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 […]

Dual Diagnosis: Treating Addiction and Mental Illness

Mental Illness and Addiction

Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders Mental illness and addiction are diseases that affect people of all ages, backgrounds, and ethnicities. Unfortunately, they often combine to create a complicated mix of issues. In 2014, over 20 million American adults had a substance use disorder – of these, roughly half also had a mental illness. Experiencing these two issues at the same time is referred to as dual diagnosis or a co-occurring disorder. This can make treating addiction more difficult, but if handled correctly, addressing both of these concerns simultaneously will result in better quality of life and improved outcomes over time. […]

Why Willpower Isn’t Enough

willpwer

If you’ve already made a commitment to recovery, then we don’t have to tell you that pure willpower is not the answer to overcoming addiction. Prior to recovery, many people with a substance use disorder want to “will” themselves to quit. You may even try to cut ties with using friends, ditch all of your alcohol or drugs or make heartfelt promises to loved ones – but having a strong will isn’t enough. Unfortunately, willpower will only get you so far without proper support, education and treatment. This is because addiction isn’t a choice or result of moral failing; it’s […]

Sober Spring in Austin

sober spring

With the spring season comes fresh inspiration and motivation, a desire to start anew. One way to take advantage of the energy and spirit of spring is to seek out fulfilling activities and leisure opportunities to help you fill your newly found sober hours. New interests and recreational activities help prevent relapse, boost self-confidence and create a sense of fulfillment in your sober life. Reaping the Benefits of Spring Whether you take an excursion to the mountains or stroll around your local park, getting active and out into the fresh air during spring can do wonders for your recovery. For […]

Managing Finances and Reducing Financial Insecurity in Recovery

Managing finances

Addiction can take a toll on many aspects of your life, including your physical health, mental state, spiritual well-being, relationships – and your finances. In fact, many people in recovery find themselves struggling financially. This is because addiction clouds your judgement when it comes to money management. You’re thinking about scoring, not saving your pennies. You’ve likely burned through a lot of cash to support your lifestyle during active addiction and may even be struggling with severe debt. What’s more, getting help for a substance use disorder can be expensive – though the cost of not getting treatment is much, […]

Be Humble Day: Humility and Recovery (Be Humble Day is Feb 22)

Be Humble Day

February 22 is Be Humble Day, a made-up holiday created to increase empathy and awareness and get people to think about the virtue of humility. The idea is that being humble for just one day may result in prolonged humility; you’ll realize how important it is and how great it feels to be humble. If you’re in recovery, you’re likely familiar with the importance of humility. It plays a big part in accepting that you’re powerless over your addiction. To accept your addiction and restart your life, you must have humility. What Is Humility? Webster defines humility as “the quality […]

Your Heart on Drugs

your heart on drugs

If you’re in recovery from a substance use disorder, your heart is likely saying thank you right about now. That’s because alcohol as well as the majority of illegal drugs can have an adverse impact on your heart health, ranging from irregular heart rate to heart attacks. In honor of American Heart Month this February, here’s a look at your heart on drugs. According to the American Heart Association, chronic drug use can lead to a variety of cardiovascular problems, including: Rapid or irregular heart beats (arrhythmia) Sudden increase in blood pressure Endocarditis (inflammation of the heart lining) Dilated cardiomyopathy […]

Another Opioid Scourge: Infection-Related Strokes

Experts warn of yet another danger of opioids: the risk of infection-related stroke. According to reports from the annual meeting of the American Stroke Association, the rate of hospitalization for stroke rose 20 percent in the last 10 years. And it’s no coincidence that these numbers coincide with the current opioid epidemic. “People need to be more aware that stroke can be a devastating complication of injecting opioids,” lead study author Dr. Setareh Salehi Omran, who is a fellow in vascular neurology at the Weill Cornell Medical Center and Columbia University Medical Center in New York City, told HealthDay. How […]