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Seasonal Affective Disorder and Your Recovery

dark and stormy sky reflected over lake - seasonal affective disorderMany people in recovery struggle with co-occurring mental health disorders. This includes seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a type of depression related to the changes in the seasons. Typically, people with SAD start to notice changes in their mood and behavior in the fall as the days become shorter.

Symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder

As with addiction, no two people with SAD are exactly alike. However, some common symptoms that people with SAD may experience include:


Getting Help for a Loved One with a Hydrocodone Addiction

young woman consoling her friend - hydrocodone addictionHydrocodone is commonly prescribed to treat moderate to severe pain. However, this prescription painkiller carries a real risk of addiction. Abuse of hydrocodone can affect nearly every aspect of a person’s life, but it’s important to remember that there’s always hope for recovery using an evidence-based treatment program.

About Hydrocodone

Hydrocodone is an opioid analgesic. Like all opioids, hydrocodone is a derivative of the poppy plant. However, it’s a semi synthetic opioid that is created by chemically modifying the opium derivative codeine—which is a naturally occurring opium derivative.


The Unexpected Addiction Risk Posed by Codeine-Based Cough Syrup

close up of cough syrup being poured into a spoon - codeine cough syrupWhen you have a cough that doesn’t seem to go away, cough syrup with codeine can help you get the rest your body needs. However, it’s important to be aware of the potential for abuse and addiction that the codeine poses—especially if you have preteens, teens, or young adults in your home.

Codeine Uses and Potential Risks

Codeine is an opiate medication that is most commonly found in prescription-strength cough syrup because it affects the signals in the brain that trigger a cough reflex. This is a short-term treatment that can be taken every four to six hours until a person recovers from their respiratory infection.


The Importance of Accountability in Recovery

two attractive young women talking in waiting room - accountabilityThe term accountability refers to being held responsible for your actions. At Waypoint Recovery Center’s South Carolina drug and alcohol addiction treatment program, we stress that accountability is a vital part of building the foundation for a lasting recovery.

A Victim Mentality Keeps You from Moving Forward

Often, a lack of personal accountability is associated with a victim mentality. A person with a substance use disorder needs to learn to see themselves as a survivor and not a victim. Being trapped in a victim mentality prevents them from dealing with the effects of past trauma and leaves them acting as an observer in their own lives.


The Health Benefits of Spending Time in Nature

man working on laptop in backyard on sunny day - spending time in natureAlthough the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has made many types of recreational activities ill-advised, the virus is thought to be less likely to spread outdoors. Social distancing and hand washing are still essential, but spending time in nature is one of the safest things you can do right now. Heading outside also offers significant benefits for your recovery.

How Spending Time in Nature Promotes a Lasting Recovery


Managing Your Emotions to Keep Your Recovery on Track

woman sitting on desk or table meditating - emotionsThe term emotional regulation refers to the process of recognizing and controlling your feelings or reactions to feelings. Emotions aren’t inherently good or bad, but how you respond to your emotions is crucial in keeping you on track with your recovery goals.

It’s Been an Emotionally Difficult Year


Setting Recovery Goals During the COVID-19 Pandemic

beautiful Black family - smiling mom hugging young daughter from behind in the kitchenGoal-setting is an important part of the recovery process, but you may need to reevaluate your goals in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Goals that may have been reasonable under normal circumstances may end up being difficult to accomplish due to pandemic-related changes.

Choose SMART Goals

A common mistake people make when setting goals is making them too vague or too ambitious to be reasonable. (more…)

Holiday Gifts for People in Recovery

Holiday Gift Suggestions

nice gift set with candle, journal, soap, and other items - gifts for people in recoveryWith the holiday season fast approaching, you may be wondering what is the best way to show support for your friend or family member in recovery. The team at Waypoint Recovery Center‘s South Carolina drug and alcohol addiction treatment program has created this guide to offer holiday gift suggestions to fit every budget.

Gifts to Promote a Healthy Lifestyle