Yearly Archives: 2016


Staying Sober During the Holidays


It is no secret that staying sober during the holidays can be challenging. Whether you are going to your company’s holiday party or Christmas dinner at your relative’s house, it is likely that alcohol will be present. Here are some suggestions we have come up with to help you stay sober during the holidays. Get Prepared Now that you are sober, it is important to prepare yourself for the holidays by creating a game plan so that you can rock all [...]

Staying Sober During the Holidays2016-12-05T12:00:37-08:00

Bipolar Disorder and Addiction


Bipolar disorder is a depressive illness that drastically affects ones mood, energy, thinking, behavior and overall brain functioning. Those with bipolar experience two extreme (and polar opposites) types of “episodes.” During a manic episode, an individual is overly happy, upbeat and cheerful or in some cases, hostile. During a depressive episode, an individual is severely depressed and painfully anxious. These “episodes” can last for days, weeks, or months at a time. The shift from one extreme to another disrupts everyday life, [...]

Bipolar Disorder and Addiction2016-12-02T12:00:19-08:00

What is Alcoholics Anonymous?


Alcoholics Anonymous is a non-professional, self-supporting, multi-national fellowship of men and women who share a common problem: their powerlessness over alcohol. Alcoholics Anonymous was founded in 1935 by Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith in Akron of Ohio. The primary purpose of AA is to help others alcoholics stay sober and help those struggling with addiction to achieve sobriety. It is estimated that there are currently over two million members of AA with an active presence in over 170 countries. The [...]

What is Alcoholics Anonymous?2016-11-28T12:00:47-08:00

What is Suboxone?


Like methadone, which up until 2000 was the primary option for people seeking narcotic replacement therapy, Suboxone is a drug used to treat narcotic addiction  by reducing symptoms of opiate addiction and withdrawal. Suboxone is the combination of buprephine and naloxone. Buprephine is a partial opioid agonist while Naloxone is a pure opioid antagonist. An agonist drug, like buprephine, mimics the effects of neurotransmitters naturally found in the brain, while antagonist drugs, such as naloxone, block the brains neurotransmitters. Thus, buprephine [...]

What is Suboxone?2016-11-25T12:00:39-08:00

Stress at Work as a Contributing Factor to Addiction


Stress is one of the key triggers when it comes to a person’s addiction and often times a person’s work is where they have the most stress. When it comes to addiction, many people don’t realize that the alcohol and the drugs are only a symptom of the problem. Those who become addicted to drugs or alcohol have a difficult time dealing with life on life’s terms. One may believe that their job or career is the main problem, but they [...]

Stress at Work as a Contributing Factor to Addiction2016-11-21T11:08:52-08:00

Romantic Relationships Under the Stress of Addiction


Relationships can be one of the major triggers in a person’s addiction and they may not even realize it. Whether the relationship appears healthy or not, many people get stuck in the cycle of drinking or using as a way of managing their relationship. Not only do relationships contribute to a person’s drinking or using, but it can also be a quick route to relapse once the person has received treatment. One of the biggest suggestions for anyone who is newly [...]

Romantic Relationships Under the Stress of Addiction2016-11-18T11:02:38-08:00

Am I an Alcoholic?


Admitting one’s powerlessness over alcohol is not easy. In fact, it is one of the hardest realizations to come to in life because it means identifying yourself as an alcoholic. It means admitting defeat to a substance; it signifies a loss of control. Think of it this way, as children, we do not grow up dreaming to someday be an alcoholic. Whether it was the way your parents talked about alcoholism growing up or how society portrays addiction today, more than [...]

Am I an Alcoholic?2016-11-14T12:00:30-08:00

The Connection Between Insomnia and Recovery


According to research, those in recovery from a substance abuse disorder are five times more likely to experience insomnia and are at an increased risk for relapse [1]. Whether the addict has been using stimulants like cocaine or drinking alcohol, their sleep patterns, which are governed by circadian rhythms, are deeply disrupted by drug and alcohol use. Getting sober means taking drugs and alcohol out of the equation, which unfortunately causes a lot of damage to the circadian rhythms in ones [...]

The Connection Between Insomnia and Recovery2016-11-11T12:00:16-08:00

Pink or U-4: The New Popular (and Fatal) Drug


What is Pink, Pinky and U-4? The new synthetic opioid that is being called “Pink”, “Pinky” or “U-4” is to blame for an alarming rise in fatal overdoses across the country. In the last nine months, over 80 deaths have been reported, eight of them out of Florida [1]. So what is it? “Pink” is a synthetic opioid that is chemically designed to get through the loopholes of drug regulation in our country. Due its dangerous potency, “pink” has already been [...]

Pink or U-4: The New Popular (and Fatal) Drug2016-11-07T12:00:38-08:00

The Heroin Epidemic


What was once considered a drug used primarily by the homeless population is now affecting every single demographic. When it comes to whom heroin impacts, it does not discriminate whether someone is poor, rich or somewhere in between. Heroin is now everywhere; it is in our neighborhoods, in our schools, and has an increasingly high chance of being in our own homes. Reasons for the Epidemic Many are puzzled when they hear the staggering number of people using heroin because of [...]

The Heroin Epidemic2016-11-04T12:00:39-07:00