3 Healthy Alternatives to Drugs and Alcohol After entering recovery, one of the hardest things to do is fill the leftover space in your mind and in your daily life. Spending so much of your time using drugs or alcohol can leave you feeling bored and unsatisfied throughout recovery, and it can often lead to…

Attractive, intelligent, and charming, Jodi is the mother of two daughters, the executive director of The GateHouse, and a natural leader with an expressive gift for gab. As a recovering addict, however, she’ll be the first to tell you it wasn’t always easy getting there.

 Tim’s Story: Overcoming Addiction and Helping Others in Recovery “Although I knew the amount I was using was lethal, that thought wasn’t scary enough to stop me.” Tim G., Counselor Assistant at The GateHouse Many would never assume that Tim has struggled with addiction. Currently a Counselor Assistant and pursuing a degree in social work,…

 Overcoming the Stigma of Drug Addiction from Family and Friends with Education You’re working hard to overcome your addiction, and you need the support of family and friends. There’s a stigma surrounding substance abuse, and people in your life may not understand addiction. Knowing the causes of alienation, how to educate family and friends,…

How to Set Boundaries in Recovery The failure to set boundaries in recovery is one of the biggest threats to those with a history of substance use disorder. Loose boundaries can allow others to negatively influence your behavior or take advantage of your situation. Setting boundaries early on in your recovery will help you stay…

What is K2? Spice, synthetic marijuana, and K2 are all street names for synthetic cannabinoids. To create K2, dried leaves are sprayed with man-made chemicals that bind to cannabinoid receptors in the brain like marijuana. Click through to read more about what it is, why it’s dangerous, and how Lancaster is impacted by it.

There are so many misconceptions surrounding addiction that it can sometimes be easy to make incorrect assumptions about the people who struggle with it. Falling into this trap is only intensified by people’s inexperience with the causes of addiction and the corresponding inability to understand that no one chooses this kind of life. The reasons…

Lesser-Known Signs of Substance Abuse Many people who struggle with substance abuse are good at keeping their addiction hidden. Knowing all the signs of substance abuse will help you decide if you need to talk to your loved one about addiction. If your loved one demonstrates these lesser-known signs of substance abuse it’s time to…

11 Ways to Help Your Spouse Avoid a Drug or Alcohol Relapse You and your spouse have been through a lot—confronting addiction, going through treatment and making a commitment to live a substance-free life. Now you’re embarking on a new phase in your relationship. It’s time to focus on leading a healthy life together and…

How a Child’s Life is Jeopardized by Addiction In even the best of circumstances, today’s children are forced to grow up fast. Children of addicts, however, face challenges few others can even fathom. With an estimated 25% of children in the United States exposed to familial substance abuse, figuring out how addiction impacts kids is…

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