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Alcohol Awareness Month & When to Seek Treatment for Alcoholism

April 26, 2022 | Matt Berry

My second stint in rehab was impactful. My first and third were, too, but the second time receiving treatment for alcoholism stands out. Mostly because of two people I met while in rehab: Sally and Troy. Both Sally and Troy were in treatment for alcoholism. Both had very different reasons for their years of heavy…

Families Anonymous: A 12-Step Support Group for Families

April 25, 2022 | Kerry Nenn

Why am I here at this support group for families? I’m not the one with the problem! Jenna’s the one staying out all night and lying to Mom and Dad — causing fights — tearing our family apart. Besides, I’ve been living on my own for years now — so why does her behavior affect…

Effects of Alcohol: How Alcohol Thins Your Blood

April 19, 2022 | Kerry Nenn

Lily is chopping vegetables in her kitchen. Suddenly, the knife slips, and she cuts her hand. The platelets in Lily’s body immediately get to work clotting the blood to stop the bleeding. After a couple of minutes, Lily’s hand still hurts, but at least the bleeding has stopped. Kendra is playing with a kitten in…

All About Al-Anon Meetings

April 18, 2022 | Kerry Nenn

Terri needs support. But it’s not because she’s an alcoholic. It’s because she’s married to one. She’s heard about Al-Anon meetings, but she’s never gone to a meeting. She’s not sure what it would be like, and she worries she’ll feel out of place or self-conscious. So Terri’s fear of the unknown keeps her away….

Study: Ketamine Helps Increase Abstinence Days in Treating Severe Alcoholism

April 4, 2022 | Kerry Nenn

Could ketamine be the key to treating severe alcoholism? Doctors have used ketamine as a general anesthetic since the 1970s. In 2019, the FDA approved a nasal-spray version of ketamine for the treatment of certain cases of depression. So far, these are the only FDA-approved uses for ketamine. Some research has suggested there may be…

Compassion Fatigue: When an Addicted Loved One Leaves Your Tank on Empty

April 1, 2022 | Kerry Nenn

Compassion fatigue is a real issue for caregivers. Every day was a struggle. Jill felt mentally and physically exhausted. She was irritated and anxious all the time. She wasn’t sleeping well, and she was getting headaches almost daily. And worst of all, she realized she had stopped caring about her sister. Well, not exactly. She…

Making Amends in Recovery: Relationships After Rehab

March 31, 2022 | Lauren Sawyer

There’s a reason why addiction is called a family disease. Its effects ripple through our family and close relationships. And making amends in recovery to repair those relationships is a crucial step. Even if you think you’ve hidden your addiction well, there will inevitably be ways that it has impacted your relationships. Perhaps there has…

What To Do After a Relapse?

March 30, 2022 | Lauren Sawyer

Relapse may feel like the end of the world. But the truth is, it’s just a natural part of the recovery process. Addiction, by its very definition, is a chronic and relapsing condition. Meaning, even if you are committed to your recovery, there is still a real risk of relapse. Returning to using is nothing…

What’s the Cost of Addiction Treatment?

March 29, 2022 | Lauren Sawyer

So, what’s the cost of addiction treatment? That’s a complicated question. Addiction treatment costs vary depending on several factors. These include where you’re going for treatment if you need detox, and what type of insurance coverage you have. Paying for rehab can be a major barrier to care. But, there is a range of options…

Who Will Take Care of My Family While I’m in Treatment for an Addiction?

March 24, 2022 | Lauren Sawyer

Family is an important and potentially sustaining part of recovery, however, untreated addiction can also greatly affect—and potentially destroy—a family if left untreated. Caring for your family is important but you must first see to the most pressing need of getting professional treatment for an addiction.  Taking Care of Children While in Rehab Many parents…

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