4th of July Cookout Ideas

For many, the Fourth of July brings fireworks, visits with friends and family, and outdoor activities. Sometimes, these outdoor activities include cookouts with food and drinks. Sometimes, these drinks include alcohol. This can make holiday-related cookouts a challenge for people in recovery. They might wonder how to spend time with their friends and family in the presence of a substance …

What is Cotton Fever

She came into the emergency department with a fever and pain in her head and abdomen. Track marks lined her arms from injecting heroin. Following a series of tests, doctors diagnosed her as having a collection of pus within her spine. She was given antibiotics and transferred to another hospital for possible surgical intervention. But no surgery was needed. And, …

Klonopin Vs Xanax

She is, arguably, one of the most famous female singer-songwriters of the 20th century. With an unmistakable voice and a highly successful career, she also had an addiction to Klonopin. Placed on the drug by a therapist to help her battle her addiction to cocaine, Stevie Nicks describes the years she was on Klonopin as “terrible.” While on the drug, Nicks …

Recovery Jokes? A Sense of Humor and Laughter are Very Healing

A sense of humor has long been lauded as a positive approach to life, and we have all heard that laughter is the best medicine. But, are humor and laughter really good for us? And, can we rely on them to help us when we really need some help? The research says yes to both questions: humor and laughter are …

8 Physical Benefits of Sobriety

8 Physical Benefits of Sobriety Getting sober can help you in many ways.  It’s well known that drinking alcohol over time can take a toll on anyone.  It can affect mental and physical health, causing things like cirrhosis of the liver, accidents, cardiovascular issues, and other health issues. While many people associate drinking with positive experiences, the reality is that alcohol is a …

Is Vaping Addictive?

You might have heard about the use of e-cigarettes (electronic cigarettes) or use them yourself. There has also been a considerable amount of discussion about vaping, which is the practice of using e-cigarettes by inhaling and exhaling. Is vaping addictive? It’s a valid question, especially since using regular cigarettes that contain nicotine is highly addictive. To answer this question, let’s explore …

Brazilian Ju-Jitsu to Combat Addiction

Addiction can be hard to combat but that’s not to say that there are ways to fight against it. The art of combat releases several chemicals in the brain that help combat addiction. This is usually seen in any type of workout, however, combat sports such as Brazilian Ju-Jitsu better known as BJJ, judo, Muay Thai, wrestling, etc. provide more …

The Dangers of Drug Cocktails

Adderall and marijuana, cocaine and Xanax, heroin and alcohol. Often times, people will abuse more than one substance at once to obtain a certain type of high they cannot get without combining substances. Known as a “drug cocktail”, it is when two or more drugs are taken together to achieve a certain type of euphoric effect, which people experiment and …

Addiction, Habits, and the New Year

The new year. It’s a time for a change as 2017 comes to an end and 2018 begins. People promise themselves with new year’s resolutions of going to the gym, reading more, and starting other healthy habits. However, when the new year comes in it’s time to party. Many will drink until they can’t anymore. The new year gives the …

4 Reasons to Exercise During Recovery

Pushups, running, burpees, yoga, and other exercises all help the human brain pump out endorphins like a factory pumping out car parts. One who commits to a workout routine will create discipline and notice the benefits of working out on a regular basis. Getting into this habit is the body innate way of repairing one’s self both physically and mentally. …