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Crisis Resources: Hotlines & Websites

Crisis Resources: Hotlines & Websites

DISCLAIMER: Allies in Recovery does not directly recommend or endorse any of the resources listed. We have simply gathered a listing of resources that move prove helpful to you. We leave it up to you to determine if they offer you support or a service(s) you need, as well as, if they are appropriate for your situation. 

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Eating Disorders: Myths, Realities, and Recovery Paths Explained

Eating Disorders: Myths, Realities, and Recovery Paths Explained

Finding a health professional who truly understands eating disorders is no easy task. And for those who suffer from them, it can be just as hard to avoid the judgments and unhelpful comments of friends, family, or coworkers. This interview with one of the world’s leading experts on eating disorders takes a broom to those old and stigmatizing ideas. It also offers pointers for standing by a Loved One suffering from an eating disorder.

Fifteen Rounds of Rehab: Why Matthew Perry, Like Countless Others, Struggled for Decades Before He Got Clean

Fifteen Rounds of Rehab: Why Matthew Perry, Like Countless Others, Struggled for Decades Before He Got Clean

We don’t know just how the star of “Friends” died, but we do know—because he was so remarkably open about it—that he struggled with substance use disorder for most of his life. We also know that in his last years, he had succeeded in quitting both alcohol and opioids. It can happen, but why is it so hard? This article reviews the deeply intertwined biological and social realities of addiction.

Needles In The Ear Can Help With Addiction? You Heard That Right

Needles In The Ear Can Help With Addiction? You Heard That Right

You’d be forgiven if ear acupuncture isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when talk turns to substance use disorder. Numerous studies, however, are documenting the efficacy of a specific procedure (the NADA protocol) for help with craving, withdrawal, and other aspects of addiction. As this article points out, however, the key to success with NADA lies in the details.

Naming and Understanding the Symptoms of Childhood Trauma

Naming and Understanding the Symptoms of Childhood Trauma

Childhood trauma of any kind leaves its mark. Severe or sustained trauma generates certain telltale symptoms in survivors. Licensed therapist and life coach Patrick Teahan, himself a survivor of childhood trauma, breaks down three of the most prominent symptoms. By reaching a deeper understanding of what’s occurring inside us, he argues, we’re in a far better position to overcome the challenges that result.

Lower-Risk Cannabis Use: Guidelines From Canada

Lower-Risk Cannabis Use: Guidelines From Canada

Some solid, simple guidelines that can reduce (not eliminate) the health risks associated with cannabis. There’s no such thing as zero-risk cannabis use, but this one-page reference sheet from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research provides an excellent, straightforward guide to lowering that risk.

Substance Use Disorder: A Guide For the Family

Substance Use Disorder: A Guide For the Family

The Recovery Research Institute, affiliated with Harvard Medical School, is dedicated to advancing the understanding and treatment of addiction. This page on substance use and the family is an extremely well-designed information hub. It’s a great place to start your journey to deeper understanding—or to remind yourself of the basics.

“We Were So Blind” : Dr Bessel van der Kolk on Healing Trauma, Part II

“We Were So Blind” : Dr Bessel van der Kolk on Healing Trauma, Part II

In this second part of his discussion on healing trauma—which is perfectly understandable on its own—celebrated psychologist and author Bessel van der Kolk will leave you feeling both hopeful and humbled. Whether it’s professional-administered psychedelics, EMDR, or yoga, he sees a world of promise for trauma sufferers. But he also stresses that these treatments, like trauma itself, are something we’re just beginning to understand.

Gabor Maté: How Childhood Trauma Leads to Addiction

Gabor Maté: How Childhood Trauma Leads to Addiction

Early trauma and addiction are painfully connected. Understanding that connection can help us recover from both. Addiction, says physician and author Gabor Maté, is not fundamentally a brain disorder or a consequence of genetics. Rather, it’s a doomed attempt to escape the pain and suffering rooted in childhood trauma. For anyone with a Loved One struggling with substance use, this connection is vital to understand.

Traumatic Stress and the Body: Healing Together

Traumatic Stress and the Body: Healing Together

We are hardwired to respond strongly to trauma—and those responses can linger even when the source of trauma’s gone. In Part One of a marvelous discussion, psychiatrist and author Bessel van der Kolk helps us understand our own involuntary behavior when faced with (or remembering) trauma, and how we can change that behavior for the better.

Moderation Management: A Different Approach to Alcohol Use

Moderation Management: A Different Approach to Alcohol Use

It’s not the right fit for everyone. But for some it’s a real alternative to the total-abstinence approach. For many people in the United States, getting a handle on their alcohol use has long meant seeking out an abstinence-based program such as AA or Smart. While these programs have helped millions, they do not work for everyone.

Anger Management: 11 Strategies For Regaining Calm and Control

Anger Management: 11 Strategies For Regaining Calm and Control

We all know how destructive “wildfire” anger can be. The good news is that a suite of skills and practices—known as anger management—can help us manage, limit, and even learn from our anger. The techniques are rather straightforward, but the details matter. This article is a great place to familiarize yourself with the basics.

The CRAFT Approach: An Introduction From Verywellmind.com

The CRAFT Approach: An Introduction From Verywellmind.com

Verywellmind is a health website that takes pride in its quality, professionally-reviewed information. In this article, they make it clear how the CRAFT approach differs from old-school “interventions,” and why its outcomes are so much better overall. This is also a great general overview of the CRAFT approach, hitting the highlights of the skills and resources you can access through Allies in Recovery.

“So Many Pathways” To Recovery: A Sister’s Message After Losing Her Brother

“So Many Pathways” To Recovery: A Sister’s Message After Losing Her Brother

A brave and loving look back, and a plea to others to think broadly about options for their Loved Ones. Jaclyn Brown lost her brother Marc to heroin in 2018. While she and her sister tried to support him, the clarity of hindsight is making it painfully clear to her the steps she might have taken, if only she’d known they were possible. But her essay is not about self-judgment; it’s about reaching out to others with a message of hope.

Heavy Cannabis Use and Psychosis: Serious Concerns, Lingering Questions

Heavy Cannabis Use and Psychosis: Serious Concerns, Lingering Questions

Evidence of a correlation exists, and is worrisome. A causal link, however, is still very much in question. Do dabbing and other forms of high-potency cannabis use cause psychotic episodes? We can’t say that definitively yet, but there’s enough evidence of a link that warnings are merited. This article lays out the facts as we know them. 

The Patient’s Journey Through Treatment and Recovery: A Map

The Patient’s Journey Through Treatment and Recovery: A Map

The typical phases, bright spots, hard moments, and takeaways in SUD treatment and recovery. An amazing resource from The Addiction Policy Forum this is a new map of SUD treatment and recovery experiences, from trigger events and seeking care all the way to long-term support.