Intergenerational family sharing a meal

What Does Intergenerational Trauma Have to Do with Addiction? 

The effects of intergenerational trauma may be unseen to people in a family dynamic for quite some time. Once a person sees it for what it is, it is hard to go back and unsee it. Addiction can especially run in families as a behavioral pattern that may destroy generations. Being raised in the light…

man smiling peacefully at his home after addiction recovery

What Does it Mean to Find Peace After Addiction? 

 Recovery is not easy, but it is essential for people with addiction. It might mean medical detox, treatment for drugs or alcohol, or picking up some coping skills training. The time after rehab is the best time to focus on your needs and desires to stay clean and sober. Among them is the need to…

group with hands in the middle representing building of their resiliency

How Can People in Recovery Build Their Resiliency Muscles?

 Pathways to recovery are many and varied, depending on the individual. One of the best ways to experience recovery is with resiliency to handle whatever comes your way. Resiliency research looks at how the brain is wired, especially regarding addiction and recovery, for renewal and reintegration of what it is learning. There is a shift…

doctor working with man with asperger's who was self-medicating

Do People with Asperger’s Self-Medicate?

People who struggle with Asperger’s have another challenge on top of addiction to face in recovery. Their biggest challenge is relating to others and taking in their opinions for consideration. It can be quite difficult to interact with and relate well to others, which can lead to social dysfunction and a sense of isolation. This…

young man searching for dual diagnosis treatment for ADHD and addiction

How Do I Get Dual Diagnosis Treatment for ADHD and Addiction?

When people seek treatment for addiction, they likely are going to need mental health assessment to see if anything else shows up needing support. Many adults do not realize they have mental health issues, including ADHD and will go undiagnosed, along with addiction, for years. The negative impact can take time away from their families,…

man happy about setting new goals for this year

What Are Ways to Master Recovery from Mental Health and Addiction?

Recovery from mental health and addiction is almost a misnomer. The reality is people are not able to fully recover from addiction, they simply live with the reality that they can no longer use drugs or drink. Mastery over both addiction and mental health issues means recognizing the challenges of coping with triggers, cravings, and…

man geeking at beach losing time while the sun sets

What Does it Mean to Accept Yourself As You Are?

It can feel really hard to accept ourselves as we are when we think or feel we have done so many things wrong when we were addicted to drugs or alcohol. Recovery is not about bashing ourselves over perceived wrongs. It is more about accepting our lives as they are now, in the present. Even…

unhappy man leaning against wall at hotel before hitting rock bottom

How to Intervene Before Rock Bottom Hits

Addiction can creep up on you before you even realize it has happened. In hindsight, you may see a problem existed for awhile and you were not ready to admit it, but now is the time to seek help. Even if you hit close to rock bottom, there is no sense going all the way…

Opioid Abuse and Addiction

Opiates are extremely addictive and come from opium, which is derived from the poppy plant. Opiates cover a variety of drugs. Some are natural, synthetic, legal, illegal, recreational, or medicinal. Natural opiate drugs have been used to treat nervous disorders, cancers, and other conditions. Most painkillers are opiates and are prescribed for pain relief, but…