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LGBTQ community members face higher rates of substance abuse and mental health issues than their heterosexual and cisgender counterparts. While treatment can be the key to overcoming these challenges, it’s important to note that all treatment approaches aren’t created equal, especially when addressing the unique concerns of LGBTQ individuals. This also applies to interventions. Here’s…

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Category: Addiction

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Many addiction programs incorporate faith into the substance abuse treatment process. Wondering to what degree spiritually factors into addiction and recovery? The answer is not as straightforward as you might think. Here’s a closer look at the issue. Addiction and Spirituality Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is the world’s oldest and largest alcohol support group. When it…

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Category: Addiction, Blog, Recovery, Recovery

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If you’re in recovery, you’ve probably encountered the word “sponsor.” While it may sound like a formal term, the concept is a simple one. Explains the Recovery Research Institute, “A sponsor is a fellow 12-step mutual-help member with lived recovery experience that is intended to guide a newer member (i.e., with less recovery time) through…

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Many families struggle with how to deal with a loved one who has a substance use disorder, but when that loved one is also part of the LGBTQ community, there may be extra challenges involved. Because of this, finding appropriate addiction treatment is extremely important. Here’s a closer look at LGBTQ addiction, its impact on…

Written By Harris House

Category: Addiction, Recovery

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Partying is a widely accepted, and often glamorized, part of the college experience. Unfortunately, this can lead to substance abuse and addiction for many young people. Not only that, but lack of acknowledgement of the issue can further compound the problem.  Here’s a closer look at the phenomenon, along with the important role collegiate recovery…

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Category: Addiction, Blog, Recovery, Recovery

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Addiction recovery is a multifaceted process involving four major dimensions, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): health, home, purpose, and community. One component shown to support recovery across several of these measures is exercise. While exercise can be an invaluable tool for getting and staying sober, it can also become…

LBGTQ opioid use

The United States is in the throes of an opioid epidemic. While opioid misuse and related overdoses can happen to anyone, opioid use is especially high among the LGBTQ population. Here’s a closer look at the problem, its causes, and possible solutions, as discussed in a 2018 report from the National LGBT Health Education Center….

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Category: Addiction, Blog, Recovery, Recovery

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“From alcohol to opioids, most addictive substances can induce sleep disturbances that persist despite abstinence and may increase the risk for relapse,” says research published in the academic journal, Current Psychiatry. Not only that, nearly all FDA-approved sleep medications are controlled substances which, while safe for use by most people, can be dangerous territory for…

Rainbow flag.

LGBTQ people face a number of health issues stemming from “societal stigma, discrimination, and denial of their civil and human rights,” according to the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP). The good news? Research is underway aimed at correcting the disparity, although experts are still calling for more nationally-representative health-related surveys. Here’s a…

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Category: Addiction, Blog, Recovery

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Many people use the terms sober house and halfway house interchangeably. While they are similar in several ways, they are not the same thing. Here’s a closer look at these two different resources for people in addiction recovery. Sober and Halfway Houses: Key Similarities Sober living homes and halfway houses share several commonalities, starting with…

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