Narcan

Are the Narcan Memes Lying to You?

You’ve seen the meme. “If Narcan is free for drug addicts, why isn’t chemotherapy free for cancer patients?” Wrapped up in this seemingly harmless little question is a Pandora’s Box of stigma, bias, and ignorance, jeopardizing any attempt by recovery advocates to eradicate these shame-perpetuating influences on our view of substance use disorder (SUD). So…

stigma

The Stigma of Addiction

Stigma is an ugly word. Sure, it’s like any other word in the English language – devoid of emotional meaning unless you have experienced it firsthand – but its ugliness isn’t limited to experience. Stigma denotes human judgment and suffering. Merriam Webster defines stigma as “a mark of shame or discredit : STAIN”. To be stigmatized, therefore,…

kratom

What is Kratom?

Some people survey the modern day addiction landscape – particularly government and law enforcement officials – and refer to the ongoing struggle with substance use as “the war on drugs”. Still others refer to it as the “opioid epidemic”. Regardless of how you label it – or the accuracy of your label – it’s hard…

A Very Process Christmas

When you are new to recovery, it can be hard to know how to get through a regular Tuesday without drugs and alcohol, never mind a major holiday. As December 25th fast approaches, we are taking a different approach to our blog; we are inviting you behind-the-scenes of the Process Recovery Center. I have asked…

seasonal depression

Signs & Symptoms of Seasonal Depression

Chances are, if you live a notable distance from the equator, you’ve experienced the so-called “winter blues”. Frigid temperatures and shorter days can drag even the most cheerful person down. But what is seasonal depression – and how is it different? Moreover, how do you know when it’s time to seek help? ’Tis the Season…

Help: The Most Rewarding Gift

If you want to keep it, you have to give it away. By definition, that’s a contradiction. But in the recovery world, it’s fundamental. So, what does it mean? According to Jennifer Harrington, therapist at the Process Recovery Center, it’s all about making connections. “It’s about the relationship, the connection between two people,” she says.…

Christmas

Money and Recovery: Christmas Edition

Psychologists report that early Christmas decorating can make you “happier”. They link holiday decorating to light and color therapy, as well as sociability, nostalgia and childhood magic. While many people cannot look back on childhood with any real sense of fondness, holiday decorating helps some enjoy an experience they would otherwise be unable to access.…

Thanksgiving

8 Tips for a Sober Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving does not extend equal abundance to all people. While some enjoy a loving family feast of turkey and pumpkin pie, others agonize over how to make it through the day. The unique challenges posed by the holiday season can be especially destabilizing for those in early recovery. If you’re wondering how to make it…

gratitude

How to Practice Gratitude

Our daily commutes say a lot about who we are. Whether we are driving to work, the grocery store, or the park, we can learn a great deal from the way our minds function when we travel. Some people use the time to reflect on their week, while others turn the music up and try…