Prescription Drug Abuse – an Epidemic?

Prescription Drug Abuse – an Epidemic?

Prescription drug abuse occurs when a person takes someone else’s prescribed medications or they take their own but not as directed by their doctor. (For more on this, check out Prescription Drugs – What’s the Big Deal?) James White approached me to write a guest post about the prescription drug abuse problem, which he sharesContinue Reading

Mothers in Recovery – Documentary Film by Sheila Ganz

Mothers in Recovery – Documentary Film by Sheila Ganz

On Life’s Terms: Mothers in Recovery is a powerful documentary film by Sheila Ganz. In her guest post below and through her blog, OnLifesTerms.org, Sheila introduces readers to this film, which she created to raise awareness about what needs to happen in order to help mothers struggling with addiction keep their children while they pursueContinue Reading

The Brain and the Secondhand Drinking Connection

The Brain and the Secondhand Drinking Connection

Understanding the brain and the secondhand drinking connection is powerful and lays the groundwork for my next post, “The Fight-or-Flight Stress Response System (FFSRS) – Secondhand Drinking’s Best Friend.” Today’s article is Part 3 in BreakingTheCycles.com’s celebration of April as Alcohol Awareness Month, 2014. In case you missed the first two, I explained the termContinue Reading

Face of Addiction Treatment and Recovery | Diane Cameron Pascone

Face of Addiction Treatment and Recovery | Diane Cameron Pascone

Addiction Treatment and Recovery – It’s real, it happens to real people, and it happens all the time. There is a great deal of confusion, stigma, shame and discrimination surrounding addiction, addiction treatment and addiction recovery. Yet those who have the disease of addiction (whether to illegal or prescription drugs or alcohol) and are inContinue Reading

Why the Term Secondhand Drinking – Alcohol Awareness Month

Why the Term Secondhand Drinking – Alcohol Awareness Month

Why the term Secondhand Drinking and why now? This article is Part 2 in BreakingTheCycles.com’s celebration of April as Alcohol Awareness Month, 2014. As shared in last week’s post, Secondhand Drinking (SHD) is the other side of the drinking equation. What is Secondhand Drinking  Secondhand drinking (SHD) is a term to describe the negative impacts ofContinue Reading

Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) and Recovery

Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) and Recovery

The Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) and its role in the model of today’s addiction treatment and recovery plans is explained in the following guest post by Erika Cormier. Erika is a writer outside of Boston, right over the border in Southern New Hampshire, and author of the book, As the Smoke Clears, a Memoir, tellingContinue Reading

Alcohol Awareness Month – Two Sides to the Drinking Equation

Alcohol Awareness Month – Two Sides to the Drinking Equation

Alcohol Awareness Month – April, 2014 - raising awareness about both sides of the drinking equation. There are two sides to the drinking equation – the person doing the drinking that causes drinking behaviors and the person on the receiving end of the drinking behaviors – that is, the person experiencing secondhand drinking (SHD). It isContinue Reading

Myths About Addiction – Guest Post, Joey Holub

Myths About Addiction – Guest Post, Joey Holub

The following guest post on myths about addiction is by Joey Holub. Joey was the first resident and graduate of Shadow Mountain Recovery. He’s earned a degree from the University of New Mexico and continues his on-going education and recovery, having experienced wilderness programs and long term extended care along the way.  Now over 8 yearsContinue Reading