In recent years, more states have legalized medical marijuana, and some have even legalized marijuana for recreational use. With these legal changes, the conversation around the safety of marijuana has also changed. Yet despite this evolution in the way we view it, there are still misconceptions about its use, especially when it comes to risks. Regardless of legalization, the fact remains that marijuana is a drug that has psychoactive effects on [...]
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Sober Living Home or Halfway House? A Guide to Understanding the Difference and Finding the Right Fit for You
Deciding to get treatment for addiction is a major step. It’s a decision that gives you your life back, but the road to recovery doesn’t end there. Treatment is only the first step of a lifelong process for maintaining sobriety. If this is where you find yourself, you may be asking what’s next. You’ve probably heard the terms halfway house and sober living home, but how do you know what’s best [...]
It’s not difficult to pinpoint the era in which opioid drugs began creeping into American lives. While opium-based syrups and serums have been available since the 1800s, 1996 saw the introduction of the supposedly non-addictive opioid OxyContin. The introduction of OxyContin made healthcare professionals more comfortable routinely prescribing pain medication. Unfortunately, we know now that Purdue Pharma grossly misrepresented the addictive qualities of the drug. Between 2002 and 2017, the number [...]
You’ve no doubt heard the term before, but codependency is a complex set of behaviors that goes far deeper than just relying on someone else for validation. In the case of drug addiction, there is very often a codependent enabler who believes they can fix a loved one’s problems or protect them from the unpleasant consequences of their actions. What is codependency? Codependency is a group of characteristics usually stemming from [...]
It’s no secret that physical activity is a necessary part of a healthy lifestyle, a fact that is especially true for a person who is recovering from an addiction. Research shows that combined with other forms of therapy, aerobic exercise is proven to play a valuable and beneficial role in the addiction recovery process. Among its physical health benefits, staying active reduces stress, fills the void left by alcohol or drug [...]
Addiction and isolation have a tenuous relationship. Addicts often isolate themselves from loved ones because they feel guilt or shame about their addiction. In other cases, people turn to substances because they are lonely. Thus, addiction may be the cause of isolation, or it may be an effect of it. When people enter addiction recovery, the problem of isolation returns. They want to repair relationships with their loved ones, while they [...]
Finding the right contractor is practically an art form. You have to find someone who’s committed to getting the job done correctly, to your preferences, and on time. Although you’ll want to keep an eye out for any major warning signs during the hiring process, there’s one positive quality to look for that may be somewhat unexpected: recovering addicts often make fantastic contractors. This article will be your guide to successfully [...]
Ask any parent, and they’ll tell you that raising little people is one of the best, most beautiful jobs you will ever have. First words, first steps, and first days of school leave you bursting with pride and tearful with joy. Watching your children grow and seeing their little personalities take shape is hands down one of the most awe-inspiring experiences you might ever have in life. But the story doesn’t [...]
How Decluttering Your Home Can Boost Your Mental Wellness in Addiction Recovery — And How to Get Started
Clutter is more than just a nuisance. It’s a problem with a whole host of consequences. Some even say it ruins your life. Your home, your work, and your relationships all suffer when your space is overrun with stuff. But that’s not all. The Consequences of Clutter Your health and wellness is at stake, too. Dust, germs, and allergens love to hide amidst too much stuff, triggering allergies and illness. It [...]
Drug abuse can have a serious impact on the body, causing major damage to the lungs, heart and brain. Dental health is also a major concern, and not just for eating and smiling. Oral health plays a serious role in your overall health, especially when impaired by drug addiction. Many people think only a few drugs, like methamphetamine (crystal meth), cause dental damage, but believe it or not, almost all harmful [...]