Willow Springs Recovery Blog

May 18, 2018

New Names for Drugs and Drug Use

Every day, we’re learning more about drugs, drug users, and addiction. This knowledge has helped assist people who have struggled with substance abuse. It also seems like every day, we’re learning more terms for drugs, ways to use drugs, and the side effects of substance abuse. Here are some of […]

May 3, 2018

How to Confront an Addicted Loved One

It’s the elephant in the room. You might know that your loved one is struggling with drug addiction or alcohol abuse and see that this substance abuse is hurting him or her. But, as much as this person is struggling, you don’t know how to talk with the person. Luckily, […]

April 30, 2018

7 Tips On How To Talk To Your Teen About Drugs And Alcohol

It’s not surprising to hear that the teen population using alcohol and drugs is pretty high. Even teens as young as 13 are beginning to drink or try certain drugs due to peer pressure. Of course, parents certainly don’t want their children to fall into alcohol or drug abuse, so […]

April 25, 2018

Overcoming the Stigma of Addiction

It’s a sad reality. People treat other people differently – and discriminate against them – for a variety of reasons. People might view and treat other people as less than because their looks, their life partners, their educations and jobs, their political leanings, and a host of other reasons that […]

April 11, 2018

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 […]

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 […]

March 29, 2018

Inspiring Substance Abuse Quotes to Help Your Recovery

April 1, 2018 is (or was, depending on when people read this) Easter Sunday, a very holy day for many Christians, whose faith teaches them that Jesus Christ rose from the dead at that time. Easter is all about new beginnings and renewal, but we don’t have to be religious […]

December 28, 2017

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 […]

December 21, 2017

Music Therapy for Substance Abuse

Music. It’s meditative, relaxing, therapeutic, stimulating, cultural, and acts as a communication channel. The sound itself vibrates with each one of us internally. When the metronome of the tune syncs with the acting stimuli in the brain it enhances, alters or mediates our thoughts, feelings, and reactions towards different situations. […]

December 9, 2017

Meditation Helps Control Withdrawal

“Breath in… and breath out… and breath in… and breath out” A common chant for practitioners of mindfulness meditation. An art that has been practiced since 5,000 BC and with good reason. Almost every culture has taken this practice and incorporated it into society. After all, mindfulness meditation practice is notorious […]