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National Recovery Month: How Peer Support Can Be Effective For Getting Men Into Treatment

September is National Recovery Month, and although we should be doing it year-round, it’s time to start really paying attention to men’s mental health needs. We’ve seen time and again how trying to be the strong and silent type does more harm than good, encouraging men to hide their emotions and shy away from seeking…

6 Unique Challenges Men Face in Recovery

No one enters rehab thinking it will be easy. In fact, those struggling with addiction know that getting sober will be one of the hardest things they ever do, which makes it all the more admirable when someone finds the courage to turn their life around. Even though recovery is no walk in the park,…

How Getting Help is Better for Professionals & Their Careers

Most people think of drug addicts or alcoholics as unkempt, unemployed and unpredictable. But the truth is that a large number of people struggling with substance abuse are contributing members of society — over 70 percent have a steady job and are employed either full or part-time, in industries that range from hospitality to health…
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August 31 is International Overdose Awareness Day: Here are the Startling Stats on Men’s Overdose Rates

Addiction is an issue that has been around for decades. But since the arrival of COVID-19, substance abuse rates have soared in the U.S., with 13 percent of Americans reporting an increase in drug or alcohol use. This surge has been linked to the stress, fear and uncertainty of the pandemic and shows no signs…
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4 Reasons Men ‘Hate’ Therapy: Changing the Narrative for Guys Who Are Treatment-Averse

“Real men don’t cry.” “Tough it out.” “Man up.” We’ve all heard these phrases before. While they’ve become commonplace, these expressions reinforce outdated expectations of what men should and shouldn’t do. When it comes to mental health, this has led to the misconception that men don’t have, and aren’t even supposed to have, the same…
Identity Crisis: Resolving Perceptions of Past and Present Selves

Identity Crisis: Resolving Perceptions of Past and Present Selves

People often measure the quality of their life based on their past decisions, accomplishments, and even shortcomings. While it is good to learn from the past to become more resilient and make better decisions moving forward, when you dwell in the past, it becomes problematic. In recovery and especially early recovery, it is common to…
Coping With Anger in Addiction Recovery

Coping With Anger in Addiction Recovery

There are some things in life we just can’t avoid—death, taxes, and anger. Anger is a common emotion we all experience in life, and it can affect you, those around you, and even society as a whole. Episodes of anger can be passive or assertive. Each episode will produce adrenaline which can create lasting adverse…
Reversing Stigma: Why Decriminalization of Substances and Disorders Matters

Reversing Stigma: Why Decriminalization of Substances and Disorders Matters

Many stigmas, taboos, and negative beliefs surround substance use and mental health disorders. Such views not only misrepresent and harm those affected with substance use and mental health disorders. They also create fear, isolation, and even prevent many from seeking the help they need. The legal ramifications further support these beliefs for those in possession…
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SMART Recovery: An Alternative Recovery Program

There is a common misconception that treatment for alcohol use looks and operates a certain way. Unfortunately, these beliefs and stigmas surrounding specific treatments are causing those who need help to avoid it because they decide it won’t work for them. However, the treatment approaches to helping those with alcohol use disorders are much more…
Adventure Therapy: The Benefits of Hiking in Recovery

Adventure Therapy: The Benefits of Hiking in Recovery

When most people think about the best therapy options for recovery, they don’t typically think about hiking. However, hiking, or adventure therapy, can become an essential holistic treatment option for those recovering from substance use and mental health disorders. Adventure therapy positively affects mental, physical, and emotional health, helping to reduce anxiety and stress, and…