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What is Trauma-Informed Care? (And Why It Matters)

Trauma-informed care is one of many effective approaches to drug treatment and there is no denying the integral role that trauma plays in the lives of people who struggle with addiction. In fact, 60% of adults report experiencing abuse during their childhood and 26% of children will witness or experience a traumatic event before they…

How to Find Drug Addiction Help for a Friend

It’s difficult to see someone you care about struggle with drug addiction. You want to be able to help them in any way you can but finding the right words (and the right time) always seems to escape you. What if you only make things worse for them and push them further into their addiction?…

Guest Blog: What I Learned From Living in a Halfway House

I know first hand how scary it can be to go to treatment for an addiction. Knowing that you no longer will be able to use your drug of choice to self-medicate, knowing that you will have withdrawal and the dreaded thought of being sober for the rest of your life… Luckily, these thoughts are…

How Are Substance Addiction and Depression Related?

Bad days happen to everyone. From work bogging us down to relationships that suck the fun out of everything, we all go through “down times” in life. For most people, these feelings of sadness come and go organically and can be very simply fixed by doing things that make us feel happier – like hanging…

5 Signs You May Have a Co-Occurring Disorder

With May being Mental Health Month, we couldn’t think of a better time to go over the relationship between mental health and substance use disorders. Today, we’re talking about co-occurring disorders. Let’s start from the top, shall we? What is a Co-Occurring Disorder? Co-occurring disorders involve the co-existence of a mental health disorder and a…

Exploring Addiction and Mental Health for #MHM2017

Since May is Mental Health Month, we are taking this opportunity to speak up about the connection between addiction and mental health. The Discovery House wants everyone to know that mental illnesses are real. We also want you to know that sometimes they lead to drug or alcohol misuse. It is important to understand early symptoms…

Addiction Treatment: How to Make Most of Your Time in Rehab

You’ve probably heard from more than one person that recovery isn’t always easy. It works if you work it, right? While this is true, there are a few things you can do to make your stay at The Discovery House the best that it can be. Here are some ways that you can make the…

Here’s Why We All Need to Be More Aware of Alcoholism

Alcohol is legal. Drinking alcohol is legal. But the word legal doesn’t mean that it’s safe or healthy. In honor of Alcoholism Awareness Month, we thought it would be a good idea to explore why something that is so weaved into our culture is just as dangerous a drug as the ones that are illegal….

How Bad Is The Drug Epidemic, Really?

If you’ve ever watched one of the many news segments about the current state of the drug epidemic you or someone you know has probably wondered, how bad is it? Does it really stack up next to other major causes of death like car accidents, gun violence, or HIV? According to a recent article in…

Our New Website: A Welcomed Change

We’re betting that you have noticed our new look here on our website. Now, we know that no one really enjoys a change. In fact, as humans, we possess a natural aversion to change at all points in our lives. It doesn’t feel natural and it disrupts your relationships, responsibilities, and your life. However, when a change is…

How to Prevent a Relapse in Alcohol Addiction Recovery

Staying sober when you’re in alcohol addiction recovery is tough and it can be discouraging to know that a potential relapse could be waiting around every corner. Don’t worry, though, with the right tools and a solid plan you can learn how to see a relapse from a mile away and how you can prevent it.

9 Myths About Opiate Rehab Everyone Thinks Are True

In our country, many people are in need of opiate rehab. Opiates cover a wide range of drugs, including illegal drugs such as heroin and opium, and they also include many prescription pain medicine drugs such as Codeine, Morphine, Oxycodone (i.e., Oxycontin), and Hydrocodone (i.e., Vicodin). Opiate addiction is a major problem in the U.S.,…

How Are Substance Addiction and Depression Related?

Bad days happen to everyone. From work bogging us down to relationships that suck the fun out of everything, we all go through “down times” in life. For most people, these feelings of sadness come and go organically and can be very simply fixed by doing things that make us feel happier – like hanging…

5 Super Fun Things To Do In Sobriety This Week

Many people are afraid that once they become sober, they won’t be able to have fun anymore. A sober life is not the same as a boring life, though. It may take a little work, creativity, and determination, but many people are able to find fun things to do while adhering to the principles they…

5 Ways Your Character Defects Hinder Your Recovery

Recognizing character defects in others is sometimes easier than recognizing our own. Part of the rehab and recovery process for substance abuse means identifying our personal character defects and recognizing how we let our character defects hinder recovery. 5 Ways Your Character Defects Hinder Your Recovery Why do character defects hinder recovery from addictions, not…

Why Addiction Support Is So Important (Even If You’ve Been Sober Forever)

One of the most crucial aspects of recovering from drug abuse is having strong sources of addiction support. In fact, you simply can not recover from drug or alcohol addiction without it.

What It Is Really Like To Be Addiction Counselor at TDH

Have you ever wondered about what being an addiction counselor is like? Well, read on, because you are in for a treat.

Finding a God of Your Understanding

The extraordinary quality of living a program of recovery is deciding on a God of your understanding, with no end to the varieties of belief possible. Many men and women find they have been trying to live without God, having surrendered to drugs and alcohol finding themselves powerless to control their drinking and using. The essence of recovery lies in developing a new spiritual and moral path and finding a God or power stronger than addiction.

Turning It Over: 5 Tips for Letting Go When You Don’t Want To

t’s easy for anyone in recovery to feel positive about turning it over when everything seems to be going great. We essentially know, with practice, that letting go and allowing a greater force in life to direct us feels better, but sometimes we run into situations where practicing this principle is painful.