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What Is a Holistic Approach to Addiction Recovery?

What Is a Holistic Approach to Addiction Recovery?

These days, many treatment centers claim that they offer “holistic” treatments but not everyone knows what that means. The term comes from “holism,” which refers to the “whole” of something as more than the sum of its parts. A holistic approach to substance use disorder (SUD) treatment cares for the whole person, including the body, … Read more

Common Warning Signs of Codependency

Common Warning Signs of Codependency

If you are supporting a loved one who is dealing with substance use disorder (SUD), you should first examine whether your relationship has been enabling or codependent. Knowing how to detect the warning signs can help your loved one reverse course and maintain progress in recovery. Time to Re-Examine Your Relationship SUD always impacts relationships. … Read more

How Do I Rebuild Trust With My Loved Ones?

How Do I Rebuild Trust With My Loved Ones?

What has been the most challenging part of your recovery journey? For many recovering individuals, it is rebuilding trust with family and friends. This is challenging because many people in recovery have previously done things that hurt their loved ones and broke the trust between them. Like all necessary steps of addiction treatment, rebuilding relationships … Read more

Seeking Peer Support in Recovery

Seeking Peer Support in Recovery

For people going through recovery from substance use disorder (SUD), the importance of good peer support cannot be overstated. One reason is that addiction can be very isolating, a feeling which often intensifies the need for substances. The COVID-19 pandemic has created more social isolation and thus led to more substance use problems. Another reason … Read more

How Do You Mitigate the Negative Effects of Your Addiction on Family Members?

How Do You Mitigate the Negative Effects of Your Addiction on Family Members?

Substance use disorder (SUD) doesn’t just affect the person experiencing it; it affects whole families. Those dealing with SUD need to understand the family as a social system when it comes to their disorder. While the family might have been the place where substance use originated, it is also a space for ultimate healing. What … Read more

Combatting Shame and Stigma in Recovery

Combatting Shame and Stigma in Recovery

People who struggle with substance abuse disorder (SUD) may know very well about the prevalence of stigma in society that comes with addiction. People tend to use negative language when referring to people with SUD. Many times, family members and friends also succumb to judgments and assume that addiction has mostly to do with moral … Read more

What Is the Relationship Between Trauma and Addiction?

What Is the Relationship Between Trauma and Addiction?

Did you know that trauma and addiction are closely related? Traumatic stress can cause mental health problems which lead people to self-medicate with drugs and alcohol. Why does this happen? Understanding this aspect of addiction is the first step toward becoming trauma-informed. What Is Trauma? The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) defines … Read more

Why Are Adverse Childhood Experiences Associated With Addiction?

Why Are Adverse Childhood Experiences Associated With Addiction?

Did you know that Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) have been recognized by health professionals as risk factors for mental health illnesses and substance use disorder (SUD)? Getting treatment for ACEs requires interventions with mental health professionals that help alleviate neurological damage. Without trauma-informed care, ACEs may drive children and young people toward substance addiction. Because … Read more