What You Need to Know About Narcan

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According to the CDC, an estimated 130 Americans die each day from an accidental overdose on opioid painkillers like Vicodin and OxyContin. However, did you know these tragic deaths are preventable with an opioid antagonist called Narcan? If you have prescription opioid medications in your home, you should have a supply of this drug on hand and ensure everyone in your household knows where it is and how to administer it. Even if you never need to use it, it will give you greater peace of mind. What Is Narcan? Narcan, also known by its generic name naloxone, is a […]

Dealing With a Toxic Work Environment in Recovery

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When you’re in recovery and actively working on preserving your sobriety, stress can serve as a significant relapse trigger. And, though all jobs and workplaces come with some level of stress, you’ll specifically want to avoid the anxiety and low quality of life that characterize a toxic work environment. A toxic or openly hostile workplace can have far-reaching effects on your self-esteem and relationships, and can manifest in some physical and psychological symptoms, too. Signs of a Toxic Workplace Is your work environment harming your health? Any job where the atmosphere, your co-workers’ attitudes or the work itself is so […]

4 Ways to Be a Better Listener

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If you often catch yourself zoning out or getting distracted while others are talking, you’re not alone. The average human attention span is now approximately eight seconds, thanks to the information that now bombards us from every direction. That’s why honing your listening skills can set you apart from the pack in every facet of your personal and professional life. Here are four tips you can use to become a better listener. 1. Put Your Phone Away Many of us spend hours each day glued to our digital devices. You might habitually reach for your phone whenever you have a […]

Addiction in the State of Texas

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Though substance misuse disorders are common throughout the U.S., crises like the opioid epidemic have affected some states more severely than others. The Lone Star State’s proximity to Mexico makes Texas particularly vulnerable to drug trafficking along its southern border, allowing dangerous drugs such as methamphetamines to enter the state. What are some of the most common addictions in Texas, and how can you recognize the signs of addictive behavior in yourself or someone close to your heart? Common Addictions in Texas The most prevalent substance use disorders in Texas include: Alcohol Methamphetamines Opioids, available as codeine, Vicodin, OxyContin and […]

How to Plan for Long-Term Addiction Recovery

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Once you’ve completed drug and alcohol rehab, you’ll need to face a much more significant challenge of figuring out what to do next. Without a strategy, you may find yourself unsure of how to resume daily life. Creating a comprehensive recovery plan can set you up for success in your goal of pursuing long-term sobriety. Here’s how to do it. 1. Develop a Routine Structure is a benefit of addiction treatment that will serve you well, but once you exit rehab, you may find that sorely lacking. You’ll need to find a way to fill the hours you used to […]

Feeling Unmotivated? Here’s How to Get Moving

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Life’s full of ups and downs. Some days, you might struggle to find your motivation – especially in the past few months, while quarantining at home to prevent the spread of COVID-19. It’s understandable to have trouble getting it together now and again, but if you need help breaking out of a rut, follow these tips. 1. Accept That It’s OK to Be Imperfect Even in the best of times, nobody has all the answers – and a worldwide pandemic is hardly the ideal scenario for anyone. The sooner you recognize that no one expects you to be perfect, the […]

Breaking the Cycle of Addiction and Depression

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The more we learn about substance abuse and mental health disorders, the better we understand the link between them. Mental health professionals call it a dual diagnosis when someone struggles with addiction and a mental health disorder at the same time. If you are living with both depression and a substance use disorder, you may wonder which came first, and how to effectively treat them so you can live a happier, healthier life. Addiction and Depression: A Chicken-and-Egg Scenario Does substance abuse cause depression, or vice versa? The answer is that both can be true. Often, the pain of depression […]

Our Top 5 Sober Independence Day Activities

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Independence Day is upon us once again, bringing the increased risk of a relapse for many people in recovery. Holidays can be especially dangerous because they tend to lack the structure that defines normal days, leaving you with extra hours to fill. With that in mind, you’ll need to have a plan for how you’ll spend the day in a way that helps you avoid pitfalls and triggers. Here are suggestions for our top five sober Independence Day activities. 1. Attend a Recovery Meeting You can start your day on a positive note by using the morning to go to […]

Healthy Goal-Setting Strategies for a Positive Lifestyle

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The need to self-isolate during the coronavirus pandemic has left many of us with extra time to reevaluate what we are doing with our lives. It’s an excellent opportunity to ask yourself if you have become the person you hoped to be, and, if not, what you can do to get there. If you take stock of your aspirations and realize you have fallen short, it’s never too late to hit the reset button with these healthy goal-setting strategies. 1. Begin With Intention If you’ve ever practiced yoga, you know the importance of setting an intention before you begin. Intention, […]

The Dangers of Non-Alcoholic Beer

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Once you’re pursuing recovery from alcohol addiction, non-alcoholic beer may seem like an appealing and safe option. After all, it won’t get you drunk and lead to problems such as reckless behavior, impaired judgment or blackouts. However, non-alcoholic beer has several issues you should be aware of. Here’s why recovering alcoholics should steer clear of “near beer.” Why Is Non-Alcoholic Beer Dangerous for Recovering Alcoholics? You may gravitate to “near beer” because you don’t like feeling left out during parties and other social occasions where people are drinking. However, it’s better to stick with water or soft drinks at these […]