Utilizing Post-Traumatic Growth to Transcend Mental Health and Substance Abuse Issues
As they say, trauma is the nightmares faced while awake, and it takes tremendous effort and perseverance to overcome and transcend, especially when compounding that with mental health and substance abuse issues. Post-traumatic growth empowers individuals to focus on self-improvement after experiencing life’s difficulties. Let’s…
5 Lesser Known Facts About Drugs and Alcohol
March 20th through the 26th is National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week (NDAFW), an annual, week-long event that began in 2010 to help spread awareness about drugs and alcohol. Participants share the dangers of drugs and alcohol, and how addiction to these substances impacts the…
How Can I Stay Sober When I Live in a Party Town?
When you’re sober, feeling like there is pressure to party in the place you live can create a stressful environment. Even if it seems like you have to drink if you live in a party town and that “everyone is doing it,” there are always…
What Is the Johnson Intervention and Should I Use It for My Loved One?
An intervention is when you confront a loved one about how their substance use has affected you and everyone they love. Many families choose to have an intervention when a loved one’s substance use has become destructive or addictive. The goal of an intervention is…
What Does It Look Like to Be Off Meth After One Year?
November is National Meth Awareness Day, an opportunity to educate the public about the lasting effects of methamphetamine abuse. The goal of this initiative is to increase awareness and eradicate its use. Other than cocaine, meth is the leading cause of overdose deaths involving substances…
When Should I Hold a Drug Intervention for My Child?
Someone experiencing substance abuse often doesn’t realize they have an addiction or how impactful the effects are on themselves and their friends and family. In fact, of the nearly 21 million Americans who have at least one addiction, only 10% receive treatment. An intervention provides…
How Can I Support My Loved One as They Transition Into Sober Living?
As a family member or friend of a person transitioning into sober living, you might feel a range of emotions. You might be confused, frustrated, or angry. If you feel overwhelmed and unsure of how to support this person, you aren’t alone. If they are…
What is the Difference Between Sober Living and Rehab?
If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction, you might be wondering if you should try a sober living or rehabilitation facility. These two options have a lot in common: they both aim to provide a supportive environment for recovery and help residents…
How to Stay Sober While Living with Someone Who’s Still an Addict
Addiction is a very serious problem and is a complicated disease to overcome. Even the most dedicated and well-intentioned patients can find it hard to stay sober – especially if they are in a vulnerable situation like living with someone who is still participating in…
Tapering Off to Sobriety: How Much Cutback is Too Much Too Soon?
Overcoming alcoholism is an experience like no other. It is the most challenging and courageous journey you will ever undertake. But it is a journey worth it for the hundreds of thousands of people who are alive today because of it. However, achieving sobriety is…
Author – Chris Howard
Chris Howard is the Founder and Director of Ethos Recovery. He has a B.A. in Psychology from UCLA and has served as a community advocate/mentor for men and women in recovery since 2010.
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