Finding Peace After Addiction

Finding Peace After Addiction

When you free yourself from the burden of substance use, you make room for the greatest pleasures that life can offer. Finding peace after addiction is a journey, but it’s well worth the effort. If you believe that you can’t live substance-free, then consider the fact that drugs and alcohol might be the source of your problems rather than the solution to them. One brief anecdote perfectly illustrates this crucial lesson… The Cobra Effect When the British controlled colonial India, the governor faced an emergency in Delhi. The territory was overrun by cobras, and the snakes were posing a fatal […]

How Addiction Affects Your Immune System

How Addiction Affects Your Immune System

People often think about how addiction impacts our brains, emotions and cognitive abilities. Though we all know that substance use has physical consequences, it’s tempting to think about addiction as solely a disease affecting the mind. However, once you truly understand how addiction affects your immune system, you begin to grasp how deeply substance use disorder impacts your body. A compromised immune system invites a host of disastrous medical conditions. A person struggling with an addiction isn’t just more likely to catch a cold; they’re potentially vulnerable to life-threatening chronic conditions. Before we address how substances impede our bodies from […]

The Importance of National Substance Abuse Prevention Month

October is National Substance Abuse Prevention Month. There’s never been a more important time to talk about the impact of addiction on individuals, families and communities. The number of overdose deaths has skyrocketed in recent years, and countless more deaths and serious illnesses are attributed to drug and alcohol use. It’s an issue that affects all of us, either directly or indirectly. The best way of avoiding the consequences of substance misuse is prevention. National Substance Abuse Prevention Month is a chance to talk about the importance of preventing addiction before it begins. It’s also an opportunity to consider what […]

How to Observe Mental Illness Awareness Week

Mental Illness Awareness Week in 2019 is October 6th to October 12th. The U.S. Congress established Mental Illness Awareness Week in 1990. Every year, it takes place on the first full week of October and highlights the efforts of mental health advocacy groups like the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). It’s not just NAMI that brings awareness to mental health issues in October; every year, the World Health Organization designates October 10th as World Mental Health Day. October is also National Substance Abuse Prevention Month. It’s appropriate that mental health and substance use awareness campaigns share this overlap. The […]

Opioid Overdoses Become Nation’s #1 Preventable Injury-Related Deaths

The average American is more likely to die from an opioid overdose than a vehicle crash. It’s the first time in our nation’s history that opioid overdoses have overtaken crashes as a leading cause of preventable death. The odds of dying from an opioid overdose are one in 96, greater than not only crashes (one in 103), but also falls (one in 114) and gun assaults (one in 285). More than 133 people die every day because of opioid overdoses. These statistics highlight how devastating the opioid epidemic has become in the U.S., and it’s a sign of how great […]

Genetics can increase or decrease your risk of opioid addiction

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We know genetics can increase a person’s risk of developing cancer, diabetes, heart disease and a number of other conditions, and the same goes for opioid addiction. Over the last decade, a growing body of research has focused on minute differences in a person’s DNA, called single-nucleotide polymorphisms, or SNPs, which can indicate your risk of addiction. Some people have an opioid receptor gene that protects them specifically from opioid dependence, and substance dependence in general. There are also gene variations for three dopamine receptors in the brain–the molecules that signal pleasure–that are linked to a heightened risk of opioid […]

Anything is Possible

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BRC Recovery I had a dream once of going to Penn State and getting a Ph.D. Instead, I ended up at the State Pen getting a GED. After dropping out of high school in the 12th grade, because I thought I knew it all, I started to follow my feet wherever my self-will led me. At this time in my life, drugs and alcohol played an important role, and it seemed the world was out to get me. My family was always there to offer support and advice, and I would nod my head in agreement but I never followed […]

Take Off the Training Wheels

TRAINING WHEELS One of the most nerve-wracking times for a family during the recovery journey is when your loved one moves from the treatment center to sober living and then to an apartment or house. At this time, managing your own recovery becomes critical, because doing so will help you take the training wheels off your loved one and allow them to begin riding their recovery journey without your interference. One thing that will help you let go of managing your loved one’s life is working to improve communication, because many families suffer from dysfunctional communication. As your loved one […]