Signs of Substance Abuse

7 Clear Signs of Substance Abuse & Addiction

Embarking on the journey to recognize and address substance abuse and addiction requires a nuanced understanding of the signs of substance abuse that may indicate an individual’s struggle. In this exploration, we delve into “7 Clear Signs of Substance Abuse & Addiction,” aiming to provide insights that empower early recognition and intervention. Substance abuse, a…

Medical Maintenance Therapy in Addiction Recovery

Medical Maintenance Therapy in Addiction Recovery

Addiction is a complex and pervasive issue that affects millions of individuals and their families worldwide. While addiction recovery often involves a variety of approaches, one significant and proven strategy is the use of medical maintenance therapy. These therapies, offered by reputable facilities like Pines Recovery Life, provide essential support to individuals seeking to overcome…

Mindful Practices in Recovery

Cultivating Holistic Well-Being Through Mindful Practices in Recovery

In the challenging journey of addiction recovery, achieving holistic well-being is of paramount significance. Addiction, whether to substances or harmful behaviors, takes a toll on an individual’s physical, mental, and emotional health. True recovery entails not only breaking free from the chains of addiction but also fostering a comprehensive sense of well-being. Holistic well-being encompasses…

Role of Creativity and Art Therapy in Addiction Recovery

Exploring the Role of Creativity and Art Therapy in Addiction Recovery

In the journey of addiction recovery, exploring unconventional methods that go beyond traditional therapies has become increasingly important. One such approach that has gained recognition is the integration of creativity and art therapy into recovery programs. This innovative concept recognizes that creative expression can serve as a powerful tool for healing and growth. By tapping…

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Building Resilience in Addiction Recovery

In the journey of addiction recovery, resilience plays a pivotal role in overcoming challenges and achieving lasting sobriety. It is the inner strength that empowers individuals to bounce back from setbacks, persevere through difficult times, and embrace positive changes in their lives. Resilience is the driving force that enables individuals to navigate the ups and…

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Understanding the Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP): A Step Towards Lasting Recovery

The Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) at Pines Recovery Life plays a vital role in their treatment continuum. As an integral part of their comprehensive approach, the PHP offers a structured and supportive environment for individuals transitioning from detox to ongoing treatment. The PHP provides a higher level of care and intensive support compared to outpatient…

5 Commonly Abused Prescription Drugs florida

5 Commonly Abused Prescription Drugs

Prescription medications can put people at risk of addiction. That can happen even if you take the drugs as prescribed. It’s common in situations where a person struggles with pain or mental health disorders that require stimulants. Prescription drug addiction is serious and can impact the quality of life and a person’s life span. It…

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Why Me? | The Selective Nature of Addiction

Addiction is an epidemic that has run rampant across humanity for centuries. Helen of Troy was said to have utilized opium, given to her by an Egyptian queen, in helping to treat the Greek warriors in Homer’s Odyssey – “…presently she cast a drug into the wine of which they drank to lull all pain and anger and bring forgetfulness of every sorrow.” Roman addictions, as well as Spartan and Greek, are well documented. To go “berserk” is a term that comes from Viking Berserkers, a much feared warrior who would rush into battle mostly nude, no matter the weather, incredibly high on psychedelic drugs to cancel out all fear and pain during battle. Yes, addiction has quite literally been a part of humanity since the earliest days of our existence.

Yet, despite that, addiction is not something that runs throughout humanity. There are many millions of humans alive today who seem to be immune to addiction. No matter what they do, or what they try, when they tire of it, or they just don’t feel like it anymore, they stop. Just like that. They drop it, they’re done, they never think about it again, nor do they suffer side effects from stopping whatever “it” was.

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How To Love An Addict

Addiction not only rips apart a life, it does the same thing to the relationships and loved ones held most dear by the addict.

It is a very difficult thing to watch a loved one slip into addiction. Suddenly, someone that you once knew so well has become a completely different person, a person that you can’t trust, a person who seems to fight every helping hand and seek out every harmful situation they can possibly find, a person who pushes away love, a person who pushes away you. You know that this is the addiction working, taking control, but you can’t help but be affected by it. You can’t help feeling hurt, angry, helpless. You can’t help feeling like you want to give up.

And, unfortunately, many people do give up. They try and try until they’ve had enough – enough betrayal, enough rejection, enough hurt. Their addict loved one has hurt them so many times, maybe even betrayed their trust as well, that the need to protect themselves from more hurt and more harm has overtaken the love that they feel for this person who has been changed so drastically by addiction. And they give up. They cut ties, they banish, they forget, they toss aside.