Many people are under the assumption that marijuana causes no signs or symptoms of addiction. This may be due to a comparison of marijuana and other drugs: cannabis is simply not as harmful as harder drugs such as cocaine, heroin, or morphine. There may also be more of a lax attitude towards this drug due to the sweeping reform that is currently running through the policies in America. Marijuana is the most commonly used and abused illegal drug in the United States and its use is only surpassed by nicotine and alcohol.
Experiences with marijuana are by no means universal; some users experience feelings of happiness and joy while others experience intense anxiety, delusions, distrust, and panic.
Long-Term Effects of Marijuana
Some brain scans suggest reduced volume of specific brain regions involved in executive functioning such as memory, learning, and impulse control compared to individuals that do not use the drug. Other studies suggest altered connectivity in certain areas of the brain. The most impactful aspect of marijuana is usually the negative effects on short-term memory and cognitive functioning, as well as altered states of REM sleep.
What Does Marijuana Detox Look Like?
While the physical symptoms of marijuana withdrawal are minor compared to harder drugs, the psychological addiction is no joke. If you or a loved one has been using for an extended period of time (months or years) it may be difficult to quit on your own. Many people that have gone through marijuana withdrawal report the following symptoms:
- Strange dreams
- Stomach pains
- Sleeping difficulty
- Nervousness and/or anxiety
- Increased anger, aggression, and irritation
- Depressed mood
- Drug cravings
- Decreased appetite
Headaches were reported in almost 30% of individuals that chose to detox from marijuana.
Many users report serious signs of depression after stopping the use of this drug. Whether the cessation of the marijuana caused the depression or whether the depression was simply masked by the high is up for debate and varies widely depending on the individual. We recommend a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (Advil, Aspirin) to deal with the side effects. There has also been a startling number of people that
Detox varies based on a few factors:
- An individual’s metabolism
- The amount and frequency of use
- Your age, gender, weight, and level of health
- How long an individual has been using the substance
Marijuana Addiction Services in Philadelphia
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At Recovery Care Partner, we offer tools and services to help you get and stay sober. We specialize in interventionists, inpatient rehabs, and post-recovery care. Our strategy has offered long-term sobriety for a number of our clients; despite this, many people have a hard time staying sober. At the end of the day, a large amount of effort has to come from the addicted individual themselves. Going to meetings, being open about your problems, and being aware of your shortcomings can help bolster your recovery and can make you a better person along the way. Below, we’ve compiled a few tips that previous and current clients have found helpful in their process of recovery.
Find a New Friend Group
Often times, an addict will relapse because they went right back to their old social circle. In an attempt to develop a drug-free and alcohol-free lifestyle, it is counter-productive to hang out with old drinking and using buddies. It can be difficult, but real friends will understand. If they oust you for not drinking, then you can be sure that they were not actual friends anyways. Spending time at meetings and performing sober activities with others in recovery can help pave the way for a healthier life.
Have a Structured Schedule
A disorganized lifestyle can hinder your recovery. Keeping your time and mind occupied with useful and fun activities (such as work, school, exercise, and group activities) can help remind you that you never needed drugs in the first place. Long-term goals have been shown to help maintain sobriety as well. Sit down and think about what you really want from life.
At Recovery Care Partner, we offer a multitude of post-treatment consultation options. Depending on the severity of your addiction, some people will need
more help than others. Just remember: there is nothing wrong with a little extra help and it is nothing to be ashamed about. We offer sober companions, sober transport to and from AA meetings and school etc., transitional coaching from treatment to the outside world, and recovery care monitoring. We can help provide a structured framework that is different in comparison to treatment or therapy.
Learn from the Past
Don’t let past mistakes bog you down. Many people that are in early recovery have a lot of baggage and skeletons in the closet. Maybe you caused a significant financial strain on the family or maybe your actions caused a breakup. If you are working a 12-step program, your 4th step can significantly help you and others gain closure on painful events in each other’s past caused by your addiction.
Many people in recovery turn to physical exercise and activities once they get sober. Not only does physical exercise fill your time, it can also create meaningful experiences and relationships. Consider signing up for a gym, starting a new running regimen, or starting a new sport. This could include tennis, intramural sports, group sports, kayaking, paddle boarding, surfing, hiking, weightlifting, CrossFit, or anything in-between.
Getting sober frees up a lot of time. Think about what you want to do with your life! Many people say that if you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life. Consider going back to school to start a fulfilling career.
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Recovery Care Partner is an organization that specializes in pre-treatment, intervention, and post-treatment services for individuals afflicted with addiction. We offer a number of services to help addicts get sober and stay sober in the Philadelphia, South Jersey, Atlanta, Richmond, Greenwich, Baltimore, and Greater Washington DC areas. If you or a loved one is in need of help and is ready to take the next step, give us a call at (855) 727-2887 or visit our contact page today.Learn More
Intervention is the catalyst that can propel an individual to a new, happier life. Days become very dark in the life of an addicted person; consequently, they may not see – or care – that they have a problem. It’s one of those powerful tools that families can use to urge a person to seek help and enter treatment. Generally, an intervention is necessary when someone’s addiction begins to destroy their personal relationships, work obligations, hobbies, and the happiness of their family. When a loved one continues to abuse drugs, despite negative consequences, intervention and treatment may be the only option.
To Intervene or Not to Intervene?
There are a few warning signs and factors that may send a person into an addiction. Co-occurring mental health disorders such as anxiety, depression, loneliness, and fear may exacerbate drug addiction. Social isolation, erratic behavior, financial issues, problems at work or school, and un-needed stress in personal relationships can be the result.
Recognizing the signs and symptoms of drug abuse is necessary if you wish to help your loved one. An intervention will force uncomfortable, emotional conversations; the individual in question may not be very responsive to the intervention at first. However, drug addiction tends to spiral out of control, with the National Institute on Drug Abuse considering addiction a progressive, chronic disease.
Signs that someone needs an intervention
- Drunk driving and other activities that endanger others
- Amnesia, or the inability to remember behaviors – especially negative ones – that affect family members and people close to them
- Legal issues or pending legal issues, especially those with drug charges
- Multiple failed attempts to reduce quantity and frequency of use
- Increased conflict with family, friends, and coworkers
- Shunning of basic responsibilities, such as house chores and going to work
- Intense mood swings
- Degradation of physical appearance, sleep cycles, and eating habits
- High levels of drug tolerance
- Large amounts of mysterious debt
- Worsening mental health problems
Stepping in before things get worse can help save your loved one’s life. This is especially important if your loved one is abusing hard drugs, as one bad batch can result in overdose.
Interventionist in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
An intervention should be highly structured and controlled to decrease the chance of the intervention going off the rails. If your loved one has a history of suicidal ideations, violence, mental illness, and/or rationalization, professional help may be necessary to avoid a compromising situation.
Addiction is the third leading cause of death in the United States. Effective treatment requires a solution, which requires professional support. At Recovery Care Partner, we intervene in such as a way that the addict/alcoholic will likely be more receptive to the intervention and will be more likely to attend treatment. If you are in need of an intervention in Atlanta, Richmond, Philadelphia or South Jersey, contact us today!Learn More
As a newly recovering addict begins to take steps down a new path in life, they may find themselves emotionally and psychologically vulnerable after years of numbing their emotions with drugs and alcohol. Even with all the addiction education and recovery care management resources available, emotions can be overwhelming and difficult to process in early recovery. One of the greatest and most overlooked assets to a recovering addict, or anyone in this world, is gratitude. Maintaining a positive outlook, even in the most difficult of conditions, can mean the difference between having a good day that runs smoothly or feeling like the world is crashing down around you. Here are some basic strategies you or a recovering addict can implement into your weekly routine.
Wake up grateful! When you rise you greet the day, take some time out to pray or meditate and think about someone or something in life that you are grateful for. This really helps shift your perspective and starts to frame everything you see in a more positive way. It isn’t always apparent immediately, but the positive mindset produced by starting your day off right will seep into all aspects of your life. You will start to find yourself more relaxed, resilient, optimistic, productive, social, and even see an improvement in your health and well-being.
Make a Gratitude List
Cleaning up the wreckage of our past can be extremely difficult. Building a new life from the bottom up often means we aren’t left with much to work with, but you can always find something to be grateful for. Most pieces of addiction education literature will tell you to consider writing a gratitude list. Items could include something as simple as the cup of coffee you have to help jump-start your day, or as personal as the loved one who hasn’t given up on you through all the hard times.
Look at What You Have, Instead of What You Don’t
There are billionaires who have everything one could ever imagine in life but still can’t seem to find happiness. There are also people who are just scraping by that have a sense of peace and joy that seems unattainable to those watching from the outside. It’s easy to get caught up in “keeping up with the Jones’”, and after hitting rock bottom it can seem like an almost impossible climb back up out of the hole you dug yourself in. Often, we find we had taken everything we held dear for granted in our illness anyway, and material things never seemed to bring the happiness we thought they would. Though it may feel like all is lost, we find a new strength within ourselves in recovery we never knew previously existed. We can find new qualities within ourselves and new things to be grateful for every day. Take inventory of all the blessings life has bestowed upon you. Stop and smell the flowers a little, take time to notice the little things we take for granted every day. Sometimes you will find something beautiful that used to be overlooked.
In my time in the rooms of AA, I’ve heard it said plenty of times that “a grateful addict/alcoholic will never relapse”. Time after time again I’ve seen this to be true. Gratitude is an essential part of recovery. If you’re currently in recovery and struggling with negative thoughts and emotions, take some time out to count your blessings and find something you are grateful for. Reach out and help your fellow man to get out of yourself and take the focus off of your own struggles. Read addiction education literature to help find ways to deal with a specific problem, and consult your recovery care management team if you have any problems and wish to seek extra counseling.
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Although the opioid epidemic is still unfortunately rampant, another drug has recently popped up on college campuses and popular culture as a whole. That drug is Xanax, a derivative of the housewife drug Valium, first prescribed in the 1960’s. Valium and other similar drugs, belonging to the classification benzodiazepines, have been silently popular since their inception, but have witnessed a sharp increase in popularity quite recently. Benzodiazepines are sedative, anti-anxiety drugs that include Valium (diazepam), Xanax (alprazolam), Klonopin (clonazepam) and Ativan (lorazepam), of which Xanax is irrevocably the most popular. They are used to treat anxiety, muscle spasms and seizures. While those are the intended purposes, many users also take the drugs for their soothing and numbing effects on both brain and body; they are also utilized by many millennials as a way to “come down,” after being on psychedelics or uppers.
The Problem With Benzos
Benzodiazepines (also called benzos) are so insidious because of their ubiquity in popular culture and also a benign connotation because of their legality. While many young adults are buying Xanax illegally from friends or drug dealers, the origins of these pills are primarily legal (i.e. people are selling prescriptions they obtained with reported problems as simplistic and widespread as generalized anxiety). There are many pills being sold on the dark web as well, with manufacturers often pressing alprazolam (or other benzodiazepine) powder into casing typical for “bars” (the street name for 2mg Xanax pills popular for their rectangular shape and powerful effects). This is especially terrifying because it is incredibly easy to press more than 2mg into a bar (or to press the bar with laced materials, such as fentanyl), which is an already high dose.
Effects of Xanax
When a large amount of Xanax is consumed, it robs the user of basic mental abilities and motor skills. If you are concerned your loved one is using Xanax, look for vacant eyes, sleepiness, slurred speech, impaired motor skills and vision, reduced inhibition (people high on Xanax will often do or say things entirely out of character, because even normal, appropriate anxiety is taken away when given enough of the drug) and increased hostility or bluntness. These effects are exacerbated when the pill is taken with alcohol, as it is often consumed, especially on college campuses. It is also not uncommon for Xanax to be used as a date rape drug, put into individual drinks or the “jungle juice” buckets and coolers that litter American universities.
Xanax in Popular Culture
So what put it in millennials’ heads to take Xanax in the first place? Besides its incredible prevalence (often, teenagers have to look no further than their parents’ medicine cabinet to try the drug), Xanax has become incredibly popular in television, movie and especially, music culture. Rappers, primarily, glorify use of the drug in songs like “56 Nights,” in which rapper Future claims to have taken “56 bars all in one month.” Rap culture has an undeniable effect on which drugs are used and how often. A spike in codeine, molly and marijuana usage have been witnessed over the past years in which rappers (and their lyrics) have become increasingly centered on said drugs.
Some Celebrities Bashing Benzos
But some rappers, and other public figures, are beginning to publicly decry the drug and and debunk its harmless status. Chance the Rapper has publicly claimed Xanax to be the new heroin and has spoken to the havoc it wreaked in his own life in several songs. Former member of Fleetwood Mac Stevie Nicks is also unabashed in bashing benzos, citing her addiction to Klonopin as the worst time in her life and the reason why she never married or had children and likening her condition while under the influence of Klonopin to be akin to that of a “zombie.” The backlash from these two stars is a humble beginning in battling the drug and its addictive propensities, but it’s a necessary start. Of the 22,000 deaths that resulted from prescription drug overdoses last year, 31 percent of those were benzo-related. Additionally horrifying, is the fact that benzodiazepines are incredibly hard to withdraw from, with effects as severe as psychosis, seizures and death. With that said, if you or a loved one is suffering from benzo addiction, find help immediately and do not try to wean yourself off cold turkey as that may result in severe, acute withdrawal.
If you or a loved one has made the hard choice to go to inpatient rehab, congratulations! This is the first and most important step in setting up a recovery plan. You’ve put a lot of hard work into getting yourself or a loved one clean, but the work does not end there. Going to rehab is a microcosm of the recovery world. For the most part, your day is scheduled and you are told where to eat, sleep and recover. With release back into the real world, freedom can be overwhelming and sometimes unsettling for a recovering addict. This fear is a normal reaction and should not be feared. However, there are certain things you can do to help prevent a relapse. Over 70-80% of addicts will relapse within 90 days of inpatient rehab, and a sober companion/escort can greatly increase the chances of recovery.
What is a Sober Companion?
A sober companion is a person you can depend on to walk you through demanding situations or social occasions. Often they are someone who has been there, and who has a proven track record of beating the odds.
Someone who has overcome addiction themselves can identify completely with what you are going through and keep you on track towards your goals.
A sober companion can follow you anywhere and everywhere. The fear of adjusting to life outside of an institution can be frightening for some. Many recovering addicts choose to use a sober companion during their first few months out of rehab for this reason. It doesn’t matter if you are from Jersey or Philadelphia. It doesn’t matter if you are from Georgia or Connecticut. Addiction is a disease that does not care where you are from. Sober companions can escort you to and from outpatient facilities, AA meetings, work and school, and so on. On the way to a 12-step meeting, you may feel unnerved and have urges to drink or use drugs. This risk can be mitigated by having a sober companion. Being honest with your companion can be the final piece of the puzzle. You can hire a sober companion to be there full-time or part-time. It depends on the amount of help you need.
Do You Need One?
A sober companion can be called on when you just need someone to talk to. Loneliness or boredom can often drive someone to return to addiction.
Knowing there is someone who understands, and particularly someone who has been through what you are going through or worked with people who have, can help find answers to issues you might be having.
This decision is only one that you can make. It also depends on what the professionals on your team think. From a psychologist to a physician or other sober professional, following their recommendations is usually the best bet. If you are returning to a living situation where a person is still abusing drugs or alcohol, a sober companion may be necessary to help curb cravings or moments of weakness. No matter how strong you feel when you leave rehab, it only takes one slip-up to send yourself tumbling back into the depths of addiction.
A good sober companion knows how to keep you sober. Generally speaking, they’re recovering addicts as well and have been in your shoes. Sober companions are often compared to 12-step sponsors and they have many similarities. A great sober companion can help remove drugs and alcohol from your living situation, monitor and keep watch over your behaviors and whom you associate with and encourage healthy habits that you learned in inpatient treatment. Recovery is about a lot more than just detox. Finding out what your triggers are, if you have a dual-diagnosis, and staying sober and happy are just a couple checkpoints that you should go through. Whatever you choose to do, we wish you the best of luck. We offer a one-stop recovery solution and proudly serve the following areas: Philadelphia, South Jersey, Richmond, Atlanta, Greenwich, and the Greater Washington, DC/Baltimore region. Contact us today if you need help with any aspect of your recovery process.
Relapse- this can be the scariest word to the loved one or family member of an individual with substance use disorder or alcohol use disorder. But unfortunately, relapse is an all too common part of the journey towards sobriety. While the right Philadelphia interventionist or sober escort in Virginia can give your loved one the best shot at long-term recovery, addiction education is no guarantee that they won’t experience a relapse. However, it’s certainly still worth pursuing an interventionist in South Jersey, an interventionist in Richmond, Virginia or sober coaching in Manhattan. Recovery care monitoring and recovery care management are two incredibly helpful tools in helping your loved one, friend or family member start a sober life they can feel proud of. However, in the case that they have relapsed, an Atlanta interventionist will tell you that there is certain protocol to follow- and also certain things to avoid. Without further ado, here are a few tips to remember when an addict in your life has relapsed.
Remember That This Is Not Your Battle to Fight
If you can understand that the battle with addiction and subsequent relapse is an addict’s to fight, this will help you cope with your situation. A major premise of the philosophy behind Al-Anon and Nar-Anon is that you can only control what you can control- and this does not include your addict or their ability to stay sober. Not only will understanding this help you, but it will help to foster a sense of autonomy in your addict that often aids recovery.
Hold Your Ground
Ray Isackila, assistant clinical and administrative director of addiction recovery services at University Hospitals in Cleveland, says it is important to stay firm when a loved one struggling with substance use disorder or alcohol use disorder has relapsed. “Hold addicts accountable for their recovery from the relapse, just as it was important to hold them accountable for their addiction in the first place.”
Helpful things you can do when a loved one has relapsed include encouraging them to talk to a counselor or sponsor, to go to an addiction support group meeting, and generally to redirect them to their original addiction treatment plan. Often times, Sober escorts in Virginia, Washington D.C. sober coaching and New York sober companions can be helpful additions to your attempts to encourage your addict back towards recovery and sobriety.
What Not to Do-
Perhaps the most important thing not to do is to dismiss the problem. “You don’t make excuses for the addict. It’s also crucial that you don’t try to take on your loved one’s problems,” says Isackila. Furthermore, don’t try to take away any guilt about the relapse, as this can often actually be a helpful tool to get addicts back into sobriety.
If your loved one has relapsed, it can often be an upsetting, emotional time. This highlights the importance of listening to the above advice, as well as enlisting help. If you’re looking for a Virginia interventionist, a Connecticut sober coach, or a Manhattan sober escort, look no further than Recovery Care Partner. Recovery Care Partner will help you and your addict garner the tools necessary for long-term sobriety.Learn More
Recently pop singer Demi Lovato revealed in a song that she was no longer sober. The lyrics she sang spoke of the shame, guilt and embarrassment she felt surrounding her relapse. And Demi isn’t alone in this- almost everyone who has struggled with a substance use disorder or an alcohol use disorder has felt the same way. Yet for those struggling with addiction, intervention specialists and addiction professionals can be hard to come by. Sober companions, sober coaching and other recovery care monitoring services are very useful, but unfortunately, not all have access.
How Stigma Affects Those With Substance Abuse Disorders
So what exactly is stigma? Well, stigma can be defined as a negative belief or set of beliefs that one has regarding a group of individuals. But stigma often transcends thought and influences the way people behave around and treat certain individuals. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), stigma is a major cause of discrimination and exclusion and it contributes to the abuse of human rights.
Stigmatization Leads To Lack of Support
And it seems that stigmatization of those struggling with addiction gives way to a serious lack of support. The 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that 21.5 Americans age 12 and older had a substance use disorder in the previous year; however, only 2.5 million received the specialized treatment they needed. But the disparity doesn’t end there: The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) concluded that of the 2.3 million individuals jailed in the United States, more than 65% of them met the criteria for a substance abuse disorder, yet only 11% of those individuals received treatment.
How To Help Stop Stigmatization of Substance Abuse
In response to the overwhelming stigmatization of substance abuse, it is important to remember that anyone can become addicted to drugs or alcohol. Painting those that are suffering as “bad,” “immoral,” or “wrong” only leads to the feelings that start use (and addiction) in the first place. With this said, there are some helpful ways that you can help to remove stigmatization and embrace love in your dealings with substance abuse disorders and alcohol use disorders. It is important to offer your love and support, to display kindness especially to those in precarious situations, to avoid pejorative labels like “crackhead,” “junkie,” “alcoholic” and more, to see someone for who they are not just what drugs they are using and to replace negative response or feelings with evidence-based facts. Another key to combating the insidiousness of stigmatization is to share personal stories of stigma- this connection will allow something an addict desperately needs- to be understood and not judged. The acts of love and acceptance do far more to aid an addict than judgment, harsh words or stigmatization.
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If you or a loved one are struggling with addiction, you have probably thought about hiring an interventionist. Whether you are looking for an Interventionist in Philadelphia, an Interventionist in South Jersey, an Interventionist in Richmond, or literally anywhere else, the right intervention should have the same key setup and components. So how does an intervention? What are the key components? Well, it’ll help to understand the steps.
1: Formulate The Plan
If you or a family member propose an intervention you will first want to form a planning group. This is often aided by meeting with an Interventionist that knows the ins and outs of the family intervention process. It’s important to have an Intervention Professional there, as they can help diffuse things when/if things get tense or heated, as they often do in a Drug or Alcohol Use Intervention. During this step, you will also want to decide upon who will be on the intervention team. These individuals should all be ready to demonstrate a concise and clear message, often including the consequences, your loved one will face if they continue their behavior.
2: Collect Information
The next thing you’ll want to do is find out about the extent of the substance use disorder your loved one has. This can help figure out which treatment is best for the addict in your life. Before the family intervention even begins, you should make arrangements so that your loved one can go to a Drug or Alcohol Addiction Treatment Center right after the Drug Intervention process.
3: Decide What To Communicate
Next, you’ll want to decide on the message of the family intervention and what exactly you as a loved one want to say. Often, each intervention team member will address specific incidents or concerns they have about the loved one’s behaviors. It is important to use “I” statements during this time. Your emotional response to a loved one’s substance use disorder or alcohol use disorder is valuable.
4: Hold The Family Intervention
Now it’s time to hold the intervention meeting and invite your loved one. You should not disclose the nature of the meeting prior to them coming. Then, as the intervention team practiced, you will all list your concerns and feelings surrounding the substance abuse. Then, each team member will list the consequences that will ensue if the loved one doesn’t accept the plan for drug addiction treatment. Make sure you are ready to follow through on these consequences and changes. However, the changes shouldn’t just involve your addict. Loved ones need to begin their recovery.
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The worry and logistics associated with getting a loved one connected to the proper intervention specialists, as well as the journey through detox and treatment, can often prove so harrowing and eventful that it leaves many without a plan for after treatment. This is true not only for the addict, but for their friends and family members as well. Addicts often find themselves having a hard time with returning to daily life after treatment. Of course, this is made harder if an addict finds themselves in a static environment or around former friends. This highlights the importance of finding a positive environment as well as building a valuable support network.
So how can one properly evaluate the environment an addict may be returning to? Well, one rule of thumb is that an addict should never return to a household in which resides an addict or alcoholic. In fact, it is often best for an addict to return to a place of minimal or no use. Of course, where you transition to directly after treatment will depend upon the level of care you received. For those leaving detox or a 30 day rehab, halfway houses/sober living homes are encouraged. These will help ensure safety and a smoother transition for those adjusting to life after treatment.
However, there are some treatment programs that last longer and some that even help those who have struggled with substance abuse find housing and jobs. Of course, what the addict in your life needs will be consulted on by the treatment center and their clinical staff.
It is very important to do your research on any treatment center/halfway house/sober living home that is presented to you. The sad reality is that some treatment centers not only fail to provide adequate care, but participate in illegal activities, such as patient brokering. You will want to be vigilant, and select one of many compassionate, ethical treatment options.
How about transitioning into school or an apartment? College, especially, comes with its own set of triggers that need to be sorted through. However, there are a few general rules of thumb when it comes to protecting your sobriety in a new environment, whether it be academic or residential. Sober networking is a huge example. Whether you meet people through NA, AA, We Agnostics, Celebrate Recovery or a campus group, it is important to meet people with similar understandings. This will not only help you feel more secure in your sobriety, it will allow you to have fun!
Wherever your exciting journey in sobriety takes you, make sure you check in and know it’s okay to ask for help. If you or someone you know is in need of help now, look no further than Recovery Care Partner- your resource for addiction interventionists and specialists.Learn More