Overdoses Continue to Surge with COVID-19 Outbreak

Overdoses Continue to Surge with COVID-19 Outbreak

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.

How Addiction Affects the Brain

How Addiction Affects the Brain

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.

Why Trauma-Informed Care is Vital During Substance Abuse Treatment

Why Trauma-Informed Care is Vital During Substance Abuse Treatment

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.

Making Time For Stillness

Making Time For Stillness

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.

Field Guide: Dealing With Anxiety in Recovery

Field Guide: Dealing With Anxiety in Recovery

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.