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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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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.
Recovery

The Important Lesson I Learned from My Relapse

Despite its stigmas, relapsing does not mean you will never be able to achieve sobriety. Zachary Cohn discusses what he learned through his own experiences.
Alcohol

Addiction on the Big Screen: How Movies Portray Substance Abuse

Movies have the ability to make a profound impact on society. Check out how these films did their part by shining a spotlight on substance abuse.
Wellness

How to Build an At-Home Wellness Retreat

Looking to find inner-peace from the comfort of your home? Wellness Coordinator Mairead Fogarty shares her tips on how to do that.
Recovery

What You Say Matters: How Society Talks About Addiction

When it comes to addiction, what you say matters. Recovery Coach Rick Lepkowski discusses how society talks about it and the stigmas that they have created.
Addiction Treatment

Why Aftercare is Essential for Sustaining Sobriety

Sobriety is a life long journey. Senior Clinician Emily Midwood explains the role aftercare plays and how it will help you be successful in recovery.
Family Wellness

How Forgiveness Can Help You and Your Family Heal

Having trouble forgiving a loved one struggling with addiction? Clinician Gabrielle Wynschenk analyzes how and why forgiveness is such a powerful force.
Drug Addiction

The Rise in Meth: Why Use is Surging Across the Country

We discuss why the dramatic increase in meth use that is happening in the US has many fearing that it will become as threatening as the opioid pandemic.
Drug Addiction

Why Smoking Marijuana Is Especially Dangerous During the Pandemic

Since the pandemic began, marijuana use has increased. We discuss why this is happening and the risks of smoking this drug when it comes to COVID-19.
Mental Health

Take Care of Your Mental Health and Overcome Life’s Curveballs

Being healthy is more than just physical fitness, it’s about taking care of your mind as well. Here are some tips on how to improve your mental health.
Recovery

How to Enjoy Valentine’s Day without Alcohol

Valentine’s Day can be overwhelming, especially when you’re sober, but it doesn’t have to be. In this interview, Jesse Wright, a recovery coach at Mountainside who is in recovery himself, shares his tips for enjoying the day (and dating in general) without alcohol.
Family Wellness

Why Your Loved One Using Again Is Not the End of the Road (And What You Can Do)

Is your loved one struggling with substance abuse? Recovery Coach Rick Lepkowski shares why it is important to take care of your own well-being as well.