The Florida Shuffle is Not All Addiction Treatment

The “Florida Shuffle” is when people seeking help for addiction are exploited by fraudulent addiction treatment centers for insurance money. There are many wonderful treatment centers, with great staff that want to see people get better and live full lives (our employees are certainly in that camp!); those involved in the Florida Shuffle are not…

Coping With Memories From Active Addiction

In recovery, you hear a lot about triggers. These are essentially memories—feelings, places, people, or circumstances that remind you of your substance use. Addiction and the Brain Addiction affects the reward circuit in the brain, which normally gives you pleasurable feelings from healthy activities like eating, socializing, or listening to music. Dopamine plays a large…

Coping With Obsessive Thoughts in Recovery

Many of us with histories of addiction deal with obsessive thoughts. During active addiction, we might have channeled them into—or numbed them with—alcohol  or drugs. Not everyone with addiction is obsessive, but I certainly have this trait even nearly six years into recovery. It’s one I share with many of my sober friends. Telling Unfounded…

Coping With Anhedonia in Early Recovery

Drugs and alcohol interact with the brain’s reward circuit, which normally helps you experience pleasure from healthy rewards like eating, socializing, listening to music, or having sex. With chronic substance use, the brain adapts by lowering dopamine receptors and diminishing the reward system’s sensitivity. This is why in early recovery, some people experience anhedonia, the…