Overdoses Hit Record Levels as Pandemic Continues

Drug overdoses have increased as the COVID-19 pandemic rages on. As we reported earlier, overdose deaths spiked in tandem with the arrival of the virus and its associated disruptions to daily life, work, recovery activity, and essential health services. Recent reporting indicates that trend has continued and shows no signs of abating. Consider the numbers from around the country: New …

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5 Ways to Care for your Mental Health during COVID-19

No one can argue that these are challenging times. For those who are long sober, or those just entering recovery, the COVID-19 pandemic affects us all. People around the world are experiencing unprecedented upheaval and uncertainty. Collectively, we are facing conditions that would make even the sanest and healthiest among us waver. Financial stress, disruptions to social structures, and the …

The Other Pandemic – COVID-19 Crisis Leads to Surge in Deadly Overdoses

The Other Pandemic – COVID-19 Crisis Leads to Surge in Deadly Overdoses

Emerging research indicates that there has been a nationwide uptick in fatal overdoses since the coronavirus pandemic began. Recent data suggests that the increase is being caused by several factors – including increased social isolation, funding for treatment programs being spent elsewhere, and interruptions to normal drug supply chains that cause people to seek out unknown or untrustworthy new sources. …

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Dealing with Depression and Anxiety in Recovery

First off, let us say: We feel you. Dealing with big feelings in recovery is no joke. For those of us who have spent a long time running from uncomfortable emotions, getting sober, and facing them is not for the faint of heart. We could even pose that perhaps this is what makes sobering up so hard in the first …

Isn’t It Time You Got Free of Addiction?

Isn’t It Time You Got Free?

Let’s face it – everyone feels the weight of tough times. And for most people, these times have been tougher than ever. The last few months have been emotionally charged, to say the least. The year kicked off with intense political division, only to be quickly followed by a terrifying virus pandemic that overtook the globe. Then came job losses …

Staying Sober Under These New Conditions

Staying Sober Under These New Conditions

Are you struggling with staying sober during the times of the COVID-19? Addiction is a disease of isolation. The addict’s mind separates itself from anything positive or good. One of the major reasons that addicts use is to shut off the voices in their head that tell them they are losers, or failures. The addict has suffered trauma, that creates …

Getting Sober During COVID-19

Getting Sober During COVID-19

Some say, “what a tough time to get sober”. The question we ask, “is anytime an easy time to get sober?” Addiction creates absolute chaos in every area of the life of an addict. Usually the addict has a criminal stuff going on. The addict has issues within its family relationships. Jobs are lost. Places to live have been forfeited. …