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Recent News & Addiction & Recovery Information

9 Tips to Help You Cope with Burnout in Recovery

two pretty young women talking and having coffee - friendship and support - burnoutBurnout can be tricky to spot—especially when it’s caused by stress that builds up over time. However, this toxic mix of cynicism, depression, and exhaustion can lead to feelings of emotional numbness, lack of energy, concentration difficulties, and mood swings that put your recovery efforts at risk.

A Proactive Approach to Burnout

At Waypoint Recovery Center, we encourage our clients to take a proactive approach to dealing with burnout. Addressing feelings of burnout immediately helps reduce the risk that they’ll lead to relapse.

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Using Grounding Techniques to Support Your Addiction Recovery

pretty young woman with long hair sitting on the floor of her room with her eyes closed - grounding techniquesPeople in recovery often struggle to deal with anxiety, PTSD, anger management, and the general mental health effects of past trauma. If you find that your emotions trigger cravings, grounding techniques can help you keep your recovery on track by providing a way to bring your mind to the present and keep it from wandering into a negative state.

How Grounding Helps

When used regularly, grounding techniques can:

  • Prevent you from worrying about what other people think of you
  • Keep you from wasting time feeling guilty about your past addiction-related behavior
  • Stop you from letting one setback or bad moment ruin your whole day
  • Guide your attention away from thoughts of past danger and towards your present safety

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5 Key Facts About Ativan Addiction

What Is Ativan?

old fashioned key on old keyring with a metal ID tag on it with the number five - Ativan addictionAtivan (lorazepam) is a type of benzodiazepine medication used to treat anxiety and insomnia, but this drug can be addictive when not used as directed. If you think your loved one might be struggling with an Ativan addiction, learning more about this drug’s effects and the potential dangers can help you determine your next steps.

1. Ativan Is Only Recommended for Short-Term Use

Ativan is a Schedule IV drug under the Controlled Substances Act of 1970. This puts it in the same class as commonly abused prescriptions such as Ambien (zolpidem), Ultram (tramadol), Klonopin (clonazepam), and Xanax (diazepam). Schedule IV drugs have an accepted medical use and are considered to have a lower risk of addiction than Schedule II or Schedule III drugs and a higher risk of addiction than Schedule V drugs. (more…)

Willpower and Recovery: What’s the Connection?

pretty young businesswoman looking out window drinking coffee - willpower and recoveryThe role of willpower in recovery is often misunderstood. Substance use disorders are biologically based chronic illnesses with complex interconnected environmental triggers. This means a person doesn’t develop an addiction because they lack willpower. However, learning how to strengthen willpower can help promote the resiliency you need to continue to progress in your recovery journey.

We Use Willpower Everyday

Willpower is involved in hundreds of choices we make each day. Whenever you make a choice that prioritizes your long-term well-being over short-term rewards, you’re using willpower. For example:

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Don’t Let Unchecked Anger Put Your Recovery at Risk

cropped shot of person sitting at a table with their clenched fists resting on the table top - angerBeing in recovery is about more than simply refraining from the use of drugs or alcohol. Lasting sobriety requires you to find new ways to manage your emotions—including anger.

Recognize That Anger Can Serve a Purpose

Anger isn’t inherently negative. Sometimes, anger lets you know that an aspect of a situation needs to be changed. (more…)

What You Need to Know About Vicodin Addiction

prescription pill bottle laying on its side with white oval tablets spilling out - Vicodin addictionAddiction thrives on stigma and misunderstanding. Whether you’re worried about a loved one or wondering if you might be struggling with a Vicodin addiction, it’s important to make sure you have the facts you need to make informed decisions about your next steps.

Vicodin Addiction Often Begins with a Legitimate Prescription

Addiction doesn’t always look like how it’s portrayed on TV—especially when a person is addicted to Vicodin or other opioid painkillers. In this case, what begins as a legitimate prescription turns into something much more sinister.

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Are Club Drugs Taking Over Your Life?

triple exposure image of young girl with her head in her hands - room spinning and high on drugs - club drugsA night spent dancing with friends at a concert, bar, or nightclub can have lasting consequences if you turn to club drugs to fit in, unwind, and have fun. Despite the popularity of websites that claim club drugs are as safe as watersports or giving birth, this type of substance abuse comes with real risks.

Types of Club Drugs

There are many different illegal drugs that fall under the broader ‘club drug’ umbrella, but some of the most common include:

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The Pandemic Has Caused a Spike in Overdose Rates

COVID & Overdose Rates

black and white image of two people holding hands in front of a casket - overdoseThe COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has drastically changed many aspects of daily life. One unexpected side effect of virus mitigation plans has been an increase in overdose deaths.

A study published in JAMA Psychiatry, a monthly peer-reviewed medical journal published by the American Medical Association, in February 2021 analyzed nearly 190 million emergency department visits and found significantly higher rates of overdoses in 2020 compared to the same dates in 2019. From mid-April onward through the pandemic, the weekly rates of emergency visits for drug overdoses increased by up to 45% when compared against the same period in 2019. Emergency visits for opioid overdoses increased by 28.8%.

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