A group of friends spending time together. Sometimes social activities can lead to addiction

The Social Causes of Addiction

Posted on October 26, 2020 in Addiction

  While addiction to drugs or alcohol can be viewed through many lenses, the risk factors cannot be conclusively pinned to one particular cause.   The biopsychosocial-spiritual model broadly categorizes the underlying causes of addiction as follows:   Biological causes Psychological causes Socio-cultural causes Spirituality causes   Further complicating the search for a reason to

A woman playing with her son. She is going to talk to him about addiction.

Talking To Children About Addiction

Posted on October 24, 2020 in Addiction

  It’s never easy to talk about addiction. When it comes to helping children understand a parent’s addiction, the words won’t come easily. How can you help children process and come to terms with a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, or sibling’s struggle with substance abuse?   Unfortunately, there’s no manual that tells us the right

Flowers growing in a field symbolizing the growth individuals can experience.

Post Traumatic Growth

Posted on October 23, 2020 in Podcast

 In this episode, Zach is joined by Dr. Joyce Mikal-Flynn. Dr. Mikal-Flynn, works in the field of trauma, focusing on building resilience and growth in the aftermath of trauma. Her research brought forth a unique system guiding survivors of trauma, including addiction and dependence, through recovery and ultimately toward posttraumatic growth (PTG). She and

Three young adults spending time together. Peer pressure is very common among young adults.

The Dangers of Peer Pressure

Posted on in Addiction

Almost all teenagers go through a period of social and personal experimentation. It’s only natural; they’re finding their place in life, developing their sense of self, and feeling out the dynamics of their relationships. But this time of change can also bring about external pressure for teens to change themselves, their appearance, and their attitude.

A basketball going through a net. Chris Herren was struggling with substance abuse while playing in the NBA.

Boston Celtics Player Addicted to Drugs: The Chris Herren Story

Posted on October 21, 2020 in Recovery Stories

Chris Herren’s prowess on the court was unparalleled. At his alma mater, Durfee High in Fall River, Massachusetts, he scored over 2,000 career points and was chosen for the 1994 McDonald’s All-American team. But after trying cocaine for the first time at a party, he was caught in the hold of a demon that he

Three women enjoying their time together in Indianapolis

Your Sober Social Calendar in Indianapolis

Posted on October 19, 2020 in Staying Sober

  We’ll be the first to admit it: we live in a world that treats substance use as social activity.   Maybe it’s your friends going out for a casual cocktail hour, having beers at the cottage, or taking something for a little extra pep before a long night of dancing at the club. Whatever

A veteran in Oklahoma standing with his backpack and boots next to him

Veterans Treatment Court Opens In Oklahoma

Posted on October 18, 2020 in Rehab

  There are almost 300,000 veterans in Oklahoma County according to the US Census Bureau.   Adjusting to civilian life after active service is hard enough. When you throw in the potential of mental health problems that can follow exposure to combat zones, a tough job sometimes becomes completely unmanageable.   Unfortunately, this can often

A woman thinking and wondering if trazodone is addictive

Is Trazadone Addictive?

Posted on October 16, 2020 in Drug

  Trazodone is an antidepressant, in the category of SSRIs – in other words, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. This class of medications targets the body’s neurotransmitters, which are essentially the chemicals in your brain that help you feel good. These neurotransmitters carry messages between your brain cells, communicating feelings of wellbeing, a healthy appetite, and

A photo of Boston, Massachusetts at night

Alcohol Abuse In Boston

Posted on October 15, 2020 in Alcohol

According to research, Massachusetts has a big problem. Despite being the seventh smallest state in the country, it has America’s eighth biggest drinking problem. The biggest cause behind alcohol abuse in Boston is binge drinking.   The CDC defines binge drinking as consuming a certain number of drinks in two hours. For men, that number

A woman learning about the treatment of co-occurring disorders

Treating Co-Occurring Disorders

Posted on October 14, 2020 in Podcast

In this episode Zach is fist joined by Karl Shallowhorn, a Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor with over 19 years experience. The two discuss how Karl became involved in the field of addiction recovery and his knowledge and personal experience with treating co-occuring disorders. The two also touch on the practice of motivational interviewing and