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Mar 26, 2020

Self-Care Strategies When You’re Homebound

Amid all the news about the COVID-19 crisis, it’s easy to feel mentally and emotionally overwhelmed. And to top it off, the need for social distancing has probably prevented you from doing many of your normal self-care activities, such as going to the gym, attending your group therapy meetings or getting together with friends and […]

Mar 19, 2020

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Addiction Treatment

Overcoming an addiction involves not only committing to significant lifestyle changes, but also thinking differently about yourself and your relationships. Negativity is one common characteristic of addiction. A form of psychotherapy called cognitive behavioral therapy has proven highly effective for addiction treatment because it helps people learn to change their thoughts and habits. What Is […]

Mar 12, 2020

Young Adult Drug Treatment: Parents’ Guide

Our society commonly views the high school and college years as a time to experiment with alcohol and drugs. Countless popular movies and TV shows depict students going to all-night parties or on rowdy trips where there’s no adult supervision and reckless behavior is the norm. These cultural expectations may have taught your teen that […]

Mar 5, 2020

Signs You May Have a Drinking or Drug Problem

Drinking and drug use often begins recreationally. When socializing with friends, many young adults use alcohol or drugs to fit in or to experiment with the side effects of various substances. Some people have no problem knowing their limits and keeping their substance use casual. As a result, they are unlikely to experience any adverse […]

Feb 27, 2020

Can Your Health Insurance Offset the Costs of Addiction Treatment?

For anyone living with a substance misuse disorder, going through a qualified drug and alcohol treatment program can be life-saving. However, if you’re researching rehab facilities for yourself or someone you love, you may be worried about the cost of seeking help. Fortunately, health insurance can help defray these expenses. Here’s what you need to […]

Feb 20, 2020

Health Risks of Heavy Drinking in Young Adults

For many young adults, alcohol begins to play an outsized role in their social lives. If you spend a lot of your free time at parties where beer and other alcoholic beverages are readily available, you might have experienced peer pressure to binge drink, even if you didn’t originally intend to. What are some of […]

Feb 13, 2020

Problem Drinking in College: What You Need to Know

The college years are notorious as a time when students have easy access to alcohol and plenty of peer pressure to encourage them to experiment with it. If your son is in college or is getting ready to start college soon, what should you know about the dangers of problem drinking in this formative period? […]

Feb 6, 2020

Why Family Support Is Essential in Addiction Recovery

When your loved one enters treatment for substance abuse, you may hear the phrase, “Addiction is a family disease.” What does that mean? The disease of addiction affects everyone in your family, but any dysfunction within your family dynamic may have directly or indirectly paved the way for the development of a substance misuse disorder […]

Jan 30, 2020

Enjoying a Sober Super Bowl

Whether you’re a diehard NFL fan or someone who only watches the big game for the commercials and the halftime show, you’re probably one of the millions of Americans excited about tuning in to the big game this weekend. However, as a person working on your recovery, you might feel like the Super Bowl is […]

Jan 23, 2020

How Can You Avoid Digital Burnout?

We live in an increasingly tech-driven society. You likely have a smartphone, as well as a laptop and maybe even a tablet. Thanks to the smart home revolution of recent years, it’s now possible to control everything from your lights to your thermostat through a convenient app. While technology has brought many conveniences to our […]

Jan 16, 2020

Ways to Sneak Volunteering Into a Busy Schedule

Volunteering is one of those aspects of life most of us wish we could find time to do more often. Even when you start with good intentions, you might find volunteering falling further and further down your to-do list when your schedule gets hectic and other responsibilities intrude into your reality. However, giving back to […]

Jan 9, 2020

Tips for Starting the New Semester on a Positive Note

Most college campuses around the country are gearing up to welcome students back to campus for the beginning of the spring semester. Now’s the time to make a fresh start with your studies and get excited about taking new classes. Here’s some advice to help you welcome the new semester with open arms. 1. Set […]

Jan 2, 2020

Recovery in College: How to Put Your Needs First

College is an exciting time of self-discovery and exploring new freedoms and responsibilities. If you are living on your own for the first time, it can be challenging to learn how to manage your schedule, set your priorities and balance your coursework with a part-time job and your social life. For some students, college is […]

Dec 26, 2019

Do’s and Don’ts for Parents of Young Addicts

It can be heartbreaking to see a loved one struggle with addiction, especially when that person is your child. Even when your son is old enough to make decisions on his own, you still want to be there to provide advice and guidance, just as you’ve done his entire life. You might feel helpless to […]

Dec 19, 2019

Why We Need to Destigmatize Mental Health Issues

Though nearly 44 million American adults face mental illness in any given year, there remains a persistent stigma around the challenges associated with health problems such as anxiety, depression and bipolar disorder. If you have a mental illness, there’s a chance someone in your life has dismissed it as “just a phase,” or even asked […]

Dec 12, 2019

How to Preserve Your Sobriety During the Holidays

The holiday season equates to more than a month of various planned parties, casual get-togethers, spontaneous celebrations and family obligations. Between shopping, decorating and wrapping gifts, you may begin to feel like you are getting stretched too thin. Here’s what to do if stress begins to threaten your recovery process over the next few weeks. […]

Dec 5, 2019

Ideas for Enjoying a Sober Winter Break

Students all around the country are looking forward to the end of the semester and the chance to take time off from their studies for a little bit. After the stress of final exams and papers, the opportunity to catch up with friends and family members and enjoy a “long winter’s nap” may be calling […]

Nov 27, 2019

Can Alcohol Lead to Anxiety?

Some mental health disorders, like anxiety, can lead sufferers to self-medicate with alcohol as they try to mitigate the high levels of worry and fear they feel daily. Many people mistakenly believe drinking will help them relax. However, if you are living with anxiety, you should be aware that the cycle of substance abuse could […]

Nov 21, 2019

How to Have Fun at Night Without Drinking

If the old you had a long-established habit of drinking at night, it can be difficult to know what to do with yourself now that you’re pursuing your sobriety goals. The temptation to drink at night can be especially strong in the fall and winter, when the nights are so long and cold. What are […]

Nov 14, 2019

Mood Disorders’ Influence on Addiction

Everyone wakes up on the wrong side of the bed once in a while. Most people can eventually bounce back from having a rough day. However, those who develop mood disorders experience severe changes that affect their ability to lead a normal, productive life. Two of the most common such disorders are depression and bipolar […]

Nov 7, 2019

Healthy Strategies for Coping With Social Anxiety

Social anxiety is a disorder that makes people intensely uncomfortable in settings such as parties, job interviews and dates. Even answering the phone or ordering food in a restaurant can be stressful for someone with extreme social anxiety. In the past, you may have used alcohol and drugs to mask the symptoms of social anxiety, […]

Oct 31, 2019

The Consequences of Using Marijuana

According to a 2017 nationwide study on teen drug use, nearly half of teenagers try marijuana at least once by their senior year of high school, making it the second most commonly abused drugs among young adults. Many teens experiment with marijuana use as a result of peer pressure or because they believe it will […]

Oct 24, 2019

How to Support Your Loved One in Sobriety

Recovery is a lifelong process, both for the addicted person and for his closest friends and family members. By understanding the many challenges that accompany the healing journey, friends and families can prepare themselves to support their addicted loved one through all the ups and downs that happen along the way. Substance abuse can present […]

Oct 17, 2019

Are You Enabling Your Child’s Addiction?

As a parent, you are naturally inclined to want to help your son. You taught him everything from how to tie his shoes to how to ride a bike, and if he brought home a tricky school assignment, you were always there to support him. However, as your son gets older and more independent, you […]

Oct 10, 2019

Lessons for Parents of Young Adult Addicts

No parent welcomes a child into the world thinking they might someday develop a substance misuse problem. However, the unfortunate reality is that teenagers can and do use drugs and alcohol, which can make them vulnerable to developing an addiction over time. As a parent, it’s your responsibility to recognize the signs of substance abuse […]

Oct 3, 2019

Understanding Addiction as a Family Disease

Addiction is a complex disease that has profound effects on a user’s physical and mental health. For people struggling with a drug or alcohol misuse disorder, it is more than just a habit. Their desire to use their substance of abuse can be all-consuming. The cravings that push them to use more can be so […]

Sep 26, 2019

Proper Nutrition in Addiction Recovery

Long-term substance misuse can lead to nutritional deficiencies and digestive problems. Addicts are often malnourished due to years of abusing their bodies with toxic chemicals, which can lead to several mental and physical issues. How Substance Abuse Interferes With Nutrition Substance abuse is detrimental to your health in many ways, one of which is that […]

Sep 12, 2019

How to Convince a Teen Family Member to Seek Treatment

Having a teen in your life with a substance misuse problem can be a daily struggle. You may feel helpless to do anything as the cycle of addiction spirals further and further out of control. What can you say or do in the face of a problem that seems so far outside your ability to […]

Sep 5, 2019

How and Where Are Young Adults Getting Drugs?

Most high schoolers and college-aged kids understand drugs are easier to obtain than ever. But parents may not know how they are getting access to these substances. Here’s an eye-opening look at where your son could be finding drugs. 1. At Home For many young adults, the easiest way to get their hands on drugs […]

Aug 29, 2019

The Benefits of Adopting a Pet for Addiction Recovery

The earliest phases of addiction recovery can be one of the most trying times in your life. You are experiencing a rollercoaster of new emotions and working to rebuild damaged relationships. It’s a period of growth and rebirth, but it can also be frustrating at times. For many people who are in this stage, pet […]

Aug 22, 2019

A Parent’s Guide to School Drug Testing

While random drug testing for students is still a relatively rare practice for U.S. middle and high schools, a growing number of them are beginning to conduct these screenings. As we kick off a new school year, we have put together some essential information parents should know about drug testing in schools. School Drug Testing […]

Aug 15, 2019

The Importance of Young Adult Addiction Programs

Teens and young adults with substance misuse disorders often have different treatment needs than older people. On top of addressing addiction, relapse prevention and withdrawal, young people may need help learning valuable life skills, for example. Various counseling techniques can focus on these unique challenges and provide a foundation for lifelong recovery. Drug and Alcohol […]

Aug 8, 2019

Exercising Your Way to Recovery

The physical and mental benefits of exercise are undeniable, and you can experience them whether you go on daily walks or are a triathlete. But you may be surprised to learn about the link between addiction recovery and exercise. On its surface, it might seem like lifting weights or attending a spin class is not […]

Aug 1, 2019

How to Talk to Your Kids About College Binge Drinking

With the fall semester set to begin soon, many parents are getting ready to send their college-aged children off to school. Whether this year will be your son’s first semester in college, or if he is returning for his sophomore, junior or senior year, there is no time like the present to start a conversation […]

Jul 25, 2019

Drug-Free Ways to Manage Insomnia

You already know practicing good sleep hygiene is one of the best things you can do to be healthier, both mentally and physically. However, when you’re in recovery from drug and alcohol misuse, a good night’s sleep can be hard to come by. Unfortunately, insomnia is one of the most common withdrawal symptoms, and when […]

Jul 18, 2019

Preparing for Recovery as a Family

You’ll often hear people refer to addiction as a “family disease.” That’s because the effects of substance misuse disorders spread out to the lives of everyone who cares about them. Naturally, the addiction recovery process will affect your entire family as well. Nobody would ever characterize the road to sobriety as a smooth one, and […]

Jul 11, 2019

How Sobriety Changes Your Relationships for the Better

Addiction doesn’t happen in a vacuum. The self-destructive thoughts and behaviors associated with substance misuse can also hurt everyone who cares about you. Their lives became unpredictable and emotionally exhausting as they tried to come to terms with the withdrawn and often secretive person you turned into as the cycle of addiction took over. People […]

Jul 5, 2019

Addiction and Isolation Go Hand in Hand

Substance abuse takes a toll on every aspect of a user’s life, especially their relationships with others. As the addiction deepens and they become further withdrawn into themselves, their desire to maintain functional relationships with friends and family fades away as their drinking or drug use begins to take a higher and higher priority in […]

Jun 27, 2019

Alcohol Poisoning: Know What to Look For

According to the Centers for Disease Control, there are approximately 2,200 alcohol poisoning deaths per year in the U.S. Because drinking clouds judgment and causes people to indulge past appropriate limits, alcohol poisoning can occur rapidly, without much warning. That’s why it is essential to know the symptoms of alcohol poisoning, especially if you are […]

Jun 20, 2019

Effective Ways to Prevent Teen Substance Use

As a parent, you invest a considerable amount of time in your child’s well-being. As children transition into young adulthood, you may encounter communications challenges that make it increasingly difficult to start conversations with your teen. However, teens who experiment with drug use and drinking are gambling with their long-term health. It’s essential for you […]

Jun 13, 2019

Working Through Emotions in Early Recovery

Facing Your Feelings Many people believe that once they get sober, all of their problems will melt away. While it’s true that life improves dramatically upon getting clean, that doesn’t mean that life won’t present any challenges moving forward. The reality is that using drugs or alcohol serves as a coping mechanism for addicts. Their […]

Jun 4, 2019

How Men Overcome Trauma | PTSD Awareness Month

Ask a man if he’s ever experienced trauma, and he’ll probably just shrug or say something dismissive. The reality is that 61% of men have undergone a traumatic event at some point in their lives, although frequently, these men are not given the opportunity to explore the impact these occurrences have on their mental health. […]

May 31, 2019

Sober Summer Fun | Top Sober Summer Activities

Sober Summer Plans This weekend, we celebrated Memorial Day with family and friends. This is the official start of summer! It’s not uncommon for men in early recovery to wonder what a day on the lake will look like without a drink in their hand. Never fear; sobriety doesn’t mean that life will be “boring” – far […]

May 23, 2019

5 Quick Exercises to Raise Your Self-Esteem

We’ve already discussed that this May is Mental Health Month, and have covered some of the concerns specific to men’s experience of mental illness. Today, we’d like to explore the value of self-esteem: a topic often ignored by men’s health advocates, but one of utmost importance.   Why Does Self-Esteem Matter? Self-esteem is defined as […]

May 15, 2019

The Myth of the High-Functioning Addict

It’s extremely common for addicts to rationalize their substance use and minimize its gravity. This why it shouldn’t be surprising that they try to maintain high-functioning façades for loved ones and coworkers. But not everything is as it seems. Someone who may appear to have it all together could be seconds from intense withdrawal. Addicts […]

May 9, 2019

Men and Mental Illness: May is Mental Health Month

The Silent Crisis Men’s mental health is often called The Silent Crisis, largely because of the heavy layers of stigma that prevent the discussion and treatment of life-threatening depression, anxiety, and suicidality. Spearhead Recovery is proud to recognize Mental Health Month this May. In observance, we have prepared this comprehensive guide to men’s mental illness. […]

Apr 30, 2019

The Truth About Lying and Addiction

Lying and manipulation seem to go hand-in-hand with addiction. These behaviors can be distressing to friends and family, who notice changes in their loved one’s actions over time. They become more secretive and may begin acting erratically, behaving in ways that are increasingly uncharacteristic of their personalities. Once-dedicated parents may be noticeably absent from family […]

Apr 15, 2019

Gender Differences: How Do Men Experience Addiction?

Gender Differences in Substance Use Men are more likely than women to misuse nearly all types of substances, and their use is considered more intense – they’re much more likely to overdose or find themselves in the emergency room. Research shows that men and women use and react to drugs differently, which is why it’s important […]

Apr 8, 2019

The Mind-Body Connection: How Fitness Can Contribute to Your Recovery

Making daily exercise a part of your sober living plan is perhaps the best way to keep your mind and body strong and ready for the hard work of recovery. The mental and physical benefits of being active are far-reaching. This includes reducing stress, anxiety and depression, which often co-occur with substance use disorders. Plus, […]

Apr 4, 2019

Alcohol Awareness Month: When Binge Drinking Becomes a Problem

April is Alcohol Awareness Month, a perfect time to educate people on the dangers of alcohol abuse and spread the message that help and hope are possible. Along these lines, we’re taking a look at binge drinking – and how to know when it turns into a problem that needs proper treatment. First, let’s define […]

Mar 29, 2019

Forgive Yourself: How to Break the Shame Cycle in Recovery

Recovery is full of emotional challenges as you come to terms with accepting your past, making amends, feeling your feelings, forgiving yourself and rediscovering your new sober self. While you’re dealing with a host of toxic emotions on your journey toward sobriety, one of the most destructive ones is shame. What is shame? It’s that […]

Mar 21, 2019

Anxiety in Men

Despite ongoing efforts to break the stigma surrounding mental health, a lot of men aren’t comfortable expressing how they feel. According to the mental health charity, Mind, four out of five young adults, ages 18 to 34, admit to putting on a “brave face” when they feel anxious. Suffering from anxiety is nothing to be […]

Mar 14, 2019

A Sober St. Patrick’s Day

When we think of St. Patrick’s Day, many of us think about a green beer drinking fest. But, in fact, St. Patrick’s Day was once a religious holiday that celebrated the patron saint of Ireland. The Irish went to church and celebrated their culture; traditionally, pubs were closed on that day. Unfortunately, March 17 has […]

Mar 8, 2019

The Recovery Benefits of Male Bonding

If addiction is a lonely disease, then a successful recovery depends on camaraderie and mutual support. This goes for both women and men in addiction treatment. In fact, many experts say that true healing begins when men make themselves vulnerable and reveal their authentic selves in a community of other men. The Benefits of “Bromances” […]

Mar 4, 2019

Coming Out of Isolation in Recovery

Learning to overcome feelings of isolation is a big part of overcoming your addiction. This is why many rehabilitation centers focus on helping you to build mutually supportive relationships through peer activities and support groups. Many experts say that isolation is an enemy of sobriety – it could have fueled your addiction in the first […]

Feb 20, 2019

Eating for Better Mental Health

Could eating an extra piece of fruit or salad with your meal help your mental health and overall recovery? According to new study of 40,000 participants, adding more fruits and veggies to your daily diet may just be as beneficial as taking a walk when it comes to fending off depression and improving your mood. […]

Feb 15, 2019

Alcohol Related Liver Disease: No Longer an Old Man’s Disease

For years, alcoholic liver disease (or ALD) was considered “an old man’s disease” – but with more people drinking too much alcohol, liver disease is becoming an issue for younger people, too. A new national study by experts from Michigan Medicine examined data from more than 100 million privately insured U.S. residents over a period of seven […]

Feb 8, 2019

Study Reveals What Binge Drinking Could Be Doing To Your DNA

Whether you’re in recovery, concerned about a loved one’s drinking or considering recovery for yourself, it can’t hurt to read a reminder about the health dangers of alcohol abuse and, more specifically, binge drinking. Certainly, by now you know that binge drinking is bad for you – it increases your risk of addiction and suicide […]

Jan 29, 2019

How Meditation Can Help Men in Recovery

Meditation is certainly becoming more mainstream among the male population; celebs like Russell Simmons and Hugh Jackman have publicly endorsed its benefits. And it can be especially beneficial for men in addiction recovery. For writer Quentin Vennie, who overcame addiction, depression and an anxiety disorder, it helped him to become more aware of the emotional and […]

Jan 25, 2019

Spotting a Toxic Relationship

Healthy relationships are an important part of recovery and this means learning to decipher the good ones from the bad ones. Toxic relationships can be harmful to your mental health and cause anger, depression and anxiety. Toxicity – whether in the form of demeaning language, physical or verbal abuse, deception or gossip – can challenge […]

Jan 16, 2019

Working Through Anger and Resentment in Recovery

We all get angry; it’s a normal human emotion and one that you’re bound to deal with during recovery. Resentment is closely tied to anger. Resentment forms when you hold onto anger toward a person, institution or situation – for instance, if you feel snubbed or mistakenly forgotten about by a family member or friend. […]

Jan 4, 2019

Surprising Benefits of Quitting Alcohol

Making the decision to stop drinking is perhaps the best thing you can do for your body and mind. If you or someone you love is struggling with an alcohol use disorder, it won’t be an easy step – but the sooner you quit, the better your chances of regaining good health. Some pretty amazing […]

Dec 27, 2018

Great Recovery Goals for 2019

With the New Year around the corner, you might be thinking about some goals for 2019 – or some ways you can increase your confidence, make your recovery stronger and add to your new fulfilling sober life. While making lofty resolutions can be risky for those in recovery –  it can cause frustration and self-doubt […]

Dec 21, 2018

Ideas for Sober Fun This Winter

Staying sober during any season can be difficult, but wintertime can pose even greater challenges, including shorter, darker days, seasonal depression and added stress brought on by the holidays. Planning fun, sober activities with your close friends and family or recovery peers is a great way to safeguard your sobriety and enjoy life this winter. […]

Dec 12, 2018

Great Gift Ideas for Those in Recovery

The holidays are the perfect time to give your loved one in recovery a special, well-thought out gift that lets him know you care for and support him. But choosing a gift for someone in recovery can be challenging. To the rescue: Some great ideas to add to your gift-giving list this season! An experience: […]

Dec 6, 2018

Foods to Eat During Recovery

A big part of a healthy recovery is a healthy diet. That’s because the chronic use of alcohol or drugs can deplete your body of vital vitamins and nutrients. Case in point: Alcoholism is among the major causes of nutritional deficiency in the U.S., according to the National Institutes of Health. While there’s no one […]

Nov 29, 2018

Giving Thanks – It’s Not Just for Thanksgiving 

Thanksgiving may have passed but giving thanks can help your recovery all season long. This is because gratitude can have a profound impact on your motivation, willpower, mood and more. Being thankful can make you appreciate your new sober life and provide incentive to continue to care for your mind and body. Here area few […]

Nov 21, 2018

The Parallels Between Recovery and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

When I finally sobered up over 10 years ago it was rough going at first. Everything and everyone I had had in my life that defined who I thought I was had gone away – the children, wife, career, house, money etc. After God had begun recreating my life on a new basis focused on […]

Nov 15, 2018

State of Mental Health Still Quite Bleak Among Youth

Good news: More and more people are talking about mental health – and yet, the state of mental health in the US is “still quite bleak,” according to Mental Health America’s annual State of Mental Health Report, which ranks all 50 states and the District of Columbia based on several mental health and access measures. According […]

Nov 8, 2018

Time Management Tips for People in Recovery

Managing your time is an essential skill for everyone – and especially for those in recovery. Simply put, time management can prevent your life from becoming stressful and chaotic and it can help you avoid any unproductive free time where it may be tempting to fall back into bad, addicting habits. Time management is also […]

Oct 25, 2018

How Hope Helps

Hope is a four-letter word with a lot of force when it comes to addiction recovery. In fact, many go so far to say that it’s the foundation of recovery. Think about it: If you don’t have hope, you won’t have the motivation to create a better life for yourself. Hope gives us the ability […]

Oct 17, 2018

Reasons to Add Strength Training to Your Recovery

If lifting weights isn’t part of your recovery to-dos, you might consider adding it, especially if you’re struggling with a co-occurring substance use disorder and depression. While strength training can’t cure depression, one study showed that it can help to ease symptoms of depression like low mood, loss of interest in once enjoyed activities and […]

Oct 10, 2018

It’s Mental Illness Awareness Week

Today is the day to spread the word that mental health matters and that it’s okay to not feel okay. Not only is it World Mental Health Day but it’s Mental Illness Awareness Week, which was established in 1990 by Congress to shine a spotlight on mental illness. This year, the National Alliance on Mental […]

Oct 3, 2018

Making Friends in Recovery

Making friends, especially sober friends, is an important part of addiction recovery. Without the right friends in your life, you can become lonely – and loneliness is a big relapse trigger. You may have lost a few friends during recovery and that’s normal. Meeting new people can help you to regrow your support circle and […]

Sep 27, 2018

Smart Steps for Setting Personal Goals

Setting goals is an important part of recovery. This is because goal-setting helps provide direction, motivation and hope for your new sober life. But how do you start? A recent article in Psychology Today suggested beginning by defining your overall personal goals for recovery and then making them more focused by asking yourself a few […]

Sep 20, 2018

Men Aren’t Talking About Mental Health

The stigma surrounding mental health is getting better, yet many men are still reluctant to talk about their mental health issues – and this is despite rising rates of suicide. Women are 63 percent more likely than men to seek help for mental health issues and, in the U.S., 78 percent of suicide attempts involve […]

Sep 13, 2018

Coping With Anger During Recovery

A disagreement with a friend; rush-hour traffic; a long wait at the doctor’s office; an untidy roommate; rumors about your recovery – these are just a few of the many mundane things that can trigger anger once you return to your sober life. Certainly it’s normal (and human) to feel anger, but if you find […]

Sep 5, 2018

Unexpected Benefits of Addiction Recovery

September is National Recovery Month and it’s the perfect time to talk about some of the surprising perks that come with taking the brave step to get sober. These are just a few examples of how recovery can change you and your life for the better. Take a look and add to this list based on […]

Sep 5, 2018

5 Unhealthy Ways Families Cope With Addiction

When one family member is struggling with a substance use disorder, other family members assume certain attitudes and behaviors to cope with the impact of their loved one’s substance abuse. These coping mechanisms seem like the best way to handle the addiction, but they’re usually extremely unhealthy and can cause a lot of harm if […]

Aug 29, 2018

These Are The Factors That Could Make You More–Or Less–Likely To Seek Addiction Treatment

Of the 22 million Americans who are dependent on illicit drugs and alcohol, only 2.5 million seek addiction treatment. Such a stark contrast draws attention to a serious public health concern. Even among people who do seek addiction treatment, some are more likely to engage in it than others. Researchers from Florida Atlantic University in […]

Aug 29, 2018

Why Males Are More Prone to Substance Misuse

When it comes to addiction and addiction treatment, men and women are far from equal. In fact, men are more likely than women to use almost all types of illicit drugs, and illicit drug use is more likely to result in emergency department visits or overdose deaths for men than for women, according to the […]

Aug 22, 2018

Study: Young Male Binge Drinkers at Risk of Heart Troubles

Binge drinking rates are at an all-time high and now a new study shows yet another scary side effect: cardiovascular risk factors, according to research by Mariann Piano, senior associate dean of research at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. Piano and her co-authors examined high blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar and other cardiovascular risks in […]

Aug 22, 2018

4 Ways to Find Yourself In Recovery

A healthy recovery calls for a deep understanding of self, something that’s only acquired through personal development, self-care and learning about ourselves through relationships with others. The importance of finding yourself in recovery cannot be overstated, and there are a few ways to help you along. 1. Find more motivation to recover. Choosing to walk […]

Aug 17, 2018

Risk Factors of Dropping Out of Addiction Treatment Early

Leaving rehab early is rarely the right decision. For the majority of young adults, leaving rehab before completing the full course of addiction treatment will result in relapse – within hours or days of exiting the rehab. And since your tolerance to drugs and/or alcohol will be diminished, using can easily result in overdose. Recovery […]

Aug 15, 2018

7 Tips for Easier Addiction Recovery

Addiction recovery isn’t easy — in fact, it will likely be one of the hardest things you ever do – but a few steps can help make it a little easier. Start a journal. Journaling is a simple and powerful recovery tool. You can write about what you’re most grateful for or how you’re feeling […]

Aug 15, 2018

Early Warning Signs of Teen Substance Abuse: What to Look For

The teen and young adult years are full of changes, so early warning signs of substance abuse can be difficult to detect. What can you chalk up to typical moody teenage behavior, and what could be a sign of a bigger problem? While there’s no single, foolproof way to identify whether your teen or young […]

Aug 8, 2018

Substance Use in the Restaurant Industry: What You Should Know

According to a 2015 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) survey, 16.9% of workers in the hospitality and food industry have a substance use disorder. The SAMHSA survey also found that workers in the food service industry have the highest rates of monthly illicit drug use, with 19.1% of full-time workers using illicit […]

Aug 1, 2018

When Substance Use Turns Into Addiction

Substance use and addiction are more common among teenagers and college students than you might think. More than 4 million full-time college students aged 18 to 22 engaged in binge drinking within the past month, and approximately 1 in 5 used an illicit substance within the past month. Teenagers experiment with substances because they feel […]

Jul 25, 2018

About Spearhead Lodge’s Clinical Therapies

Sustainable recovery requires extensive engagement in clinical therapies that serve two purposes: 1) to help a client recognize the underlying issues that contributed to substance use disorder, and 2) to establish new, healthy skills that help them maintain freedom from drugs and alcohol. At Spearhead Lodge, our clients participate in a range of complementary clinical […]

Jul 18, 2018

5 Myths About Addiction & Recovery

Addiction is a complex disease that affects one in seven Americans, according to a report from the U.S. surgeon general. It seems like everyone knows someone who has dealt with substance addiction, whether personally or within their family or group of friends. But although addiction is common, there are still many myths surrounding addiction and […]

Jul 11, 2018

12-Step Recovery: Why You Need to Make Amends

The consequences of drug and alcohol abuse don’t just affect the addicted person–they spill over into every area of a person’s life, causing the most amount of damage to their relationships. In the 12-step program, steps eight and nine are all about making amends and repairing the relationships that have been damaged by substance use. 8. […]

Jun 6, 2018

6 Benefits of Extended Care

Addiction is a chronic, progressive disease that affects every facet of a person’s life, as well as the lives of their loved ones. However, treatment can help a person overcome addiction by establishing healthy behaviors and a new way of life that promotes and sustains lasting recovery. The idea of addiction treatment as a continuum […]

May 16, 2018

May Is Mental Health Month

The conversation around mental health is changing. Mental health issues need to be discussed year round, but May is a time that highlights those issues and raises awareness. Mental Health Awareness Month was created to raise awareness of mental health issues for millions of Americans through media, local events and mental health screenings. It’s also […]

Apr 26, 2018

5 Life Skills You’ll Learn at Spearhead Lodge

People who abuse drugs or alcohol, especially at a young age, often miss out on reaching certain benchmarks that establish maturity, independence and adulthood, and their emotional maturity is often stunted as a result. Young adults who abuse substances may get older, but they don’t grow up. That’s why we offer a comprehensive Life Skills […]

Apr 18, 2018

6 Fun Sober Things to Do in Austin

Austin has a large and active recovery community, making it a great place to begin or maintain sobriety. With such a high volume of 12-Step meetings and sober things to do, Austin proves that you can, in fact, have fun in recovery. Try incorporating one of these six sober activities into next weekend’s plans. 1. […]

Mar 19, 2018

How Trauma Reenactment Can Influence Addiction

Trauma can be experienced at any phase of life, but it often relates back to childhood experiences. Physical and verbal abuse, sexual abuse, a parent’s struggle with substance abuse and mental illness and other traumatic experiences leave a lasting impact on our lives and how we see the world. Throughout childhood and into adulthood, trauma […]

Mar 9, 2018

5 Ways to Boost Your Recovery That Aren’t Therapy

In recovery, you spend a lot of time participating in evidence-based therapies. While therapy is critical to a successful, lasting recovery, there are other facets of treatment that are hugely beneficial to healing that aren’t traditional talk therapy. 1. Life Skills Training Over time, addiction impacts individual’s independence. Life skills training teaches the skills that […]

Sep 26, 2017

Rock Bottom

Rock bottom.  What exactly is rock bottom?  Is it a state of being, is it an external condition, or is it simply an ends to a mean?  Is the guy sleeping in the ditch who just lost his home, his kids, and his wife finally at rock bottom?  If so, why doesn’t he seek help?  […]

Aug 29, 2017

He Did it Again!

Just a little over one year ago I sat in my office out at BRC Recovery and began mapping out some of “the plans” for the new young adult extended care program; Spearhead Lodge. I had several meetings with Marsha Stone where we discussed the vision that she had regarding our new program. Meeting after […]

Jul 25, 2017

Stories of the Rudely Interrupted

“And though perhaps he came to scoff, he may remain to pray.”  – Dr. William D. Silkworth The National Institute of Drug Abuse lists thirteen principles of effective drug addiction treatment.  One of them is that “Treatment does not need to be voluntary to be effective.”  This conclusion was reached after over two decades of […]

Jun 13, 2017

For the Family: Need to Know Basis…

Do you remember being a small child and asking for the newest Nerf gun or Barbie doll when you passed the toy aisle? Do you also remember being told no by a parent who offered no explanation other than a simple, “Not right now.” How frustrated were you with the lack of conversation and feeling […]

May 10, 2017

Spiritual Progress

I was recently asked to do a group with the young men at Spearhead Lodge. After asking the Universe for inspiration I created a group that included a short writing assignment, meditation, and then ended with a prayer. My hope, as always, is that I could somehow be a vessel for these residents to grow […]

Mar 20, 2017

Facing Addiction: Finding Inspiration Through Stories of the Rich and the Famous

Alcoholism can take absolute and categorical control of your life. If you’re asking yourself “how did I get here and how do I stop,” you’re already on the road to success. Acknowledging the problem and the impact that it has on your life is the first and often most difficult step. However, many alcoholics don’t […]

Mar 1, 2017

The Power of the Program

As a child, I was given everything I needed, along with most of the things I wanted. I grew up in a household full of love, encouragement, and fun. I was afforded every opportunity to succeed. My parents were, and still are, my biggest fans and supporters. My father was always the coach of my […]

Feb 15, 2017

In Recovery, There Are No Days Off

I’m sitting here in the San Juan Mountains of Western Colorado.  I’m on vacation.  This is a time when conventional thinking would say, “Sit back, relax, you deserve a break.”  Maybe I do, and I’m certainly finding the scenery and pace of mountain life relaxing.  But I have also been writing a new fourth step […]

Dec 14, 2016

For the Family: Pain is in the Resistance

My how I love to deliver this message but bristle with antagonism when it is delivered to me! Have you ever considered the reason we hang on so tightly to a situation or person that causes us pain? Think about that carefully for a minute. What could possibly be the payoff for putting ourselves through […]

Nov 30, 2016

Overview of The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health

As seasoned addiction treatment and recovery specialists, the team here at Spearhead Lodge is painfully aware of the growing increase in individuals with a drug or alcohol addiction, as well as the drastic increase in opioid overdoses recently. However, the sheer magnitude of the problem is staggering. Earlier this month, U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek […]

Nov 21, 2016

For the Family: Codependency

Codependency…that dirty little word. What is your immediate reaction upon hearing the term codependency? Most folks glaze right over it but for those of us who are in an all-out battle with it, the word feels deeply personal. Codependency can be characterized by things such as shame, people pleasing, poor boundaries, reactivity, care-taking, control and […]

Nov 8, 2016

Tears into Determination

Throughout the course of my journey in recovery there have been ups and downs, times of joy, and times of tribulation. One of the greatest joys of my recovery is the fact that my two oldest sons have joined me on this journey. I believe that because of their bearing witness to my own struggles […]

Nov 8, 2016

You May Not Be A Bad Map Reader, Maybe You’ve Been Reading A Bad Map

The brain is designed to screen out information just as much as it is to take it in.  It has to be, there is way too much going on to successfully process it all.  One example is how you are able to focus on your conversation in a loud, crowded restaurant.  I feel that life […]

Jul 30, 2016

Spearhead Lodge: A Higher Calling

By Mandy Baker, Clinical Director, Spearhead Lodge Spearhead: A leading element, force, or influence in an undertaking or development – Merriam Webster’s Dictionary We hear a lot about addiction these days-in the news, at our church, from our friends and family, and at our places of employment.  Stories of overdoses, crisis within the family, crime, […]

Jul 25, 2016

Meeting the Demands of a Chemically Dependent Generation

By Alex Penrod, Recovery Manager, Spearhead Lodge According to the most recent Survey on Drug Use and Health: “drug use is highest among people in their late teens and twenties. In 2013, 22.6 percent of 18 to 20 year-olds reported using an illicit drug in the past month” (National Institute on Drug Abuse). In addition to […]

Jul 24, 2016

A Message From the Executive Director

By Lane Rust, Executive Director, Spearhead Lodge Spearhead– a person, thing, or group that organizes or leads something (such as a movement or attack)  I feel extremely blessed to have the opportunity to be asked to spearhead the operation at BRC’s new young adult, extended care facility, Spearhead Lodge. All of our staff members are extremely excited about starting […]