Category: substance abuse

Destigmatizing Substance Use

Destigmatizing Substance Use

There is something about human nature that makes us judge everything. That tastes good. That tastes bad. He/she/they look amazing. I look awful. We compare and judge and create stigmas throughout our society. Beliefs such as celebrities have perfect lives. …

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Taking Time to Heal

Taking Time to Heal

When someone gets very ill physically, or worse, is diagnosed with something life-threatening like cancer, they will follow their doctor’s recommended course of treatment, even if it means long-term hospitalization. However, it is not always so easy for us to …

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Allowing Others to Heal

Allowing Others to Heal

Finding our own recovery from substance use is such an extraordinary feat. It takes everything we have, plus therapists and others to help guide the way for us. Ideally, we will also have a support system of family and friends …

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What is CBT Therapy

What is CBT Therapy?

With so many acronyms involved in treatment for substance use, it can become really confusing. Letters are thrown around at a time when we are just trying to figure ourselves out and regain control of our lives. All of these …

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investing in life

Investing in Life

We invest in our careers by seeking education and training. We invest in our homes by using our finances and other resources. We invest in our future by placing our money where it will bring the most return. But how …

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How Can I Rebuild My Life?

How Can I Rebuild My Life?

Life can be full of setbacks. Although very few things set us back further than substance use. Our lives suffer physically, mentally, and emotionally. Our substance use can negatively impact our health, our relationships, our work, families, and sometimes even …

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The Dangers of Methamphetamine

All substance use has consequences, but some consequences are more extreme than others. Meth, or methamphetamine, is a substance with very extreme consequences, one of which is that it is incredibly addictive. We hear about how meth is really bad, …

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Can Polysubstance Abuse Be Treated?

Treatment for substance use can be tricky, as it requires a combination of mental, emotional, and physical approaches to recover. Adding a second substance makes it harder to treat, and when we have been using multiple substances or suffer from …

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How Do I Know the Value of Substance Treatment?

There are so many reasons that we avoid or procrastinate getting treatment for substance use. Obviously, denial is a big part of addiction, and let’s face it – chronic substance use seriously impairs our level of functioning. Sometimes deep down …

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How Can I Be Strong When I Feel So Worthless?

When it comes to seeking treatment for substance use disorder, we are often at our lowest mentally and physically. We may have made some big mistakes, and likely lack control of our lives. We can feel anything from downhearted to …

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