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Families in Recovery
pretty young woman sitting looking sad with her hand on her head - you can see she is thinking - grief
Few emotions are as complicated as grief, and each one of us deals with it differently. A greater challenge to recovering from grief is when people can’t seem to move through it and choose maladaptive behaviors such as using drugs or alcohol to cope. But there are better ways to heal. What Is Grief? According...
two couples or four friends smiling and looking at a map together - vacation
Whether you’re answering the call of the lazy, hazy days of summer with a couple of weeks off or planning a winter weekend getaway, few things in life revive your soul like vacation. And just because you’re choosing to maintain recovery doesn’t detract from the possibilities one bit! Sobriety Isn’t Boring For people new to...
young woman doing an advanced yoga pose at home - holistic therapies
A successful part of recovery is shaping your daily life with intention, not reaction. Holistic practices make this easier for many people, especially when certain methods establish grounding and promote calm. What Does Holistic Mean? A structured day doesn’t have to be rigid, but it’s essential to your well-being to have routines and rituals that...
mom and son looking at a laptop on an airplane - parents
Substance abuse impacts teens psychologically, emotionally, and physically. The teenage years are already challenging due to continued brain growth and development, hormonal imbalances, and peer pressure. If a child develops an addiction, they often need a support system to get them through it. Parents, friends, family members, teachers, or other mentors can prove to be...
cropped shot of a person's shoed feet toed up to a red line on the concrete - boundaries
Even in the most stable families, tensions can run high during the holidays. This time of year is often stressful enough with busy schedules, but old hurts or miscommunication might complicate things even more. So what do you do when a loved one’s addiction problem has caused drama in the past? Keep Boundaries Intact No...
group of adults in therapy session or support group - two women with arms around each others' shoulders -
Few people understand what it means to be in recovery like those who travel the same path. Like any shared experience, choosing health over destructive behaviors creates a bond that enriches life experiences and presents new opportunities. “I Got You” In a 2021 article for Forbes, sociologist Tracy Bower explored why sharing hard times helps...
cropped shot of a person holding a red balloon that has an angry face drawn on it in black marker - all against a yellow background - anger
Individuals who strive for self-improvement and have the courage to seek treatment for alcohol use disorder (AUD) or substance use disorder (SUD) eventually uncover a number of reasons for their behaviors. One particular emotion that’s not only a root cause but also a symptom of substance use issues is anger. Anger, the “Secondary Emotion” Psychology...
closeup of pill on person's tongue; brightly colored lights reflect on their face - club drugs
Some people have never heard of club drugs, much less taken them, but it’s important to know that they have serious repercussions. Addiction can occur even after short-term use, as can a lot of other illnesses and side effects. What Are Club Drugs? According to American Family Physician (AFP), club drugs are various psychoactive chemicals...
meeting room at Willingway set up to watch TV and play Scrabble - Willingway - Georgia co-occurring disorder treatment
A spirit of service has animated the work of Willingway since its founding in 1971. As Willingway celebrates 50 years of helping people overcome substance use disorders, our commitment to personalized, evidence-based, compassionate care continues to drive our work. We are proud of our history and excited for the future as we help individuals reclaim...
middle aged man and woman walking outdoors after funeral or burial - drug overdoses
Medical services around the world felt extreme pressure dealing with the coronavirus pandemic in 2020. Unfortunately, that meant a lot of other severe health issues mounted in its wake, including drug addiction and overdoses. Alarming Data on Lives Lost Early in 2021, PBS Newshour reported that “more Americans died from drug overdose in a 12-month...
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