Orlando’s Restaurant Industry Ranks Highly for Substance Use Disorder

Workers prepping food at a restaurant.

People who work in certain high-stress industries are at greater risk of developing a substance use disorder. The risk is even higher in industries that tend to employ younger workers. That being the case, it is no wonder that the accommodation and food service industries historically have the highest rates of illicit drug use. Orlando, the theme park capital of … Read More

Is Alcohol A Drug?

  This is a question raised, as well as misunderstood, by many people. If you ask most people to name a list of drugs that come to the top of their mind, usually alcohol is left entirely off the list. While alcohol may not be as widely known as other harder, street drugs, it is technically defined as a depressant … Read More

Does Addiction Run In Families? What Statistics Reveal

  Why do some people become addicted to drugs and alcohol while others don’t? Is it all due to our environment, or do genetics play a role in addiction? Whether a person decides to use alcohol or drugs for the first time is a personal choice, often influenced by sociocultural, psychological or biological factors. But whether a person is at … Read More

12 Long-Term Health Issues Associated With Alcohol Abuse

While extensive drinking tears apart relationships and lives, it also wreaks havoc on the human body. Consuming alcohol in excess over long periods of time can lead to many heath issues, some slightly serious and others fatal. Below is a list of the possible health outcomes associated with alcohol abuse.  Cancer. Consuming excessive amounts of alcohol can lead to several types of … Read More

5 Signs Of Cocaine Dependence

Cocaine has been a popular drug of choice for decades. It’s an extremely powerful and highly addictive stimulant that can create dependency from initial exposure. When first experienced, you may have immediate feelings of euphoria and a sense of invincibility, connection with others and a rush of other pleasurable feelings. This can hook you pretty easily because it creates an … Read More

What To Expect In Your First 12-Step Meeting

When we think of sobriety, we often think of 12-step meetings right away. This isn’t the only pathway to sobriety, but it is a common one, and one that works wonders for many people. Of course it’s nerve racking when you decide to attend your first meeting or go to one in rehab. It’s only natural to wonder what will … Read More

7 Health Benefits of Sobriety

The process of getting sober isn’t always the easiest, but it’s definitely worth it. Aside from the obvious reasons that come with breaking bad habits to live a better life, sobriety has so many positive aspects and comes with several health benefits not everyone understands as they embark on the journey. Here are a few health benefits you can expect … Read More

How Addiction And Spirituality Go Hand-In-Hand

  Psychology Today states that “in the United States, addiction is often described as a spiritual, physical and emotional problem,” and while they didn’t necessarily agree with that notion completely, other research might suggest that addiction is a disconnection from spirituality among many other causes. Spirituality is hard to define, as it carries a different meaning and experience for everyone. … Read More

5 Recovery Sayings You’ll Remember Forever

When I first got sober, I started hearing all these little mantras about life and sobriety. At first many of them made me roll my eyes. I didn’t want to be sober, so I sure as hell didn’t want to hear people’s inspirational quips about how great their life was without alcohol. I was angry and bitter, and these sayings … Read More