Your Kids are not Enough

Your Kids are not Enough

Tidbits About Addiction & Recovery By¬†Nathan Mart MBA, NCAC II, CADC III Outpatient Director – Serenity Lane Drug and Alcohol Treatment Centers I went to treatment for the first time when I was a senior in college. It was for cocaine, alcohol, and marijuana. I didn’t want to go, nor did I have the intention of staying clean, I went because at the time it sounded like a good idea. My motivation was not getting sober and staying that way;…

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From the archives: The perils of legalized marijuana

From the archives: The perils of legalized marijuana

We’ll be taking a deeper look in the weeks ahead at the current state of marijuana use in Oregon. Meantime, here is a piece we published last summer on the topic. LEGALIZATION OF MARIJUANA: TREATMENT PROVIDERS EXPECT TROUBLE FOR YEARS TO COME June 10, 2016¬† Oregon was the first state in the nation to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana and one of the first to approve the use of cannabis for medical purposes. The voters have spoken again,…

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TGIF Sober People: Memorial Day Edition

TGIF Sober People: Memorial Day Edition

Memorial Day weekend is the official start of summer. People in the Pacific NW rejoice at this wonderful slice of spring/summer (Spummer) that falls between the cold and rain of March-May and the hot and everything’s on fire dog days of July-August. So rejoice! Happy Sprummer to you. For those in early recovery the onslaught of weddings, outdoor events and barbecues this weekend can be overwhelming. Socializing may seem daunting to someone who is newly sober. And there will be…

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Treating the Whole Person

Treating the Whole Person

May is mental health awareness month. Mental illness and addiction often go together. Below our director of clinical services talks about how treating the whole person is an essential part of creating solid, long-lasting recovery.

TGIF Sober People

TGIF Sober People

  Fridays can be tough in early sobriety. For many, some of the best weekend activities involved drinking. Here’s a little pep talk and some tips to get you psyched for your sober weekend: You know what’s awesome? Waking up sober on a Saturday or Sunday morning. You can linger in bed but not because you’re afraid you might vomit if you get up too quickly. And your wallet? Right where you left it when you came home last night…

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Recovery Reads

Recovery Reads

We have been down this road before. In the mid-1800s the U.S. as in the grip of an opioid epidemic with striking parallels to our current situation today. With roots in traditional folk medicine, opium was a prevalent and well-known cure for a variety of ailments. Doctors seeking to distinguish their credentials and services promoted opium-derived products like morphine and delivery innovations like the hypodermic syringe. In Inventing the Addict, Zieger tells the story of how the addict, a person…

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