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Addiction Recovery

New Years

Happy New Year: 5 Proactive Relapse Prevention Ideas

  Happy New Year: 5 Proactive Relapse Prevention Ideas The 2019 holiday season is coming to a close. You made it through the Christmas holiday with your sobriety intact, and that’s something to celebrate. Just one more holiday milestone to navigate: New Year’s. New Year’s Eve 2019 is set to be one of the biggest parties of the year, especially since we’re on the verge of ushering in a new decade. That means, in order to celebrate the holiday and maintain your recovery, you have to set yourself up for success. And you do that by taking smart proactive steps and...

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5 Tips to Protect Your Recovery During the Holidays

5 Tips to Protect Your Recovery During the Holidays As we talked about in our last blog post, the holiday season can be difficult for people in recovery. Things like unrealistic expectations, family dysfunction, unhealthy eating and drinking, financial strain, travel complications, and fatigue are unfortunately common around the holidays. When these triggers pop up, they can easily increase the risk of relapse. Guard Your Recovery No matter where you are in your recovery journey – whether you’re new to sobriety or you’ve been sober for years – it pays to be cautious during the holidays. With that in mind, below are five...

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Why Are the Holidays So Stressful for People in Recovery?

Why Are the Holidays So Stressful For People in Recovery? The holidays are supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year. For those of us in recovery, however, the time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day can be a time of increased anxiety, temptation, and potential backsliding. The holiday season has a unique ability to bring out the best and the worst in people. There’s an increased focus on family, friends, and social interaction during this time. However, increased stress, unexpected triggers, and unrealistic expectations can quickly outweigh the positive qualities of the season. What Makes the Holidays So Difficult...

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national recovery month

National Recovery Month 2019: The Power of a Strong Support System

National Recovery Month 2019: The Power of a Strong Support System National Recovery Month is celebrated every September. Now in its 30th year, this initiative boosts treatment awareness and celebrates the successes of those in recovery. This month is an opportunity to bring visibility to recovery, highlight the effective treatments available, display the strength of support communities, dismantle the stigma surrounding addiction, and bring a message of hope to those who need it the most. But National Recovery Month isn’t just for those in recovery. It’s also a special time for anyone who’s been impacted by the disease of addiction and...

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paramedics

New Jersey Paramedics Can Now Offer Patients Suboxone After Overdose

New Jersey Paramedics Can Now Offer Patients Suboxone After Overdose paramedics   This is a first for the addiction treatment world. Last month, the New Jersey health commissioner authorized its paramedics to administer the drug buprenorphine (brand name Suboxone) to patients after their overdose had been reversed using the opioid antidote naloxone. This groundbreaking model has two specific goals. The first goal is treating opioid withdrawal symptoms caused by administration of naloxone. Naloxone (also known as Narcan) is an “opioid antagonist” that reverses the life-threatening effects of opioids – specifically depression of the central nervous system and respiratory system. Simply put, naloxone helps to...

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YOU CAN TRANSITION FROM METHADONE TO SUBOXONE

You Can Transition From Methadone to Suboxone – I’m Living Proof

You Can Transition From Methadone to Suboxone - I'm Living Proof   Getting off methadone can be difficult. When done properly, however, switching from methadone to Suboxone can make for a smart transition plan. People have different reasons for making the switch from methadone to Suboxone. Some of the most common motivations include: A desire to avoid daily clinic visits and long wait times to dose Perceived stigma associated with methadone and/or methadone clinics A desire to break free of highly regulated methadone treatment programs Long distance travel required in order to attend the methadone clinic Resolving adverse cardiac effects developed while...

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suboxone saved my life

Suboxone Saved My Life

Suboxone Saved My Life   I grew up believing the lies of addiction stigma. Addiction only happens to bad people. If someone gets hooked on drugs, they can just decide to stop whenever they want. People who come from stable homes don’t need to worry about addiction. Dangerous drugs are sold on the streets by scary-looking dealers. I didn’t have anything to worry about. After all, I wasn’t abused as a child or abandoned by my parents. I got good grades in school, graduated from college (twice), landed a great job, and had a wonderful group of friends. I wasn’t in danger...

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