Addiction & Relationships

Finding Hope to Prevent Relapse

By |2018-12-28T18:34:19+00:00December 26th, 2018|

Finding Hope to Prevent Relapse Recently, Northpoint Recovery's Robert Castan interviewed to spread the word on recovery and relapse during the Holiday Season. Robert shared his own struggles of being homeless and an alcoholic in the interview with Karen. After Robert's own successful recovery, he has spent his time assisting others to be as fortunate. Robert co-founded Northpoint Recovery in Boise, Idaho in 2014 to help share his experiences further. "I am extremely proud of what we have created at Northpoint Recovery, we get to do something we love and help people change their lives" [...]

Maintaining Sobriety during the Holidays

By |2018-12-28T14:26:22+00:00December 17th, 2018|

The most wonderful time of the year? For most people, the holidays are stressful times filled with expectations, parties, and spending large amounts of money. However, for those who are struggling with addiction, the holidays can become an even more stressful time. Robert Castan and Janice Fulkerson from Northpoint Recovery spoke with Gemma Gaudette from Idaho Matters. They went over how to manage the stress of the holidays while dealing with addiction. Understanding Addiction You’ve probably heard people say that addiction is a disease. It’s possible that when you first [...]

Changes in Legislature Bring Hope to Recovery

By |2018-11-23T15:37:46+00:00November 23rd, 2018|

Historically, addiction hasn’t been a topic many people are openly willing to discuss, but that is all changing. In recent decades, our society has become more open with digital communication,  resulting in information spreading faster than ever before in human history. Due to the opioid crisis and the overwhelming need to help those with addiction treatment, the federal legislature is stepping in to provide further assistance. Legislation Changes to Assist Addiction Bipartisan bill is a prime example of our federal government responding to the overwhelming feedback and discussion surrounding addiction, [...]

Getting Clean and Coming Clean – Sharing Honestly About Your Struggles With Addiction

By |2018-12-29T00:33:29+00:00October 25th, 2018|

Honesty Is a Necessary First Step On the Road to Recovery Addiction thrives in the darkness. It lurks in the shadowy recesses of the human mind, festering and growing like a mold that threatens to poison everything it touches. The only way to find freedom from the death grip of a drug or alcohol habit is to shine some light on it and expose it for what it is. When you want to break the chains of addiction, you have to make an honest admission to yourself about the reality of your situation. You [...]

Compassion: What it Means and Why it May Just Save the World

By |2018-11-12T17:28:35+00:00October 20th, 2018|

We Live in a World That Lacks Compassion At some point in your life, you have probably heard someone make this well-known proclamation, which is totally devoid of all compassion: “It’s a dog-eat-dog world out there!” This is a common response when you go to a friend or family member complaining about some situation that left you feeling bewildered by the “bad” behavior of another human being.    Chances are, upon hearing this statement, you shrugged your shoulders, shook your head in agreement, and accepted it as a legitimate explanation for whatever situation you [...]

Why I Loved My Adderall High and Why I Had to Give it Up

By |2019-01-31T19:37:31+00:00July 10th, 2018|

Why I Loved My Adderall High and Why I Had to Give it Up When most people hear the word “amphetamine,” they usually think of crystal meth. At least I used to. Now, I associate it with a legal stimulant I used to take called Adderall. You may have heard of it. It is common among students looking to amp up their academic performance. In fact, college and high school kids who use the stuff call it their favorite “study buddy.” Adderall – One of America’s Favorite Amphetamines Adderall is a prescription medication commonly [...]

Chris Cornell: How Big a Role Did Ativan Play?

By |2018-12-29T00:07:40+00:00July 9th, 2018|

Chris Cornell: How Big a Role Did Ativan Play? Chris Cornell was the front man for Soundgarden and then Audioslave. He committed suicide in 2017 and Ativan was found in his system. His wife called his actions “inexplicable”. In a recent interview, a year after his death, she said that he loved his life and would never end it. Addiction to Ativan is a deep and complex disease. According to Vicky Cornell, when she spoke to her husband by phone shortly after his Detroit performance, she noticed he was slurring his words. In a [...]

How Substance Abuse Affects Your Sex Life

By |2018-12-29T02:08:25+00:00April 12th, 2018|

There’s an old saying that refers to the fun of a “sex, drugs, and rock ‘n roll” lifestyle. But volumes of research suggest that a substance-driven lifestyle isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. In fact, chronic alcoholism or drug abuse has a decidedly negative impact on your performance in the bedroom. To be clear – substance abuse can ruin your sex life. Binge-Drinking and Erectile Dysfunction Alcohol is the ultimate social lubricant. On a date, many people like to loosen up with a few drinks. But for man, consuming [...]

8 of the Best Proven Treatments for PTSD

By |2018-12-29T02:12:28+00:00March 12th, 2018|

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is something we often relate to as an illness for war vets. In fact, it’s a mental health condition. When something traumatic occurs, the person will experience triggers in the present that place them back to the event. These events can be violent and make a person feel as though they were powerless. As a type of anxiety disorder, it is based on a past event or series of events. The person will have experienced or witnessed something very traumatic. There are symptoms of flashbacks, nightmares and anxiety that incapacitate [...]

Gaslighting: Examples, Effects and How to Confront the Abuse

By |2019-01-07T20:30:31+00:00March 3rd, 2018|

Gaslighting: Examples, Effects and How to Confront the Abuse Gaslighting is a form of brainwashing and manipulation that happens on a regular basis. What is Gaslighting? The goal of the gaslighter is to make the victim doubt themselves. Gaslighting abuse causes a person to lose their sense of identity, perception, and worth. Gaslighting is a form of narcissism and sociopathic tendencies as they look to gain power over someone. Pathological gaslighting is a severe form of abuse through mind control. It can happen in the workplace, with society, friends, family, and relationships. Gaslighting abuse [...]