October 12, 2020
worried parent finding drugs

What to Do When You Find Drugs in Your Home

Coming across drugs in your own home can be a harrowing experience. Whether they belong to a spouse, child, sibling, or even parent, feelings of resentment or anger can rush to one’s head. While it is tempting to take action and immediately confront the person who is suspected of using drugs, it is important to go into these confrontations with a plan. Knowing what to do if you find drugs is a complicated issue, but there are steps that can be taken in order to approach the situation in control, and with the health and care for a loved one in mind.  Step One: Take a Breath Knowing how to […]
October 9, 2020

What do Track Marks Look Like and What Do They Mean?

There are many different health risks involved with the usage of drugs, but the use of intravenous (IV) drugs can pose even more potential health risks. Track marks are a major indicator that a loved one has been using any number of harmful drugs, and knowing the signs and how to spot track marks can help open a dialogue about what steps to take to help someone regain control over their lives. Track marks are indicative of a variety of serious issues, and the detrimental health effects they imply need to be addressed quickly before the damage to one’s body is allowed to continue. What Do Track Marks Look Like […]
October 7, 2020
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Media Influence of Drugs and Alcohol on Teens and Adolescents

There is no shortage of programs designed to help teens or adolescents understand the effects, and potential life-long dangers, that come with the usage of drugs or alcohol. However, these programs aren’t the only source of information available, and there are a number of other different means of exposure that teens and adolescents have while their brains are still in developmental phases. Drugs in the media, as well as alcohol in media, are common portrayals that a teen or adolescent may experience, and there are a number of dangers that come with having this secondary source. While educational programs like D.A.R.E. and parental guidance against drugs are helpful in describing […]
October 4, 2020
Behavioral effects from addiction

When Substance Abuse Addiction Becomes Behavioral

Discussions about addiction are often centered around addictive substances like alcohol, heroin, cocaine, methamphetamines, opiates, or various other classes of drugs. However, addiction itself doesn’t only manifest within the confines of these substances. It is just as possible that someone can develop behavioral addictions that impact their daily lives. These behavioral addictions can even cause a number of similar effects on one’s work life or personal life as someone begins to prioritize a behavioral addiction over other aspects of their lives. They can be just as dangerous and affect the brain in similar ways to substance abuse, making it difficult to address these addictions without professional help. Addressing these behavioral […]
September 30, 2020
4 Exercise Activities to Try During Recovery

4 Exercises to Try During Recovery

Fitness and wellness in addiction recovery are incredibly important in order to keep someone moving towards a healthy lifestyle, both mentally and physically. There are many benefits of exercising while recovering from addiction, from self-confidence to stress relief. Depending on one’s own routine, the coronavirus may have compromised a number of usual outlets that someone may have been using to keep physically active. However, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t options available for someone to continue exercising during their recovery. Below are some exercises that someone can practice even during socially isolated times in order to keep active, and to help continue practicing healthy lifestyles for those in recovery from […]
September 28, 2020
how long to get sober

How Long Does it Take to Get Sober?

Asking “how long does it take to get sober” has a few different answers depending on how the question is interpreted. For someone who is currently drunk, they may want to know simply how long until they can expect to feel the immediate effects of their intoxicated state wear off. However, it can also carry another implication – that is, how long for someone to begin to feel the benefits of prolonged sobriety in recovery. Getting sober has a few different elements at play that can help each person determine the answer that best fits them and their own scenario.    How Long Does it Take to Get Sober After […]