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How Does Substance Abuse Affect People in the Military?

Substance abuse can often be a problem among active, reserve, and returning military personnel. Military service often exposes people to significant stressors like long deplyments away from family, exposure to combat situations, and physical injury. Substance abuse among members of the military are increasing. Learn more about how substance abuse affects people in the military.Read More

How to Prepare for a Substance Abuse Counselor Interview

Being in an interview room with someone can be mentally taxing in and of itself, never mind the challenging nature of the work ahead when dealing with people who struggle with addiction. To prepare in advance of an interview, it is helpful to consider interview questions they might ask. The following list of tips mayRead More

What Should I Expect in the 1st Week of Alcohol Detox?

If you are considering checking into medical detox, you may already have an idea of what it feels like to not have a drink for a little while. In roughly 6 to 8 hours after your last drink, you may start getting symptoms like the shakes, sweats, nausea, and heart palpitations, amongst others. These symptomsRead More

The Perfect Step

We are not perfect beings. In fact, we are far from it. Imperfection is what makes us unique, and being human is what makes the idea of being wholly perfect unattainable. There are some things however, that we can do perfectly. We may not be perfect, but we do have the ability to take actionRead More

What Strengths do You Gain from Early Recovery?

When it comes to early recovery, keeping it simple can go a long way. Getting clean and sober is one of, if not the most difficult, yet rewarding life choices we will ever make and live. Some days you may not feel up to the challenge, but so long as you don’t pick up aRead More

On Forgiveness

Forgiveness is a state of mind that many addicts and alcoholics new in recovery have a  difficult time finding for themselves. It’s a magical word, forgiveness. It feels like a release, and really, that’s exactly what it does. When you forgive someone, you release the anger, hurt, sadness, and fear that hold you back fromRead More

What Causes an Overdose?

The sad reality of addiction is the inherent price tag of death from overdose. It can happen to anyone; long-term addicts or even first-time users are at risk of a fatal overdose. This occurs when the human body can no longer process a drug, and symptoms of overdose occur, followed by possible death. The mostRead More

My Skin Is Uncomfortable

Most people in recovery can relate to the feeling of wanting to run and hide when any inkling of your true self is exposed. Addiction covered our true selves up, and swathed us in layers of numb comfort that no one could peel away. Some will say that they felt uncomfortable long before they drankRead More