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InterAct Unveils Addiction Support Platform to Address Opioid Crisis in Rural America
Atlanta, GA — August 12, 2020 — InterAct LifeLine, today launched the InterAct Opioid Resource Platform, an addiction ...
Rural Opioid Crisis
Atlanta, GA — August 12, 2020 — InterAct LifeLine, today launched the InterAct Opioid Resource Platform, an addiction education knowledgebase designed to support Rural Health Initiatives at the federal, state and local level. The Opioid Resource Platform delivers patient and family support tools and telehealth resources to provide relief from the opioid crisis in rural communities where access to treatment is often unavailable. The InterAct platform complies with HIPAA regulations and ADA accessibility and is custom branded for state, regional, municipal or school districts, along with private treatment programs. Each portal is connected to a centralized online library populated with current educational resources on a wide range of drug-related topics, family support and wellness strategies. Community organizations can use the InterAct Opioid Resource Platform to connect and refer individuals to local resources, community contacts and virtual support groups.
Media Press Release
FAQs on COVID-19 and Addiction/Substance Use Disorder
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, "The COVID-19 pandemic presents unique challenges for people with substance ...
Addiction, COVID-19, Substance Use Disorder
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, "The COVID-19 pandemic presents unique challenges for people with substance use disorders and in recovery."This article provides many FAQS about COVID-19 and addiction as well as resources that can help.
COVID Article
InterAct LifeLine Addresses Alarming Increase in Overdoses During COVID-19 Pandemic
Atlanta, GA — August 11, 2020 — InterAct LifeLine, a telehealth platform delivering education and content on addiction and ...
COVID, COVID-19, opioid crisis
Atlanta, GA — August 11, 2020 — InterAct LifeLine, a telehealth platform delivering education and content on addiction and wellness, has moved from a beta program to full release offering addiction treatment programs as well as state and local community groups the ability to use technology for remote patient monitoring and keeping individuals connected virtually after they have completed an addiction rehab program. InterAct LifeLine offers structure and accountability, virtual connections to support groups and treatment professionals, along with education about how to maintain recovery and individual monitoring when needed. InterAct is a sister company of Convey Services.
Media Press Release
Coping With GAD During the Holidays
According to Arlin Cuncic "It's natural to feel apprehensive about buying the right gifts, traveling away from home, or seeing ...
anxiety, Cope, GAD, holidays
According to Arlin Cuncic "It's natural to feel apprehensive about buying the right gifts, traveling away from home, or seeing relatives you haven't seen in a long time. However, when that feeling of apprehension turns into sleepless nights and endless worrying, GAD may be at work."This article gives some suggestions on how to cope with anxiety during the holidays. 
Anxiety Article
How Do I Practice Deep Breathing for Anxiety?
According to Arlin Cuncic, "Deep breathing helps you to avoid the "fight-or-flight" response to stressful situations. In these ...
anxiety, Deep Breathing, Mindfulness
According to Arlin Cuncic, "Deep breathing helps you to avoid the "fight-or-flight" response to stressful situations. In these situations, your body's automatic systems are on high alert and signal your heart to beat faster and breathing rate to increase. By consciously becoming aware of your breathing and regulating its depth and rate, the likelihood of spiraling into a panic or anxiety attack is lowered."This article discusses different breathing methods that can help lower anxiety.
Anxiety Article
Social Connection May Help Avoid Opioid Addiction Relapse
From the article: "Among the greatest symptoms driving people to take drugs again after quitting is craving, an intense ...
Addiction, insights, Relapse
From the article: "Among the greatest symptoms driving people to take drugs again after quitting is craving, an intense desire or compulsion to take the drug. Cravings arise in response to trigger or cues that remind one of drug taking. In a phenomenon demonstrated in both people and rodents called incubation, craving actually become more intense over time." This article examines a new study on laboratory animals that suggest addiction treatment that emphasizes on social connection could improve the chances for people with substance use disorders to stay sober. 
Insights Article
Addiction is a Brain Disorder
We've only really had the neuroscience of addiction and understood it for the last 20 years. But we haven't necessarily ...
Addiction, Brain Disorder, Science Of Addiction
We've only really had the neuroscience of addiction and understood it for the last 20 years. But we haven't necessarily transmitted that into everyone's living room, so how do we really build empathy and get people to understand this as a health condition.Description by Addiction Policy Forum
Addiction Video
Why marijuana doesn't help with stress
Mark Gold says, "In popular culture and many ordinary associations, cannabis use is often presented as a stress-relieving ...
Addiction, insights, marijuana, Stress
Mark Gold says, "In popular culture and many ordinary associations, cannabis use is often presented as a stress-relieving substance, a mostly harmless escape from life’s ups and down. It’s also seen as an option for those just seeking to unwind. These urban myths are rarely evaluated in real time. Recent scientific research has not validated this self-medication approach to stress and anxiety. If anything, research suggests that such substance use is a major warning sign. The use of cannabis or other THC products may carry special risks for those self-medicating and shouldn’t be so lightheartedly rendered as a relaxation tool. "This article discusses why people should not use marijuana to self-medicate for stress. 
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7 Causes of Anxiety
According to Dr. Chris Iliades, "Everyone gets anxious, restless, and frazzled — but if you constantly feel worried, tense ...
anxiety
According to Dr. Chris Iliades, "Everyone gets anxious, restless, and frazzled — but if you constantly feel worried, tense or on edge, you may have an anxiety disorder. Anxiety disorders involve more than temporary worry or fear. For a person with an anxiety disorder, the anxiety does not go away and can get worse over time. This article discusses seven different things that may cause a person to have anxiety.
Anxiety Article
Talking to Someone Struggling with Addiction: A Crash Course
According to Dr. Christian Conte, "Addiction is a complex, physiological disease that impacts people’s physical, emotional, and ...
Addiction, family education
According to Dr. Christian Conte, "Addiction is a complex, physiological disease that impacts people’s physical, emotional, and social health. Since most people aren’t trained in how to talk to others, let alone those who are struggling in any way whatsoever, it’s especially understandable why you might be unsure how to effectively talk with someone who is struggling with addiction."The advice offered in this article is a helpful crash course on what you should know when talking to someone with addiction.
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Curt Allen's Journey Continues
Windstream reshuffled its channel leadership in November, enabling longtime industry veteran Curt Allen to transition from ...
curt allen, InterAct, windstream
Windstream reshuffled its channel leadership in November, enabling longtime industry veteran Curt Allen to transition from channel chief to advisor and start a new role bringing technology solutions to the addiction and recovery space.
Media Article
9 Ways to Calm Your Anxious Mind
  In her article Dr. Melanie Greenberg says, "Anxious thoughts can overwhelm you, making it difficult to make decisions ...
anxiety
In her article Dr. Melanie Greenberg says, "Anxious thoughts can overwhelm you, making it difficult to make decisions and take action to deal with whatever issue bothers you. Anxiety can also lead to overthinking, which makes you more anxious, which leads to more overthinking, and so on."This article gives 9 strategies to help you get out of the cycle of anxiety.
Anxiety Article
Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Substance Use
From the article: "While the exact mechanism by which an individual develops co-occurring generalized anxiety and substance ...
Addiction, anxiety, GAD, Substance Use, SUD
From the article:"While the exact mechanism by which an individual develops co-occurring generalized anxiety and substance use disorders remains unclear, self-medication is thought to play an important role. When an individual decides independently to use a substance to soothe or manage a particular symptom, it is referred to as “self-medicating.”This article explains the relationship between generalized anxiety disorder and substance use. 
Anxiety Article
10 Reasons Why People Continue to Use Drugs
According to Dr. Shahram Heshmat, "A key characteristic of drug addiction is that the individual suffering from it continues to ...
Addiction, Drugs
According to Dr. Shahram Heshmat, "A key characteristic of drug addiction is that the individual suffering from it continues to use despite harmful consequences. The behavioral economic perspective views addiction as a consequence of falling victim to decision failures that lead to a preference for the addictive behavior (Bickel et al., 2014)."This article lists ten ways addictive consumption choices can be pathologically impaired. 
Addiction Article
The Elderly Suffer in Silence From Substance Abuse
In his article Joe Considine says, "As the boomer generation ages and scientific gains in life-saving drugs continue to ...
Addiction, Elderly, opioids, Substance Abuse
In his article Joe Considine says, "As the boomer generation ages and scientific gains in life-saving drugs continue to develop, seniors frequently look for ‘quick fixes’ for the realities of the aging process – many times using pain control for chronic diseases such as arthritis; symptoms of decreasing mental acuity; or signs of difficulty dealing with anxiety or previously controllable mental instabilities."This article discusses the addiction crisis among the elderly.
Addiction Article
What Saved Me from My Addiction? My Parents and Collegiate Recovery
From the article: "For thousands upon thousands of students across the country, their pursuit of education is halted due to ...
Addiction, Collegiate Recovery, Recovery
From the article:"For thousands upon thousands of students across the country, their pursuit of education is halted due to addiction and the lack of adequate recovery support services. The Association of Recovery in Higher Education (ARHE) is changing that trajectory. ARHE is the national collegiate recovery association that represents over 100 colleges with recovery programs on their campus."Read Director of ARHE, Timothy Rabolt's story of recovery and how his parents and a collegiate recovery program made his recovery possible. 
Collegiate Recovery Article
Researchers identify a connection between early life adversity and opioid addiction
From the article: "Published in Molecular Psychiatry, the study titled, "On the early life origins of vulnerability to opioid ...
Addiction, Adversity, opioids
From the article:"Published in Molecular Psychiatry, the study titled, "On the early life origins of vulnerability to opioid addiction," examines how early adversities interact with factors such as increased access to opioids to directly influence brain development and function, causing a higher potential for opioid addiction."This article discusses the findings from that study.
Addiction Article
The Benefits of Recovery, Explained (With Numbers)
According to Christopher Johnston MD, "Recovery is the period of time that begins after an individual with an alcohol or ...
insights, Recovery
According to Christopher Johnston MD, "Recovery is the period of time that begins after an individual with an alcohol or substance use disorder takes proactive steps to restore and repair the harm caused by their time in active addiction. They may enter treatment for alcohol abuse, opioid addiction, or a problem with other illicit drugs. They may go to community support groups or begin recovery on their own: whatever the case, when they take that step, that’s when recovery begins."This article explains the benefits of addiction recovery and provides data to prove recovery is beneficial.
Insights Article
Lonely, burned out, and depressed: The state of millennials' mental health entering the 2020s
From the article: "Business Insider took a look at the mental-health state of millennials (defined by the Pew Research Center as ...
Depression, Mental Health
From the article:"Business Insider took a look at the mental-health state of millennials (defined by the Pew Research Center as the cohort turning ages 23 to 38 in 2019). The forecast for millennials' mental health in 2020 doesn't look pretty — depression and "deaths of despair" are both on the rise among the generation, linked to issues such as loneliness and money stress."This article gives 12 ways mental illness has affected millennials.
Insights Article
Research Shows Nutrition is Much Better at Improving Mental Health Than Prescription Medication
From the article: "Clinical psychologist, Julia Rucklidge, delivers an enlightening TED talk on the importance of nutrition and ...
Mental Health, Nutrition
From the article:"Clinical psychologist, Julia Rucklidge, delivers an enlightening TED talk on the importance of nutrition and it’s role in mental health. Julia reminds us of a time when Dr. Semmelweis was ridiculed and dismissed for suggesting that doctors wash their hands before touching pregnant women. She compares the radical reaction that doctors had then, to the reaction some doctors have now, about the idea of nutrition being more effective than medication, when treating patients with mental illnesses, such as ADHD, depression, schizophrenia, and bi-polar disorder."This article discusses the role of nutrition in treating mental illness.
Insights Article
Rebuilding Your Career After Rehab
  Ten percent of American adults report being in recovery from drug or alcohol addiction, and a significant proportion ...
Career, insights
Ten percent of American adults report being in recovery from drug or alcohol addiction, and a significant proportion of them are in the workforce. In fact, addiction treatment professionals estimate 50-60 percent of people who leave rehab go back to work as early as the first month following treatment. This means that returning to the same place of work following treatment may be a relatively common scenario, however stressful the prospect.
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9 Things We Wish We'd Known: A Letter From Families Who Have Lost a Loved One to Addiction
 "If you love someone who is struggling with addiction, if you have a family member, a coworker or a friend in trouble ...
Addiction, family education, Overdose
"If you love someone who is struggling with addiction, if you have a family member, a coworker or a friend in trouble because of alcohol or drug use, this is for you. We hope that this knowledge, painfully earned, can help you and your family."This letter to you is about the things we wish we had known — the things we’ve learned since we suffered our losses and wish we had done differently.
Insights Article
Lifeline with Carolyn Bradfield
Your browser does not support the audio element. Listen to this powerful episode and learn how one woman turned her own ...
Podcast, relevate
Your browser does not support the audio element. Listen to this powerful episode and learn how one woman turned her own journey of having a child with addiction and unthinkable loss into what would become a lifeline for others.  Carolyn Bradfield shares her and Laura's story on this episode of the Relevate Podcast.   If you've ever loved someone with addiction or fear that is the direction they may be headed, Carolyn shares from her own experience with clarity, knowledge and empathy.  There is so much to learn from her story. You'll also hear of some exciting technology developments, spearheaded by her company InterAct LifeLine, designed to provide a lifeline and layer of protection for those who struggle with addiction. To learn more, visit:  interactlifeline.com Also mentioned in this episode: - Missy Owen's organization, Davis Direction Foundation, founded in memory of her son, Davis - The Connection, an addiction recovery support center in Forsyth County (metro Atlanta) To learn more about the host of the Relevate Podcast, Rena Olsen, click here. Thank you for subscribing and being a supporter of this series!  Please help spread the word by sharing this episode on your social media networks and with others.Listen to more episodes of Relevate here
Insights Podcast
Top 5 Scary Facts About Xanax
Top 5 Scary Facts About Xanax. This drug was originally developed as as sleep aid with muscle relaxing properties. But ...
insights, prescription pills, xanax
Top 5 Scary Facts About Xanax. This drug was originally developed as as sleep aid with muscle relaxing properties. But researchers soon learned it had other properties. It was then discovered it could be useful in handling anxiety and panic disorders. Description from Top 5 Scary Videos
Insights Video
Recognizing Alcoholism as a Disease
In his article Buddy T says, "One of the difficulties in recognizing alcoholism as a disease is it just plain doesn't seem like ...
Addiction, Alcohol, Alcoholism, Disease
In his article Buddy T says, "One of the difficulties in recognizing alcoholism as a disease is it just plain doesn't seem like one. It doesn't look, sound, smell and it certainly doesn't act like a disease. To make matters worse, generally, it denies it exists and resists treatment." This article discusses the neurobiology of alcoholism.
Insights Article
5 Ways You Can Manage Your Anxiety While You're in Addiction Recovery
In this article the author, Andy, recounts his experience in rehab, and the difficulty he had dealing with anxiety during the ...
Addiction, Alcohol, anxiety, Disorder, Drugs, Mental Health, Recovery, Sobriety
In this article the author, Andy, recounts his experience in rehab, and the difficulty he had dealing with anxiety during the recovery process. While in rehab, he learned how to deal with anxiety, and wants to share 5 tips that helped him manage anxiety through recovery. 
Anxiety Article
5 Ways You Can Manage Your Anxiety While You're in Addiction Recovery
In this article the author, Andy, recounts his experience in rehab, and the difficulty he had dealing with anxiety during the ...
anxiety, insights, Mental Health, Recovery
In this article the author, Andy, recounts his experience in rehab, and the difficulty he had dealing with anxiety during the recovery process. While in rehab, he learned how to deal with anxiety, and wants to share 5 tips that helped him manage anxiety through recovery.
Insights Article
15 Relaxing Quotes to Help You Deal With Your Anxiety
From the article: "Living with anxiety is hardly easy, when any day can include irrational fear of nonthreatening ...
anxiety, Coping, Quotes, Relaxation
From the article: "Living with anxiety is hardly easy, when any day can include irrational fear of nonthreatening situations, excessive nervousness and indecisiveness, and even the inability to relax at any given time, as the Mayo Clinic defines the condition." This article is meant to share stress-relieving, empowering quotes that can help you deal with an anxiety attack.
Anxiety Article
Study Finds 'Strong Link' Between Vaping and Depression
"A recent study concludes that people who use electronic cigarettes are twice as likely to report clinical depression as those ...
insights, Nicotine, Vaping
"A recent study concludes that people who use electronic cigarettes are twice as likely to report clinical depression as those who have never vaped. The correlation was particularly strong among younger people"Read the article to learn more about the new research on the correlation between vaping and depression.
Insights Article
10 Tips for Staying Sober During The Holidays
Addiction, Christmas, holidays, insights, Recovery, Thanksgiving
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Why are the Holidays so Stressful to People in Addiction Recovery?
  According to Elizabeth Brico, "Holidays are notoriously stressful for everyone, and especially so for people newly in ...
Addiction, holidays, insights, Recovery, Stress
According to Elizabeth Brico, "Holidays are notoriously stressful for everyone, and especially so for people newly in addiction recovery (or even people who have been in recovery or remission for a long time). Many people relapse during the holidays—so it’s crucial that you provide extra support to your loved one during this time."Read this article to learn about why holidays can be so stressful for people in addiction recovery, so that you can better understand and help a loved on in recovery
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Tips for Celebrating the Holidays with Recovering Family Members and Friends
 According to Peter Gaumond, "This time each year can be stressful for anyone, but the holidays present a special challenge ...
Christmas, Family, holidays, Recovery, Thanksgiving
According to Peter Gaumond, "This time each year can be stressful for anyone, but the holidays present a special challenge for people recovering from an addiction. Those in long-term recovery typically are adept at navigating the minefield of temptation at holiday social gatherings. But many of those in their first year of recovery, their friends, and family members wonder how best to celebrate the holidays safely, comfortably, and joyously."Read this article to learn how to help those in recovery get through the holidays.
Insights Article
Recovery During the Holidays Doesn't Have to Be Stressful
 In her article, Susan Lemere says, "Yes, it is true the season can trigger cravings and that certain situations are ...
Addiction, Christmas, holiday, Recovery, Thanksgiving
In her article, Susan Lemere says, "Yes, it is true the season can trigger cravings and that certain situations are hard to navigate substance-free. But most people I know in long-term recovery have found ways to be at peace with the holiday season, at minimum, and many now find the holiday season a source of great joy."Here are some of the things that have gotten people in recovery through the holidays.
Insights Article
How to Cope When Your Holiday Guest Is an Alcoholic or Addict
“The holidays can be fraught with worry and fear and panic about what’s going to happen when a loved one drinks too much ...
Addiction, Christmas, holidays, insights, Thanksgiving
“The holidays can be fraught with worry and fear and panic about what’s going to happen when a loved one drinks too much or abuses drugs,” says Beth Kane-Davidson, director of the Addiction Treatment Center at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland. "Most Americans know someone with a substance abuse disorder," she says. "During the holidays, we need to be on guard to handle binge-drinking situations."Use these strategies to try to ensure the season isn’t ruined or defined by an active alcoholic’s or addict’s behavior.
Insights Article
10 Ways to Avoid Holiday Addiction Relapses
From the article: "The holidays are a time to eat, drink, and be merry. But what if you’re a recovering addict? The season ...
Addiction, Christmas, holiday, New Years, Relapse, Thanksgiving
From the article: "The holidays are a time to eat, drink, and be merry. But what if you’re a recovering addict? The season for cocktails, parties, and good times can be a tough one to navigate." This article is a go-to guide to stay clean and sober during the holidays.
Insights Article
Navigating the Holidays in Recovery
According to Dr. Peter Grinspoon, "For people in recovery from substance use disorders, such as from opiates or alcohol, the ...
Addiction, Christmas, holidays, Recovery, Thanksgiving
According to Dr. Peter Grinspoon, "For people in recovery from substance use disorders, such as from opiates or alcohol, the holidays can be a time of unique and profound stress. Part of this stress is related to the freely flowing alcohol that can be found at many holiday events, and another aspect is often related to complex interactions with family members who can be “triggers” for dark and uncomfortable feelings that can even threaten one’s hard-won sobriety."Read this article to learn how to deal with the stress of the holidays while in recovery. Rich text editor####textarea class="arx-source redactor-source is-redactor" data-gramm_editor="false" name="content-2" data-redactor-uuid="2" domtargetshow=""####words: 0chars: 0
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InterAct LifeLine Launches Strategic Advisory Board
Atlanta, GA — December 10, 2019 — InterAct Lifeline, a SaaS technology solution for addiction treatment and prevention, ...
Board, Strategic Advisory Board
Atlanta, GA — December 10, 2019 — InterAct Lifeline, a SaaS technology solution for addiction treatment and prevention, today announced the formation of its Strategic Advisory Board. The new board is composed of accomplished leaders in the mental health, telehealth and related technology industries. The board will provide strategic input and support and will be chaired by Carolyn Bradfield, Founder, and CEO of InterAct.
Media Press Release
Can the Brain Recover From Addiction?
In this episode, Can The Brain Recover From Addiction, we explore the brain's recovery from addiction to substances, like opioids ...
Addiction, Alcohol, Drugs, Recovery, Science
In this episode, Can The Brain Recover From Addiction, we explore the brain's recovery from addiction to substances, like opioids and alcohol, and whether our brains are capable of making a complete recovery from any damage sustained from substance abuse and dependence. Can the brain recover from addiction?Description from Brief Brain Snacks
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How to Identify Common Pills Abused by Teens
From the article: "You're not the first parent to find a few pills in your child's pocket while washing his clothes. ...
prescription pills, Prevention, talk to kids, teens
From the article: "You're not the first parent to find a few pills in your child's pocket while washing his clothes. Considering the epidemic of prescription drug addiction and an uptick in overdoses around the United States, it's not a surprise. Addiction is an inclusive disease that does not discriminate by social or economic status." This article is a helpful tool to help parents identify different prescription drugs their children may be abusing.
Insights Article
Six Ways to Maintain Your Sobriety at Thanksgiving
"I first tried to quit drinking on November 11, 1995. By Thanksgiving of that year, I was clean, but I was scared to death of ...
Addiction, holidays, Recovery, Sobriety, Thanksgiving
"I first tried to quit drinking on November 11, 1995. By Thanksgiving of that year, I was clean, but I was scared to death of facing a holiday dinner without a drink. I remember standing by the bar in my grandmother’s house, downing Diet Coke in long gulps. I drank an entire case of Diet Coke during the evening, but I stayed sober. Now, I have more tools to maintain my recovery during the holidays."Here are some helpful tips for having a happy Thanksgiving while remaining drug or alcohol free. 
Insights Article
13 Tips for Dealing with Your Family on Thanksgiving...Sober
In her article, Helaina Hovitz says, "As sober adults, family can be one of our biggest triggers, right up there with romantic ...
Addiction, Sobriety, Thanksgiving
In her article, Helaina Hovitz says, "As sober adults, family can be one of our biggest triggers, right up there with romantic relationships and their pitfalls. Whether you’ve got 1 day clean or 30 years under your belt, the craving to spike your soda or make a beeline to the nearest wine bar can rise to the surface when a relative gets under your skin."This Thanksgiving use these tips to help you resist temptations and maintain sobriety. 
Insights Article
What to do when addiction shows up to Thanksgiving dinner
"Thanksgiving is touted as a cheerful day that brings people together — but for so many families, the national holiday can be a ...
Addiction, Recovery, Thanksgiving
"Thanksgiving is touted as a cheerful day that brings people together — but for so many families, the national holiday can be a painful, difficult gathering that only deepens existing divisions between relatives. From heated political debate at the dinner table, to sexist kitchen dynamics behind the scenes, to personal anxiety about seeing friends and family, there are lots of issues that stand in the way of a perfect, Norman Rockwell-esque Thanksgiving in 2017."For millions of families across America, the issue they're facing at the Thanksgiving  table is opioid addiction. This article discusses how addiction affects the whole family.
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Dealing with Addictions Around Thanksgiving & the Holidays
According to Kristine Jenkins, "Addictions are never easy to deal with, but they become even more challenging during the ...
Addiction, holidays, Sobriety, Thanksgiving
According to Kristine Jenkins, "Addictions are never easy to deal with, but they become even more challenging during the holidays. Holidays bring with them tremendous pressures, sometimes good and sometimes bad." Even though holidays add enough stress to make many people consider relapsing, it is possible to deal with these stressors and difficulties. This article provides a few key points to help you cope when holidays get tough.
Insights Article
4 Tips for Prioritizing Your Recovery in a Full-Time Job
Earning a regular paycheck is a sure predictor of successful long-term recovery from substance abuse. Research shows that having ...
Career, job, Recovery, Sobriety
Earning a regular paycheck is a sure predictor of successful long-term recovery from substance abuse. Research shows that having something to lose, such as a job, is a compelling incentive to stay sober.But staying sober also requires the successful maintenance of a healthy, well-balanced lifestyle, which takes daily commitment and can be hard to juggle with conflicting job responsibilities. These tips will help you prioritize your recovery without compromising your job security, based on firsthand experience with clients in early recovery.
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Managing Your Feelings Without Substances
"Does having a cigarette make you feel more energized and focused? Does having a drink make you feel less depressed, less anxious ...
Feelings, in the zone, Substances
"Does having a cigarette make you feel more energized and focused? Does having a drink make you feel less depressed, less anxious or help wind down tension at the end of a long day? The reality is, people use substances because they have an effect that they appreciate. The problem for some, however, is that the effect of substances is inherently short term. Once the effect has passed, you may find that you want to feel those effects again because the underlying state of being is uncomfortable in some way." -SMART Recovery This article discusses establishing a healthier relationship with your feelings rather than relying on substances to manage how you feel.
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10 Fall Foods to Boost Your Mood
According to Therese Borchard, "For many people, the beginning of autumn triggers anxiety with its shorter days, reduced ...
Depression, Health, mood, Nutrition, Recovery
According to Therese Borchard, "For many people, the beginning of autumn triggers anxiety with its shorter days, reduced sunlight, changes in schedules, and allergies. Fortunately, many foods and spices that are easy to find during this season can help us stay emotionally resilient and boost our mood." This article lists 10 different foods that contain the right mix of nutrients to help keep you calm.
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The Role of Nutrition in Addiction Recovery
According to FTX Wellness, "Those that struggle with any type of addiction are quite literally battling their own minds. If the ...
Addiction, Nutrition, Recovery
According to FTX Wellness, "Those that struggle with any type of addiction are quite literally battling their own minds. If the mind is controlled by our guts, then our first line of defense must begin with ensuring sound nutritional decisions into our lifestyle. Rejuvenating a sound mind, body, and spirit are the end goals in a strong addiction recovery program, but trying to attempt re-establishing those goals without a nutrition plan is pointless." This article explains how practicing good nutrition is one of the keys to "fueling the recovery fire."
InterAct Cares Nonprofit Article
Family-Focused Approaches to Opioid Addiction Improve the Effectiveness of Treatment
From the report: "In treating opioid addiction, moving from an individual approach to a family-focused approach to treatment ...
Addiction, Family, opioids
From the report: "In treating opioid addiction, moving from an individual approach to a family-focused approach to treatment can have lasting benefits for children and parents, and decrease health care costs." This research report discusses the new evidence that finds family-focused approaches can improve upon models that treat individuals, expanding benefits and cost efficiencies, and improving the health and development of children.
InterAct Cares Nonprofit Article
5 Ways to Avoid Addiction Relapse
In her article Donna M. White says, "Working in an inpatient setting, I applaud the accomplishments of patients. It is nice to ...
Addiction, Recovery, Relapse
In her article Donna M. White says, "Working in an inpatient setting, I applaud the accomplishments of patients. It is nice to see progress made, insights gained, and increased awareness of addiction and addictive behaviors. However, I also remind them that remaining drug-free will be a challenge because true recovery is a life-long journey. Some people will remain clean, some will relapse, and some will become what is commonly referred to as “chronic relapsers.” While there is no "magic wand" to help substance abusers avoid relapse, this article provides some tips to decrease relapse potential.
InterAct Cares Nonprofit Article
Developing Healthy Relationships in Recovery
Buddy T says, "If you are trying to maintain abstinence from drugs or alcohol, it is very important that you develop positive, ...
adddiction, Recovery, Support
Buddy T says, "If you are trying to maintain abstinence from drugs or alcohol, it is very important that you develop positive, healthy relationships to support you during your recovery process. For most people who go through a professional rehab program, that can mean having to make an entire set of new friends." This article explains the importance of developing new, positive friendships with people who support your addiction recovery efforts.
InterAct Cares Nonprofit Article
How Addiction Happens
"Our oldest son died of an accidental heroin/fentanyl overdose on his 22nd birthday, in December, 2015. Our family produced this ...
Addiction, Alcohol, Drugs
"Our oldest son died of an accidental heroin/fentanyl overdose on his 22nd birthday, in December, 2015. Our family produced this video to help teens and their families avoid the painful path of addiction. Understand how addiction starts and how to prevent it." Description from How Addiction Happens
InterAct Cares Nonprofit Video
Faces of the Opioid Crisis
"More than 27 million people around the world suffer from opioid-use disorders. Behind that staggering number are people — our ...
civic organizations, opioid crisis, opioids, rotary club
"More than 27 million people around the world suffer from opioid-use disorders. Behind that staggering number are people — our friends, neighbors, colleagues."This article discusses three people who climbed out of addiction to lead productive lives and give back to their communities to help fight addiction. 
InterAct Cares Nonprofit Article
Rotary Clubs Harness International Connections to Tackle U.S. Opioid Crisis
Rotary club members used support from international partners to help fight opioid addiction. According to Ryan Hyland, "After ...
civic organizations, opioid crisis, opioids, rotary club
Rotary club members used support from international partners to help fight opioid addiction. According to Ryan Hyland, "After months of doing research and consulting with health officials, substance abuse experts, educators, and media professionals, they had a plan: a Rotary Foundation global grant project, totaling more than $107,000. The project’s initiatives would support those directly affected by the epidemic, educate communities about preventing and treating opioid addiction, and prevent drug abuse among local young people by training them in leadership skills and healthy decision making."Read how civic organizations, like Rotary, are finding ways to fight the opioid epidemic in their communities. 
InterAct Cares Nonprofit Article
The Opioid Crisis and Older Americans: Philanthropy’s Role in Addressing the Effects
According to Karen Kahn, "As our country ages, rural communities are aging the most rapidly. One in four adults over the age of ...
nonprofit, opioid crisis, opioids, philanthropy
According to Karen Kahn, "As our country ages, rural communities are aging the most rapidly. One in four adults over the age of 65 lives in a small town or rural area, about 10 million Americans. Many of these older adults suffer from chronic illnesses and pain associated with a lifetime of labor. When opioids are prescribed, insufficient education about dangers associated with these drugs—including overdose and death—can lead to unintended misuse and abuse." Opioid misuse in older adults is very common in more rural regions due to poor health literacy and misunderstanding of the effects of the drugs themselves. Read this article to learn about the opioid crisis among older Americans, and how upstream solutions, like getting nonprofits involved, can help fully address the opioid crisis. 
InterAct Cares Nonprofit Article
Collaborating with Community Nonprofits to Address the Opioid Epidemic
According to Gina Clark, "The socio-economic, geographic and psychographic contributors to this issue are as diverse as the ...
community organizations, nonprofits, opioid epidemic, opioids
According to Gina Clark, "The socio-economic, geographic and psychographic contributors to this issue are as diverse as the millions of people it is affecting. It is clear the response to the crisis must be just as multi-layered, personal and scalable, which is where collaboration becomes essential. There needs to be a clear and grounded understanding of the people at risk and the factors affecting these risk levels that are specific to them as individuals. We have to begin at the community-level with nonprofits that have identified the people most in need of resources and support and, from there, build strong partnership networks that allow us to maximize resources and create the greatest change."This article discusses the importance of collaborations between non-profits and community organizations to fight the opioid epidemic. 
InterAct Cares Nonprofit Article
Payers Invest in Community Health Programs Tackling Opioid Crisis
CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, a large payer provider in the Maryland and Washington DC area, has earmarked over $2 million to ...
community organizations, opioid crisis
CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, a large payer provider in the Maryland and Washington DC area, has earmarked over $2 million to fund community health initiatives aimed at addressing the opioid crisis and expanding patient access to care.These awards come as the healthcare industry is grappling with the opioid crisis. Misuse of opioids and other risky substances poses a threat to patient wellbeing, with over 115 individuals dying following an overdose on any give day, according to recent data.Read how grants are being given to community health organizations in order to connect more patients to treatment and resources to overcome the opioid crisis. 
InterAct Cares Nonprofit Article
The Opioid Epidemic and the Urgent Need for a Philanthropic Response
In their article Rain Henderson and Regina LaBelle say, "Throughout our careers, we have worked alongside some of the sharpest ...
non-profits, opioid crisis, opioids
In their article Rain Henderson and Regina LaBelle say, "Throughout our careers, we have worked alongside some of the sharpest philanthropic minds and leading substance use experts and have come to believe that if more funders were to direct their resources to solving the opioid epidemic and addressing the addiction crisis in America, it would, at a minimum, catalyze a badly need response from government, business, and the private sector and lead to better health outcomes for millions of people."This article discusses the need for nonprofit involvement in the opioid crisis, and how they can further address substance abuse disorders. 
InterAct Cares Nonprofit Article
Opioid Crisis Creating Nonprofit Demand
From the article: "Prana is a new player in the addiction services nonprofit world, but it's an example of a program developed ...
non-profits, opioid crisis, opioids
From the article:"Prana is a new player in the addiction services nonprofit world, but it's an example of a program developed in response to the uphill battle against opioids being fought in Massachusetts and across the country. Healthcare, family services and youth development nonprofits in Central Massachusetts have added staff and expanded programming as a response to the crippling epidemic."This article discusses how nonprofit organizations have become key players in helping fight the opioid crisis. 
InterAct Cares Nonprofit Article
Ohio Not-for-Profits Rally to Tackle the Opioid Epidemic
From the article: "As the opioid epidemic continues to ravage Northeast Ohio, local not-for-profits have found themselves on ...
non-profit, opioid epidemic, opioids
From the article:"As the opioid epidemic continues to ravage Northeast Ohio, local not-for-profits have found themselves on the frontlines. Those who for years have operated in the addiction treatment field say they're trying to bring more awareness to the crisis and find the resources to bring on more staff to fight it. Other organizations not working in the traditional clinical space are looking at how they too can help curb the epidemic."Learn how non-profits are joining the fight to help fight the opioid crisis. 
InterAct Cares Nonprofit Article
Many Colleges Still in Denial About Need for Recovery Services
From the article: "Jack Barkowski felt nervous about returning to college. He had spent the summer of 2017 not waiting tables ...
Collegiate Recovery
From the article:"Jack Barkowski felt nervous about returning to college. He had spent the summer of 2017 not waiting tables or lifeguarding but painfully detoxing from tranquilizers and adjusting to life without drugs and alcohol. And he was still living in a halfway house when school began. How would he manage classes and social life while maintaining his sobriety and sticking to the house rules? The answer, he soon learned, was straightforward, and universal: with support from others like him."Read this article to learn about how collegiate recovery programs can provide the support students in addiction recovery need to succeed in college while maintaining their recovery. 
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Collegiate Recovery Programs: A Groundbreaking Solution for Students With Addictions
This session dealt with 5 objectives: 1. Overview of recovery 2. Overview of collegiate recovery programs (CRPs) 3. Considering ...
Collegiate Recovery
This session dealt with 5 objectives: 1. Overview of recovery2. Overview of collegiate recovery programs (CRPs)3. Considering stigma4. CRP outcomes5. Recovery and CRPs in Canada
InterAct Cares Nonprofit Slide Presentation
Collegiate Recovery Programs: A Groundbreaking Solution for Students With Addictions
This session dealt with 5 objectives: 1. Overview of recovery 2. Overview of collegiate recovery programs (CRPs) 3. Considering ...
British Columbia, Collegiate Recovery, Faces And Voices Of Recovery
This session dealt with 5 objectives: 1. Overview of recovery2. Overview of collegiate recovery programs (CRPs)3. Considering stigma4. CRP outcomes5. Recovery and CRPs in Canada
Collegiate Recovery Slide Presentation
Collegiate Recovery Programs: A Win-Win Proposition for Students and Colleges
The Center on Young Adult Health and Development (CYAHD) was established at the University of Maryland School of Public Health in ...
Collegiate Recovery, CRC
The Center on Young Adult Health and Development (CYAHD) was established at the University of Maryland School of Public Health in 2009. This research center is one of the first such centers in the United States specifically dedicated to understanding the health and development of young adults. More information about CYAHD can be found at www.cyahd.umd.edu.
InterAct Cares Nonprofit eBook
Collegiate Recovery Programs: A Win-Win Proposition for Students and Colleges
The Center on Young Adult Health and Development (CYAHD) was established at the University of Maryland School of Public Health in ...
Collegiate Recovery Programs
The Center on Young Adult Health and Development (CYAHD) was established at the University of Maryland School of Public Health in 2009. This research center is one of the first such centers in the United States specifically dedicated to understanding the health and development of young adults. More information about CYAHD can be found at www.cyahd.umd.edu.
Collegiate Recovery eBook
Bama Recovery: Recovery is Possible
Larry shares what collegiate recovery has meant to him as a part of Recovery Campus' series "Recovery on Campus is Possible."
Collegiate Recovery, nonprofit
Larry shares what collegiate recovery has meant to him as a part of Recovery Campus' series "Recovery on Campus is Possible."
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Recovery is Possible from Bama Recovery
Larry shares what collegiate recovery has meant to him as a part of Recovery Campus' series "Recovery on Campus is Possible". '
Bama Recovery, Collegiate Recovery
Larry shares what collegiate recovery has meant to him as a part of Recovery Campus' series "Recovery on Campus is Possible". '
Collegiate Recovery Video
More Than 100 Organizations Join the National Academy of Medicine in Countering the Opioid Epidemic
The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) announced today that more than 100 organizations across the U.S. — including community ...
civic organizations, national academy of medicine, non-profits
The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) announced today that more than 100 organizations across the U.S. — including community organizations, hospital and medical systems, academia, nonprofits, and health professional societies — have joined NAM in declaring their commitment to reversing national trends in opioid misuse and overdose. The announcement was made at a meeting of the NAM’s Action Collaborative on Countering the U.S. Opioid Epidemic.Read the entire press release.
InterAct Cares Nonprofit Press Release
How the Opioid Epidemic Affects Nonprofits
According to the article from AmTrust Financial, "Every day, thousands of individuals and families reach out to nonprofit ...
non-profits, opioid epidemic
According to the article from AmTrust Financial, "Every day, thousands of individuals and families reach out to nonprofit organizations for support, resources, and expertise in the midst of today’s opioid epidemic. As more and more individuals are impacted by this crisis, the need for treatment and recovery related services will continue to rise. As a nonprofit organization helping to make a difference in the lives of so many, it’s vital that you understand how the opioid epidemic can affect your operation." Read the full article.
InterAct Cares Nonprofit Article
2019 National Collegiate Recovery Directory
Click the Collegiate Recovery Magazine cover to link to the directory of programs.
Campus Directory, Collegiate Recovery
Click the Collegiate Recovery Magazine cover to link to the directory of programs.
InterAct Cares Nonprofit Resource Directory
What Juuling Does to Your Body (It’s Not Pretty)
In her article Jillian Levy says, "While the vast majority of adults can’t identify a Juul and report they’ve never tried ...
e-cigarette, JUUL, Nicotine, smoking, Vaping
In her article Jillian Levy says, "While the vast majority of adults can’t identify a Juul and report they’ve never tried one, the same can’t be said about most teens. Studies suggest that Juul devices and “vaping” can lead to problems with brain development, lung damage, increased risk for high blood pressure, and increased risk for nicotine/smoking addiction." This article explains why Juuling is bad for your health and lists five dangers associated with Juuls.
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Why fentanyl is deadlier than heroin, in a single photo
On the left, a lethal dose of heroin, on the right, a lethal dose of fentanyl The opioid crisis just keeps getting worse, in ...
Fentanyl, Heroin
On the left, a lethal dose of heroin, on the right, a lethal dose of fentanylThe opioid crisis just keeps getting worse, in part because new types of drugs keep finding their way onto the streets. Fentanyl, heroin’s synthetic cousin, is among the worst offenders. It’s deadly because it’s so much stronger than heroin, as shown by the photograph above, which was taken at the New Hampshire State Police Forensic Laboratory. On the left is a lethal dose of heroin, equivalent to about 30 milligrams; on the right is a 3-milligram dose of fentanyl, enough to kill an average-sized adult male.
Insights Article
Shame: The Core of Addiction and Codependency
According to Darlene Lancer, "Shame is so painful to the psyche that most people will do anything to avoid it, even though it’s ...
Addiction, Alcohol, codependency, Drugs, Recovery, Shame
According to Darlene Lancer, "Shame is so painful to the psyche that most people will do anything to avoid it, even though it’s a natural emotion that everyone has. It’s a physiologic response of the autonomic nervous system. You might blush, have a rapid heartbeat, break into a sweat, freeze, hang your head, slump your shoulders, avoid eye contact, withdraw, even get dizzy or nauseous." This article discusses how shame can lead to addiction and is the core feeling that leads to many other codependents' symptoms.
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The Other Prescription Drug Problem: ‘Benzos’ Like Valium and Xanax
In her article Temma Ehrenfeld says, "We’ve heard plenty about the opioid epidemic. But there’s another less recognized ...
Addiction, benzos, prescription pills, valium, xanax
In her article Temma Ehrenfeld says, "We’ve heard plenty about the opioid epidemic. But there’s another less recognized prescription drug problem: benzodiazepines like Ativan, Xanax, Valium, and Klonopin. While doctors are prescribing fewer painkillers, prescriptions for these anti-anxiety drugs are still going up." This article discusses the dangers of benzos and how they are often being overprescribed leading to abuse.
Insights Article
Coping With Having a Family Member in Alcohol or Drug Rehab
In his article Buddy T says, "Having any member of your family in rehab for drugs or alcohol means that you're inevitably facing ...
Addiction, Coping, Family, Recovery, Rehab
In his article Buddy T says, "Having any member of your family in rehab for drugs or alcohol means that you're inevitably facing and perhaps even struggling with a lot of concerns, questions and maybe some misconceptions about how professional treatment works." This article lists things to keep in mind when your loved one is getting treatment for addiction.
Insights Article
Money Management as a Tool to Help Maintain Abstinence
Buddy T says, "If you have had problems with money management in the past, your continuing care counselor will probably make ...
abstinence, money, Recovery, Sobriety
Buddy T says, "If you have had problems with money management in the past, your continuing care counselor will probably make suggestions based on your previous experiences. By this time, your counselor probably knows you pretty well and knows whether or not money is going to be a problem for you as you return to work." This article discusses returning to work after going through a drug or alcohol rehab program, and the importance of money management in recovery.
Insights Article
Mindfulness Training Helpful in the Recovery of Adults Addicted to Stimulants
According to Dan Gordon, a UCLA study suggests meditation and other mindfulness strategies may reduce the likelihood of relapse ...
Addiction, Drugs, Mindfulness, Recovery, stimulants
According to Dan Gordon, a UCLA study suggests meditation and other mindfulness strategies may reduce the likelihood of relapse for certain people struggling to break their addiction to stimulants including cocaine and methamphetamine. Mindfulness training has shown to be particularly beneficial for those addicted to stimulants who are also diagnosed with depression or anxiety.
Insights Article
5 Ways to Avoid Addiction Relapse
In her article Donna M. White says, "Working in an inpatient setting, I applaud the accomplishments of patients. It is nice to ...
Addiction, Recovery, Relapse, Sobriety
In her article Donna M. White says, "Working in an inpatient setting, I applaud the accomplishments of patients. It is nice to see progress made, insights gained, and increased awareness of addiction and addictive behaviors. However, I also remind them that remaining drug-free will be a challenge because true recovery is a life-long journey. Some people will remain clean, some will relapse, and some will become what is commonly referred to as “chronic relapsers.” While there is no "magic wand" to help substance abusers avoid relapse, this article provides some tips to decrease relapse potential.
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A Dozen Ways You Can Support Someone in Recovery
David Susman, PhD. gives a dozen different options to consider when trying to support a loved one in recovery. Each individual's ...
Addiction, Family, Friends, Help, Recovery, Support
David Susman, PhD. gives a dozen different options to consider when trying to support a loved one in recovery. Each individual's recovery journey is different, so some suggestions might work better than others.
Insights Article
How Opioid Addiction Occurs
According to The Mayo Clinic, "Anyone who takes opioids is at risk of developing addiction. Your personal history and the length ...
Addiction, Drugs, epidemic, Fentanyl, Heroin, opioid, Overdose, Science
According to The Mayo Clinic, "Anyone who takes opioids is at risk of developing addiction. Your personal history and the length of time you use opioids play a role, but it's impossible to predict who's vulnerable to eventual dependence on and abuse of these drugs. Legal or illegal, stolen and shared, these drugs are responsible for the majority of overdose deaths in the U.S. today." This article discusses how even short-term pain relief can lead to life threatening problems.
Insights Article
Why Addiction is Considered a Chronic Brain Disease
From the article: "Addiction affects your brain's reward, motivation, memory, and related circuitry to the extent that your ...
Addiction, Alcohol, Brain, Disease, Drugs, Science, SUD
From the article:  "Addiction affects your brain's reward, motivation, memory, and related circuitry to the extent that your motivations are altered so that your addictive behaviors replace healthy, self-care behaviors." This article discusses how addiction is a chronic brain disease rather than a behavioral problem. 
Addiction Article
When Does Drug Use Become an Addiction?
According to Buddy T, "Drug addiction is a complex and chronic brain disease. People who have a drug addiction experience ...
Addiction, Alcohol, Drugs, Substance Use, SUD
According to Buddy T, "Drug addiction is a complex and chronic brain disease. People who have a drug addiction experience compulsive, sometimes uncontrollable, craving for their drug of choice. Typically, they will continue to seek and use drugs in spite of experiencing extremely negative consequences as a result of using." This article discusses how addiction gets started and the behavioral manifestations of addiction.
Addiction Article
Addiction and the Power of Denial
In her article Elizabeth Hartney, PhD. says, "Denial is very common, particularly in those struggling with addictive behaviors. ...
Addiction, Alcohol, Denial, Drugs, SUD
In her article Elizabeth Hartney, PhD. says, "Denial is very common, particularly in those struggling with addictive behaviors. No one wants to identify as an alcoholic, drug abuser or gambling-addict; denial allows them to make the reality more flattering." This article explains different behaviors a person in denial may resort to, and how a person struggling with addiction can overcome denial.
Addiction Article
The 11 Official Criteria for Addiction/Substance Use Disorder
According to Elizabeth Hartney PhD., "If your substance use causes significant problems in your life, such as health issues, ...
addiciton, DSM, Substance Use Disorder, SUD
According to Elizabeth Hartney PhD., "If your substance use causes significant problems in your life, such as health issues, disability, and or not meeting your responsibilities at work, home, or school, you may have a substance use disorder." This article lists the different types of substance use disorders, and explains the criteria for identifying a SUD.  
Addiction Article
5 Ways to Make Sure Halloween in Recovery Isn't Scary
From the article: "If you’ve been sober, whether for a long period of time or a short while, you’ve likely had to deal ...
Addiction, halloween, holidays, Recovery, Relapse
From the article: "If you’ve been sober, whether for a long period of time or a short while, you’ve likely had to deal with facing a holiday while in recovery. Doing so can feel like an intimidating, daunting task, especially when drinking-heavy holidays like Halloween make their way around." This article gives a few pieces of advice to make the most out of Halloween, but putting your addiction recovery first.
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What are the Benefits of Alcohol Recovery
According to Buddy T, "When you quit drinking after years of alcohol abuse, not only will your body begin to reverse the effects ...
Abuse, Addiction, Alcohol, Alcoholism, Health, Recovery
According to Buddy T, "When you quit drinking after years of alcohol abuse, not only will your body begin to reverse the effects of excessive alcohol, you will simply feel better, too." Heavy drinking can take a toll on your physical and mental health, and this article lists the benefits of quitting alcohol and entering recovery from an alcohol use disorder.
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Health Consequences of Drug Misuse
From the article published in the National Institute of Drug Abuse: "Drug use can have a wide range of short- and long-term, ...
Consequences, drug misuse, Health
From the article published in the National Institute of Drug Abuse: "Drug use can have a wide range of short- and long-term, direct and indirect effects. These effects often depend on the specific drug or drugs used, how they are taken, how much is taken, the person's health, and other factors. Short-term effects can range from changes in appetite, wakefulness, heart rate, blood pressure, and/or mood to heart attack, stroke, psychosis, overdose, and even death. These health effects may occur after just one use.
Insights Article
Understanding Drug Use and Addiction
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), "Many people don't understand why or how other people become addicted ...
Addiction, Alcohol, Brain, Drug, Facts, Information
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), "Many people don't understand why or how other people become addicted to drugs. They may mistakenly think that those who use drugs lack moral principles or willpower and that they could stop their drug use simply by choosing to. In reality, drug addiction is a complex disease, and quitting usually takes more than good intentions or a strong will." This article provides information about the science behind drug abuse and addiction as well as factors that influences] an individual's risk for addiction.
Addiction Article
Is Addiction a "Brain Disease"?
According to Michael Bierer, MD, "The stigma and shame of addiction has much to do with the perception that people with substance ...
Abuse, Addiction, Alcohol, Brain, Disease, Drugs, Substance
According to Michael Bierer, MD, "The stigma and shame of addiction has much to do with the perception that people with substance use disorders are weak, immoral, or simply out for a good time at society’s expense. Understanding that addiction impairs the brain in many important ways may reduce such stigma. What’s more, the specific type of brain dysfunction may help identify a range of effective interventions and preventions." This article looks deeper into the science of addiction.
Addiction Article
Addiction now defined as a brain disorder, not a behavior issue
"At its core, addiction isn't just a social problem or a moral problem or a criminal problem. It's a brain problem whose ...
Addiction, Behavior, Disease, Disorder
"At its core, addiction isn't just a social problem or a moral problem or a criminal problem. It's a brain problem whose behaviors manifest in all these other areas," said Dr. Michael Miller, past president of ASAM who oversaw the development of the new definition. This article discusses the new definition of "addiction" and how this new definition will affect the treatment and recovery process. 
Addiction Article
Mental Health: Keeping Your Emotional Health
According to familydoctor.org, "Emotional health is an important part of your life. It allows you to realize your full potential. ...
Emotion, emotional health, Health, Mental Health, self care
According to familydoctor.org, "Emotional health is an important part of your life. It allows you to realize your full potential. You can work productively and cope with the stresses of everyday life. It helps you work with other people and contribute to society. It also affects your physical health. Research shows a link between an upbeat mental state and physical signs of good health. These include lower blood pressure, reduced risk of heart disease, and a healthier weight." This article discusses the importance of maintaining good emotional health.
Insights Article
10 Short Rituals You Can Do Everyday to Boost Your Mental Health
Elizabeth Bacharach says, "It takes just seconds to start feeling smarter, calmer, happier, and healthier." This article ...
daily ritual, Mental Health, Mental Illness, self care
Elizabeth Bacharach says, "It takes just seconds to start feeling smarter, calmer, happier, and healthier."This article lists 10 things you can do everyday to boost your overall mental health.
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How to Request a Mental Health Day Off Work, Because Mental Health is Just as Important as Physical Health
In her article Brandi Neal says, "Everyone gets overwhelmed from time to time, and sometimes you feel like you need a day of ...
Career, Health, Mental Health, physical health, Work
In her article Brandi Neal says, "Everyone gets overwhelmed from time to time, and sometimes you feel like you need a day of self-care to hit the reset button. However, asking for it is easier said than done." This article discusses the best way to approach requesting a mental health day off work.
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Managing a Mental Health Condition in College
From the National Alliance on Mental Illness: "College means new freedoms and new opportunities. Making the transition to ...
College, Health, Mental Health, Mental Illness, transition
From the National Alliance on Mental Illness: "College means new freedoms and new opportunities. Making the transition to college isn’t easy for anyone. Classes will be more difficult than high school and you have to plan ahead and motivate yourself to study. Plus you may have the new and stressful experience of living with a randomly-assigned roommate. All these things can impact your mental health." This article gives tips on how to succeed in college while managing your mental illness.
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4 Ways You Might Accidentally Be Perpetuating Mental Health Stigma
According to Molly Burford, "While the conversation surrounding mental illness is definitely improving in both its frequency and ...
adolescent, Health, Mental Health, self help, Stigma
According to Molly Burford, "While the conversation surrounding mental illness is definitely improving in both its frequency and its sentiment, unfortunately, many still feel stigmatized. Despite how commonplace mental illness may be, those who experience it often face shame and discrimination from those around them based on these conditions." This article gives four ways that people might be perpetuating the stigma surrounding mental health, and what can be done instead.
Insights Article
11 Small but Important Ways to Take Care of Your Mental Health
Casey Gueren says, "Look around (like, literally look around or scan your timeline or Twitter feed). You may have noticed that ...
Mental Health, self care, Tips
Casey Gueren says, "Look around (like, literally look around or scan your timeline or Twitter feed). You may have noticed that we're making huge strides in destigmatizing mental illness, and that's fantastic. The importance of treating your mental health as you would your physical health is a pretty well accepted principle." This article lists some of the most impactful and least intimidating ways to take care of your mental health.
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Attending to Your Mental Health During Addiction Recovery
Director of Beach House Center for Recovery, Linda Williams, says "More than a decade of work in the field of addiction treatment ...
Addiction, Mental Health, Recovery, Sobriety
Director of Beach House Center for Recovery, Linda Williams, says "More than a decade of work in the field of addiction treatment has reinforced, for me, that taking care of your mental health is a critical component in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. It is one of the most important factors in achieving long-term sobriety and living a happy and fulfilling life in the process." In this article, Linda Williams gives three good tips for mental health in recovery.
Insights Article
The Connection Between Substance Use Disorders and Mental Illness
According to NIDA, "Many individuals who develop substance use disorders (SUD) are also diagnosed with mental disorders, and vice ...
Addiction, Alcohol, Drugs, Mental Health, Mental Illness, Substance Abuse
According to NIDA, "Many individuals who develop substance use disorders (SUD) are also diagnosed with mental disorders, and vice versa. Multiple national population surveys have found that about half of those who experience a mental illness during their lives will also experience a substance use disorder and vice versa. Although there are fewer studies on comorbidity among youth, research suggests that adolescents with substance use disorders also have high rates of co-occurring mental illness; over 60 percent of adolescents in community-based substance use disorder treatment programs also meet diagnostic criteria for another mental illness." This article explains the comorbidity between substance use disorders and mental illness.
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Have "The Talk" About Drugs and Alcohol With Your Student
From the article: "It's halfway through the school year and your college student has established a social routine. They are ...
Alcohol, College, Drugs, SAFEParent, Student
From the article: "It's halfway through the school year and your college student has established a social routine. They are settled into their residence halls and have made friends in extracurricular clubs; they may also have participated in fall rush (Greek life) festivities and so are now part of a fraternity or sorority chapter. At this point in young adulthood, many students are also experimenting (as part of their social life, or on their own) with drugs and alcohol — perhaps for the first time. Unbeknownst to parents, some may be on the path to serious trouble with their substance use." This article provides tips for keeping the conversation about drugs and alcohol going with your college student, even from afar. 
Collegiate Recovery Article
Looking beyond Addiction
Looking beyond Addiction September is Recovery Month, sponsored by SAMHSA, hoping to educate others about the disease of ...
Addiction, Recovery month, SAMHSA, September
Looking beyond Addiction September is Recovery Month, sponsored by SAMHSA, hoping to educate others about the disease of addiction and celebrate those that are battling and winning by staying in recovery. However, the reality is the recovery most often eludes people suffering from the disease and puts them in an endless loop of substance misuse, treatment, relapse, followed by more treatment. In prior articles, we explored the chronic nature of the disease and the need for longer-term treatment options. It’s time to consider that because addiction is a brain disorder, other brain-related conditions are very likely to be present in the addict. Only treating the substance misuse and addiction without considering other coexisting issues is a recipe for poor outcomes, short recovery and repeated relapse. Here are some common issues that often come with addiction that require treatment as potential chronic conditions that compromise recovery. Depression Addiction is a disease that crushes your self-esteem, estranges you from your family, ruins your finances, and causes episodes of extreme shame. Alcohol depresses the central nervous system and tends to trigger depression symptoms like lethargy, sadness and hopelessness. Depressed individuals reach for drugs or alcohol as a way to lift their spirits or to numb painful thoughts. As a result, depression and substance abuse feed into each other, and one condition will often make the other worse. Anxiety About 20 percent of people with an anxiety disorder have an alcohol or other substance use disorder, with the reverse also being true. In an effort to cope with their symptoms, it is not uncommon for people with anxiety disorders to misuse alcohol or drugs. Alcohol and drug use can worsen the psychological and physical symptoms of anxiety, reinforcing the need to use more of these substances in order to function normally. The result is a cycle of substance abuse that can lead to chemical dependence and addiction. Trauma People that abuse drugs may have done so because they have experienced event that made them fear for their safety, witness or experience violence or suffer through intense pain. The very act of acquiring and misusing drugs may be the events that caused trauma and the resulting PTSD. Some people struggling to manage the effects of trauma in their lives may turn to drugs and alcohol to self-medicate Bipolar Disorder Those afflicted with bipolar disorder have a higher rate of relationship problems, economic instability, accidental injuries and suicide than the general population. They are also significantly more likely to develop and maintain an addiction to drugs or alcohol. The emotional instability of the highs and lows of bipolar disorder can interfere with your recovery program, making it difficult to comply with the guidelines of a treatment plan. Self-Regulation When a person can’t properly regulate their emotions, it is likely that he or she will resort to certain techniques that are less adaptive or healthy. Substance abuse is a common reaction to emotional stimulation when an individual is ill-equipped to regulate those emotions. My Takeaways As my daughter Laura battled addiction for 15 years, she also battled anxiety, depression and struggled to control her impulses. She expressed thoughts about being traumatized by the experiences she had in seeking out and using drugs and certainly expressed signs of PTSD. Although she entered multiple treatment centers, there was not enough time spent on managing those mental disorders that kept her struggling. Ultimately her lack of impulse control lead to a fatal decision where she relapses, overdosed and died in 2017. Addiction is like many other diseases in that it doesn’t exist in a vacuum and a return to health requires an understanding and management of all the issues that come along with it.
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Stay Connected to Treatment
Stay Connected to Treatment September is Recovery Month, sponsored by SAMHSA, hoping to educate others about the disease of ...
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Stay Connected to Treatment September is Recovery Month, sponsored by SAMHSA, hoping to educate others about the disease of addiction and to celebrate those that are battling it and winning by staying in recovery. However, the reality is the recovery most often eludes people suffering from the disease and puts them in an endless loop of substance misuse, treatment, relapse, followed by more treatment. It is a viscous cycle that impacts 85% of those that enter rehab and relapse in the year following treatment. Addiction costs our economy almost $1 trillion in healthcare costs, criminal justice expenses, and lost productivity at work. The overproduction and misuse of opioids, the proliferation of heroin and fentanyl and the ease of getting illegal drugs contributes to 70,000 deaths a year, more than the loss of life in the entire Vietnam War. Because preventing relapse and staying in recovery is a complex problem, let’s focus on one change in strategy that can make a difference. The change in strategy starts with the treatment program itself. Many rehabs do an excellent job at stabilizing the individual, getting drugs safely out of their system, giving them an understanding of the disease, and showing them strategies to start their recovery process. Most programs discharge their patients and then move on to the next person that needs their help. When that trusted relationship between treatment provider and patient ends, the potential to relapse goes way up. Why is that? Here are some thoughts: Patients need more structure and accountability. In rehab, your day-to-day schedule is defined and for 30-45 days you know when it’s time to eat, go to therapy, attend group, and exercise. That structure and accountability to adhere to the rules of the program is comforting to those who struggled to make decisions to manage themselves. A wellness strategy takes time to implement. Wellness and recovery require a multi-faceted approach. The individual is going to be asked to make lifestyle changes and with any new habits, those changes take time to take hold. Staying connected to community may be difficult. Individuals in treatment were connected to a community of individuals that were struggling with the same issues. Having others to relate to shows people that they are not alone and helps them find common ground with people who are trying to stay in recovery. Reaching out and finding that common bond may be more difficult for people have had struggles with relationships. Individuals may lack the skills needed to “adult”. If someone is misusing drugs, they likely have struggled managing their money, keeping a job, and maintaining relationships with friends and family. Being able to pay your bills, have a job and relate to others is critical to maintain a normal life that doesn’t include selling and using drugs. My Takeaways Treatment programs are often in the best position to maintain the trusted relationship with the individual who committed themselves to addiction treatment. The benefit to the individual is longer-term treatment that gives them time to make the adjustments needed to stay in recovery. It helps create structure, provide accountability, give them more help in wellness strategies and keeps them connected to trusted relationships. For the program, who is constrained by bed space, a well-executed treatment relationship after an in-patient stay improves recovery results, allows the program to follow their clients, and gives them an opportunity to monetize the client relationship after rehab. It’s time for programs to expand their role and improve their results.
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Addiction, a Chronic Disease
Addiction, a Chronic Disease September is Recovery Month, but for many individuals the road to recovery is filled with ...
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Addiction, a Chronic Disease September is Recovery Month, but for many individuals the road to recovery is filled with landmines that blows up the pathway to recovery. Although there are many reasons that people relapse, let’s focus on how the disease is treated and a strategic shift that needs to happen to improve recovery results. If you have a heart condition and go into the hospital for a cardiac catherization or bypass surgery, your immediate risk of dying from a heart attack goes way down. You likely developed heart disease over time, and now know that if you don’t have a long-term plan to modify your diet, exercise regularly, take your medicine and take care of yourself the chance of having another heart attack and going back to the hospital becomes inevitable. After the hospital stay heart disease is treated as a chronic condition that requires a lifetime of lifestyle changes, medication management and diet and exercise to stay healthy and out of the hospital. The acute condition you were admitted for was resolved, but there was also a long-term plan in place to stay healthy. Much in the same way conditions like heart disease or diabetes are managed as chronic conditions, we need to look at the disease of addiction the same way. Rehab only addresses the acute symptoms of the disease. You entered the hospital with chest pains and it’s the hospital’s job is to stabilize you and treat the acute symptoms of your condition to keep you alive. Rehab is also set up to treat the acute symptoms of addiction by getting drugs and alcohol out of your system through safe detox, stabilizing you, and starting to educate you about the disease. Rehab is not designed to manage the chronic condition, only the acute care needed short-term. Longer term treatment is needed to manage the chronic condition. When someone leaves the hospital after having heart surgery, they often go to another rehabilitation program to regain their strength and begin their recovery process. The same philosophy should be true with addiction management. Once the acute symptoms are behind you from time in rehab, a longer-term treatment plan has to be in place to maintain the disease and prevent relapse and readmission. Lifestyle changes are part of long-term disease management. A heart patient knows he has to change his diet, exercise, manage his stress and adjust his lifestyle. The same is true for someone suffering with addiction. Certain foods like sugar should be avoided and regular exercise is helpful to manage stress. Keeping a healthy routine and avoiding the triggers that lead to relapse are critical. Strategies to manage co-existing disorders are critical. Because addiction is a brain disorder, it often occurs side by side with other brain disorders like depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder. Managing addiction without a plan to manage the other disorders will result in a greater struggle to stay healthy and in recovery. My Takeaways My daughter Laura had many visits to rehab, but never a good wellness and disease management plan to keep her chronic disease at bay. For 15 years, she entered treatment, had her acute symptoms addressed, then relapsed and readmitted over and over again. She was in good company as 85% of patients relapse in the first year after treatment. Unfortunately, if left untreated or treated improperly, addiction often results in death as it did with Laura when she relapsed, overdosed and died in December 2017. Reframing and thinking about addiction as a disease that requires long-term management is the first step in improving what are clearly substandard results in how it’s treated.
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National Recovery Month
National Recovery Month Every September, SAMHSA sponsors Recovery Month to increase awareness and understanding of mental ...
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National Recovery Month Every September, SAMHSA sponsors Recovery Month to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders and celebrate the people who recover. In addition, to celebrating those that recovery, it’s time to analyze why some are successful yet the relapse rate continues to be 85% in the year following treatment. My daughter Laura struggled with addiction for 15 years, committed herself to many different treatment programs and rehabs over those years, and unfortunately, had her journey to attain recovery often end in relapse soon after treatment and ultimately in an overdose death in December 2017. Now that I have had the privilege of being able to look back on her journey, here are some thoughts about why people relapse and how they can maintain recovery. Recognize that addiction is a chronic not an acute disease. Laura went to rehab, stayed 30-45 days each time and looked great when she came out. Treatment detoxed her, got her physically healthy and started the recovery process, but planning to manage and maintain her disease long-term was not a big enough part of the plan and process. Stay connected to treatment longer. Statistics show that an individual that stays connected for 6 consecutive months to the treatment program that offered them rehab will be 20% less likely to relapse. The treatment program was the one that built a strong bond with the individual and would likely be in the best position to continue to treat them, even though they are no longer in acute care. Deal with the co-existing disorders. Addiction is a brain disorder and often exists in tandem with other brain disorders such as depression, bipolar disease or anxiety. If you don’t deal with the other issues that contribute to a lack of emotional well-being, then the chances of you not being able to manage addiction goes way up. Implement health and wellness strategies. Although addiction is a brain disease, the way you manage your physical health contributes to either long-term recovery or accelerates relapse. There is a lot an individual can do to manage their disease through good nutrition, exercise, and meditation and mindfulness techniques. Extend yourself to others who have the disease. Connections to community are critical in staying healthy and in recovery. Those that are willing to help others, sponsor them, and extend themselves are much more likely to stay healthy because they become responsible not only for themselves but for others. My Takeaways It’s long past time that we reframe the disease of addiction for what it is, a chronic condition that will be present for a lifetime, but also one that can be managed with the right treatment, health and wellness plan. An 85% relapse rate following treatment indicates that there is a strategic disconnect in how we are managing people that come to programs for help. It’s time we look at all of the tools we have to promote long-term recovery such as extended connection to treatment, diet, exercise, meditation, mindfulness and for some a medication strategy. The 2019 theme for Recovery Month is: Join the Voices for Recovery: Together We Are Stronger. Together to me means that the individual is supported by the right treatment approach, by family and friends that understand addiction is not a moral failing, but a disease, and a community that is committed to wellness and recovery.
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InterAct Launches an Integrated Technology Solution for Substance Abuse Treatment, Collegiate Recovery and Substance Abuse Prevention
Atlanta, GA — August 1, 2019 — InterAct today launched InterAct LifeLine, the first in a series of online technology ...
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Atlanta, GA — August 1, 2019 — InterAct today launched InterAct LifeLine, the first in a series of online technology solutions designed to reduce addiction relapse, improve long-term recovery care and offer drug abuse prevention support for families. LifeLine helps addiction treatment and collegiate recovery programs leverage technology to better serve their clients, students and families, keeping them connected and improving patient outcomes. InterAct is a newly-formed subsidiary of Convey Holdings and built on portal and networking technology developed by Convey Services.
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INVITATION TO ATTEND CONFERENCE ON ADDICTION AND RECOVERY
As drug abuse and overdoses continue to take lives and destroy families, innovative solutions are emerging in communities ...
Addiction, Recovery
As drug abuse and overdoses continue to take lives and destroy families, innovative solutions are emerging in communities throughout the country. Sharing those solutions to “Fight Addiction and Fuel Recovery” is the theme for the 2019 national conference of Building Communities of Recovery. Link to register
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Talking to Your Child About Drugs
From the article in Parents: "Children today are exposed to tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs at increasingly younger ages. ...
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From the article in Parents: "Children today are exposed to tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs at increasingly younger ages. The media is rife with images that promote smoking and drinking as "cool," fun, and a natural part of life. That's why, more than ever, parents need to talk to their kids about the perils of drugs and help them separate fact from fiction. But how do you get started? According to experts, it's best to develop an ongoing dialogue with your child -- starting in the preschool years if possible -- and to look for spontaneous, everyday situations, or "teachable moments," in which to lay the groundwork for open, honest communication. The best news? Research shows that children who hear the facts about drugs and alcohol from their parents are significantly less likely to use them. Here's how to begin."
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When it comes to underage drinking, most youth deserve an A+. Prevention Works!
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Drug Awareness Video
A video that shows the parallels of drug use between high school students and active duty soldiers. This video was produced for ...
Drug Awareness, Prevention, Teenagers
A video that shows the parallels of drug use between high school students and active duty soldiers. This video was produced for Fort Leonard Wood by students enrolled in the Video Production program at Waynesville Career Center in Waynesville, MO.
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Preventing Drug Misuse and Addiction: The Best Strategy
From the NIDA article, "Risk of drug use increases greatly during times of transition. For an adult, a divorce or loss of a ...
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From the NIDA article, "Risk of drug use increases greatly during times of transition. For an adult, a divorce or loss of a job may increase the risk of drug use. For a teenager, risky times include moving, family divorce, or changing schools. When children advance from elementary through middle school, they face new and challenging social, family, and academic situations. Often during this period, children are exposed to substances such as cigarettes and alcohol for the first time. When they enter high school, teens may encounter greater availability of drugs, drug use by older teens, and social activities where drugs are used."
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Prevention as the First Line of Defense
From the article by the American Psychological Association: "Americans make up less than 5 percent of the world's population ...
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From the article by the American Psychological Association: "Americans make up less than 5 percent of the world's population but consume nearly one-third of the global opioid supply, according to an expert group affiliated with the United Nations, the International Narcotics Control Board. Much of that consumption is misuse: Data from the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration show that 11.8 million Americans currently misuse opioids."
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Why Employment is so Important in Recovery
Career, employment, job, Recovery
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34 Crucial Tips for Your Next Job Interview
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Adulting is Rough, But These Tips Make It Easier
"So, you've come to the dark side: the real world. Long gone are the days when dad would tie your shoes, kiss you on the forehead ...
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"So, you've come to the dark side: the real world. Long gone are the days when dad would tie your shoes, kiss you on the forehead and send you off to school with a pre-packed lunch made with love by mom. OK, so you're a little farther along adulthood than those days, but still, this grown-up stuff — paying bills, rent, going to bed at a reasonable hour, time management business — it can be a rough transition when you first start out." This article provides tips that will make adulting a lot easier and cheaper so you can fulfill your best grown up potential.
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The Secret to Saving Money
According to Dave Ramsey, "We all have good intentions when it comes to saving money, right? We tell ourselves we’ll start ...
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According to Dave Ramsey, "We all have good intentions when it comes to saving money, right? We tell ourselves we’ll start saving once we reach a certain milestone, like when we hit a specific age, get a raise, or the kids move out. But in reality, you’ll only start saving money when you develop healthy money habits and your future needs become more important than your current wants." This article shares 15 practical ways to easily save money.
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Basic Life Skills Your Student Needs Before Going to College
According to College Parents of America, "College is a time where young adults go off into the “real world” and begin to ...
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According to College Parents of America, "College is a time where young adults go off into the “real world” and begin to become adults. There are many skills that we assume these young adults have, but they may not know how to apply them in their own environment. These skills may seem obvious to us, but in order to set our students up for success, we need to make sure they are prepared." This article lists a number of important life skills every young adult should have before going to college.
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Managing Your Feelings Without Substances
"Does having a cigarette make you feel more energized and focused? Does having a drink make you feel less depressed, less anxious ...
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"Does having a cigarette make you feel more energized and focused? Does having a drink make you feel less depressed, less anxious or help wind down tension at the end of a long day? The reality is, people use substances because they have an effect that they appreciate. The problem for some, however, is that the effect of substances is inherently short term. Once the effect has passed, you may find that you want to feel those effects again because the underlying state of being is uncomfortable in some way." -SMART Recovery This article discusses establishing a healthier relationship with your feelings rather than relying on substances to manage how you feel.
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4 Whole-Body Healing Techniques for Lasting Addiction Recovery
According to John Henning, "While it’s obvious that an addicted person needs to stop using the addictive substance, what’s ...
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According to John Henning, "While it’s obvious that an addicted person needs to stop using the addictive substance, what’s less obvious is that getting rid of the substance is just the beginning of addiction recovery. In order to stay sober in the long term, it’s important to replace old habits and addictions with new, healthy habits." This article provides healthy, non-medication tools and habits that can help you achieve long-term addiction recovery.
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Eating Right During Addiction Recovery
According to Cara Gilmore, "When someone is in recovery from their addiction eating right can be just one of the many ways that ...
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According to Cara Gilmore, "When someone is in recovery from their addiction eating right can be just one of the many ways that they can stay on top of things. Not only have studies shown that eating right can help people to stay physically healthy which can improve one’s self-confidence (very important in recovery) but it has many other benefits as well." This article explains how eating right can reduce stress and anxiety levels during addiction recovery.
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Addiction Recovery: 7 Reasons Why Mindfulness is Such an Effective Treatment
The Center for Mindful Psychotherapy describes mindfulness as "a state of being in the present moment. We release the regrets of ...
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The Center for Mindful Psychotherapy describes mindfulness as "a state of being in the present moment. We release the regrets of the past and we take a break from our fears about the future. Life unfolds in the here and now and mindfulness helps us accept and understand this."Mindfulness has become a go to treatment for all kinds of addiction including addictions to drugs, sex, alcohol, gambling, food, internet, and more. This article gives 7 reasons why mindfulness is an effective treatment for addiction recovery.
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The Science of Exercise and Addiction Recovery
According to Jennifer Scott, "For someone who is in recovery from addiction, staying on the right track is easier when you have a ...
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According to Jennifer Scott, "For someone who is in recovery from addiction, staying on the right track is easier when you have a complete mind-body approach to well being. Physical fitness has great effects on your overall health, and incorporating other alternative coping methods, such as meditation and yoga, along with exercise, can be an integral part of your road to recovery." This article explains the importance of physical fitness combined with meditation as a key part of the addiction recovery process.
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Understanding PTSD and Substance Use
From the infographic: 27% of Veterans in VA care diagnosed with PTSD also have substance use disorder(SUD)
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From the infographic: 27% of Veterans in VA care diagnosed with PTSD also have substance use disorder(SUD)
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Risk of Suicide
In this article from the National Alliance of Mental Illness, you will learn the dangers of suicide and how to recognize the ...
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In this article from the National Alliance of Mental Illness, you will learn the dangers of suicide and how to recognize the signs. "Suicidal thoughts or behaviors are both damaging and dangerous and are therefore considered a psychiatric emergency. Someone experiencing these thoughts should seek immediate assistance from a target="_blank" health or mental health care provider. Having suicidal thoughts does not mean someone is weak or flawed."
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Attending to Your Mental Health During Addiction Recovery
Director of Beach House Center for Recovery, Linda Williams, says "More than a decade of work in the field of addiction treatment ...
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Director of Beach House Center for Recovery, Linda Williams, says "More than a decade of work in the field of addiction treatment has reinforced, for me, that taking care of your mental health is a critical component in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. It is one of the most important factors in achieving long-term sobriety and living a happy and fulfilling life in the process." In this article, Linda Williams gives three good tips for mental health in recovery.
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The Science of Depression
Video by asapSCIENCE on the science behind depression.
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Video by asapSCIENCE on the science behind depression.
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Understanding the Facts of Anxiety Disorders and Depression is the First Step
According to the ADAA, "Anxiety disorders are real, serious medical conditions - just as real and serious as physical disorders ...
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According to the ADAA, "Anxiety disorders are real, serious medical conditions - just as real and serious as physical disorders such as heart disease or diabetes. Anxiety disorders are the most common and pervasive mental disorders in the United States." While it is normal to experience occasional anxiety, when anxiety interferes with daily activities, it may be an anxiety disorder.  
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Understanding the Facts of Anxiety Disorders and Depression is the First Step
According to the ADAA, "Anxiety disorders are real, serious medical conditions - just as real and serious as physical disorders ...
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According to the ADAA, "Anxiety disorders are real, serious medical conditions - just as real and serious as physical disorders such as heart disease or diabetes. Anxiety disorders are the most common and pervasive mental disorders in the United States." While it is normal to experience occasional anxiety, when anxiety interferes with daily activities, it may be an anxiety disorder.
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Marijuana Addiction is Real but Many Users Don't Realize That
Christine Vestal says, "Many people are unaware of marijuana addiction. But in the public health and medical communities, it is a ...
Addiction, Drugs, marijuana, pot, Recovery
Christine Vestal says, "Many people are unaware of marijuana addiction. But in the public health and medical communities, it is a well-defined disorder that includes physical withdrawal symptoms, cravings and psychological dependence. Many say it is on the rise, perhaps because of the increasing potency of genetically engineered plants and the use of concentrated products, or because more users are partaking multiple times a day." This article explains how marijuana can be addictive.
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Heroin Addiction: What You Should Know
According to Jaime Herndon, "Heroin is highly addictive. It’s an opioid, which binds to receptors in the brain to release the ...
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According to Jaime Herndon, "Heroin is highly addictive. It’s an opioid, which binds to receptors in the brain to release the chemical dopamine. As with most drug side effects, this release is only temporary — which leaves some people wanting more of the “good” feeling." This article answers a number of commonly asked questions about heroin addiction.
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How Fentanyl Became America's Leading Cause of Overdose Deaths
According to ReachMD, "the leading cause of drug overdoses in America is no longer cocaine, meth, or even heroin or common opioid ...
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According to ReachMD, "the leading cause of drug overdoses in America is no longer cocaine, meth, or even heroin or common opioid painkillers like Percocet and OxyContin. It’s synthetic opioids like fentanyl and its analogs." Fentanyl has made America's opioid epidemic the deadliest drug overdose crisis in history. In this article, ReachMD answers the questions: So what exactly is fentanyl? And why is this drug, which has been around as medicine for decades, popping up as a big cause of death now?
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Cocaine Use: Signs, Symptoms of Cocaine Use and Addiction
According to Natasha Tracy, "Cocaine signs and symptoms are both psychological and physical. Signs of cocaine use, though, vary ...
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According to Natasha Tracy, "Cocaine signs and symptoms are both psychological and physical. Signs of cocaine use, though, vary depending on how much cocaine is used and the ingestion method of cocaine use." This article gives the signs of cocaine use and cocaine addiction.
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Alcohol is a Drug, and It’s Time We Addressed It
In Sara Shepherd's article appearing on Rewire in January 2019, " Like McCormick, more than 15 million U.S. adults experience an ...
Alcohol, Alcohol As A Drug
In Sara Shepherd's article appearing on Rewire in January 2019, "Like McCormick, more than 15 million U.S. adults experience an alcohol use disorder, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. It’s common knowledge that overuse of alcohol can lead to risky behavior and cause severe health problems, like heart disease and heart attacks, pancreatitis and liver disease. The problem is that alcohol is everywhere—in social media posts, on our parents’ counter, in the fridge at work, on our flight home, even hidden in chocolates and coffee creamers.
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Collegiate Recovery Programs: A Groundbreaking Solution for Students With Addictions
This session dealt with 5 objectives: 1. Overview of recovery 2. Overview of collegiate recovery programs (CRPs) 3. Considering ...
British Columbia, Collegiate Recovery, Faces And Voices Of Recovery
This session dealt with 5 objectives: 1. Overview of recovery2. Overview of collegiate recovery programs (CRPs)3. Considering stigma4. CRP outcomes5. Recovery and CRPs in Canada
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Greg Benton's Story from the University of Colorado
Greg Benton shares his personal story of how the collegiate recovery program at the University of Colorado, Boulder helped him ...
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Greg Benton shares his personal story of how the collegiate recovery program at the University of Colorado, Boulder helped him get his Bachelors and Masters college degrees.
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Greg Benton's Story from the University of Colorado
Greg Benton shares his personal story of how the collegiate recovery program at the University of Colorado, Boulder helped him ...
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Greg Benton shares his personal story of how the collegiate recovery program at the University of Colorado, Boulder helped him get his Bachelors and Masters college degrees.
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Collegiate Recovery at the University of Central Florida
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Collegiate Recovery Video
Hierarchy of Needs Model for Recovery
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Developing Healthy Relationships in Recovery
Buddy T says, "If you are trying to maintain abstinence from drugs or alcohol, it is very important that you develop positive, ...
Addiction, Alcohol, Drugs, friendship, Health, Love, Recovery, Relationships
Buddy T says, "If you are trying to maintain abstinence from drugs or alcohol, it is very important that you develop positive, healthy relationships to support you during your recovery process. For most people who go through a professional rehab program, that can mean having to make an entire set of new friends." This article explains the importance of developing new, positive friendships with people who support your addiction recovery efforts.
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How to Support a Partner in Recovery
According to Living Better, "People of every age, race, religion and social background can struggle with substance addiction, but ...
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According to Living Better, "People of every age, race, religion and social background can struggle with substance addiction, but recovery is possible with the right support network and professional help. However, rehabilitation requires an ongoing lifestyle change and your partner or partner will need a strong support network to help them on their road to recovery." This article provides some of the key ways you can support a partner during recovery.
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Healthy Habits to Help Addiction Recovery
According to Kelly Coleman, "Attaining a well-balanced, healthy life with a well-managed addiction involves adopting healthy ...
Addiction, Alcohol, Drugs, fitness, habits, Health, healthy, Recovery
According to Kelly Coleman, "Attaining a well-balanced, healthy life with a well-managed addiction involves adopting healthy habits. There are many healthy choices available for most people such as incorporating more activity, becoming mindful, adding spirituality, eating a healthy diet, and ensuring positivity in one’s social circles. Here are some ways to address each of these for successful recovery." This article discusses different healthy habits that aid addiction recovery.
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7 Tips for Staying Clean and Sober
According to Buddy T., "It is estimated that 90 percent of those who find long-term sobriety had at least one relapse along the ...
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According to Buddy T., "It is estimated that 90 percent of those who find long-term sobriety had at least one relapse along the way. Some had many before they found lasting recovery. Your intentions may be good, but it takes more than willpower to avoid having an addiction relapse." This article lists things you can change in your life that scientific research shows can help you develop a healthier lifestyle and stay sober.
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DISARM the Addiction Salesman
Saying No to Cigarettes Image SMART Recovery uses DISARM as a tool "that helps us see the self-talk and images that tell us ...
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Saying No to Cigarettes Image SMART Recovery uses DISARM as a tool "that helps us see the self-talk and images that tell us to use as lies, excuses, and rationalizations. It challenges those urge-producing thoughts at every opportunity, shooting them down like a gunslinger or reducing them to the point of absurdity." DISARM is a tool that can be used when you are having strong urges. The method allows for the individual experiencing these urges to carefully ask a few questions to help overcome the urge. Read the full article to learn more about DISARM. 
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Long-Term Strategies for Overcoming Addiction
Breaking Free Image According to Dr. Elizabeth Hartney, "Sooner or later, most people who have an addiction decide a change ...
Addiction, Change, Recovery, Strategies
Breaking Free Image According to Dr. Elizabeth Hartney, "Sooner or later, most people who have an addiction decide a change needs to happen. Once the decision is made, most people have a specific goal in mind. It might be to quit entirely, to quit some addictive behaviors or substances, but not all, reduce the amount of time or money spent on addictive behaviors, or to reduce the harm of an addictive behavior. In her article, Dr. Hartney explains how making the decision to change may not be an easy process, or a quick one, but is essential to overcoming addiction.
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Healthy Boundaries in People With Addiction
People Toasting Image According to Elizabeth Hartney, PhD. "Although a boundary can be clearly marked by a fence or a road, ...
Addiction, Boundaries, Family, Friends, Health, Recovery, Relationships
People Toasting Image According to Elizabeth Hartney, PhD. "Although a boundary can be clearly marked by a fence or a road, it is never entirely clear exactly where one area ends and the other begins. In a similar way, when we use the word boundaries to describe limits and rules in relationships, some honest judgment is needed to decide which behaviors "cross the line." In her article, Dr. Hartney discusses the common difficulties for boundaries and addiction, and provides principles for setting good boundaries.
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The Surprising Truth About Addiction
Desert Road Image According to Stanton Peele, PhD. "More people quit addictions than maintain them, and they do so on ...
Addiction, Change, Recovery, Truth
Desert Road Image According to Stanton Peele, PhD. "More people quit addictions than maintain them, and they do so on their own. That's not to say it happens overnight. People succeed when they recognize that the addiction interferes with something they value—and when they develop the confidence that they can change." Peele discusses how successful addiction treatment places responsibility for change solely on the individual, and recognizes that positive events may be able to jump start change. 
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How Addiction Happens
Our oldest son died of an accidental heroin/fentanyl overdose on his 22nd birthday, in December, 2015. Our family produced this ...
Addiction, Fentanyl, Overdose
Our oldest son died of an accidental heroin/fentanyl overdose on his 22nd birthday, in December, 2015. Our family produced this video to help teens and their families avoid the painful path of addiction. Understand how addiction starts and how to prevent it. We welcome anyone sharing this video to help others.
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Recovery is Possible from Bama Recovery-Copy
Larry shares what collegiate recovery has meant to him as a part of Recovery Campus' series "Recovery on Campus is Possible". '
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Larry shares what collegiate recovery has meant to him as a part of Recovery Campus' series "Recovery on Campus is Possible". '
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COLLEGE STUDENTS ARE LIVING NEW LIVES IN RECOVERY ON CAMPUS-Copy
As an undergraduate student at the University of Nevada, Reno, Daniel Fred began to turn to alcohol and other drugs to cope with ...
Collegiate Recovery, Sober Nation
As an undergraduate student at the University of Nevada, Reno, Daniel Fred began to turn to alcohol and other drugs to cope with the pressures of school and the loss of his roommate to suicide. Despite his 1.7 GPA, stints in jail, and his inability to connect with his peers, he didn’t see his drinking as a problem but he knew he was struggling. After his second year, Daniel was kicked out of the university and moved to Texas to try a new lifestyle. In Texas, after two weeks of sobriety, Daniel’s grandparents arranged for him to meet with the program director of Texas Tech University’s Center for the Study of Addiction and Recovery. In order to be considered for admittance into the program, he was asked to commit to attending recovery support meetings for a semester. Read the full article
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A Guide for Students in Recovery
This Guide from DrugRehab.com was designed to support students in recovery from addiction. "College students in recovery face ...
Collegiate Recovery, Students
This Guide from DrugRehab.com was designed to support students in recovery from addiction.  "College students in recovery face unique challenges that make it difficult for them to achieve academic, health and life goals.  Most college campuses offer resources to help students overcome a variety of challenges, but few provide resources to address the challenges students in recovery face."
Collegiate Recovery Resource Guide
Innovations in Collegiate Recovery Programs
This presentation from the 2018 NASPA conference reviews the history of collegiate recovery programs and the benefits they bring.
Collegiate Recovery, NASPA, test
This presentation from the 2018 NASPA conference reviews the history of collegiate recovery programs and the benefits they bring.
Collegiate Recovery Slide Presentation
10 Natural Tools for Overcoming Anxiety in Addiction Recovery
Dealing with anxiety can be challenging, especially if you’re in recovery. I recall those moments in early sobriety where I ...
Addiction, anxiety, Recovery
Dealing with anxiety can be challenging, especially if you’re in recovery. I recall those moments in early sobriety where I felt paralyzed by it: stiff shoulders and headaches, feeling anxious about being around so many new people, and dreading holding hands with others at the end of meetings because my palms were so clammy. It felt like no one understood what I was going through, and that it would never end. This type of anxiety is more common than you might think. Characterized by persistent worry, sweating, restlessness, trouble concentrating, tiredness, difficulty sleeping, headaches, tension, and feeling edgy. Nearly a quarter of those visiting a doctor may have generalized anxiety disorder. And it is even more common for those in recovery.
Anxiety Article
Anxiety and Addiction
Full Article This article from Psychology Today describes the relationship with anxiety and addiction and how they often ...
Addict, Addicted, Addiction, Addicts, anxiety, Anxiety And Addiction, Anxious, Anxious Addicts, Psychology Today
Full Article This article from Psychology Today describes the relationship with anxiety and addiction and how they often work in tandem. "Part of the disease of addiction is a number of personality disordered-like behaviors that tag along like a little brother. In previous blogs, we have discussed the matter of the limbic system of the brain as being the focus of addiction. The limbic system apparatus is the fight or flight part of the brain, but it is much more than that. The addiction center, mood and attention, parts of memory and rage and sex are all regulated in part by the limbic system."
Anxiety Article
Understand the Facts: Substance Use Disorders
Full Article "Moderate alcohol consumption—a glass of wine with dinner or a few drinks at a party—is no cause for concern ...
ADAA, Addiction, anxiety, Anxiety And Addiction, Anxiety And Depression, Anxiety And Depression Association Of America, Anxiety And Substance Abuse, Depression, Substance Use Disorders
Full Article "Moderate alcohol consumption—a glass of wine with dinner or a few drinks at a party—is no cause for concern for many people. However those with anxiety disorders may find that alcohol or other substances can make their anxiety symptoms worse. And they are two to three times more likely to have an alcohol or other substance abuse disorder at some point in their lives than the general population." From social anxiety disorder to PTSD, this article from ADAA covers many disorders that could increase the chances of substance abuse. 
Anxiety Article
How Depression, Anxiety and Addiction Go Together and Why it Matters
Full Article "The most staggering statistic that I’ve read regarding mental health goes like this: more than 50% of people ...
Addict, Addiction, anxiety, Anxiety And Addiction, Anxiety And Depression, ProTalk
Full Article "The most staggering statistic that I’ve read regarding mental health goes like this: more than 50% of people in America will experience a mental illness at some point in their lives. This data comes from a study led by Harvard Medical School and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Take a moment to let that sink in. Then ask yourself, how much do we really know about these conditions that impact most of us at some point in our lives? Mental health issues are not “side issues.” On the contrary, they affect millions of Americans every single day." Anxiety, depression, and addiction often work together, creating a dangerous trifecta. This article from ProTalk explains how they are related and what to do if you or someone you love struggles with these disorders.
Anxiety Article
Through My Eyes: Living With Anxiety and Addiction
Full Blog Post In this article from Medical News Today, Carter Pierce recounts his personal struggle with anxiety and ...
Addiction, Addiction Recovery, anxiety, Anxiety And Addiction, Medical News Today
Full Blog Post  In this article from Medical News Today, Carter Pierce recounts his personal struggle with anxiety and depression and what he has learned from that struggle. "If I think back to all of the most memorable and joyous moments of my life, my memories are laced with a dark, gripping cloak of anxiety. Experiences that other people would celebrate, such as graduations, weddings, and promotions, are dreaded milestones for me — not the ferociously sought-after goals that they are for many people."
Anxiety Blog Post
How To Tell If Your Loved One Is Struggling with Alcohol Use Disorder
Addiction, Alcohol, Alcohol Abuse, Alcohol Disorder, Alcoholic, Alcoholics, Alcoholism
Addiction Infographic
When Your Friend Has a Drinking Problem
Woman Drinking Wine Image From the article by Kathleen Smith, "Addiction impacts more than just the person who’s ...
Alcoholism, Drinking Problem, Talk To Friend
Woman Drinking Wine Image From the article by Kathleen Smith,  "Addiction impacts more than just the person who’s using. Friends, family, and even coworkers can feel hurt or confused, or unsure whether they should intervene or let a person work out their own problems. They might talk themselves out of taking action, convincing themselves it’s just their imagination, or rationalizing that a person has to “hit rock bottom” before they will change. This simply isn’t true. When people minimize the effects of substance use, no one wins. Though problematic alcohol use can be a complex disorder, there are common signs and behaviors that indicate your friend or loved one has a problem and needs help."
Addiction Article
Survey Finds That Many Recover From Alcoholism
Family at the Beach Image From the article in A Very Well Mind, "More than one-third (35.9 percent) of U.S. adults with ...
Alcoholism, Recovery
Family at the Beach Image From the article in A Very Well Mind,  "More than one-third (35.9 percent) of U.S. adults with alcohol dependence (alcoholism) that began more than one year ago are now in full recovery, according to research by the Laboratory of Biometry and Epidemiology that analyzed alcoholism recovery rates. The fully recovered individuals show symptoms of neither alcohol dependence nor alcohol abuse and either abstain or drink at levels below those known to increase relapse risk. They include roughly equal proportions of abstainers (18.2 percent) and low-risk drinkers (17.7 percent)."
Addiction Article
COLLEGE STUDENTS ARE LIVING NEW LIVES IN RECOVERY ON CAMPUS
As an undergraduate student at the University of Nevada, Reno, Daniel Fred began to turn to alcohol and other drugs to cope with ...
Collegiate Recovery, Sober Nation
As an undergraduate student at the University of Nevada, Reno, Daniel Fred began to turn to alcohol and other drugs to cope with the pressures of school and the loss of his roommate to suicide. Despite his 1.7 GPA, stints in jail, and his inability to connect with his peers, he didn’t see his drinking as a problem but he knew he was struggling. After his second year, Daniel was kicked out of the university and moved to Texas to try a new lifestyle. In Texas, after two weeks of sobriety, Daniel’s grandparents arranged for him to meet with the program director of Texas Tech University’s Center for the Study of Addiction and Recovery. In order to be considered for admittance into the program, he was asked to commit to attending recovery support meetings for a semester. Read the full article
Collegiate Recovery Article
Anxiety: Symptoms, Disorders, Definition, Causes, Treatment
According to I Want to Change My Life, "Anxiety is the most common mental health issue people face. About one in three Americans ...
Addiction, anxiety, Depression, Disorder, Social Anxiety, Substance Abuse, Treatment
According to I Want to Change My Life, "Anxiety is the most common mental health issue people face. About one in three Americans will develop an anxiety disorder in their lifetime. Anxiety is worry. It is the body’s mental and physical response to imagined threats that may occur. It differs from fear, which is the body’s response to real and present threats. Some anxiety is helpful and keeps us alive. But too much can interfere with your life." This article explains the causes and symptoms of anxiety disorders, and provides information about how to treat anxiety.  
Anxiety Article
12 Signs You May Have an Anxiety Disorder
"Everyone gets nervous or anxious from time to time—when speaking in public, for instance, or when going through financial ...
anxiety, Depression, Disorder, Health, Mental Health, Symptoms
"Everyone gets nervous or anxious from time to time—when speaking in public, for instance, or when going through financial difficulty. For some people, however, anxiety becomes so frequent, or so forceful, that it begins to take over their lives." -Amanda MacMillan  Amanda MacMillan gives 12 symptoms of anxiety disorders that can help distinguish "normal anxiety" from a disorder. 
Anxiety Article
19 Natural Remedies for Anxiety
Robert A. Barnett provides a list of nineteen natural remedies that are proven ways to control anxiety without medication.
anxiety, Health, Mental Health, Natural, Remedy, Treatment
Robert A. Barnett provides a list of nineteen natural remedies that are proven ways to control anxiety without medication.
Anxiety Article
Anxiety Disorders (In Teens)
According to TeensHealth, "It's completely normal to worry when things get hectic and complicated. But if worries become ...
anxiety, Depression, Disorder, Health, Mental Health, Teenager
According to TeensHealth, "It's completely normal to worry when things get hectic and complicated. But if worries become overwhelming, you may feel that they're running your life. If you spend an excessive amount of time feeling worried or nervous, or you have difficulty sleeping because of your anxiety, pay attention to your thoughts and feelings. They may be symptoms of an anxiety problem or disorder." This article explains how anxiety affects teenagers, and the difference between normal anxiety and anxiety disorders. It also gives descriptions of different types of anxiety disorders and their symptoms.
Anxiety Article
50 Strategies to Beat Anxiety
Author of The Anxiety Toolkit, Alice Boyles, PhD., put together a cheat sheet of 50 strategies you can use to beat anxiety and ...
anxiety, Health, Mental Health, Psychology, Strategies, Techniques
Author of The Anxiety Toolkit, Alice Boyles, PhD., put together a cheat sheet of 50 strategies you can use to beat anxiety and feel calmer. She uses the self-experiment approach to determine what works best for the individual. 
Anxiety Article
Dealing with Anxiety: Using the Strength of an Anxious Mind to Calm Anxiety
Karen Young believes that, "anxiety exists on a spectrum and we all experience it at some level. We wouldn’t be human if we ...
anxiety, Anxious, Blog, Calm, Coping, Disorder, Mental Health, Psychology
Karen Young believes that, "anxiety exists on a spectrum and we all experience it at some level. We wouldn’t be human if we didn’t. Anxiety is a very normal response from a strong, healthy brain that thinks there might be trouble about, and instantly responds by making us stronger, faster, more powerful, more alert versions of ourselves." Young advocates for harnessing the strength of an anxious mind, and using the aspects of mindfulness in the midst of anxiety to find calm.
Anxiety Blog Post
What Triggers Anxiety? 11 Causes that May Surprise You
Healthline states "What causes anxiety and anxiety disorders can be complicated. It’s likely that a combination of factors, ...
anxiety, Causes, Disorder, Health, Mental Health, Treatment, Triggers
Healthline states "What causes anxiety and anxiety disorders can be complicated. It’s likely that a combination of factors, including genetics and environmental reasons, play a role. However, it’s clear that some events, emotions, or experiences may cause symptoms of anxiety to begin or may make them worse. These elements are called triggers." This article lists 11 common anxiety triggers, and provides tips on how to manage anxiety. 
Anxiety Article
Which Situations Trigger Anxiety?
This article provides a list of some of the most common situations that trigger social anxiety.
anxiety, Depression, Disorder, Health, Mental Health, Social Anxiety, Trigger
This article provides a list of some of the most common situations that trigger social anxiety.
Anxiety Article
Alcohol and Anxiety
According to Kristen Cherney and Tim Jewell, "Drinking alcohol can have serious consequences if you’re being treated for ...
Addiction, Alcohol, Alcoholism, anxiety, Disorder, Drink, Stress
According to Kristen Cherney and Tim Jewell, "Drinking alcohol can have serious consequences if you’re being treated for anxiety. Having a drink might seem like a good way to ease anxiety, but you may be doing more harm than good." Rather than reducing anxiety, drinking alcohol, especially heavily, over a long period of time can actually make anxiety worse.
Anxiety Article
Is Your Online Addiction Making You Anxious?
According to Anxiety.org, "Between Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and even LinkedIn, social media is undoubtedly an outlet that ...
Addiction, anxiety, Anxious, Disorder, Internet, Online, Social Media
According to Anxiety.org, "Between Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and even LinkedIn, social media is undoubtedly an outlet that engages most online users. However, according to mental health consultants nationally, social media has become an anxiety-provoking factor." This article discusses the factors that contribute to social media anxiety, and explains how social media can be detrimental to self-esteem.
Anxiety Article
How to Overcome Anxiety in Addiction Recovery
"An estimated 8.9 million adults in the U.S. suffer from substance abuse and a co-occurring mental health problem", according to ...
Addiction, anxiety, Disorder, Health, Mental Health, Panic, Recovery, Self-help
"An estimated 8.9 million adults in the U.S. suffer from substance abuse and a co-occurring mental health problem", according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.  In his post, Benny Emerling discusses his own struggle with anxiety during addiction recovery. It was not until he was able to identify the symptoms of his anxiety, and connect them to his reasons for relapsing that he was finally able to control his anxiety and maintain recovery. 
Anxiety Blog Post
Anxiety and Addiction: Each Fueling the Other
According to addictions.com, "Those with anxiety and panic disorders are already on unstable ground. They feel on edge all the ...
Addiction, Alcohol, anxiety, Drugs, Health, Mental Health, Panic
According to addictions.com, "Those with anxiety and panic disorders are already on unstable ground. They feel on edge all the time, and they worry constantly. Add addiction into the mix and things quickly spiral out of control." This article gives some of the ways that anxiety and addiction feed off one another. 
Anxiety Article
How to Deal with Anxiety in Recovery
Tim Stoddart says, "There are so many emotions that a person feels when they enter recovery, especially early recovery. A wave of ...
Addiction, Alcohol, anxiety, Disorder, Drugs, Mental Health, Recovery, Sober, Sobriety
Tim Stoddart says, "There are so many emotions that a person feels when they enter recovery, especially early recovery. A wave of feelings will hit you hard and head-on, because most of those feelings have been hidden away for years during your active addiction. One of the strongest feelings you might experience is anxiety. Feeling anxious is enough to threaten your sobriety, because using drugs or alcohol was your preferred method of dealing with anxiety in the past." This article provides some methods that can help you cope whenever you are feeling anxious in addiction recovery. 
Anxiety Article
Personal Stories of Triumph
The Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), has provided a list of personal stories of triumph to show how people ...
Addiction, anxiety, Depression, Disorder, Mental Health, Motivation, Recovery, Success, Triumph
The Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), has provided a list of personal stories of triumph to show how people living with anxiety, depressive, obsessive-compulsive, and trauma related disorders have struggled, coped, and triumphed. 
Anxiety Article
How to Deal with Dental Anxiety in Recovery: An Interview with Dr. Tasha Bollermann
"Lying in a dental chair and having someone work on something so vital to survival is a very vulnerable position to be in, ...
Addiction, anxiety, Dental, Drugs, Healthcare, Mental Health, Ptsd, Recovery
"Lying in a dental chair and having someone work on something so vital to survival is a very vulnerable position to be in, especially for those of us in recovery from addiction who have neglected our health and self-care", says article author, Olivia Pennelle, who suffers from near-debilitating dental anxiety.  In this article, curious to find out more why people in recovery neglect their dental health, and the impact that drugs have on teeth, Olivia Pennelle, interviews Dr. Tasha Bollermann. 
Anxiety Article
Why Self-Medicating Anxiety Can Lead to Addiction
According to Nicole Clarke, "Treating anxiety disorders through “prescribing” your own medication should be discouraged. ...
Addiction, anxiety, Disorder, Medication, Mental Health, Self-medicating
According to Nicole Clarke, "Treating anxiety disorders through “prescribing” your own medication should be discouraged. Masking depression with drugs or alcohol may have become the immediate solution for some people, but the need for a professional help should never be disregarded." In her article, Nicole Clarke explains how self-medicating with drugs may do more harm than good for a person suffering with anxiety. 
Anxiety Article
Five Things to Remember when You're Dealing with Work Anxiety
"Telling yourself to stop being anxious when you're feeling anxious is a bit like telling yourself to fall asleep when you have ...
anxiety, Career, Disorder, Focus, Mental Health, Stress, Work
"Telling yourself to stop being anxious when you're feeling anxious is a bit like telling yourself to fall asleep when you have insomnia — it doesn't work," says Ana Sandoiu. In this article, Ana Sandoiu lists five things to keep in mind when you're struggling with anxiety. 
Anxiety Article
Do You Live with Anxiety? Here are 11 Ways to Cope
"If you haven’t recognized your anxiety triggers yet, here are a few common: your first day at a new job, meeting your ...
anxiety, Cope, Disorder, Health, Mental Health, Strategy, Tips
"If you haven’t recognized your anxiety triggers yet, here are a few common: your first day at a new job, meeting your partner’s family, or giving a presentation in front of a lot of people. Everyone has different triggers, and identifying them is one of the most important steps to coping and managing anxiety attacks." Ally Hirschlag understands that identifying your anxiety triggers can take some time and self-reflection. In this article, she gives five quick ways to cope with anxiety while you identify what triggers your own anxiety. 
Anxiety Article
What is Anxiety?
According to Sanne van Roojj, PhD. and Anais Stenson, PhD., "In an anxiety-related disorder, your fear or worry does not go away ...
Addiction, anxiety, Disorder, Fear, Mental Health, Recovery, Stress
According to Sanne van Roojj, PhD. and Anais Stenson, PhD., "In an anxiety-related disorder, your fear or worry does not go away and can get worse over time. It can influence your life to the extent that it can interfere with daily activities like school, work and/or relationships. Fear, stress, and anxiety are "normal feelings and experiences" but they are completely different than suffering from any of the seven diagnosable disorders plus substance-induced anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorders, and trauma- or stressor-related disorders." This article explains different types of anxiety disorders, and their causes and risk factors. 
Anxiety Article
Skills to Deal with Anxiety, Distress, and Cravings
Dr. Elizabeth Fonseca provides a list of skills you can use when you find yourself craving or contemplating returning to an old ...
anxiety, Anxious, Cravings, Disorder, Distress, Skills, Substance, Tips
Dr. Elizabeth Fonseca provides a list of skills you can use when you find yourself craving or contemplating returning to an old behavior. These skills will become comfortable coping strategies that may help change your life.
Anxiety Article
This is What Digital Addiction Looks Like
3 Girls Texting Image "Let’s say you’re having one of “those” days at work (you know the type of day I’m talking ...
Addiction, Digital, Facebook, Phones, Screen Addiction, Social Media
3 Girls Texting Image "Let’s say you’re having one of “those” days at work (you know the type of day I’m talking about) and you find yourself thinking, “I can’t wait to get home to my friends/partner/family so that I can be with the people that I truly care about.” But what do you actually do when you get home? Statistics say, you probably spend most of that time on one or more of your digital devices," says Marguerite Darlington. This article gives the facts about digital addiction. 
Addiction Article
Overcoming Addictive Behavior
ABC Written on Chalkboard Image This article uses the ABCs of abstinence as a self-help tool that can help change the ...
Addiction, Alcohol, Behavior, Coping, Drugs, Recovery
ABC Written on Chalkboard Image This article uses the ABCs of abstinence as a self-help tool that can help change the way you think about drugs and alcohol. Read the full article to learn more about the ABCs of abstinence. 
Addiction Article
5 Tips for Managing Triggers During Addiction Recovery
Sign Saying "Time to Think about Success" Image "Completing treatment for substance abuse or alcohol addiction is a major ...
Addiction, Psychology, Recovery, Tips, Trigger
Sign Saying "Time to Think about Success" Image "Completing treatment for substance abuse or alcohol addiction is a major accomplishment. But the real work starts when you walk out the door," says Kate Green. Managing triggers during addiction recovery is an important factor in order to maintain sobriety. Kate Green provides 5 tips that can help you manage these triggers during recovery from addiction. 
Addiction Article
The Role of Denial in Addiction
Sign Saying "Welcome to Reality" Image Denial plays an important role in addiction. Addicts are notoriously prone to denial. ...
Addiction, Alcohol, Consequences, Denial, Drug, Recovery
Sign Saying "Welcome to Reality" Image Denial plays an important role in addiction. Addicts are notoriously prone to denial. Denial explains why drug use persists in the face of negative consequences (Pickard, 2016). Addiction cost them their job, their health, or their family. If they remain ignorant about the negative consequences of their actions, then these consequences cannot guide their decision-making. Dr. Shahram Heshmat explains how denial alleviates addicts of anxiety. 
Addiction Article
DISARM the Addiction Salesman
Saying No to Cigarettes Image SMART Recovery uses DISARM as a tool "that helps us see the self-talk and images that tell us ...
Addiction, Disarm, Method, Recovery, Refusal, Urges
Saying No to Cigarettes Image SMART Recovery uses DISARM as a tool "that helps us see the self-talk and images that tell us to use as lies, excuses, and rationalizations. It challenges those urge-producing thoughts at every opportunity, shooting them down like a gunslinger or reducing them to the point of absurdity." DISARM is a tool that can be used when you are having strong urges. The method allows for the individual experiencing these urges to carefully ask a few questions to help overcome the urge. Read the full article to learn more about DISARM. 
Addiction Article
Treating the Trauma Behind Addiction
Little Girl Carrying Stuffed Animal Image "If you want to understand why many people are addicts, even people that get, you ...
Addiction, Alcohol, Drugs, News, Recovery, Sobriety, Trauma
Little Girl Carrying Stuffed Animal Image "If you want to understand why many people are addicts, even people that get, you know, hooked on drugs from pharmaceuticals, a lot of it can be traced back to childhood experiences and trauma – not all, but most of it," says Polish, 51. Joe Polish, a marketing expert who has battled addiction, says addressing its root cause is key to getting sober. 
Addiction Article
38 Signs of Addiction You May be Missing
Woman Smoking a Cigarette Image Author of Loving Our Addicted Daughters Back to Life, Linda Dahl, put together a ...
Addiction, Behavior, Drugs, Family, Signs
Woman Smoking a Cigarette Image Author of Loving Our Addicted Daughters Back to Life, Linda Dahl, put together a checklist of addiction signs and symptoms to help parents recognize signs of addiction in their sons or daughters. 
Addiction Article
Healthy Boundaries in People With Addiction
People Toasting Image According to Elizabeth Hartney, PhD. "Although a boundary can be clearly marked by a fence or a road, ...
Addiction, Boundaries, Family, Friends, Health, Recovery, Relationships
People Toasting Image According to Elizabeth Hartney, PhD. "Although a boundary can be clearly marked by a fence or a road, it is never entirely clear exactly where one area ends and the other begins. In a similar way, when we use the word boundaries to describe limits and rules in relationships, some honest judgment is needed to decide which behaviors "cross the line." In her article, Dr. Hartney discusses the common difficulties for boundaries and addiction, and provides principles for setting good boundaries.
Addiction Article
The Five Most Addictive Substances in the World
Hand Reaching for Pills Image Eric Bowman explains "From the points of view of different researchers, the potential for a ...
Addiction, Alcohol, Barbituates, Cocaine, Heroin, Nicotine, Substances
Hand Reaching for Pills Image Eric Bowman explains "From the points of view of different researchers, the potential for a drug to be addictive can be judged in terms of the harm it causes, the street value of the drug, the extent to which the drug activates the brain's dopamine system, how pleasurable people report the drug to be, the degree to which the drug causes withdrawal symptoms, and how easily a person trying the drug will become hooked."  This article provides the findings of what are considered the five most addictive substances in the world. 
Addiction Article
The Surprising Truth About Addiction
Desert Road Image According to Stanton Peele, PhD. "More people quit addictions than maintain them, and they do so on ...
Addiction, Change, Recovery, Truth
Desert Road Image According to Stanton Peele, PhD. "More people quit addictions than maintain them, and they do so on their own. That's not to say it happens overnight. People succeed when they recognize that the addiction interferes with something they value—and when they develop the confidence that they can change." Peele discusses how successful addiction treatment places responsibility for change solely on the individual, and recognizes that positive events may be able to jump start change. 
Addiction Article
What is Addiction?
Man Behind Bars Image According to Adam Felman, "When a person experiences addiction, they cannot control how they use a ...
Addiction, Medical, Misuse, News, Substance
Man Behind Bars Image According to Adam Felman, "When a person experiences addiction, they cannot control how they use a substance or partake in an activity, and they become dependent on it to cope with daily life." This articles explains the difference between addiction and misuse of a substance, and provides common symptoms an individual with an addiction displays.
Addiction Article
An Overview of Addiction and Treatment
Woman Holding Whiskey Glass and Cigar Image According to Elizabeth Hartney PhD., "For a long time, addiction meant an ...
Addiction, Alcohol, Drugs, Recovery, Treatment
Woman Holding Whiskey Glass and Cigar Image According to Elizabeth Hartney PhD., "For a long time, addiction meant an uncontrollable habit of using alcohol or other drugs. More recently, the concept of addiction has expanded to include behaviors, such as gambling, as well as substances, and even ordinary and necessary activities, such as exercise and eating. The key is that the person finds the behavior pleasurable in some way and engages excessively in the behavior as a way of coping with life." Dr. Hartney provides an overview of the concept of addiction, and explains the two aspects that all addictions have in common. 
Addiction Article
What are the Symptoms of Addiction?
Hand Stopping Falling Dominos Image According to Adam Felman, "Addiciton is a disease with a range of harmful conditions and ...
Addiction, Disease, Disorder, Symptom, Treatment
Hand Stopping Falling Dominos Image According to Adam Felman, "Addiciton is a disease with a range of harmful conditions and behaviors. Recognizing these signs can help a person with addiction receive the treatment they need." This article splits the symptoms of addiction into three categories: psychological symptoms, social symptoms, and physical symptoms.   
Addiction Article
9 Facts About Addiction People Usually Get Wrong
Magnifying Glass Looking at Facts Image The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids believes "there is a lot of stigma and ...
Addiction, Alcohol, Children, Drugs, Facts, Intervention, Kids, Recovery
Magnifying Glass Looking at Facts Image The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids believes "there is a lot of stigma and misunderstanding  with substance use disorders, treatment, and recovery." This article provides 9 facts about addiction so that you can be better prepared to help your child get the help he or she needs and deserves. 
Addiction Article
Links Between Addiction and Mental Illness: Myths vs. Facts
Confused Man with Question Marks Over Head Image Studies have shown that those with mental illness are roughly twice as ...
Addiction, Alcohol, Drugs, Fact, Mental Illness, Myth, News
Confused Man with Question Marks Over Head Image Studies have shown that  those with mental illness are roughly twice as likely to develop a substance abuse problem, according to Robert Yagoda. However, the two are not mutually exclusive. Mental illness does not always trigger drug or alcohol abuse, even if there are inherent links between addiction and mental illness.  This article aims to weed the facts from the myths about addiction and mental illness in order to understand the triggers and potential treatments of addiction.
Addiction Article
The Facts of Addiction
Man Holding Sign Saying "Stop Drugs" Image According to Military.com, "Addiction is a chronic, often relapsing brain disease ...
Addiction, Alcohol, Disease, Drugs, Fact, Mental Health, Military, Veteran
Man Holding Sign Saying "Stop Drugs" Image According to Military.com, "Addiction is a chronic, often relapsing brain disease that causes compulsive substance seeking and use, despite harmful consequences to the addicted individual and to those around him or her."  This article answers the question "why do some people become addicted while others do not" by explaining the biological, environmental, and developmental factors that influence an individual's risk for drug addiction.
Addiction Article
Drug Abuse and Addiction
Road Sign Pointing to Question Marks Image This timeline created by the National Institute of Health details the ...
Abuse, Addiction, Alcohol, Drug, Facts, Government, NIH
Road Sign Pointing to Question Marks Image This timeline created by the National Institute of Health details the past, present, and future knowledge of drug abuse and addiction. 
Addiction Article
Addictions
Silhouette With "Dependence" Stamped Across Image According to Mental Health America, "Substance abuse affects an estimated ...
Addiction, Alcohol, Drugs, Risk
Silhouette With "Dependence" Stamped Across Image According to Mental Health America, "Substance abuse affects an estimated 25 million Americans. In terms of people who are affected indirectly such as families of abusers and those injured or killed by intoxicated drivers, an additional 40 million people are affected." This article provides symptoms and warning signs of substance abuse, and provides tips for friends and family for ways they can help a loved one with an addiction.
Addiction Article
Long-Term Strategies for Overcoming Addiction
Breaking Free Image According to Dr. Elizabeth Hartney, "Sooner or later, most people who have an addiction decide a change ...
Addiction, Change, Recovery, Strategies
Breaking Free Image According to Dr. Elizabeth Hartney, "Sooner or later, most people who have an addiction decide a change needs to happen. Once the decision is made, most people have a specific goal in mind. It might be to quit entirely, to quit some addictive behaviors or substances, but not all, reduce the amount of time or money spent on addictive behaviors, or to reduce the harm of an addictive behavior. In her article, Dr. Hartney explains how making the decision to change may not be an easy process, or a quick one, but is essential to overcoming addiction.
Addiction Article
Addiction is an Emotional Disease With Far-Reaching Effects...
According to DRUGABUSE.com, "Spouses, family members, friends, and coworkers are often flooded with emotions as they watch ...
Addiction, Alcohol, Disease, Drugs, Emotion, Family, Recovery
According to DRUGABUSE.com, "Spouses, family members, friends, and coworkers are often flooded with emotions as they watch someone they care deeply about struggle in the grip of addiction. But here’s something you may not realize: many of the emotions a loved one feels are the same emotions someone battling addiction feels." This article lists the five emotions that people with addiction and their loved ones share. 
Addiction Article
Innovations in Collegiate Recovery Programs
This presentation from the 2018 NASPA conference reviews the history of collegiate recovery programs and the benefits they bring.
Collegiate Recovery, NASPA
This presentation from the 2018 NASPA conference reviews the history of collegiate recovery programs and the benefits they bring.
Collegiate Recovery Slide Presentation
2019 National Collegiate Recovery Directory
Click the Collegiate Recovery Magazine cover to link to the directory of programs.
Campus Directory, Collegiate Recovery
Click the Collegiate Recovery Magazine cover to link to the directory of programs.
Collegiate Recovery Resource Directory
Diagnosis of A Substance Use Disorder
Addiction, Brain, Diagnosis, Disorder, Recovery, Rehab, Substance
Addiction Infographic
Generalized Anxiety Disorders and Coping Strategies
anxiety, Coping, Strategies
Anxiety Video
Avoid Sugar And You'll Avoid Anxiety, Use These Substitutes
anxiety, Anxious, Depression, Diet, Health, Mental Health, Nutrition, Subsitutes, Sugar
Anxiety Video
When Does Anxiety Stop After Quitting Drinking
Alcohol, Alcoholism, anxiety, Coping, Disorder, Drinking, Health, Mental Health, Tips, Triggers
Anxiety Video
These 5 Anxiety Symptoms Often Go Unnoticed
anxiety, Disorder, Health, Mental Health, Physical, Symptoms, Triggers
Anxiety Video
Why Are You Anxious?
anxiety, Anxious, Disorder, Genetics, Mental Health, Science, Trauma, Treatment
Anxiety Video
Anxiety Disorder Relapse Prevention
Mental health is chronic, just like physical health. And recovery is a lifestyle, just like living a physically healthy ...
anxiety, Behavior, Depression, Disorder, Health, Mental Health, Prevention, Psychology, Relapse, Treatment
Mental health is chronic, just like physical health. And recovery is a lifestyle, just like living a physically healthy lifestyle. To support that lifestyle, identify and stop the coping, checking, and controlling behaviors that are going to lead you right back to the problems you've worked so hard to overcome. Description from Mark Freeman 
Anxiety Video
HOW I GOT RID OF (Anxious Thinking & Painful Rumination)
Actions, anxiety, Depression, Feelings, Mindfulness, Obsession, Responsibility, Rumination, Thinking
Anxiety Video
How to Control Anxiety Disorder
How to Control Anxiety Disorder. Part of the series: Anxiety & Depression. To control anxiety disorder, change your thinking to ...
anxiety, Control, Disorder, Health, Mental Health, Recovery, Self-help, Treatment
How to Control Anxiety Disorder. Part of the series: Anxiety & Depression. To control anxiety disorder, change your thinking to minimize your fear and emotional reactions. Reduce your anxiety with help from a practicing psychotherapist in this free video on anxiety and depression. Description from ehowhealth
Anxiety Video
6 Tips to Help With Anxiety
anxiety, Coping, Disorder, Help, Mental Health, Recovery, Tips, Treatment
Anxiety Video
Understanding Anxiety and Addiction Review
Addiction, anxiety
Anxiety Video
The Stigma of Addiction
Tony discusses how his first time smoking marijuana led to his eventual drug addiction, homelessness, prison, and finally ...
Addiction, Alcohol, Drugs, Stigma, Tedx
Tony discusses how his first time smoking marijuana led to his eventual drug addiction, homelessness, prison, and finally redemption. Tony Hoffman is the Founder and Director of The Freewheel Project, a non-profit organization that mentors thousands of youth through action sports: BMX, skateboarding and after-school programs.
Addiction Video
11 Sneaky Symptoms of Anxiety Everyone Needs to Know
Yes, there are the common symptoms of anxiety most of us are familiar with: a pounding heart, feeling short of breath, having ...
anxiety, Disorder, Health, Help, Mental Health, Symptoms, Tips, Video
Yes, there are the common symptoms of anxiety most of us are familiar with: a pounding heart, feeling short of breath, having tightness in the chest, sweating or having clammy hands, but there are also some really common symptoms many people experience, but don't realize are actually rooted in anxiety. And once you understand what is at the root of your struggles, you have a much better chance of being able to work through things.Description from Julia Kristina Counselling 
Anxiety Video
Anxiety and Alcohol- How I Quit Drinking
Anxiety, PTSD, depression and other mental disorders often cause people to self-medicate by using alcohol and drugs. This was ...
Abuse, Addiction, Alcohol, Alcoholism, anxiety, Disorder, Drinking, Mental Health, Recovery, Sober, Sobriety, Stress
Anxiety, PTSD, depression and other mental disorders often cause people to self-medicate by using alcohol and drugs. This was very true in my case. After years of unhealthy living, both mentally and physically, I took stock of my life and made some major changes. Description from Steve Zanella 
Anxiety Video
Gray Area Drinking
In this engaging talk, Jolene Park shares her experience of gray area drinking — the kind of drinking where there’s no rock ...
Alcohol, Alcoholism, anxiety, Anxious, Disorder, Drinking, Health, Mental Health
In this engaging talk, Jolene Park shares her experience of gray area drinking — the kind of drinking where there’s no rock bottom, but you drink as a way to manage anxiety and then regret how much and how often you drink.Description from TedxCrestmoorParkWomen
Anxiety Video
Be the Warrior not the Worrier- Fighting Anxiety and Fear
Addiction, anxiety, Disorder, Fear, Health, Mental Health, Self-help, Warrior, Worrier
Anxiety Video
How to Cope with Anxiety
anxiety, Coping, Disorder, Health, Mental Health, Techniques, Tedx
Anxiety Video
How to Deal With Stress and Anxiety
When you feel anxious or stressed, these tips will can help you cope.
anxiety, Coping, Depression, Health, Infographic, Mental Health, Recovery, Stress, Tips
When you feel anxious or stressed, these tips will can help you cope. 
Anxiety Infographic
Addiction and Trust: Marc Lewis
A former drug addict himself, Lewis now researches addiction. In order to get over ones addiction, he explains, self-trust is ...
Addiction, Alcohol, Drugs, Psychology, Science, Tedx, Trust, Video
A former drug addict himself, Lewis now researches addiction. In order to get over ones addiction, he explains, self-trust is necessary.
Addiction Video
Why Addicts Lie to the Ones They Love
Addiction, Addicts, Alcohol, Drugs, Family, Lie, Love, Relationship
Addiction Video
How to Stop a Panic or Anxiety Attack - Deep Breathing Technique
anxiety, Panic Attack, Stop, Technique
Anxiety Video
Elizabeth Vargas on Overcoming Anxiety and Addiction
Addiction, anxiety, Between Breaths, Elizabeth Vargas, Ginny Brzezinski
Anxiety Video
Anxiety and Alcohol: How I Quit Drinking
Alcoholism, Stop Drinking, Vlog
Addiction Video
Addiction is a Disease. We Should Treat it Like One
Only one in nine people in the United States gets the care and treatment they need for addiction and substance abuse. A former ...
Addiction, Alcohol, Disease, Drug, Video
Only one in nine people in the United States gets the care and treatment they need for addiction and substance abuse. A former Director of National Drug Control Policy, Michael Botticelli is working to end this epidemic and treat people with addictions with kindness, compassion and fairness. In a personal, thoughtful talk, he encourages the millions of Americans in recovery today to make their voices heard and confront the stigma associated with substance use disorders. Description from TEDxMidAtlantic  Watch full video here
Addiction Video
Eliminating the Shame and Stigma of Addiction- Kathryn Helgaas Burgum
First Lady of North Dakota, Kathryn Helgaas Burgum, sheds light on the addiction crisis through personal storytelling and ...
Addiction, Shame, Stigma, Tedx, Video
First Lady of North Dakota, Kathryn Helgaas Burgum, sheds light on the addiction crisis through personal storytelling and encouragement that addiction is treatable and recovery is possible.
Addiction Video
General Anxiety Disorder: When Worry Gets Out of Control
From the National Institute of Mental Health, learn more about General Anxiety Disorder
anxiety, General Anxiety Disorder
From the National Institute of Mental Health, learn more about General Anxiety Disorder
Anxiety Article
The Addictionary™ of Common Addiction Terms
The Recovery Research Institute has coined the term "Addictionary™: to describe the common language we should use in describing ...
Addiction, Addiction Vocabulary
The Recovery Research Institute has coined the term "Addictionary™: to describe the common language we should use in describing addiction.  Visit this very comprehensive guide to helps us share communicate about addiction using a common language.Visit the Addictionary™
Addiction Vocabulary
BUILDING COMMUNITIES OF RECOVERY - A National Conference & Expo
Sun, Sep 22nd, 2019 - Wed, Sep 25th, 2019
A NATIONAL CONFERENCE & RECOVERY EXPO All attendees will get a full two days of learning and sharing, connecting and ...
BCR, Event, Recovery
A NATIONAL CONFERENCE & RECOVERY EXPO All attendees will get a full two days of learning and sharing, connecting and networking, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner provided during scheduled plenary sessions and a special awards dinner on Tuesday evening. Access to National Exhibitors, amazing National Breakout Session Speakers and Panels of Presenters make this conference priceless!
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