Category: Blog

How to Not Be an Enabler of Addiction

When you’re watching your loved one or friend hurting, you will do anything you can to help them or try to make them happy for however long you can. When it comes to addiction, however, this mentality can lea...

Is PHP Addiction Treatment Right for Me?

Partial hospitalization programs (PHP) are an increasingly common mode of care for people struggling with substance use disorder. PHP addiction treatment provides a more in-depth level of care than regular outp...

Can My Job Lead to Addiction?

Your career and job can lead to addiction and substance abuse in multiple ways. There’s no question that our jobs give us a great amount of stress, which can directly translate to self-medication with alcohol...

Finding A Vivitrol® Provider in Florida

Vivitrol® (monthly injectable naltrexone) has emerged as a viable option for medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid addiction. Vivitrol is a non-narcotic, non-addictive form of the drug naltrexone that...

Finding a Drug Court Program in Texas

Finding a drug court program in Texas can help you or your loved one get the help you need for addiction and possibly avoid  jail time for eligible drug-related legal offenses. While recent legislative changes...

Tips for A Sober-Friendly Holiday Party

Let’s say, for the sake of argument, that you’re actually able to have a somewhat normal holiday this year with some of the people you love. Now let’s suppose that you want to keep things dry, cut the dra...

Avoiding Relapse during Thanksgiving

For those in recovery, avoiding relapse during Thanksgiving can be especially difficult. Thanksgiving has always been a day in which people in recovery are more vulnerable to binge drinking, as well as a day fo...

Finding a Drug Court Program in Florida

For decades, Florida drug court programs have served as a viable resource for adult and juvenile non-violent drug offenders and their families. They can be a way for eligible participants to seek treatment and ...

Symptoms of Cocaine Overdose

Knowing the symptoms of cocaine overdose is critical to both getting help for yourself and saving your loved one’s life, in the event of an emergency. That National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that there ...

What to Do After A Relapse

If you or your loved one are in recovery, you already know that the possibility of addiction relapse is always there, to one degree or another. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that first-year relap...

Sober October Recap: How Did You Do?

If you’ll indulge a quick rhyme: Sober October is very near over. As we hurdle toward Halloween and close out the month, Recovery Unplugged is checking in to see how you handled your Sober October challenge. ...

Sugar and Vice: Is Sugar Addiction Real?

As we all gear up for our Halloween candy fix, it’s easy to think of sugar as a harmless indulgence. After all, how can something as cute and sweet as a gummy gear be as scary as its flesh-and-blood counterpa...

Helping a Friend with Addiction

Today marks International Friendship Day 2020, a day that compels us to take a look at how important our friends have been in our lives. For many who are struggling with drug addiction or mental illness, friend...

Eight Tips for A Sober Holiday Weekend

With Independence Day just around the corner, it’s another opportunity for millions of people to connect with friends and loved ones for celebration, however that may look in the age of COVID-19. The unfortun...

This One Time, I went to Rehab in Mexico

Anyone in recovery knows that sometimes you can find happiness and peace where you least expect it, and that it often takes a few tries to stay clean. These two realities are put front and center in a piece wri...

6 Signs You Need Treatment Now

With the peak of the COVID-19 crisis just around the corner, everyone is scrambling to keep themselves safe and healthy. However, many people unwilling to come to terms with their substance abuse issues are at ...

What Is Demerol?

Demerol is a powerful and highly addictive narcotic painkiller that often goes by its generic name meperidine. Although less known than other types of prescription and synthetic opioids, such as oxycodone, hydr...

Are Video Game Addictions Real?

Video game and gaming addictions are issues that have had profound effects on our youth. Since technology and recreational gaming became normal features in our daily lives, there have always been those concerne...

What Does “420” Mean?

Every April, self-identified “stoners” across the globe and United States gear up for “420.” The term has infiltrated popular culture for decades and has become synonymous with smoking marijuana. While ...

Do You Have A Sports Addiction?

We may chuckle reading about addiction associated with sports, but for some it is a very sad reality that can consume their time, money and relationships. Most of us have a favorite team or hometown hero that w...

The Lasting Scars of Self-Harm

Warning: The content in this article discusses distressing themes including self-harm and suicide, which some may find triggering. If you’re struggling or need support, call 1-800-273-TALK or dial 988 for the...

Eminem’s Surprise Oscar Performance

In a turn of events, rap and recovery icon Eminem surprised Oscar attendees with a performance of his hit, “Lose Yourself.” Eminem caught the crowd off-guard with the seventeen-year-old Oscar-winning hit fr...

21 Day Clean Challenge

This past month, members of our staff and alumni decided to start off the year with a #21DayCleanChallenge. In this 21 day challenge, participants gave up an unhealthy habit and instead replaced it with a healt...

Dating in Recovery: Are You Ready?

The disease of addiction is a disease of isolation, which is why community and relationships can be very positive. However, when it comes to dating in recovery, there’s no “recovery fairy” that tells you ...

Is Couples Drug Rehab Possible?

Can Couples Go To Rehab Together? The consensus seems to be that while couples’ drug rehab is possible, the reality is that it’s unrealistic and improbable. Relationships are different for everyone, and the...

Avoiding Relapse During the Super Bowl

With the 54th Super Bowl coming up this Sunday, everyone seems to be planning or attending a party to celebrate. However, there’s a reason the Monday morning after the big game sees the highest rates of workp...

Love Addiction: The Love Drug

In case you didn’t already know, Valentine’s Day is well on its way. For some people, Valentine’s Day is one of the most wonderful days of the year. For others, it can be the day that reminds them of thei...

A Look At Addiction and Codependency

When Prince penned his iconic love song “I Would Die for You,” it’s safe to assume that he was exaggerating. For many people, however, these sentiments and possibilities are far too real, as are their str...

What to Do When Someone Overdoses

It’s a thought that everyone impacted by addiction has had before. What do you do when someone overdoses? Worse, what is there to do if someone you love overdoses? There are millions who are still out there a...

Financial Stress and Substance Abuse

The relationship between financial stress and substance abuse exists in many different contexts. It’s a tragically ironic double-edged sword. There are dozens of different ways this association can develop, b...

The Benefits of Quitting Alcohol  

We all know how dangerous alcohol is. Many of us and the people we care about have been severely impacted and even destroyed by excessive drinking. Alcohol kills 88,000 people a year according to the Centers f...

My Loved One Overdosed, Now What?

Experiencing your loved one suffer an overdose can be terrifying and unexpected. What’s the proper way to respond to the situation? How much do you share with the paramedics and first responders when you ...

The Right Time for the Resolution

A FEW WORDS ABOUT NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS FROM RECOVERY UNPLUGGED’S NATIONAL OUTREACH MANAGER, BLAKE COHEN.  Do New Year’s Resolutions Work? Have you ever wondered what percentage of New Year’s resoluti...

Staying Sober on New Year’s Eve

People in recovery can often feel like they have their noses pressed against the glass on New Year’s Eve. The holidays are supposed to be about new beginnings, fresh starts, and promises to be the best versio...

A Look at Addiction and Mental Illness

Recovery Unplugged wanted to take the opportunity to discuss the clear and undeniable correlation between addiction and mental illness, and the increasing importance of dual-diagnosis treatment. We want to prom...

Vaping Deaths Rise as CDC Says Stop

Vaping deaths are on the rise as a lung disease that’s affected over 450 Americans claimed its fifth casualty this past Friday in California. The increase in fatalities is the latest in a series of developmen...

Staying Sober during Festival Season

Summer is almost here, which means one thing: festivals. That’s right…as we speak there are legions of music and culture hounds from across the country booking hotels, making sure their cars are in good wor...