Thriving Despite Holiday Blues

Let’s face it. Drinking, drug abuse, anxiety, and depression soar over Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year’s. The holidays can be stressful under normal circumstances. With the 2020 triple pandemic (COVID-19, social/racial injustice and mental health), and election fatigue, the risk for holiday blues is even higher. The good news is that during this time…

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Recovery Ways Helps Utah Recovery Community Navigate Holidays with Free Weekly Virtual Series 

The holiday season is traditionally difficult for many, but with the dramatic increase in COVID-19 cases, financial uncertainty, and fundamental changes to family and social traditions, many feel they are nearing a breaking point. The recovery community, in particular, requires additional support during this time. Recovery Ways would like to be a part of the…

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Utah’s Criminal Justice Reform Falls Short Without Adequate Access to Addiction Treatment

Utahns with low-level drug convictions are back in court facing fresh charges more often following the Beehive State’s Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI). A recently published legislative audit on the JRI said, “Utah has not achieved its goal to reduce recidivism.” Recidivism is defined as the tendency of a convicted criminal to reoffend. “Offender treatment services…

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Welcoming Our New Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Hans Watson

It is my pleasure to announce Hans Watson, D.O., as Recovery Ways’ Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Watson trained in general psychiatry at Wright State University where he dedicated considerable time to aviation medicine.  It was there he became a certified Flight Surgeon for the United States Air Force.  Dr. Watson is a nationally recognized expert in multiple areas including psychotherapy, post-traumatic stress…

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PTSD and the Pandemic

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) should be redefined in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic,  says Varun Choudhary, M.D., in a recent post for Addiction Professional. “One of the biggest concerns keeping behavioral health specialists up at night is the emotional weight of the coronavirus outbreak.”  The number of Americans reporting symptoms of anxiety has tripled…

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COVID-19 Pandemic Drives Significant Increase in Substance Use

The novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has exacerbated challenges for millions of people with substance use disorder (SUD). Two new studies released in September 2020 revealed the extent to which Americans have begun to turn to psychoactive substances in an attempt to alleviate the severe stress brought on by the pandemic. A cross-sectional study of…

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