Dealing with Denial

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When you confront someone with drug addiction, you confront their excuses. Below we will breakdown how to deal with denial when someone you care about is addicted to drugs or alcohol. If you or someone you care about has a drug problem, you’ve probably already tried talking to them about getting help– only to crash head-on into their unshakeable wall …

A Year in Review – Addiction in the News

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In 2017 the United States got some big news – President Donald Trump finally declared the opioid crisis in the United States as a national public health emergency. This is not only big news, it is good news. Tragically, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that more than 90 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. Now that …

Self Care During the Holidays

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It’s no surprise that the Holidays are a stressful and busy time of year. Countless parties, holiday preparation and even snow storms can cause anxiety and unwanted triggers. It’s important to keep yourself on “the nice list” this year and make time for self care during the holidays. Here are our 5 Suggestions for Holiday Self Care: 1. Set Boundaries …

How to Recognize Depression

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Most people recognize that depression is serious and real, but we also fail to identify it or take it seriously when we face it in real life. The word “depression” can conjure up images and expectations that create stereotypes which are hard to confront. The stigma is real, so when we confront depression in our own life we are often …

5 Helpful Tips For Staying Sober This Holiday Season

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The holidays are festive and social and fun. They can be so enjoyable, but they can also be a trap for social or binge drinking. Alcohol is often available at holiday parties, and even encouraged. You may face plenty of choices for free and abundant drinking. The holidays can also be a stressful and lonely time for many people, so …

Adopting Some Habits for a Happy Life

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Happiness can seem elusive, or always just out of reach. We may think we’ll be happier when we get a raise or move somewhere better or once our kids are older or once we overcome a current trial in our lives. The reality of happiness is that it’s a journey, a part of the process. We can feel happiness all …

How to Recognize the Symptoms of an Addict

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Addiction and substance abuse are terrifying realities. Nearly everyone has been touched by addiction, and watching the terrible repercussions that can follow addiction in the life of a loved one is devastating. Often it is incredibly dificult to identify signs of addiction until it is too late. It can also be dificult to understand the severity of addiction – an …

Utah’s Opioid Addictions and Overdose

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Have you seen the billboards? Heard any radio ads? Utah is experiencing an opioid epidemic, and it’s no joke. People are dying every day, just as people are beginning the first steps of their journey with opioids. Utah ranks surprisingly high in the nation for drug overdoses, opioid prescriptions, and drug use starting with opioid prescriptions. So what does it …

Profiles of Addiction

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Druggie, junkie, tweaker, – when you think of those struggling with addiction, do any of these words or stereotypes come to mind? Do you feel like you could pick out someone dealing with addiction from a crowd by their poor hygiene, unemployment status, and erratic behavior? If you do, it’s probably from the inflammatory news cycle, narrow movie stereotypes, or …