What is a High Functioning Alcoholic?

man getting ready to go to work after spending the evening drinking heavily

Reading Time: 6 minutes There is a divide in the United States between the appearance of alcoholics and functioning alcoholics. They may sound similar on the surface, but many who are dealing with the problem of high-functioning alcoholism (HFA) would tell you it’s not the same. Many people might not have heard the term, so what is a functional […]

Medicare And Substance Abuse Treatment [Guide]

Reading Time: 6 minutes Medicare is a federal health insurance program. To qualify for this program, you must either be sixty-five years of age or older, have a qualifying disability, or have a diagnosis for End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD). Obtaining Medicare is an important step to continue medical coverage once an individual has surpassed the age bracket for prior […]

How to Talk to an Addict in Recovery

What to ask and not to ask an addict

Reading Time: 7 minutes In this guide, we go through the best way to talk to someone in recovery. It can be difficult to know exactly what to say and what not to say.  Here’s a look through the eyes of someone who is in recovery. What matters to them, and how to build a stronger and healthier relationship.   […]

Domestic Abuse and Substance Abuse: The Connection

man who is experiencing addiction problems holds up his hand and covers his eyes domestic violence

Reading Time: 9 minutes Domestic violence and substance abuse are, unfortunately, very closely linked. Various studies have suggested that substance abuse is a factor in 40-60% of incidents of intimate partner violence. Substance abuse can prompt some people to enact violence upon others, and domestic violence can conversely lead victims to develop substance abuse problems of their own. Drug […]

The Importance of Service in Recovery

Reading Time: 5 minutes Service, simply put, is helping out in a group. In addiction we become so focused on ourselves that we lose the habit of considering what others need. In early sobriety, getting involved in helping others can be critical and is beneficial to anyone despite how long he or she has been sober. Service can mean […]

What You Need to Know About 12-Step Recovery Fellowship Conventions

Reading Time: 4 minutes If you are new in recovery, you may be looking for events and activities to fill up your weekends. You may even wonder if you’ll ever find something that’s fun to do without having alcohol or drugs involved. If you already go to 12-step fellowship meetings, you may or may not know that there are […]

Top 3 reasons to be JCAHO accredited

Reading Time: 2 minutes At A Better Today, we understand the importance of substance abuse treatment centers that continuously strive to grow and offer the best care possible. Of the 13,339 addiction treatment centers that responded to the National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services, less than 20% of substance abuse treatment facilities were accredited by the Joint Commission. […]

Stress, Isolation and Addiction

Reading Time: 6 minutes Human beings are social animals; we are designed to live and work with others. Without a community, individuals are prone to stress associated with isolation as the innate need for human connection is deprived. xStress can negatively affect the body, mind, feelings, and behavior. Isolation causes a specific type of stress that is more serious […]

Self-Care and It’s Importance in Recovery

self-care in recovery

Reading Time: 5 minutes Sometimes, taking care of ourselves can be the hardest thing to do. However, with compassion, patience, and practice, self-care can easily become a new healthy habit. This article discusses self-care throughout and beyond addiction recovery. Table of Contents What is Self-Care? Self-care is one of the most important aspects of life—every living thing requires some […]

Lifestyle Changes in Recovery: An Attitude of Gratitude

Reading Time: 4 minutes We are trained by society to continually assess what we have and seek more. With frantic minds and hollow hearts, we judge, analyze and consume material things. In such a wasteland of greed, superficiality and addiction, the struggle can seem less than worth the effort. In the shadow of rampant consumerism, depression, anxiety and addiction […]