substance use disorder

It’s Okay to Help Your Child with Substance Use Disorder

What would you do if you discovered your adult child had a potentially terminal illness? An insidious disorder that permeates every aspect of his life: physical and mental health, family ties, friendships, work performance, romantic relationships, and finances, among others. Nothing of any significance would be left unscathed. In fact, his illness could obliterate all…

alcohol use disorder

America’s Love Affair With Alcohol

Earlier this month, the Washington Post reported that 1 out of every 12 American adults has an alcohol use disorder – that’s 17.6 million people. I don’t know about anyone else but – as unfathomable as that number seems – I can’t help but wonder if it’s a little low. To be fair, the National…

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The Anonymity Debate

For recovery advocates who attend twelve step programs, one of the biggest challenges is talking openly about addiction recovery while also respecting the tradition of anonymity. After all, these programs have anonymous in their names for a reason. Most people know about the twelve steps, but there are also twelve traditions – and these traditions…

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…

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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…

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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.…