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The Changing Face of Addiction

When you picture a person with substance use disorder, what is the first image that comes to mind? For many people, that first image is of a homeless person huddled on the street of a city with a bottle of alcohol in their hand, their teeth yellowed and falling out from a lack of personal hygiene and drug use. They live in poverty and [...]

10 Signs of Relapse You Must Know

Breaking free from drug addiction is no easy feat. Each year, thousands of people attempt to quit only to fail in their attempt, returning to active addiction. Within the medical community, this is known as relapse, and is unfortunately all too common. While relapse can occur even after an individual has received treatment for their substance use disorder, it is especially common among [...]

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Preparedness Plan for Employees and Patients

At Brookdale, the health and safety of our community and our employees are our top priorities. As you are likely aware, COVID-19 cases have now been reported in Pennsylvania. Considering this recent development as well as the changes and recommendations which are being updated daily from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and recommendations from [...]

7 Ways to Celebrate a Sober St.  Patrick’s Day

To most people, St. Patrick’s Day is regarded as a time to embrace the spirit of the Irish, celebrate wildly, and of course, drink lots of Irish whiskey and green beer. The last part is especially true in the secular sense of the holiday, and many people, who likely are not even Irish, get excited for the day  just for [...]

6 Common Excuses We Make to Avoid Getting Help

There are some people who are completely unaware of when they are struggling with a serious problem, and then there are others who recognize they have a problem but refuse to seek help. Few places are both possibilities more common than when it comes to dealing with addiction, yet this is one of the most crucial places where outside help is a [...]

Why You Should Never Detox “Cold Turkey”

When a person is struggling with a drug addiction and decides to quit using their chosen substance, their first thought might be to avoid going to rehab and attempt to get sober on their own. They can come to this decision for several reasons, from fear of stigma to financial worries. However, before a person can become drug free, they must go through a stage of the recovery process known as detoxification, or [...]

Everything You Need to Know About Group Therapy

When an addict begins to participate in therapy during the recovery process, it is almost certain that they will eventually find themselves in group therapy. Whether their treatment program is an inpatient or outpatient care option, group therapy has become a staple for addiction treatment in rehab centers. It is effective for discussing multiple issues while also building support and personal growth among [...]

How to Help Someone Struggling with Addiction

Addiction is a long and painful journey, for both the addict and their loved ones. Particularly when the addict is unaware of their condition or trying to hide it, their friends and family members may suffer because they feel they can do nothing. No one wants to see a loved one suffering, but it can often be [...]

Overcoming Addiction Stigma

There are many reasons why an addict might choose to avoid receiving help for their addiction. The primary misconception is the belief that the addiction has progressed so far that the user either does not realize how they are hurting themselves, or they simply want to keep using. This frequently leads to an impression that people who suffer from an addiction are weak-minded [...]

The 5 Stages of Addiction Recovery

Just as each person in the world is unique, so is everyone’s experience with addiction. No two people will share the exact same road to developing their addiction, and likewise the path to recovery will be equally as diverse. This is because addiction and recovery vary based on many factors, both external and internal.   Some [...]

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