Recovery

Comedian John Mulaney Talks About Rehab

Comedian John Mulaney Talks About Rehab

There are often situations where celebrities are in the spotlight for reasons they don’t prefer, including struggles with drugs, alcohol, and mental health. Relatively recently, comedian John Mulaney talked about his struggles with addiction and his subsequent stay in an addiction treatment facility. When John Mulaney talks about rehab and his experiences, it helps reduce stigma and highlights the importance…

What Are Test Strips for Drugs?

What Are Test Strips for Drugs?

Test strips for drugs are increasingly being used as part of harm reduction programs. These test strips in this context aren’t the same as an at-home drug test to determine if someone has been using a substance, including prescription and illegal drugs like a synthetic opioid. We’ll cover both scenarios below. Test Strips for Drugs—Drug Checking One type of drug…

How to Get Someone into Rehab That Doesn’t Want To Go

How to Get Someone into Rehab That Doesn’t Want To Go

One of the hardest parts of having a loved one struggling with a substance use disorder is that they don’t admit there’s a problem, let alone think they should get help for it. Figuring out how to get someone into rehab that doesn’t want to go is tricky and can be explosive. You can do things to encourage someone to…

Will Rehab Help My Court Case?

Will Rehab Help My Court Case?

If you’re facing a legal situation, you may be wondering, “will rehab help my court case.” In some cases, the answer may be yes, but it can depend. Drugs and alcohol are often the primary reasons people end up in jail or deal with legal troubles. Even if you’re in court or have a legal issue unrelated to substances, you…

Why Interventions Work to Mend Relationships

Why Interventions Work to Mend Relationships

Understanding why interventions work can be important if you have a loved one struggling with substance abuse and addiction. A drug or alcohol intervention is a way to encourage someone with a substance use disorder to acknowledge a problem and get treatment or at least attend something like an Alcoholics Anonymous program.  Of course, as with anything, a formal intervention…

Is Being “In Recovery” a Lifetime Commitment?

Is Being “In Recovery” a Lifetime Commitment?

The term being in recovery might get thrown around without much thought. Being in recovery isn’t meaningless, however. The recovery process is one of the meaningful things you might have in your life, and you can define it on the terms that work for you. Being in long-term recovery is a lifetime commitment, which we discuss more below. What Does…

Living With Chronic Pain In Recovery

Living With Chronic Pain In Recovery

According to studies at the Johns Hopkins Institute, around 50 million persons in the United States suffer from chronic pain. Individuals, families, and the economy all bear a heavy burden for this. Pain, for example, accounts for $80 billion in lost income each year. This is a massive loss to the economy and will also significantly affect the standard of…

Can Lungs Heal After Smoking?

Can Lungs Heal After Smoking?

If you smoke, quitting is one of the best things you can do for your health and well-being. It’s a huge accomplishment that deserves to be recognized.  When you quit smoking, you’ll probably have more energy, a longer life expectancy, and better mental health than when you used to smoke. When it comes to quitting smoking, one of the most…

Do I Need a Social Worker?

Do I Need a Social Worker?

A social worker can be a mental health professional with a wide-ranging set of skills and abilities, helping people from all walks of life in difficult situations. These professionals will often work with people in rehab or recovery from drug or alcohol addiction. They can play an essential role in helping connect you to community resources as you work to…

Achieving Long-Term Sobriety with Mindfulness

Achieving Long-Term Sobriety with Mindfulness

The goal of treatment for substance use disorders is to help you achieve long-term sobriety. Of course, we know that recovery isn’t always linear. There are many situations where you can complete treatment successfully and still relapse in your sober life.  That’s okay, and that can be part of your recovery process.  However, we always want to equip you with…