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What Doctors Say About Medical Marijuana

A hot topic of debate in many circles surrounds the use of medical marijuana. It is a complicated matter due to conflicting rulings about its legality and accessibility. The Drug Policy Alliance, which refers to itself as “the nation's leading organization promoting drug policies that are grounded in science, comp...

10 Ways Addiction Will Destroy Your Career or Business

When left untreated, substance abuse will sabotage your career and demolish your professional reputation.   No matter how much success you’ve had in the past, the abuse of alcohol or other drugs will eventually leave you out in the cold with no real hope of finding another job. If you are an entrepreneur, it ...

6 Ways to Make Drug Detox Less Miserable

By Cathy Habas Drug detox will change your life, but it’s not easy. You’re in for a week or more of withdrawal symptoms, which will vary depending on which drug you are getting out of your system and may include: Chills Sweating Diarrhea Vomiting Muscle aches and pains Depression Anxiety ...

Overcoming the Personality Traits That Support Addiction

Scientific studies plus anecdotal evidence collected in therapy sessions have helped uncover certain personality traits common to those who suffer from substance use disorders and other forms of addiction. Cause-and-effect relationships are not always clear, but it is safe to say these personality characteristics help ...

Journaling for Recovery

One of the most therapeutic tools for addiction recovery is journaling. It’s something that you can do just about any time or anywhere, and it’s simpler and less expensive than therapy. Keeping a journal is a great way to reduce stress and get in touch with what you’re thinking and feeling. By writing in a journa...

How to Support, Not Enable Your Addicted Loved One

By Jack Gilbert, LCSW, Director of Clinical Services at Clarity Way It can be devastating to watch a loved one struggle with addiction. It’s painful and personal and brings feelings of helplessness, anger, fear and hurt. You want to do everything in your power to help them get well, but when it comes to addiction,...

Managing Anxiety and Insomnia in Addiction Recovery

Anxiety and insomnia are common problems for people in treatment for substance use disorders. In many cases these issues were present prior to substance abuse, were masked during the addiction, and have now resurfaced in sobriety. (more…)...

Staying Connected to the Outside World During Residential Drug Rehab

By Robert Matylewicz, DO, ABAM, Medical Director at Clarity Way It’s common for inpatient drug rehab centers to prohibit clients from using smartphones and laptops during their stay. At first glance, this seems to make sense. Shouldn’t people be detached from stressors and potential triggers and focus only on tr...

Why Medication-Assisted Therapy Is Critical in Opioid Addiction Recovery

By Robert Matylewicz, DO, ABAM, Medical Director at Clarity Way The opioid epidemic continues to surge ahead with seemingly no end in sight. Drug overdose has surpassed motor vehicle deaths as the leading cause of U.S. accidental deaths with opioids leading the charge, contributing to 33,091 deaths in 2015. We don...

How One Special Dog Helps People With Addictions

By Kate Sprague, LCSW, CCTP, Therapist at Clarity Way I knew I wanted our next pet to be a therapy dog when my daughter and I went to pick out a puppy in January 2014. Cooper was just six days old when I met him, but I realized right away there was something almost magical about him. We brought Cooper home when he w...

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