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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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Recovery

From Lost Dreams to Dream Life: My Story of Recovery

When I was a little girl, I dreamt of helping others in some regard. As I went through school for something I had little interest in, and my addiction took […]
Recovery

Finding a Job After Addiction Treatment: What You Should Know

Completing residential treatment means returning to the outside world, which can often be filled with challenges. One major obstacle for many is finding a new job or perhaps even a first job.  You may be returning to the work environment after an extended period. You might […]
Family Wellness

Addiction: The Family Disease

If you’ve never experienced it, addiction can be difficult to understand. Clinician Lisa Westerson explains how addiction impacts the family.
Mental Health

How to Stop Hating Your Life

Life got you down? Find out how you can let go of the anger and frustration and gain a more positive outlook on life.
Mental Health

How Opposite Action Works for Me and May Work for You

Sometimes the best thing to do is the opposite of what you want to do. Find out how opposite action can help you when your emotions are getting the best of you.
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.