New Support for Opioid Agonists

Posted by New Life on Jul 24, 2020 1:43:16 PM

The opioid crisis has been making headlines in recent years. It’s an especially tangled web for many people, as opioids help to manage pain. Opioid addiction may start with a prescription, but over time, use can escalate as people build a tolerance. A recent Medscape article highlighted a new study that provides strong support for using opioid agonists to help treat opioid use disorder. Let’s take a closer look at what opioid agonists are and how they can help those recovering from opioid addiction. 

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Men and Recovery

Posted by New Life on Jun 26, 2020 1:13:10 PM

June is Men’s Health Month. Why is it important to shed a spotlight on men’s health? On average, men die almost five years earlier than women. In particular, mental health is a concern for men, as men are four times as likely to die by suicide than women. Men experiencing addiction face unique challenges when it comes to seeking treatment. Let’s take a look at those challenges and why getting treatment is essential. 

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Pride 2020: Finding Community and Support

Posted by New Life on Jun 26, 2020 12:34:40 PM

June is Pride month. It’s an annual celebration of the LGBTQIA+ community. We celebrate our survival, our right to live with the same freedoms as anyone else. We show our unity and strength, and we remind everyone that we still have progress to make when it comes to equal rights. 

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Substance Use Disorder and Depression

Posted by New Life on May 20, 2020 6:20:34 PM

People who experience addiction may also have other mental health conditions. Like addiction, a mental health condition is not anyone’s fault. We tend to blame ourselves for these conditions when the reality is that they are complex. Experiencing a mood disorder like depression along with substance use disorder (addiction) is called having a co-occurring condition. It’s essential to treat both substance use disorder and depression in those who experience both conditions. 

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New Support for Opioid Agonists

Posted by New Life on May 8, 2020 11:38:25 AM

The opioid crisis has been making headlines in recent years. It’s an especially tangled web for many people, as opioids help to manage pain. Opioid addiction may start with a prescription, but over time, use can escalate as people build a tolerance. A recent Medscape article highlighted a new study that provides strong support for using opioid agonists to help treat opioid use disorder. Let’s take a closer look at what opioid agonists are and how they can help those recovering from opioid addiction. 

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Why Do I Keep Relapsing?

Posted by Beverly Porter Ervin on Apr 21, 2020 6:28:40 PM

It’s a frustrating cycle. You commit to change. You go through withdrawal and start the recovery process. Then something happens. It could be a specific, stressful event. It could be the demands of day-to-day life. You might think that using this one time won’t hurt. Then, relapse. If you’ve found yourself wondering, “Why Do I Keep Relapsing?” you’re not alone. Relapse is a part of the recovery process for most people. Let’s take a look at why people relapse and what you should do if you relapse. 

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Coronavirus Mental Health Tips

Posted by New Life on Apr 17, 2020 5:44:04 PM

Sometimes the world seems crazy. If you’re recovering from substance use disorder, you already have a full plate. When the world around us adds even more pressure, like all the news and changes from the coronavirus, it can all feel like a bit much. While it might be tempting to return to old coping mechanisms, we know that our addictions weren’t truly helping us. They didn’t improve our lives or ease the pressures we were facing. At best, our addictions were a temporary escape, but the world, with all its pressures, was still there. Here are a few sobriety mental health tips to help you get through the unusual times we’re facing.

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World Health Day & COVID-19

Posted by Beverly Porter Ervin on Apr 7, 2020 6:28:08 PM

World Health Day is on April 7 this year. It’s an annual event to create awareness around global health issues. Today, most of us are focused on a specific health issue. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the coronavirus (COVID-19), who is vulnerable and how to protect ourselves and our sobriety during these challenging times. 

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Coronavirus Support Resources

Posted by New Life on Apr 1, 2020 6:02:02 PM

It feels like overnight we’ve entered strange, uncertain times. Schools are closed in many places. Public gatherings are being discouraged. Basic supplies are flying off grocery store shelves. Those of us who depend on social, in-person support to maintain our sobriety might be wondering what to do and how long this will all last. Let’s take a look at some resources to help us understand what’s going on, find the support we need and keep our minds occupied during our social distancing. 

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Alcohol and its effect on the Brain

Posted by Beverly Porter Ervin on Mar 27, 2020 4:09:42 PM

Nobody plans on becoming addicted to alcohol. For some, what started as something to help us relax or have a good time became something more. Drinking wasn’t something we chose to do; it became something we had to do. Let’s take a closer look at alcohol and the brain and why it’s essential to seek treatment if you’re experiencing alcohol use disorder. 

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