Texas Deaths from Drug Overdoses Spiking

overdose deaths in Texas

The recent appearance of fentanyl in the drug supply is changing the landscape of the Lone Star State. In fact, drug overdoses in Texas rose from 1,087 to 2,979 last year and synthetic opioids are the newest growing threat, according to a recent article in the Houston Chronic. And, over the last 18 years, drug overdoses in Texas have nearly tripled, according to new federal statistics. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), drug overdoses killed nearly 72,000 Americans last year, more than peak yearly totals from guns, car crashes or HIV. While Texas is not one of the five […]

How Unrealistic Expectations Can Harm Your Recovery

unrealistic expectations

Now that you’re in recovery, it’s natural to expect things to change for the better – but you’ll need to be careful that you don’t expect things to change too fast or too drastically. Recovery is a journey and the goal is progress, not perfection, after all. Setting unrealistic expectations during recovery can mean setting yourself up for failure. In fact, for many people, unrealistic expectations can lead to relapse. For example, a person can create a list of impossible demands for sobriety and, when those demands aren’t met, he or she can use it as an excuse to drink […]

Recovery Month: Benefits of Sharing Your Story

Recovery Month

September is Recovery Month and, as part of the celebration, people in recovery from across the country are celebrating their successes and sharing their personal stories in an effort to spread awareness, increase education and inspire others. There are plenty of ways to share your personal recovery tale. You can submit your story via Recovery Month’s “Voices for Recovery” on Recovery.org or you can share during a group meeting, with a trusted peer, friend or family member or via social media. Whichever way you choose, the benefits are vast and include helping to stop the stigma against addiction. Here are […]

Study: Exercise Can Help Prevent Relapses into Cocaine Addiction

exercise and cocaine relapse

Running on a treadmill for one hour, five days a week may be key to preventing cocaine relapses, according to researchers from the University of Buffalo. “Cocaine addiction is often characterized by cycles of recovery and relapse, with stress and negative emotions, often caused by withdrawal itself, among the major causes of relapse,” Thanos, senior research scientist in the UB Research Institute on Addictions and the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology in the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, said in a statement. According to the mice study, this type of aerobic exercise can help cause “memory clearance” that […]

Relearning to Trust Yourself During Recovery

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Learning to trust yourself and others is an important part of recovery. Self-trust has been described as “having an internal GPS system, so you know where to go next, you trust your decisions (big and small) and you’re willing to take risks.” Keeping this definition in mind, you can clearly understand why self-trust is so important. Re-establishing self-trust will help you make and keep promises to yourselves and others and give you the confidence needed to survive and thrive as you endure the hard work of recovery. Taking Steps to Rebuild Self-Trust Relearning to trust in you won’t happen overnight; […]

Boundaries and Self-Care

setting boundaries

A big part of self-care is setting boundaries. This is because laying out your boundaries allows you to prioritize your own wellbeing. It helps you to define and let others know what you need (physically and emotionally), how you expect to be treated and to recognize your right to have feelings, beliefs and personal time. It forces you to put you and your recovery first and to take a giant leap in self-worth. Creating healthy boundaries can be a powerful tool for lasting sobriety. Setting and enforcing limits can increase your self-respect and self-esteem and help to create a supportive network […]

Gratitude in Early Addiction Recovery

gratitude in early recovery

What are you grateful for today? There’s so many possible answers: To be alive, to be sober, to have your family talking to you, to see the sun shining, to feel the grass on your feet, to have the chance at a better life. Having an “attitude of gratitude” can be a pretty powerful tool in early recovery and beyond. While it will likely take some work – it requires adjusting your mindset and thought patterns – learning to be grateful can have some big benefits as you begin the road to recovery. Gratitude can help you to… Stay motivated […]

Why Are You Laughing?!?!

“We are going to Africaaaaa!!!” – Those were the words I joyfully announced last September at my husband’s 50th Birthday party. Having been a veterinarian for over 20 years and an animal lover his whole life, traveling to Africa for a photographic safari was right at the top of his bucket list. I was delighted to secretly make the arrangements and surprise him with this gift at the party. For months we planned and tweaked the itinerary. Rwanda, Tanzania, Ngorongoro Crater, briefly Kenya and finally South Africa. We were lucky that we had a BRC Alumni family friend who owned […]