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 […]

Using Aromatherapy in Addiction Recovery

aromatherapy

Essential oils are certainly not a cure-all elixir for people in recovery from a substance use disorder, but it might not hurt to add them to your daily routine along with a reputable addiction treatment program. Holistic therapy has become an important part of many rehabs and helps heal the mind, body and spirit from the tolls of addiction. Aromatherapy is a type of holistic therapy that more and more people are exploring. The National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy defines it as “the art and science of utilizing naturally extracted aromatic essences from plants to balance, harmonize and promote the health […]

Addiction: How Women Differ From Men

women addiction

Thanks to a growing body of research, we now know that addiction and addiction recovery is different for men and women alike. In fact, women face some unique challenges including having a harder time quitting and a greater chance at relapse. Differences between women and men also include how they develop a substance use disorder, experience consequences of use and what they need in terms of treatment and lasting sobriety. Men and women experience addiction differently and often wrestle with different societal pressures and emotions. Here’s a look at a few key differences: Women become addicted faster with smaller amounts than […]

For Family: Spotting the Signs of Mental Illness

signs of mental illness

Mental illness and substance use disorder often go hand in hand – in fact, there’s even a name for it: co-occurring disorder or dual diagnosis. According to a National Survey on Drug Use and Health, nearly 8 million people in the U.S. experience both a mental disorder and substance use disorder simultaneously. Either disorder — mental illness or a substance use disorder — can develop first. Data from the National Institute on Drug Abuse shows high rates of cooccurring substance use disorders and anxiety disorders (generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder) as well as  mental disorders such as depression and […]