How Do You Bring Estranged Family Members Back Together?

    A sense of loss and grief often results when family members don’t communicate, regardless of the relationship quality.  According to Karl Pillemers book, “Fault Lines: Fractured Families and How to Mend Them,” over 67 million Americans are estimated to be estranged from a family member. Distance from a family member can be a […]

What is Pandemic PTSD and What Can Be Done About It?

  Since COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic, acute stress levels throughout the world have been rising as the consequences become more widespread and apparent. Loss of loved ones, fear for one’s life and health, uncertainty about the future, and social isolation are a few of the many factors that lead to extreme stress in […]

Recognizing Early Addiction Signs in Teens

  Teenage drug abuse is becoming a significant problem in America, making it important to know the warning signs. Because an adolescent brain is still developing, there is a higher risk of a teenager becoming addicted to substance than there is for an adult. There is also a very real chance of creating significant problems […]

Happy Mental Health Tips this Valentine’s Day

  When a person is struggling with mental health issues, holidays like Valentine’s Day can trigger their condition to deepen. This is hardly surprising when you consider the level of media attention cast on the day which serves to “guilt” people into making romantic gestures to their partners. People who are alone or experiencing relationship […]

Are Pain Pills a Gateway to Addiction?

Prescription pain pills are meant to be taken short term for pain relief, usually from the effects of surgical procedures and dental treatment. Over a longer period, due to a chemical adjustment in the brain, you have to take the drug in greater quantity to achieve the same pain relieving effect. The drugs work quickly […]

Tips on Staying Sober at the Thanksgiving Table

Thanksgiving represents the start of the holiday season and if you are in recovery, be it a recent change or a longer term commitment to sobriety, you may be dreading it. Pleasures to some are temptations to be avoided by others. The simple change in routine can be unsettling if you have been focusing on […]

Scientific Ways to Implement Effective Recovery Resolutions for the New Year

It’s the time of year when most people are gearing up to make a fresh set of New Year resolutions and people in recovery are no different. In fact, it is important to set goals and strive towards them as part of effective addiction rehabilitation and it’s also possible to use a more scientific approach […]

Strategies for a Successful Holiday Season and Sobriety

Just because someone is in recovery from alcohol or drug addiction, it doesn’t mean they can’t participate fully in the Holiday Season’s festivities. However, more consideration has to be given to each event as it arises as to whether it’s a good opportunity to enjoy your friends and family or an invitation to relapsing back […]