addiction and bipolar disorder

How Bipolar Disorder Impacts Addiction

Recovery from addiction and substance abuse disorder is a difficult mountain to climb for anyone, but for people who are simultaneously battling an additional mental health disorder, it can seem impossible. It’s easy to fall into that mindset, but the truth of the matter is that most people struggling with addiction also have mental health…

long term effects of opioids

Understanding the Long-Term Effects of Opioids

Opioids are prescribed for pain management all over the country every single day. These drugs can be helpful for many to alleviate pain caused by a variety of injuries, surgeries, chronic conditions, and other maladies, but their strong addictive qualities mean that they can do a lot of harm as well. Opioid addiction is quickly…

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Helping a Codependent Parent

Navigating a healthy relationship with your parent as an adult can be difficult, regardless of the situation you’re in. When that parent develops codependency toward you, it can feel impossible. When you try to picture a codependent relationship, many people visualize an unhealthy romantic relationship. While codependency does occur in marriages and between romantic partners,…

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Holding Yourself Accountable After Rehab

The transition from a stay in a rehab facility back to your day-to-day life can be difficult. This is, in part, because you’re held accountable by rehabilitation staff while working with a facility, and you need your mental tools to keep yourself accountable once you lose that outside influence. For many, learning how to self-regulate…

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Common Signs of Crack Addiction

Crack cocaine is an extremely addictive substance that affects many communities in the country with devastating results. Crack can dramatically change your life, and the short-term high often leads to more and more frequent use. This can be incredibly dangerous. Cocaine use is already a major cause for concern, but when cocaine is dissolved and…

sober halloween

Tips to Enjoy a Sober Halloween

How do you think tenants of sober living homes celebrate the holiday season? With sober activities, of course. And the holiday season begins with a sober Halloween celebration. Halloween often marks the start of the holidays because it’s the first of several that happen over the next few months. And even though parties and family…

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Using FMLA for Drug Rehab

What should people think about before going through the admissions process for a rehab center? Apart from checking if they have health insurance for rehab, they should also check if they can use leaves covered by FMLA for rehab attendance. Addiction is a complex and chronic disease that can affect both the body and the…