Author: Pomarri

Hands make a circle. This article is continued from part 1. One of the most powerful aspects of addiction is its ability to make addicts feel alienated from the rest of the world, and from the people who care about them and want to help them get better. For this reason, recovery needs to inherently have a social aspect that helps addicts overcome this alienation and grow to reach their true potential. Because of this, it’s a good idea to find positive ways to expand your network of social support in drug recovery. Here are some ways to build out your social circle during this crucial time...

Social circle hands One of the most powerful aspects of addiction is its ability to make addicts feel alienated from the rest of the world, and from the people who care about them and want to help them get better. For this reason, recovery needs to inherently have a social aspect that helps addicts overcome this alienation and grow to reach their true potential. Because of this, it’s a good idea to find positive ways to expand your network of social support in recovery. Here are some ways to build out your social circle during this crucial time...

A whiskey is gonna get some drank. The push and pull between alcohol abuse and religion is about as old as time. In Old Testament accounts, as well as Egyptian and Babylonian histories, there are various stories that describe the effects of alcohol dependence and the follies it brings. Still today, the relationship between religious groups and alcoholism is rocky and complicated. Most religious groups, particularly in the United States, push against the over consumption of alcohol. However, the methods that have been conducted to reduce alcoholism in these communities display a polarity of positives and negatives that can only ever be found in a landscape as polarizing as religion...

An alcoholic is sad. People have different coping mechanisms that they use to handle stress, but not all of them are exactly healthy. Some people choose to drown out the stress with food, while others might absorb themselves in work. However, it is not uncommon for people to turn to substance abuse as a way to relieve stress, most commonly alcohol. Because of this, there we tend to see very clear connections between alcoholism and overstress. However, one recent study has shown that there is actually a more deceptive factor than stress that can influence a person’s tendency towards alcoholism: anxiety. As a matter of fact, anxiety is a far more prevalent influence on alcoholism than stress...

A sign shows that a pharmacy distributes naloxone The opioid epidemic continues to spread and rage across the country, just as it does across the rest of the planet, as well. However, the good news is that an increase in awareness has led to more conversations on the national stage about things that we can do to help improve the situation, and get rates of addiction down to help save lives. There are a variety of different theories on how this might work. On one hand, stopping people from getting addicted to opioids in the first place, and limiting the sales of addictive painkillers, will have a major impact. However, it is also important to prevent overdose deaths in any way possible, so that we can save more lives. To do this, one method is to increase the amount of naloxone kits on the street, so that lifesaving healthcare is more accessible to people who need it...

A room full of cocaine and guns. Recently, former Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions was confirmed as the Attorney General of the United States. While there are many different aspects to consider about a candidate for Attorney General (or any position within an administration’s cabinet), one particular area that could cause problems in the healthcare and addiction treatment industries is how Jeff Sessions views drug use, and the policies that he has supported (or not supported) in the past.

As part of our day treatment and intensive outpatient programs, we teach our clients basic relaxation techniques for drug recovery. These skills are essential because they help reduce stress and other negative emotions, which can be major triggers for relapse during recovery. Here is a brief look at some of the most common relaxation techniques, which you can use in your own recovery from drug or alcohol addiction.

Negative thinking, negative self talk, and thought distortions can be major barriers in the recovery process, as they lead you to be believe that you are less capable and less worthy of recovery than you actually are. Part of what we do at Pomarri is help our clients recognize their own thought distortions—and then enable them to break free of these distortions.

As we experience life, our brain goes through a series of highly complicated processes. It is constantly distinguishing, separating, and generating what we like, similar to a Google search. Just as Google generates data for us to sift through, the limbic center of our brain...