• The Link Between Low Self-Esteem and Substance Abuse

    General

    Many studies detail the link between low self-esteem and substance abuse. Adolescents in particular are susceptible to substance abuse resulting from low self-esteem, while those with high self-esteem are less likely to use drugs or alcohol. But what exactly is self-esteem, and how does it affect whether or not you’ll…

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  • Healing the Wounds of Addiction: Reconnecting with Parents

    Recovery

    Addiction is a family disease, according to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence.1 It causes enormous stress as family members attempt to maintain normalcy amid chaos, and it leads to dysfunction in the family system. Reconnecting with parents can be a daunting endeavor if your addiction has caused…

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  • Tips for Filling Your Social Feeds with Recovery Inspiration

    Recovery

    Successful longterm recovery requires learning multiple ways to cope with cravings and handle triggers. Visualize your different recovery approaches like a group of tools in a toolbox. Within that toolbox are things like group meetings and individual counseling, but an often overlooked device is generating your own recovery inspiration via…

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  • How to Create a Sense of Belonging in Recovery

    Recovery

    Addiction feels like a one-person show. When you’re addicted, it’s all about you. It has to be, because your primary concern is answering the cravings—which feel like life or death—while trying not to let your addiction consume you. For this and other reasons, you may have alienated friends and family…

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  • How to Participate in National Recovery Month in Pennsylvania

    Recovery

    Each year since 1989, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has set aside September as a month to celebrate recovery and promote the message that recovery is possible, and it’s a wonderful place to be.1 There’s a lot going on in Pennsylvania for National Recovery Month. If you…

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  • Who Finds out When You Use Insurance for Addiction Treatment?

    Treatment

    People who suffer a substance use disorder require high-quality treatment to successfully manage their disease and achieve long-term recovery. However, some people are hesitant to enter rehab—for any number of reasons. Some people are loath to leave their families for an extended period of time. Others worry about leaving their…

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  • Social Media, Depression and Addiction

    Addiction

    Social media has become a mainstay in our lives. Sites like Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram and Facebook have changed the way we communicate with others. Eight in ten Americans who are online use Facebook, the most popular social media platform with over a billion and a half users—and growing.1 The average…

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  • How to Prepare for Addiction Treatment

    Treatment

    Making the decision to enter a residential treatment program can be a little scary. You’re leaving everything familiar behind and embarking on an entirely new life of recovery. While this is an exciting prospect for many people, it can also put you under a little more stress and anxiety than…

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