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5 Benefits of Community for Addiction Recovery
Making the decision to pursue addiction recovery is often challenging. The difficulties of recovery are pervasive and often stem from relationships. People often ask themselves, “Who will I spend my time with once I am sober,” “How will my family and frie...
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Alcohol Withdrawal and Nightmares
Beginning the journey of recovering from alcohol use disorder can be daunting. Many unknowns exist in the space of recovery, and some are downright scary. As a substance abuse professional, when working with folks considering sobriety, a common fear that ...
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Alcohol Abuse: The Reality
Alcohol abuse has existed throughout history. Alcohol abuse can be defined as using alcohol in higher quantities than desired over a long time. Alcohol abuse can lead to changes in behavior, impairment of functioning, decreased or inability to follow thro...
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Curious About Sober Curiosity?
The term sober curious originates with author Ruby Warrington, whose 2018 book of the same title encouraged readers to explore and change their relationship with alcohol. The phrase has become associated with a “sober curious movement” of people taking a ...
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Fentanyl, Narcan, and What All Parents Need to Know
Narcan medication has been around since the 1970s. It is a lifesaving drug that can reverse an opioid overdose and give people time to get to the hospital for treatment. I remember in 2015 when the nasal spray came out. It was remarkable, now anyone anywh...
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The Science Behind Retail Therapy
Something that I know will never fail to bring me joy is wandering the aisles of Target. Immediately after my divorce, I drove myself straight to Target and Target did not fail me. This is a phenomenon that many of us experience. Either just walking aroun...
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Tips for Staying Sober During The Holidays
When one thinks of the holidays, thoughts might flow to twinkling lights or Christmas trees. It is often seen as a joyous time of the year, but for many, it’s not so glamorous. Some may be struggling with grief from the loss of a loved one or seasonal dep...
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Infographic - What to Include When Putting Together a Harm Reduction Kit
The United States is currently embroiled in an unprecedented spike in substance use and overdose cases, exacerbated in part by the international pandemic. Keeping in line with Clarity Clinic’s approach to providing holistic and compassionate care to every...
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Early Warning Signs of Substance Use Disorder
When most of us think about substance use disorders, we consider how they are portrayed in the media. We might think about Frank in Shameless waking up surrounded by beer bottles or Rue being chased by police after stealing money and jewelry in Euphoria. ...
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Models of Addiction Part 2: Psychodynamic, Social Learning, and Biopsychosocial
This post will serve as the second of two blog posts about six different models of addiction: moral, spiritual, disease, psychodynamic, social learning, and biopsychosocial. Last week, we discussed the moral, spiritual, and disease models of addiction, so...
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Models of Addiction Part 1: Moral, Spiritual, and Disease Models
This post will serve as the first of two blog posts about six different models of addiction: moral, spiritual, disease, psychodynamic, social, and biopsychosocial. A few things to note: Many of these models have alternative names. For example, the social...
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IPV & the High Rates of Substance Use Among Victims of Domestic Violence
I started my career working for and interning at a local domestic violence agency. 14 years later this is a client population that has stayed near and dear to my heart. October is both Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Substance Abuse Prevention Mont...
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