Focusing on Your Strengths in Recovery

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In my experience, recovery shows you strengths you either didn’t know you had, or weren’t able to carry through on. While becoming more self-aware when you’re sober can show you where you might need to grow, that doesn’t mean fixating on your perceived flaws. Playing to your strengths—and the strengths you’d like to have—can be […]

TruHealing to Attend Lowcountry Mental Health Conference

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Tomorrow, TruHealing staff members will be attending the Lowcountry Mental Health Conference! This is an annual conference that began in 2012 with 180 people and has since expanded to over 1,600 attendees.   At the Lowcountry Mental Health Conference, prominent healthcare professionals give educational talks to help people working in the mental health field grow […]

Why It’s Important to Address Underlying Issues in Recovery

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Addiction is a complex condition wherein chronically using substances changes the brain. But even before we start using substances, there are almost always underlying issues. The core reasons we are drawn to drugs or alcohol in the first place are complex; they vary by person, and when we do the work in recovery, we often […]

What Recovery Can Teach Us

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I’ve heard people say that recovery has useful lessons even for people who don’t have a substance use disorder. Coming up on seven years sober, I truly feel lucky I’ve gotten to experience recovery—and excited about what else I’ll learn.    Coping With Whatever Life Brings It’s taught me emotional resilience. During active addiction, I was […]

Recovery at Various Ages

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Addiction and recovery can happen at any age, but people experience the world differently at different times in their life. Recovery may not look the same for each age group. I got sober in my late 20’s and I’m now in my mid-30’s. For me, this has meant making a big life change during a […]

Am I Addicted to Cocaine?

People use cocaine every day. While some may consider the popular stimulant a popular party drug of the 80s and 90s, it is just as prevalent today. In fact, many people take cocaine to increase productivity and enhance focus at work or school. Unfortunately, cocaine is highly addictive and hard to stop using without clinical […]

Cocaine Effects on the Brain

Like other stimulants, cocaine can have lasting effects on a person’s brain and body. While people may think of cocaine as a party drug from a bygone era, it’s commonly used today. Contrary to popular belief, many people who use cocaine live relatively normal lives. This can make it challenging to know what someone is […]

5 Signs You Are Addicted to Prescription Drugs

5 Signs You Are Addicted to Prescription Drugs

Prescription drugs are a common part of daily life. People across the country are prescribed medications like benzos, opioids, Adderall, and SSRIs every day. What most people don’t know is that it’s easy to develop a dependence on prescription drugs. For many, prescription drug abuse happens slowly. While prescription drugs may seem more benign than […]

A Conversation With Carl Erik Fisher About His Book the Urge: Our History of Addiction

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I spoke with Carl Erik Fisher over Zoom about his book The Urge: Our History of Addiction. Fisher is an addiction physician and bioethicist. He is an assistant professor of clinical psychiatry at Columbia University’s Division of Law, Ethics, and Psychiatry, and maintains a private psychiatry practice focused on addiction. Fisher’s writing has appeared in […]

How to Respond and How Not to Respond When Someone Tells You They’re Getting Sober

How to Respond and How Not to Respond When Someone Tells You Theyre Getting Sober

Deciding to get sober can be very challenging and intimidating. People who pursue recovery from addiction need support from those in their lives. This not only gives them strength through the life-changing journey they’re about to take. An addicted brain is more likely to rationalize drinking or using, so a lack of support can make […]