Willow Springs Recovery Blog

August 3, 2018

Demi Lovato: Her Struggles and Her Triumphs

On July 24, 2018, singer and actress Demi Lovato was hospitalized after an apparent drug overdose. Whatever the cause of her hospitalization, Lovato deserves compassion, not condemnation. She appears to be the visible face of a problem shared by many. Lovato has been open about her relationship with drugs and […]

July 20, 2018

Using Breathwork for Recovery

Just take a deep breath. Breathe in, breathe out. Give yourself a chance to breathe. We even stress the importance of focusing on our breathing while practicing meditation and yoga. We use so many breath-related phrases to make ourselves feel better and calm ourselves down. So, it might not be […]

July 13, 2018

How Do We Talk About Drug and Alcohol Abuse?

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me.” Many of us have probably heard this quotation since childhood, but it doesn’t make it true. In fact, words can hurt quite a bit, and their impact can linger long after we hear them. Words can hurt […]

June 19, 2018

Anthony Bourdain Suicide

Anthony Bourdain was the best of the best in many fields – from the kitchen to the media to books and more. He advocated for so much and brought a rise of excitement in everything he did. So, what happened? According to CNN, Anthony Bourdain was working in France on […]

May 25, 2018

Alcoholic Mood Swings and Other Symptoms of Alcohol Abuse

We all know people who drink alcohol to change their moods. We might have done this ourselves. People might drink because they’re depressed and feel that alcohol can boost their spirits (no pun intended), or they might be anxious and think that drinking can help calm their nerves. But, alcohol […]

May 21, 2018

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 […]

April 18, 2018

Marijuana and Depression

Is There a Link? The connection between marijuana and depression isn’t as understood as many people think. There are some that believe marijuana does not make people depressed, and there are those that say that marijuana use increases the likelihood of depression in users. It’s an important correlation to study […]

April 4, 2018

Stress and EMS Responders

Stress, Addiction, and EMS Responders First responders such as EMS (emergency medical services) responders, police officers, and firefighters swear oaths to protect the public from danger. But what happens when they need help themselves? What happens when they might be dangerous themselves? First responders have extremely stressful jobs. During the […]

January 19, 2018

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 […]