Staying Sober and Serene During the Holidays

Staying Sober and Serene During the Holidays

The idea of staying sober, much less serene during the holidays, may be foreign to you if you’re a person new to recovery. Many people in America have trouble with the holiday season. Some people feel left out because they have roots that have nothing to do with the...
Celebrate Your Recovery Victories, Even the Small Ones

Celebrate Your Recovery Victories, Even the Small Ones

During active addiction, there wasn’t a lot to celebrate. Recovery can also have its ups and downs. Nobody recovers from addiction miraculously overnight, and life without the use of drugs or alcohol will take some getting used to. Your body is still getting adjusting...
Addiction and Recovery Myths

Addiction and Recovery Myths

In the media, people who are addicted to drugs and alcohol are often portrayed in stereotypical and destructive ways. In television and movies, addiction itself is characterized as quirky or evil, with the common theme that once you’re addicted, there is no other way...
The Clinical Opiate Withdrawal Scale (COWS) and Detox

The Clinical Opiate Withdrawal Scale (COWS) and Detox

COWS is an assessment tool used in treatment and clinical settings to help decide if a client who uses opioids needs medication-assisted withdrawal or treatment. This scale is used to determine whether to utilize drugs such as methadone or buprenorphine as part of a...
How Emotions Contribute to Addiction

How Emotions Contribute to Addiction

Addiction is a spiritual, physical and mental disease. Nobody sets out using drugs because he or she wants to be addicted. However, when a person starts abusing drugs, they may find that it’s helps them avoid negative emotions. As time progresses, addiction makes...