Category: Lifestyle

Recovery

Recovery, Daily Routine, and the Power of Intentionality

After Addiction Comes a Vacuum For many of us, the final stages of our addictive behavior found us unable to incorporate any real structure into our daily lives. Very little about our lifestyle and relationships resembled living intentionally or with any real feeling of ownership or empowerment. Substances and compulsive behaviors drove our bus for … Continued

Expert Advice

Personal Motivations in Recovery

External and Internal Motivations for Treatment Many people enter treatment for co-occurring disorders with motivations from external pressure. A person might experience pressure to start treatment from the legal system, significant others, family, friends, employers, housing authorities, child protective services, and doctors. In other words, there is usually the handprint on someone’s back pushing a … Continued

Expert Advice

Changing Behaviors

Change Is Inevitable, but Positive Behavior Change Takes Work Change is rarely something a person does willingly. It’s human nature that doing things in a certain way becomes comfortable. A person tends to choose familiar over the unfamiliar and the known over the unknown. Even when a person is doing things that aren’t healthy, those … Continued

Crime

‘Opioid Alternative’ Herbal Drug, Kratom, a Cause of 91 Overdose Deaths

CDC Links Kratom to At Least 91 Fatal Overdoses A recent report on state overdose data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that Kratom was a cause of death in at least 91 overdoses between 2016 and 2017. A total of 152 of the overdose victims tested positive for Kratom at … Continued

Prevention

How Are Opioids and Sleep Disorders Related?

Can Opioid Addiction Negatively Affect Sleep Habits? According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), individuals that have a Substance Use Disorder are 5 to 10 times more likely to also have a co-morbid sleep disorder. Long-term substance abuse physically changes the brain’s sleep architecture, disrupting both sleep patterns and quality. This causes people … Continued

Epidemic

Record-Breaking Drop in Use of Prescription Opioids in 2018, Costs Increase

Use of Prescription Opioids Decreased While Costs and Overdoses Increased The largest single-year drop in prescription Opioid use was recorded in 2018, according to a new report by IQVIA Institute for Human Data Science. Use declined by 17.1% in the US, buoyed by federal lawsuits against a number of Opioid manufacturers and distributors. The study … Continued

Prevention

How Mindfulness Can Encourage Recovery From Addiction

Why Does Mindfulness Matter When Treating Addiction? Mindfulness is a powerful word denoting wellbeing and stress management. Mindfulness can aid in reducing stress and feelings of anxiety that can serve as reinforcements of chemical dependencies and addiction. ‘Very Well Mind’ notes mindfulness is “the practice of becoming more fully aware of the present moment—non-judgmentally and … Continued