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Jobs with the Highest Addiction Rate and Why This is Important for Your Recovery

Reading Time: 5 Minutes A variety of factors, such as genetics, an underlying co-occurring disorder, and environmental stressors cause drug and alcohol addiction. Environmental stressors can be past trauma, financial strain, divorce, or a big life change that can contribute to drug and alcohol addiction. People may use drugs or alcohol to self-medicate when dealing with these intense stressors, […]

In the News: Drug Dealers Using Dating Apps to Sell Drugs

Reading Time: 4 Minutes Social media apps such as Snapchat have a long history of being used to buy and sell drugs. However, another trend has emerged in recent years: using popular dating apps to push illegal substances.  While dating apps are supposed to be a place to find love, they are no stranger to controversy. Studies published in […]

The Relationship Between Instant Dopamine and Addiction and Earned Dopamine and Recovery

Reading Time: 4 Minutes What do drugs, alcohol, sex, social media, and food all have in common? They all create the same “instant feel good” response in our brains. Fueled by the neurotransmitter dopamine, pleasurable activities significantly impact our brains’ reward and motivation center. Dopamine is a brain chemical (neurotransmitter) released from your nucleus accumbens, a tiny structure within […]

Addiction Recovery is Not Linear, Here’s Why

Reading Time: 5 Minutes In the world of addiction recovery, the path often meanders rather than runs straight. There are ups and downs, progress and setbacks, and because addiction is a complicated disease, recovery is not a streamlined journey. Addiction is not only a physical dependence on substances; it intertwines with mental health, emotional well-being, and environmental triggers, forming […]

Romance in Addiction Recovery

Reading Time: 5 Minutes Romance in Addiction Recovery: Pitfalls of Dating in the First Year of Sobriety In the early stages of recovery from addiction, healthy relationships and being true to yourself and your recovery are essential for your well-being and sobriety. As humans, we are social creatures and want to connect with others on a platonic or romantic […]

Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) in Residential Treatment

Reading Time: 5 Minutes Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is the use of prescription medications in addiction treatment to alleviate withdrawal symptoms associated with dependence urges and cravings associated with addiction. Alcohol and drug withdrawal side effects can be very uncomfortable and even life-threatening. By providing relief through medications, people have a higher chance of overcoming their addiction and becoming more […]

Ozempic: Can This Trendy New Weight Loss Drug Be Targeted For Addiction

Reading Time: 4 Minutes Ozempic, an FDA-approved medication used to treat diabetes, has been trending among celebrities and influencers on social media over the past year as the “miracle weight loss drug.” Recent research suggests that this drug may target the same receptors in the brain as it does in the pancreas, acting on the brain’s reward dopamine center, […]

Stages of Treatment and Importance of Early Intervention

Reading Time: 5 Minutes Treating an addiction, also known as a substance use disorder, is very similar to treating any other type of medical condition, such as diabetes or high blood pressure; the goal is to reduce problematic symptoms and improve your overall well-being and lifestyle. If you or a loved one is struggling with substance misuse or addiction, […]

Matthew Perry’s Legacy in Addiction Recovery

Reading Time: 3 Minutes Matthew Perry recently passed away in a tragic accident. He was a friend to the world, and although he was most known for playing Chandler Bing on the hit television series Friends, he was a bright light and role model to those in the addiction recovery world. Matthew Perry struggled with substance abuse for decades, […]

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