Woman hiking with group for addiction treatment and the great outdoors

Addiction Treatment and the Great Outdoors

Addiction Treatment and The Great Outdoors: Finding Healing in Nature Most of us know from experience that getting into the great outdoors can lift our mood and help us feel better physically and mentally. Research proves that our instincts are right and that getting outside is good for us. For people with addiction issues, both…

Woman looking the mirror wondering "is drug use aging me?" trying to understand how drug use effects the body

“Is Drug Use Aging Me?” The Effects of Drug Use

You may be wondering, “Is Drug Use Aging Me?” When considering what causes accelerated aging, it’s important not to overlook drug use. At its most basic, aging is simply the process of getting older. Wisdom and perspective can come with age, but so does physical decline. As the days, weeks and years pass, our bodies…

Man eating for nutrition and addiction recovery

In Recovery for Alcohol and Substance Abuse, Nutrition Matters

The importance of nutrition is often overlooked in the recovery process. If you’re eating enough to maintain your weight, you may assume you’re getting everything you need, but that may not be true. “Recovery” means gaining back what you’ve lost, and in addiction, one of the things that people have often lost is nutritional balance.…

Removing Barriers: Stigmas Keep Us from Getting Treatment

Removing Barriers: Stigmas Keep Us from Getting Treatment

Stigma involves negative stereotypes, labels and discrimination against a group of people. Although people can be stigmatized for many reasons and in a variety of settings, health-related stigma can be especially problematic. An article in BMC Medicine notes that it affects all quality care elements: diagnosis, treatment and outcomes. The authors note that stigma about…

Addiction and Social Stigmas

Addiction is challenging, and the stigma that surrounds it makes it even harder to manage. Social stigma, sometimes called public stigma, occurs when people have negative prejudices and stereotypes about a particular group, and unfortunately, people with addiction often find themselves in that category. Of the 18 most stigmatized conditions, illicit drug use disorder tops…

What is Stigma and Why Does it Impact Addiction Recovery

Stigma: Why it Impacts Addiction Recovery

What do we mean by “stigma” in addiction recovery? The Society for the Study of Addiction defines stigma as “a sociocultural process in which social groups are devalued, rejected and excluded on the basis of a socially discredited health condition.”  They note that it can be seen in at least three levels in addiction recovery:…