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How Do I Cope with Change in Addiction Recovery?

Change is defined differently by different people. It may be defined as the act of making or becoming different. Those are small words for an often series of tumultuous acts. Change can be sudden and unexpected. No matter how much we plan for change, it can throw people for a loop. Anxiety and fear canRead More

What Do Low Dopamine Levels Have to Do with Depression in Recovery?

Addiction is complex, affecting the body, mind, and spirit. People who suffer from addiction find it may be helpful to understand how the brain works in addiction. Low dopamine levels, especially, can play a role in how people experience depression in recovery. Dopamine as Brain Chemical Dopamine’s role in addiction and recovery is not completelyRead More

How Does Heroin Detox Work?

Heroin is a synthesized derivative of the opiate poppy. This highly addictive, recreational drug induces a euphoric state. Death is a real danger from overdose, impure heroin, or other substances added to it to adulterate the drug. Exposure to HIV and hepatitis B and C are also very real risks. It is one of theRead More

Sobriety: Life Goes On

There are millions of active alcoholics and addicts who are in a daily struggle of addiction, on the verge of a cliff, and not knowing which way to jump. The disease of addiction has hijacked their brains to the point of not being able to stop drinking or using, no matter how badly they wantRead More

Why Should Mental Health Care be a Part of Addiction Treatment?

Mental health and addiction are like two peas in a pod. More often than not, individuals seeking treatment for addiction also have co-occurring mental disorders that must be addressed. Mood and anxiety disorders are commonly diagnosed in chemically dependent people. The percentage of individuals with severe mental disorders and substance use disorders is also high.Read More