Should Couples Enter Treatment Together?

Should Couples Enter Treatment Together?

One of the many factors that influence addiction and recovery is whether you have a partner who also struggles with substance use. Having a partner with a substance use issue is a common reason many people, especially women, develop addictions in the first place. When two people with substance use disorders live together, the behavior of each influences the other. One may decide she needs to drink less but then


IT Workers May Have a High Risk of Depression

IT Workers May Have a High Risk of Depression

Your job may increase your risk of depression. This shouldn’t be too surprising, given that most of the stress people experience comes from work. Factors like stress, dangerous or toxic work environment, lack of social support, irregular hours, long hours, too little sleep, and lack of control are all major contributors to depression. Some jobs are infamous for high levels of depression. Healthcare workers, for example, often get depressed and


4 Ways to Cultivate Self-acceptance

4 Ways to Cultivate Self-acceptance

Self-acceptance is important for recovery. Many addictions are driven by shame, self-criticism, and feelings of worthlessness. Many feel like they deserve to be miserable to pay for their many mistakes. Some people feel like have to be critical of themselves in order to change for the better. However, this attitude is a trap. If you want something better for yourself, you have to feel like you deserve it. That means


Can You Ever Stop Opioid Replacement Therapy?

Can You Ever Stop Opioid Replacement Therapy?

Medication-assisted treatment, or MAT, is currently considered the gold standard for opioid use disorder. MAT combines the use of FDA-approved medications–typically methadone or buprenorphine, but sometimes naltrexone–with a holistic program that includes psychotherapy, life skills development, and positive lifestyle changes. Studies have shown that patients receiving MAT have significantly better outcomes, including longer recovery and fewer overdoses, than patients receiving psychotherapy alone. The primary reason for this appears to be


4 Tips for Setting Recovery Goals

4 Tips for Setting Recovery Goals

Setting goals is a useful strategy for maintaining recovery. Most people have fairly straightforward big goals for recovery, including staying sober, repairing relationships, getting their career back on track, or having more stability in life. While these are all worthy aspirations, they are also open-ended. You want to stay sober indefinitely. You want your relationships and career to continue improving, rather than just improving a little, then stopping. It can


What is the Economic Cost of the Opioid Epidemic?

What is the Economic Cost of the Opioid Epidemic?

The human cost of the opioid epidemic has been huge in the last 20 years. Despite increasing efforts by federal, state, and local governments, opioid-related deaths continue to rise. In 2017, nearly 50,000 people died of an opioid-involved overdose in the US. Each one of these deaths is a tragedy and there have been many highly publicized accounts describing the pain of losing a loved one to opioids. However, there


6 Easy Ways to Make Nature Part of Your Addiction Recovery

6 Easy Ways to Make Nature Part of Your Addiction Recovery

Many studies have found that spending time in nature has many benefits, including reducing stress and anxiety, improving your mood, and boosting your immune system. These are all important to anyone just starting out in recovery, or really, anyone who values her mental health and wellbeing. It may be easy for you to spend time in nature, or difficult, depending on where you live and mobile you are. However, any


Can You Enjoy Baseball Season Without Drinking?

Can You Enjoy Baseball Season Without Drinking?

March 28th is opening day for Major League Baseball. Baseball games are a staple of summer fun for many Americans. A day at the ballpark typically includes hotdogs, peanuts, pretzels, nachos, and beer. If you’re in recovery, the beer may be a problem. People around you may be drinking, you can smell the beer, and you might even have to pass a beer to someone in your row. All of


Study Finds Clue to Anhedonia in Depression

Study Finds Clue to Anhedonia in Depression

Anhedonia, or loss of the ability to feel pleasure, is one of the less appreciated symptoms of depression. While sadness, hopelessness, irritability, disturbed sleep, and thoughts of suicide are hard to ignore, not finding pleasure in things you used to enjoy is a more insidious symptom of depression. It gradually drains your motivation to the point where you ask, “Why bother?” Anhedonia is also not well understood. Like depression, anhedonia


Can Your Job Increase Your Risk of Depression?

Can Your Job Increase Your Risk of Depression?

Depression is complicated and we don’t fully understand why people get depressed. We know that genes play a part. We also know that lifestyle factors like diet, exercise, and sleep play a role, as do your thinking patterns. Your job may play a significant role as well. Most people spend at least half of their waking hours at work, which means their work environment has a significant impact on their


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