August 17, 2017

Relationships are a necessity in life. Learning to have healthy relationships can present many challenges when you are living in recovery from mental illness.


August 16, 2017

People travel far and wide to get the treatment they need to recover from drug and alcohol addiction, in addition to concurrent mental health conditions. It is common for people to feel as though they need to get far away from their home environments where they have abused drugs and alcohol or become mentally unwell. Spending time away from home can feel like starting a new life, which is what many people do. They choose to relocate to the areas where they get clean and sober in order to stay connected to the community they have developed there.

August 15, 2017

Recovery can feel like a full time job because in many ways, it is. The many things you are told you need to do through a day to take care of your mental health are recovery based. You go to treatment, you go to therapy, you read books, you journal, you practice self-care, you talk about your feelings, you talk about your spirituality, and more. Recovery can take up many more hours of your life than you are prepared for it to take up. It is easy to get tired of recovery and want to take a break. There are healthy and unhealthy ways to deal with “too much” recovery.

August 14, 2017

Addiction can cause someone to become very manipulative in their nature, causing them to lie, cheat, steal, and hide the truth. You might suspect that someone in your life is abusing drugs like opioids but you cannot catch them or prove that they are. One of the best ways to identify opioid abuse is through identifying opioid withdrawal symptoms. During occasions when your loved one is trying to quit, or perhaps they cannot find any more drugs to support their chemical dependency, they will start to experience symptoms of withdrawal.

August 11, 2017

Solpadeine is an over the counter pain relief sold in Ireland, the UK and other parts of the world. Drugs like Solpadeine aren’t sold in the US because they contain an active opioid ingredient: codeine. Irish governments have set restrictions on Solpadeine and other codeine-containing compounds in current years because of Ireland’s growing problem with opioid addiction.

August 10, 2017

What does the term “male eating disorders” mean? It stands out because eating disorders aren’t typically defined by gender. Both males and females can suffer with eating disorders of any kind. Anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorders, orthorexia, muscle dysmorphia, and other kinds of eating disorders or body image issues can be experienced by any sex or gender identification. However, eating disorders are more commonly stereotyped to be female issues. Females experience more physical scrutiny at a public level than men do.

August 9, 2017

Menus are now sporting calorie counts for people who are trying to get healthy and maintain a healthy weight. The act of counting calories is controversial as a weight loss tool and health management tool. Many professionals have argued that there are better ways to manage health without displaying calories as calories can cause an unhealthy obsession. Other professionals have suggested that counting calories is one of the only ways to properly maintain health, especially when someone with a weight problem is unaware in how much they eat.

August 8, 2017

Depression is one of the most common mental health disorders, experienced around the world. According to the World Health Organization over 300 million people worldwide struggle with depression.


August 7, 2017

Self-care is different for everyone depending on their unique needs in recovery. Taking the skills you learn in treatment with you when you leave is important for continuing to care for your health of mind, body, and spirit.

August 4, 2017

The relationship between PTSD, post traumatic stress disorder, and substance abuse is not without recognition. In order to cope with high amounts of stress and difficult emotions in living with PTSD, people turn to drugs and alcohol with numb their pain- both emotional and physical. Mental illness of any kind has been proven to increase the likelihood of substance abuse as a form of maladaptive coping as well as a result of compromised cognitive function, i.e. decision making.