Getting Past The Hard Part: 5 Early Recovery Tips

5 Early Recovery Tips Early sobriety is hard. Indeed, many say it’s the hardest thing they ever did. Therefore, if you’re newly sober or just getting out of drug rehab in NJ, you’re likely struggling. But don’t worry. That’s normal. To try to help you win this battle, we have some advice. By using these […]

Trauma-Informed Care In Behavioral Health Services

What is Trauma-Informed Care in Behavioral Health Services To define trauma-informed care (TIC) in behavioral health services, we must first examine trauma. Life often feels unpleasant. Even unfair. People that we love hurt us. They betray us. They might abuse us. We lose those we care about. To tragic, seemingly random events. Violence reaches out […]

How to Explain Drug Rehab to Your Kids

Protection Is Instinct You want to protect your kids. Your roof keeps rain off of them. The walls of your home make boundaries against the outside world. Your fence designates the limits of your property. That innate desire to protect your kids informs your family’s diet. It shapes how you teach your kids about relationships […]

Returning to Work in Recovery

Work In Progress You were so desperate. Your decisions felt like they just exploded in your face. No matter what you did, everything just seemed to fall apart. You needed relief. It seemed to take forever to get here. But it did come. You admitted that you needed help. You got treatment. That’s a very […]

Anger Management and Addiction

Most people struggle with anger. Whether it’s anger that explodes or anger that you stuff. It doesn’t matter. Just about everybody can relate to feeling angry. If you’re in recovery, you’ve noticed a relationship between anger management and addiction. If you’re struggling with anger control, you may likely also struggle with a substance use disorder […]

Alcohol and Major Depression Symptoms

Alcohol addiction and depression are two conditions that have a high likelihood of occurring simultaneously, thus making them a co-occurring disorder. This means that addiction to alcohol and major depression symptoms often appear at the same time. Furthermore, these two conditions are known to exacerbate each other’s negative effects, creating an ever-worsening cycle that can […]

Benefits of Meditation in Recovery

Meditation has moved out of the spiritual realm and into the medical field. Studies have shown that meditation assists in recovery from illnesses of the mind and the body. It also helps those in recovery from addiction. How Meditation Promotes Recovery People battling addiction have far more stress than the average person. Cravings plague us. […]

Why Just Being Sober Isn’t Enough

A Fork In The Road Sobriety isn’t easy. You tried really hard to get here. Now you’re trying really hard to stay here. That’s significant. Feel the weight of that accomplishment. You’ve made a critical decision. You deserve to feel that sense of accomplishment. But sobriety isn’t the end of your journey. It’s the beginning. […]

Can Benzos Cause Anxiety?

Millions of these drugs are prescribed each year. Classified as sedative-hypnotics, they have an effect on the central nervous system very similar to alcohol.  The withdrawal symptoms and side-effects of benzos are similar to those found with alcohol and barbiturates. The potential for abuse and dependence is very high. For the past 50 years, benzodiazepines […]

Effects of Cocaine Abuse on Mental Health

How Does Cocaine Affect The Brain? Cocaine is a stimulant, which means that it makes the nervous system operate faster. Regular brain functions will amplify, their natural effects seeming more intense. Cocaine works by interfering with the brain’s mesolimbic pathway often referred to as the reward pathway (1). We involve the reward pathway any time […]