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The Controversy of Kombucha

If you’ve heard of, or maybe you’re a loyal consumer of the fizzy, bottled drink that has taken health nuts by storm, you may want to listen up. Kombucha is a fermented sweet tea whose proponents boast a wealth of health benefits, including probiotics. It sounds like a perfectly healthy drink for everyone, except forRead More

What Is a Newcomer?

If you are new to sobriety or have the desire to stop drinking and using, and to become part of recovery, you are considered a newcomer. Generally, anyone with less than a year of abstinence from drugs and alcohol is considered new. Even those with more than a year but less than five, are consideredRead More

Less Common Medication Addictions

Drugs such as alcohol, methamphetamine, cocaine, and opiates are most commonly discussed in terms of treatment, but there are a slew of other addictions that don’t get as much attention in the media. If a drug has a potential for abuse, you can bet treatment centers across the country have treated patients for it. SomeRead More

What Is “Wet Brain?”

Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome, also known as “wet-brain,” was discovered by two psychiatrists, Dr. Wernicke and Dr. Korsakoff. It is caused by long-term alcoholism, and is one of the most tragic consequences an alcoholic may face. Alcohol does a number on the body, and over time, symptoms of illness progressively get worse. Excessive alcohol use leads toRead More

How Do You Stay Sober After Treatment?

Stepping out into the world, away from the bubble of protection that treatment offers, is a big deal. Treatment removes the temptation, the bad influences, and the situations that spell trouble for addicts and alcoholics. When it’s time to discharge, you will have the tools you learned in treatment, and the real world is whereRead More

Detaching with Love

We have all experienced a situation or relationship in our lives where taking a few steps backwards was imperative for our own well-being and self-preservation. When you care deeply about someone, and you’ve invested a lot of your time into them and your relationship, it can be extremely difficult to walk away. If sticking aroundRead More

What Holistic Remedies Help Relieve Detox Symptoms?

Most people who come to detox don’t show up in picture-perfect health. Many of us are malnourished and have vitamin and mineral deficiencies, we’re running low on GABA (a neurotransmitter that quiets the nervous system), and we’re dehydrated. Whether you are detoxing from drugs or alcohol, each type poses different detox symptoms. Some withdrawal symptomsRead More

Where Do I Find Sober Friends?

You may be accustomed to meeting friends (and that term is used loosely here) in bars, crack houses, or shooting galleries, but now that you’re in recovery, it’s time to meet people who will become your tribe. We know it’s hard to change your life as much as you need to in order to stayRead More