6 Tips for Navigating 4th of July Parties While Sober

  The 4th of July is synonymous with drinking and partying. For people in sobriety, it can be difficult to navigate the holiday. However, if you feel strongly that you want to have the 4th of July experience while staying true to your recovery, these sober party tips can help.    1. Make Sure You’re […]

Understanding Major Depressive Disorder

To feel “low” from time to time is to be human, but what happens when it takes over your life? Major Depressive Disorder, or clinical depression, is a mood disorder that affects how you think, feel, and behave. It can manifest in physical symptoms like extreme fatigue and can affect normal day-to-day functioning. In some […]

What is Nitrous Oxide? This Risky Inhalant Poses Health Concerns

Nitrous oxide, also known as Laughing Gas or Whip-its, is a colorless, odorless gas which works as an inhalant. It has been provided in clinical settings for over a century to relax patients for procedures. Reusable whipped cream canisters, like the ones for professional chef use, use Nitrous Oxide as a propellant. This is how […]

Women’s Healthcare Month: How Addiction Affects Women Differently

In the past, men reported higher rates of addiction and substance use disorder than women, but the past few decades women have swiftly closed the gender gap. Today, men and women experience roughly equal rates of these issues. However, women’s rates of progression, experiences, reasons for use, and stigmas can vary greatly from their male […]

Substance Abuse Rates Are Higher in the LGBTQ Community

June is LGBTQ Pride Month, where we celebrate our LGBTQ community and increase visibility and discussions around equality. We’d like to take this moment to discuss how Substance Abuse affects the LGBTQ community at disproportionately higher rates and what we can do to support them.  People who identify as LGBTQ are at a higher risk […]

Effect of Tobacco on Teens and Addiction

Tobacco has always been said to be a gateway into heavier alcohol, drug and substance use among the teens. This was proven in 2007, when a study at Columbia University found that the nicotine in tobacco products poses a significant risk of structural and chemical changes in developing brains. These changes actually put teens at […]

7 Sober Tips for Memorial Day From People Who’ve Been There

Navigating Memorial Day Sober We Asked People In Recovery For Their Strategies   Memorial Day is coming up fast and while many are looking forward to the long weekend, holidays like this one can create some anxiety for those of us in recovery. It might be a little easier than usual, since we’re still technically […]

Foster Care Awareness Month: Rebuilding Families After Addiction

May is National Foster Care Awareness Month. One in three children in foster care are there due to parental Addiction. Foster care and substance abuse are intimately linked and can cause long-term problems for afflicted families. Today we’re talking about starting to heal the trauma that addiction can cause in a family with children, and […]

4 Common Co-Occurring Disorders Accompanying Addiction

Mental health conditions can run hand-in-hand with drug and alcohol addiction. In a clinical setting, the terms co-occurring disorders or dual diagnosis describe a person who is struggling with substance use disorder and a mental health condition.  It is estimated that 17.5 million Americans are struggling with a mental health disorder, and of those people, […]

Dangers of Methylone Abuse

  Methylone is a synthetic designer drug that works on the brain similarly to MDMA or ecstasy, as it is nearly identical, in a chemical sense. It is a stimulating synthetic cathinone that increases energy, alertness, and excitability. Because of the energetic high methylone can trigger, it is frequently referred to, along with other drugs, […]