Moving Beyond Guilt

Moving Beyond Guilt

It was St Patrick’s’ Day and what we thought would be just another day turned out to be a day we would celebrate in our family’s history for generations to come.My family’s heritage stems from the Irish and Scottish coasts. The Scotch-Irish culture was home to my family until they migrated to Boston, Massachusetts, and…

Addicts Will Always Find a Way to Get High

Addicts Will Always Find a Way to Get High

When the makers of OxyContin reformulated the drug to minimize abuse in 2010, the sudden unattractiveness of one of the most widely abused painkillers prompted a dramatic surge in heroin abuse. Onlookers expected OxyContin to lose its huge following, but few expected such a widespread shift to heroin. Yet studies show that’s exactly what happened.From…

Let Go of Shame

Let Go of Shame

“If we can share our story with someone who responds with empathy and understanding, shame can’t survive.”  ~ Brené Brown Do you feel shame because of your addiction? The thing is, there is plenty of shame to go around when it comes to addiction. Family members, especially parents, feel it as well. I felt anxious…

Prescription Drug and Heroin Abuse

Prescription Drug Abuse and Heroin

Prescription drug abuse is on the rise and one of the fastest growing groups of abusers are teenagers. But, what most parents do not understand is how quickly teens turn to heroin when their supply of prescription medication runs out.Here, we’ll review the basics of this turnover, and offer some safety tips for your home…

What is Drug Rehab Accreditation?

What is Drug Rehab Accreditation?

When you’re searching for a drug rehab, one of the first recommendations you’ll hear is to find a program that is accredited. What does it mean for a program to be accredited? And does accreditation ensure quality treatment?In lieu of or in addition to getting licensed by the state, some addiction treatment programs choose to…

Abstinence vs. Sobriety

Abstinence vs. Sobriety

As it is often said in the addiction treatment profession, there is a clear separation between abstinence and sobriety. Abstinence can be defined simply as physical free from mind-altering substances. Abstinence doesn’t address behaviors, emotions, mental health, etc. It just means that the person is free of drugs/alcohol. Sobriety includes abstinence, but also encompasses much…

Fear of Missing Out

Fear of Missing Out

As sober addicts and alcoholics, we often convince ourselves that we’re missing out when we’re not. Luckily, there are ways to combat that. Last year I went away for a long weekend with a big group of sober women to celebrate our friend Sara’s birthday. There must have been about 12 of us (it was…

Sadness in Addiction Recovery

Sadness in Addiction Recovery

Sorrow is a feeling of anxiety, fear, and sadness, caused by loss, disappointment, or other heartbreak suffered by ourselves or others around us each day. However, sorrow comes in many forms and is one of the deadliest ways to stop us in our tracks and keep us from growing.Here, we explore the dangers of feeling…

Make 2016 The Year You Get Sober

Make 2016 The Year You Get Sober

Chances are if you’ve ever considered getting sober, there’s a reason. Whether it be because of poor health, bad behavior or repercussions of drinking, there’s a way to make the thought of sobriety a reality. And what better time to start than a brand new year?While I’m not a huge fan of New Year’s resolutions,…