It is easy to find reasons not to get regular exercise. After all, we’re all really busy, right? We have responsibilities at work or school. We have people who are relying on us to do this or that or the other. We hardly allow ourselves any down time—and when we do, we want to curl up with a book or watch our favorite movie or catch the game (wouldn’t it be great if sports counted as exercise for the viewer as well as the participants?). We are already tired, and even the thought of exercising makes us feel even more tired. Imagine how tired we’d feel if we actually did the exercising!
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Imagine These Scenarios
Imagine you have to take a big test tomorrow—maybe a test that will determine whether or not you can attend the college of your choice.
Imagine you have a job interview tomorrow—maybe an interview that will determine whether you will advance in your career or stay stuck where you are.
Imagine you have a doctor’s appointment tomorrow—maybe an appointment that will determine whether your current illness is something serious.
Your Diet Affects Your Sobriety
It is easy to think of recovery from a substance use disorder in terms of what not to put in your body. It might seem that as long as you do not put drugs or alcohol in your body, you are doing everything right and all is well.
But as it would turn out, what you do put into your body can be extremely important in terms of helping you keep the drugs and alcohol out of your body. To put it more simply: Eating right can help you stay sober.
Heroes Are Human Too
We quite rightly think of those who serve in the armed forces as heroes. Every member of the military makes significant sacrifices in order to serve—and, of course, there is always the danger that they will be called upon to make the ultimate sacrifice while defending America’s freedom and values.
About the CaredFor AppCaredFor is our secure, online platform that allows our alumni to connect, engage, and support one another, while also staying in touch with The Farley Center. Inside CaredFor, alumni use a personalized dashboard that tracks sobriety time, provides articles and resource material, and provides support from recovery experts, including those at The Farley Center.
Getting StartedUse of the CaredFor app is free for alumni and can be accessed on most wireless devices. To get started, text “Farley” to “30678” or look for it in your app store.
Have You Become a Problem Drinker?
So you like to have a drink now and then. Most everyone does, right? It is no big deal.
And sure, you’ve been having a few problems lately. Maybe you missed a couple days of work due to monster hangovers. Maybe you got pulled over and narrowly avoided a driving while intoxicated (DUI) citation. Maybe you have a hole or two in your memory from nights (or even days) when you really tied one on.
Still, you don’t have a problem, right? You have everything under control, right?
In an emergency, we often get so absorbed in addressing the crisis that we push ourselves to—or even beyond—our limits in our efforts to help. Eventually, however, our bodies and minds will eventually let us know in no uncertain terms when we are about to crash.
Loving Someone With Substance Use Disorder
How Do You Find Help?
If you love someone who is struggling with a substance use disorder, you may be at your wit’s end. You want to help but not know how. Your friend or family member might even be resistant to help. How can you help your loved one get the help they need?
Or, if you are the person who needs treatment for a substance use disorder, your situation might feel even worse. You know you need help, but your addiction and the way it can muddle your thought processes can make it seem impossible to figure out where to start.
The Recovery Process
It would be nice to think of the recovery process as an adventure movie with a dashing hero. At the beginning of the blockbuster film, our hero is in trouble. But then, with the support of some loyal allies, they overcome that trouble and set things right. It might be hard, but our hero has grit—and a winning smile—and is more than up for any challenge.
And then, after the hardships have been overcome and the bad guys vanquished, the hero is revealed as whole and healed and happy as the credits roll. Cue the inspiring music.
Due to the significant stress and trauma caused by the ongoing COVID pandemic, substance misuse, including methamphetamine and opioids, is on the rise in the United States.
While treatment of opioid addiction can be assisted with several FDA-approved medications such as buprenorphine (Suboxone) and methadone, no comparable drugs are currently available for methamphetamine use disorder. This may change soon.