If you’ve ever invited a recovering addict to your home for the holidays, you know that it can be a risky proposition. One moment of weakness could lead your loved one right back to active addiction. What makes Thanksgiving especially risky? It’s the perfect storm of stressors — travel, extended family, toasting with alcohol, and the pressure of perfection. But there are ways to mitigate risk and make it a positive experience for everyone. Here are some ways that you can support your loved one in recovery while helping them feel included at Thanksgiving dinner.
Withdrawal by itself is scary, but some severe cases develop into Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome (AWS). This condition can be life-threatening if not monitored and treated properly by medical professionals. Below is everything you need to know before entering detox for alcohol dependency.
Relapse has a lot of misconceptions and stigma. The truth is relapse isn’t the end and it isn’t a mark of failure. More importantly, it isn’t set in stone and it’s entirely preventable if you know what to look for. Relapse happens in three stages with clear characteristics and methods of prevention. Let’s discuss them.
Weed is a term that is used to describe any variety of the cannabis plant that can be smoked, eaten, or vaporized to alter one’s state of mind. It has been used for medicinal purposes throughout recorded history and today its use may be legalized in some countries and decriminalized in others. Weed or marijuana is most often smoked as a recreational drug but it’s also been ground into pills for medical uses. Not all weed plants are psychoactive; some have high levels of cannabidiol (CBD), which does not produce intoxication effects when ingested in even very high doses.
Drug addiction can be one of the toughest challenges confronting people. It has been estimated that more than 92% of individuals incarcerated in correctional facilities have some type of substance abuse issue. If you or someone you know is struggling with drug addiction, it’s important to know where to find treatment options in your area and which treatments are most likely to help result in success.
Substance Abuse Disorder is a medical condition that characteristically impairs the person taking a drug from regulating their use of it. This is oftentimes in the face of very detrimental personal, professional, and health benefits. The National Center for Drug Abuse Statistics reports that nearly 12 percent of individuals aged 12 and older surveyed reported having used an illicit substance in the past year.
Alcoholism is an overlooked health problem that actively impacts all aspects of a person’s life. The long-term use of alcohol compromises physical health, mental health, career, and personal relationships. Long-term alcohol abuse can cause severe health problems like cardiovascular issues, cancer, and neurological problems. Alcoholism is an overlooked health problem that actively impacts all aspects […]
The last step of the 12-Step Program asks you to take the message to others in recovery and live out the principles of the program in your everyday life. This sounds like a weighty task, but let’s delve into the final step to take a look at why it’s important and how you can start doing it today.
Many people use the holidays as an excuse to avoid getting sober. Whether they want to spend the time with family or they don’t want to miss out on the celebrations, it’s typically an unpopular time to go to detox and rehab. However, the holidays are actually a great time to focus on your sobriety!
Step 11 of the 12-Step Program focuses on establishing the daily practices of prayer and meditation. This step can be difficult for those who have never prayed, meditated, or set aside time each day for self-reflection. Although it’s hard work, the rewards are great, and these efforts help many people stay sober and live a more fulfilling life in recovery.