Written By Harris House

Category: Blog, Recovery, Relapse

Addiction recovery

Broken relationships are a key part of the realities of most addicts. The good news? While it may not always seem possible, repairing these relationships is a key part of the journey to healing. Here’s a closer look at where — and how — relationship healing fits into addiction recovery. From Broken Relationships…. It is…

Hands creating a heart.

LGBT adults are more than twice as likely to report using drugs in the past year as their heterosexual counterparts, according to the Center on Addiction. They’re also more likely to binge drink, smoke cigarettes, and to report having had drug and alcohol problems. All of this begs the question: Why do members of the…

Written By Harris House

Category: Recovery, Sobriety

Wooden highway signs Old habits and New habits.

“Aftercare is crucial once an individual has completed drug or alcohol treatment and is in recovery. There is a continuity of care that should be followed once initial treatment is completed. This usually involves a lower level of treatment such as outpatient care and a sober living environment,” proposes research from the LAC-USC Department of…

Written By Harris House

Category: Addiction, Recovery

Medical doctor with the words detox overlaid.

If you or someone you love is suffering from alcohol use disorder (AUD), detox can be an invaluable lifeline and crucial part of your journey toward sobriety. Wondering what detox is and what it involves? Here’s a closer look at everything you need to know about detox. Defining “Detox” The first step to understanding detox…

Written By Harris House

Category: Addiction, Recovery, Relapse

Chalkboard with FMLA written.

In a perfect world, people suffering from addiction would have all the time and resources they needed for treatment. In the world we live in, however, we all have obligations, some of which can become obstacles to recovery. Work-related challenges are among the most common faced by addicts. Specifically, the fear of losing a job…

Written By Harris House

Category: Abuse, Addiction, Recovery, Relapse

Group of people cheering with beers.

Demi Lovato’s recent drug overdose — after years of sobriety — shone the light on an important subject. Relapse is very much part of the reality for addicts and the people who love them. Here’s a closer look at drug addiction and relapse, along with why treatment is a critical part of the recovery equation….

Written By Harris House

Category: Addiction, Recovery

Life isn’t pass or fail. Rather, it’s a series of chances to learn from the past in order to embrace a brighter future. For many addicts, however, letting go of past mistakes and moving on is easier said than done. Unfortunately, this can be an impediment to living well after recovery. Luckily, there are some…

Research indicates that members of the LGBT community have disproportionately high rates of substance abuse. In fact, a full 25 percent of gay and transgender people abuse alcohol, compared to just five to 10 percent of the total population. And while group meetings offer the same important benefits to LGBT individuals as they do to…

Written By Harris House

Category: Recovery, Sobriety

Martin Luther King, Jr. famously said, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” While this inspiring sentiment applies to many aspects of life, it’s especially suitable for addiction and recovery—particularly when it comes to the concept of forgiveness. Here’s a closer look…

Written By Harris House

Category: Addiction, Psychological, Recovery

The term “disenfranchised” originally referred to people who are “deprived of the right to vote or other rights of citizenship.” While this may refer to prisoners in its most formal sense, the term has also grown to encompass other groups, such as immigrants, minorities, the poor, the homeless, and the elderly, many of whom have…