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How Heroin Affects the Brain

Addictive substances — including heroin and prescription pain killers — send dopamine levels surging in the small localized area of the brain called the nucleus accumbens, which is the main reward center that is responsible for the reinforcing effects of substances of abuse and simply just “feeling good.” Addicted persons and first-time users get the … Continued

TED Talk: Why We All Need to Practice Emotional First Aid

So often, we’re told to “get over” psychological wounds, but emotional injuries can be just as crippling as physical ones. In this TED Talk, psychologist Guy Winch encourages us to practice “emotional hygiene,” taking care of our emotions with the same level of care we apply to our bodies. This is especially important for people … Continued

Signs You Are Enabling an Addiction

It’s hard to know what to do when a loved one is suffering with an addiction to drugs or alcohol, and so, most families and friends think they can “help” the addicted person until he or she can get back to “normal.” Acting out of sympathy and sincerity, family members and friends who often think … Continued

Sober Social Networks

You spend all day looking at screens — your phone, your computer, your tablet, your watch. Your life takes place online as much as it does in the physical world, and your recovery shouldn’t be forgotten when you reach for your iPad. We have covered a lot of great Apps here on the Mountainside blog, but if you are … Continued

What is the Integrative Care Model of Addiction Treatment?

Mountainside uses an integrative approach to addiction treatment, and if you’ve ever wondered what that means exactly, our own Alexandra Helfer explains in this interview with Addiction Blog. The interview shares some great features of the Mountainside program, including our holistic approach to recovery, individualized wellness plans, and commitment to innovative, complementary offerings like acupuncture, … Continued