There has been a lot of research into the link between schizophrenia, or psychosis more generally, and marijuana use. A statistical link has long been evident. By some estimates, about half of people diagnosed with schizophrenia struggle with addiction too. Two recent studies shed some light on the complicated relationship between marijuana and schizophrenia. The… Continue Reading Is Schizophrenia Related to Marijuana Use?
People in recovery are often discouraged to discover their money situation is in bad shape. They may have made a lot of bad decisions during active addiction, including taking on a ton of debt and ignoring other financial obligations. When they get sober and have to face these problems, it can feel overwhelming. Here’s how… Continue Reading Fixing Money Problems in Recovery
You may be at a point where you realize you have a problem and that something has to change, but you can’t quite decide to make a change. Or maybe you’ve taken the first steps toward recovery, but it’s just not going very well. It could be that although you have had enough of addiction,… Continue Reading Are Your Assumptions About Sobriety Holding You Back?
Transfer addictions are a way of filling the void left by the original addiction. This is both behavioral and physical. From a behavioral perspective, a transfer addiction gives you something to do. Whether you’re bored or stressed, the transfer addiction is the new thing you reach for to help you feel better. From a physiological… Continue Reading How to Avoid Transfer Addictions
Addiction doesn’t happen in a vacuum. Addiction often has roots in the family dynamic. Poor communication and dysfunctional patterns can lead to distress and trauma and people often use drugs or alcohol to cope. People who struggle with addiction often have parents who struggle with addiction. About half of addiction is genetic, but learned behavior… Continue Reading Why Family Therapy is So Important for Addiction Recovery
Adderall is a stimulant primarily prescribed for ADHD and sometimes for narcolepsy, but it is often misused either recreationally or to enhance productivity. Whether you have been using Adderall as prescribed or not, you may start to feel you would be better off without it and want to quit. Is Adderall safe to quit abruptly?… Continue Reading Is it Safe to Quit Adderall Cold Turkey?
Stomach trouble, including nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea are common during withdrawal. These may be especially severe for opioid withdrawal, which is often described as “the worst flu you’ve ever had.” Opioids slow down digestion and cause constipation. In fact, poppy seed tea is a traditional remedy for diarrhea. The problem is that your body adjusts… Continue Reading How to Treat Stomach Trouble During Withdrawal
Most people are familiar with 12-step programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous, but fewer people know about SMART Recovery. SMART stands for Self-Management And Recovery Training and was founded in 1994. SMART is a non-profit created to help people struggling with addiction by teaching them strategies shown by research to help control addictive… Continue Reading What is SMART Recovery?
Sober living homes are transitional places where people live after inpatient treatment but before living on their own. The idea is to give people a little more autonomy than they would have in inpatient treatment but still provide some peer support during a tricky time. If you are just leaving inpatient treatment, a sober living… Continue Reading Do Sober Living Homes Work?
They say there are two kinds of people: those with back and those who will have back pain. Most people will have some degree of back pain at some point in their lives. As if back pain isn’t bad enough, some people become addicted to opioid painkillers either because of the pain itself or because… Continue Reading 4 Ways to Relieve Back Pain Without Drugs