisis that has been getting worse for the past 20 years. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, more than 47,000 people died of opioid overdoses in 2017. That number includes overdoses from prescription opioids, heroin, and the synthetic opioid fentanyl. Roughly 1.7 million […]