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What to Do if Your Loved One Won’t Get Help for Their Addiction

The only thing more difficult than seeing a loved one struggle with drugs or alcohol is having a loved one decline help for their addiction. This disease does not discriminate. It affects brothers, sisters, daughters, sons, mothers, fathers, friends, and everyone in-between. A common theme among addicts is defiance toward help — the very help that can save their lives. So, how do we take care of a loved one whose disease prevents us from helping them?

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What Better Time Than Now? Why It’s a Good Time to Go to Rehab

Are you currently struggling with alcohol or substance use? While the coronavirus pandemic has put a pause on many aspects of life, it doesn’t have to keep you from going away to treatment and receiving the support you need. When it comes to reaching out for help, it is normal to be on the fence and wonder, “Is this the right time?” All the craziness and uncertainty going on in the world right now may lead you to believe that waiting for normalcy to return is best. In reality, there is no better time than now to take control of your life.

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Detox vs. Rehab? Which is Right for You?

Although many use these terms interchangeably, detox and rehab each have their own purpose. While detox primarily focuses on addressing the physical effects that addiction has had on the body, rehab focuses more on the psychological effects.

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Family Wellness

Q&A: Why Addiction Recovery Is a Parallel Process for Individuals and Families

When one person struggles with addiction, everyone in their circle may be impacted, but how?
Mental Health

What to Do When You Are Struggling with Addiction and Depression

Know that you are not alone in suffering from a co-occurring disorder. In fact, 37 percent of those battling alcoholism and 53 percent of those struggling with drug addiction also suffer from at least one serious mental health disorder. Depression and anxiety being the most common.
Wellness

3 Easy Breathing Techniques to Ease Stress and Anxiety

You don’t have to wait until you are stressed to take a breather. With endless benefits, these simple breathing techniques are just what you need to add to your self-care tool kit.
Recovery

When You Come Out of the Closet, You Don’t Want to Go Back into It

Coming out as LGBTQIA+ can be scary while also feeling like pure liberation. The same can be said for coming out as sober. Alex Lahr, recovery coach at Mountainside is sharing her journey of coming out as queer and sober.
Recovery

Dear Addiction, my love,

Saying goodbye is hard to do, even when you know you have to. Mountainside alum, Sanam M. is sharing a powerful letter he wrote to his old love – his addiction.
Recovery

A Year of Step, Through My Eyes

While not everyone’s path to healing looks the same, for many, the journey to sobriety includes learning about the 12 Steps of AA (Alcoholics Anonymous). But could the steps also help someone who isn’t in recovery?
Mental Health

Mental Health Experts Share How They Strengthen Their Own Mental Health

Want to start prioritizing your mental health but don’t know where to start? Find out how Mountainside’s mental health experts are taking care of their mental wellbeing.
Alcohol

Grape Depression: Wine Mom Culture in The Time Of COVID-19

While it is often depicted as harmless on television and social media, mommy wine culture is normalizing dangerous drinking which can lead to alcoholism.
Recovery

Alumni Picks: 10 Podcasts For Recovery And Wellness

Mountainside alumni have curated a list of 10 podcasts on sobriety and wellness that you should know about for continuing your journey in recovery.
Mental Health

What To Do When An Insurance Company Denies Your Mental Health Claim

While federal and state laws require insurance companies to cover mental health and substance use disorder treatment, many people face an uphill battle in getting insurance companies to authorize treatment […]
Addiction Treatment

Busted: Debunking The Myth That Drugs Enhance Musical Creativity

Debunking the long-running notion in popular culture that the use of drugs fosters creativity, notably amongst musicians.
Wellness

10 Books About Addiction and Recovery You Should Read

Our alumni told us the books that helped them in recovery; we compiled them into a list to help you find the one that will inspire you in your journey too.