Category: Recovery Resources

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 ...

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...

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...

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...

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...

SLEEP DISORDERS AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE

Sleep problems caused by addiction are known as substance-induced sleep disorders, and a person’s sleep habits are known as sleep hygiene. The unfortunate truth is that a person’s sleep hygiene can be easil...

What Are The Most Addictive Drugs?

This time of year, everyone loves a countdown, from the best songs of the year to the most commonly used (and most ridiculous) phrases, and everything in between. Recovery Unplugged is starting your new year of...

Is Vaping Addiction a Threat to Teens?

Over the past few years, the advent of the vape pen and e-cigarette has changed the way that society approaches nicotine consumption. Unfortunately, however, what was initially created to help provide cigarette...

Common Signs of Opiate Addiction

Opiate addiction has been sweeping the nation in the past twenty years and has officially been declared a public health epidemic. The latest data from the National Health Interview Survey reported that in 2017 ...

Staying Sober during the 4th of July

As we prepare to celebrate the 242nd anniversary of our nation’s independence, millions of Americans will take to backyard barbecues, fireworks displays, festivals and all other manner of celebrations to obse...

Music: The Great Unifier

It doesn’t take perfect vision to see that our country and our world are divided, or that this division seems to be getting worse every day. The current political climate, deep-rooted cultural differences and...

Opioid Overdoses Increase in 2018

In a bit of expected yet unwelcome news, opioid overdoses have risen in the United States. Despite all the hand wringing from stakeholders and the seemingly empty promises to get this public health issue under ...

The Impact of Stress in Recovery

We can’t see it, we can’t always identify it as a problem, but we can’t help but feel it. It’s a problem that impacts practically every aspect of our physiology, including blood pressure, mental health,...

Three Ways to Help an Addicted Friend

Very often we look at a friend who is vulnerable to drug or alcohol dependency and convince ourselves that it’s not our business to intervene or not our place to say anything about it. In theory, this sense o...

In Observance of World Mental Health Day

Today Recovery Unplugged recognizes and observes the 25th annual World Mental Health Day, an event established by the World Federation of Mental Health to promote awareness and education regarding mental health...

Avoiding Relapse during the Holidays

While the holidays are a wonderful opportunity to get together with friends and family, they can also be problematic for those in recovery. The free flow of alcohol, tense interactions with family members, fina...

Embracing Music in Everyday Recovery

At Recovery Unplugged, we commonly hear concerns from prospective patients about their lack of musical experience prior to treatment. They’re concerned that they have to have an overtly musical background as ...

Is Vivitrol Right for Me?

Vivitrol has proven to be an effective resource in helping sufferers of opioid and alcohol dependency manage their cravings and overcome their withdrawal symptoms. The medication is used as part of an overall t...

Recognizing Addiction in A Child

Every year hundreds of thousands of children fall victim to drug and alcohol addiction, often paying the ultimate price as a result. For each one of these bright, vibrant and promising lives that are threatened...

Addiction Perception – Then and Now

From the start of the 1900s we have demonized addiction. In the 1950s (just like now) heroin use was a hot topic. Clinicians at the thought of addicts as having its roots in neurosis and obsession referring to ...

How To Get Through The Holidays Sober

The holidays sober are full of joy but they can also be very difficult to get through while in recovery. Holiday memories and events associated with alcohol or other drug use may tug at you. This will can be ...

The Narcan Debate

Up until now we have discussed the miracle ingredient in Medically Assisted Treatment (MAT)-Naloxone. One of the more common uses is in the form of Narcan. There has been much debate on the availability and all...

GivingTuesday

Recovery Unplugged Treatment Center has joined GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate ...

Taking Time On Veterans Day

Veterans Day is an official United States public holiday, observed annually on November 11, that honors military veterans, that is, persons who served in the United States Armed Forces. It coincides with other ...

Addiction Stigma and Understanding

“Why the bigotry, why the stigma, why the shame when we almost all have a version of this disease? We’re all using something to deal with the pain and suffering of being human…Why are we a nation that wai...

Songwriting Contest Phase 3

We would love to thank everyone for entering the songwriting contest! The top 5 have been chosen by your votes! Music has been with us as long as we can collectively remember. Musical instruments have been...

Being Sober At College

College, that is where I saw myself start to degenerate and fall (among many of my “friends”). I remember feeling free to do what I wanted and at that point it was smoke and drink all that day. However n...

Music Heals and Influences Change

We base our treatment around the healing power of music and how it can impact change. This week there was a study published about how music helps the healing process for everyone. Queen Mary University of Lon...

Self-esteem and Drug Rehab

It’s normal to feel a bit low while ‘in the rooms.’ I witnessed something that was amazing this week at Recovery Unplugged (a drug rehab in florida). Our director of client services and techs took our f...

Sobriety – A Marathon

As you can tell by the title, I think it is important to take time as much as possible to look at the big picture when it comes to recovery and sobriety. It is easy to get bogged down in the little details and ...

Suboxone – Is it Obsolete?

Last week Recovery Unplugged spoke about Vivitrol and how it is helping many people in their recovery from substances. In the not so distant past there was a medication that promised the very same thing: Suboxo...

Music in Recovery @ Recovery Unplugged

Music is the great equalizer here at Recovery Unplugged, well, it is the great equalizer everywhere. I remember the first time I heard Otis Redding sing (I’m not that old, it was in a movie I swear). Hearin...

Alcoholics Anonymous for 80 years

Today marks the Alcoholics Anonymous 80th anniversary. When AA started there were few places to turn for those who suffered from alcoholism. If treatments were prescribed, they were harsh, often combinations o...

What is Heroin?

If you have tuned on the news lately Heroin is back in a big way. But what is Heroin? Heroin and commonly known by its street names of H, smack, boy, horse, brown, black, tar, and others is an opioidanal...

Things to Know about Drug Treatment

Are you part of the 20 million who need treatment? Here are a few things to understand first: Recovery doesn’t end when treatment is over. A one-size-fits-all approach will not help very many addicts re...

Our Recovery Songs

Over the last couple years, some highly unlikely acts have written songs about addiction and recovery that are, “Amazing.”...

Fighting Addiction With Music

Addiction is a state characterized by compulsive engagement in rewarding stimuli, despite adverse consequences, but you already knew that. You also that here at Recovery Unplugged we specialize in a rehabilita...

Last House on the Block Scholarship

First off- Recovery Unplugged would like to express gratitude to everyone who wrote in to apply for our scholarship. It pains us that we are not able to help every suffering addict who needs drug or alcohol tre...

Are you an “Almost Alcoholic?”

Every day, millions of people drink a beer or two with friends or enjoy a glass of wine with a good meal. For more than 30 percent of these drinkers, alcohol has begun to have a negative impact on their everyda...

Long Term Sobriety

For those who have never struggled with addiction, it may seem like rehabilitation is the final step to lifetime sobriety. Unfortunately, the challenge of long term sobriety is a lifelong task as those who comp...

Addiction to Exercise or Body Building

Eating disorders are a form of addiction that cause people to look dangerously thin or overweight. Less known is the addiction to maintaining a toned physique that suggests a career in bodybuilding or fitness m...

Five Truths about Alcohol Use

I was prompted to write this post from an article I read on CNN Health’s The Chart website, “Studies link alcohol to early death, memory loss” in January 2014. I thought it would be beneficial to pull a c...

Codependency

When referring to addiction and recovery, we often spend our time talking about the person that is using, but not much about those around them. I want to start by saying that I have been in this situation befor...

Rehabilitation at Home

When you suspect a loved one in your home is struggling from addiction to drugs and alcohol, many people have a natural instinct to solve it. They feel they are capable of helping that person overcome. In some ...

Eating Disorders

While many people typically think of drugs and alcohol as the main source of addiction, eating disorders are another form of addiction that requires treatment. Eating disorders are most rampant in young girls, ...

Leaving Rehabilitation Early

If you have not struggled with an addiction to drugs or alcohol, it is hard to understand the rehabilitation experience. For most people, it is a grueling time that is physically, mentally and emotionally painf...

Medical Detox

Withdrawal symptoms are extremely drastic and can include serious headaches, heart attacks, vomiting and death in some circumstances. Depending on how long and how much of the drug has been ingested, the body w...

It’s just college, right?

Alcohol and college are closely associated with each other in the minds of students and graduates with plenty of nights they don’t really remember. Many people say, “Its college, have fun!” Very rarely ar...

Physical Side Effects of Addiction

Drug addiction is a very serious situation that often has severe physical side effects. After extensive drug use, a person can begin to look very different from their pre-addiction selves. Weight loss and weig...

Talking to Kids About Drugs and Alcohol

It is hard to avoid the prevalence of drug and alcohol addiction in our society. If you are not talking to kids about drugs and alcohol, who will? While this topic is not the easiest to approach with your kids,...

The Signs of Alcohol Addiction

Due to the nature of our society and the prominence of ‘social drinking,’ many times, alcoholism goes undetected. But, in all actuality, alcoholism is a dangerous condition that can be deadly if untreated. ...

How to Help

Do you have a friend or loved one you suspect is struggling with drug addiction? Have you seen physical and behavioral changes that make you think something is different? When faced with this situation, it can ...

Warning Signs of a Drug Overdose

When you suspect a friend or loved one has overdosed on drugs it can be a very scary experience. In such a tense situation, it is easy to panic and be slow to make split-second decisions that can potentially sa...

Goal Setting

Everyone, at some point in their life, has hopes and aspirations. Growing up, everyone wants to be a professional athlete, astronaut or maybe a fireman. Dreams and goals don’t have an expiration date. In orde...

The Role of Stress

I do not want to suggest that it is OK to make excuses for addictions, but it is important to understand situations and triggers that can aggravate addiction or rehabilitation. In this case, let’s examine the...

Planning an Intervention

Confronting a family member or loved one about alcohol or drug addiction is hard, no matter how you approach the topic. It is important to remember that while you are approaching them in love, they still may fe...

Continuing Treatment

When a person ends drug rehabilitation, the process of recovery isn’t over. The time after a person leaves a rehab facility is just as important as their time in the program. There are ways to continue healin...

Reading the Signs of Drug Addiction

When you suspect a child, parent or loved one is struggling with addiction, it is hard to know what to do. There is always a risk of damaging a relationship and many do not know how to be sure addiction is pres...