Drug overdoses remain at alarmingly high levels as the coronavirus pandemic continues. As we reported over the summer, overdose deaths surged in tandem with the arrival of the virus and the interruptions it brought to daily life, work, recovery activity, and essential health services. Research suggests that the dangerous trend has persisted and shows no signs of slowing.
Cognitive researchers have made huge progress in recent years that has led to a much deeper understanding of what underlies the addictive processes. When researchers first began studying addiction, many believed that worked that people struggling with addiction lacked will power, or didn’t really “want” to stop.
75% of people who seek addiction treatment report a history of trauma. The risk for substance abuse rises by as much as four times for people who experienced trauma early in life. For those who experienced multiple or repeated traumatic events—this risk can rise tenfold. Obviously, there is a correlation between trauma and the potential for substance abuse.
No one can argue that these are tough times. It doesn’t matter if you are new to sober living or have been in recovery for some time—the COVID-19 pandemic affects us all. People around the world are experiencing unprecedented upheaval and uncertainty. Collectively, we...
In most 12-step fellowships, we hear the word “sponsor” thrown around quite a bit. To the uninitiated, the role of this person is hazy at best. Of course, it brings to mind lucrative deals with athletic brands, or Little League teams brought to you by the local pizza joint.
Newly emerging research suggests that there has been a huge uptick in drug overdoses since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Recent data indicates that several key contributors are fuelling the rise – including a loss of critical funding for treatment programs,...
When I stumbled into a 12-step program in my twenties, in an effort to salvage what was left of my life, I found myself overrun by feelings of panic, remorse, and general anxiety. I sought out help because I was tired of feeling broken and was desperate for change. Thanks to some amazing stroke of luck or grace or both, I found lasting sobriety, and even some peace and freedom.
From biological advantages to enhanced social cohesion, gratitude appears to be a potent emotion with some serious physical, mental, and spiritual benefits.
Thinking about seeking treatment? Why now might be the best time yet.
Here at Orange County Recovery, we are invested in the overall wellness of our community. It’s at the heart of our mission, and goes far beyond just treatment. We are here to encourage our clients to thrive – in good times and bad! During the collectively traumatic...
During this unprecedented time of social distancing, stay-at-home orders, and mandatory quarantine, how can we stay connected to each other and the solution?
Many of us in recovery—especially early recovery—have been overcome with intense waves of emotions like anxiousness, panic, and depression. Even when there aren’t global disease outbreaks, early days of sober living can be hard to adjust to. Big feelings can make even casual tasks difficult, and make it hard to imagine getting through a full day sober, let alone a lifetime.