addiction and relapse

Sex, Drugs and Rejection-Sensitivity: How a Co-Existing Disorder Can Complicate Recovery from Addiction

From Science Daily: “Rejected by a person you like? Just “shake it off” and move on, as music star Taylor Swift says. But while that might work for many people, it may not be so easy for those with untreated depression, a new brain study finds. The pain of social rejection lasts longer for them — and their brain cells release less of a natural pain and stress-reducing chemical called natural opioids.”

Where’s That Pink Cloud When You Need It? Understanding and Managing Post-Acute Withdrawal

Post-acute withdrawal presents a significant challenge to many people for at least a year after they stop using alcohol and or other psychoactive substances. Knowing what to expect, and how to reduce the symptoms of PAWS can help individuals and families work together to make life far more manageable in early recovery.