The War on Drugs: Treating Addiction as a Disease, Not a Crime

By Jim Woods The war on drugs has been raging for more than four decades with no clear end in sight.1 Despite the best efforts of law enforcement, the US opioid epidemic continues. The statistics are … [Read more...]

Does My Addiction to My Depression Meds Count as a Dual Diagnosis?

Addiction is not a simple disease. To stop using drugs requires more than good intentions or having a lot of willpower. In fact, drugs change the brain in ways that foster compulsive drug abuse that makes … [Read more...]

Why Do I Need Community in Recovery?

When you are in recovery having a healthy community around you can be vital to your sobriety. Why is this the case? Why is community so important? The answer has several layers to it because community … [Read more...]

What Is an Employee Assistance Program?

When you struggle with substance abuse like to methadone, you may feel as if the odds are stacked against you. You may even fear that your employer will find out and you may lose your job. The good news … [Read more...]

4 Reasons Addiction Is Considered a Disease

If you have been diagnosed with addiction to drugs like methadone, it can be very disheartening when others consider your addiction to be a failure of character or a lack of morals. Historically, society … [Read more...]

What Is a Drug Court?

You may have heard the term drug court before but are not sure exactly what it means or how it works. No worries. In general, drug court is a specific program for those who are addicted to drugs and is … [Read more...]

How Does Treatment Get Me From Addiction to Recovery?

When you are an addict, your life revolves around the use of a substance or a specific activity. Just stopping on your own is not a possibility because you’ve tried and not been able to have long-term … [Read more...]

Five Great Ways to Celebrate Your Sober Anniversary

Many recovery support groups like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) give out colored chips or coins to celebrate sobriety milestones and anniversaries. In AA, the tradition dates all … [Read more...]

Why Is Controlling My Emotions So Important in Rehab?

Learning to control emotions is an important part of the addiction recovery process, because it helps people avoid relapse. Emotions are unpredictable, so sudden mood swings and highly emotional reactions … [Read more...]

What Role Does a Counselor Play When You Are Seeking Recovery?

Counselors play roles throughout addiction recovery. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that rehab counselors provide support, education and nonjudgmental confrontation for addicts to recover. Aside … [Read more...]