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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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Drug Addiction

How To Maintain Sobriety After Loss

Grief is a natural response to a major loss, but it is also one of the most common relapse triggers. Learning how to manage your grief is critical to maintaining your sobriety.
Recovery

One Day at a Time

How are we supposed to live in the day when we live in a world built around scheduling, making sure we have enough money for bills, and are constantly asked by recruiters and dating prospects about our 5-Year Plan?
Recovery

Service in Sobriety: How Giving Back Can Help You Stay Connected to Your Community

Volunteering is a meaningful and rewarding way to get reacclimated with your community. If you’re looking to connect with others and want to become a part of something great, something much larger than yourself, then being of service to others could be just what you need.
Alcohol

Glossary of AA: Important 12 Step Terminology to Know

Going to your first AA meeting can be overwhelming. Feel more confident and prepared with the help of this beginner’s guide to AA terms.
Drug Addiction

5 Tips to Help Your Loved One in Recovery

You play a vital role in your loved one’s recovery process. Learn how to help your loved one feel supported as they address and overcome their addiction.
Drug Addiction

My Journey as a Gay Man in Recovery

For years, Kevin used alcohol to cope with who he was and who he thought he needed to be. His drinking eventually spiraled into alcoholism, and he found at risk of losing everything. In this article, Kevin shares how accepting who he is has played a critical role in his recovery.
Mental Health

Mental Health in the LGBTQ Community

Those who identify as LGBTQ are more likely than their non-LGBTQ counterparts to struggle with mental health disorders and substance misuse. Learn why and how.
Addiction Treatment

The Benefits of Outpatient Treatment

For many individuals, going away for treatment isn’t an option. Fortunately, through outpatient treatment, they can receive the treatment and support they need close to home.
Recovery

Words Matter: The Distinction Between “Social” and “Physical” Distancing

Having to maintain at least a six feet distance between ourselves and others can leave us feeling lonely or isolated. For those in recovery, these feelings can be the beginning of a downward spiral. In this article, clinician Matthew Fields explains the very important difference between physical and social distancing, as well as how to stay connected to others while protecting yourself against COVID-19.
Mental Health

Why Taking Care of Your Mental Health Is Essential to Your Recovery

Mental health and addiction often go hand in hand. Understanding how and why is critical to safeguarding your recovery. In this article, Mountainside clinician Meg Currie shares mental health tips to help you avoid relapse.
Mental Health

Healthcare Workers Are Battling Two Crises: COVID-19 and Mental Health Woes

In the battle against COVID-19, health care workers don’t just risk their physical health but also their mental well-being.
Recovery

5 Exciting Ways to Build Connections While Social Distancing

Don’t let social distancing leave you feeling isolated. To help you make new, meaningful friendships from the safety and comfort of home, we asked members of our recovery community how they’re forming connections during the coronavirus quarantine. Here are 5 rewarding activities you can try.