Welcome to the Safe Harbor Recovery Center blog! Our blog offers articles and resources for individuals and families affected by substance abuse issues and addiction to alcohol and drugs.

Importance of Continuing Care

The Importance of Continuing Care

Treatment may be the end of a person’s active substance use, but it isn’t a quick fix for the disease of addiction. It’s just the beginning of their recovery journey. At Safe Harbor Recovery Center in Portsmouth, Virginia, we recognize that addiction is a chronic disease, and we know the...

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Addiction Treatment Near Home,

Benefits of Getting Treatment Close to Home

When they need treatment for substance use disorder, many people have the option to stay close to home or to find treatment further away. There are pros and cons to either option, so it is important to think about what matters most for you and your recovery. At Safe Harbor...

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Veterans with Substance Use Disorders 

Substance Use Disorder in Veterans

Veterans face hardships that are especially challenging and can increase their risk of developing substance issues. Safe Harbor Recovery Center in Portsmouth, Virginia is here to help them and their families recover.  A Growing Problem: Substance Use Disorder in Veterans The Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) and other agencies have...

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Inpatient Versus Outpatient Treatment

Benefits of Inpatient Versus Outpatient Treatment

When it is time to select a treatment program for substance use disorder, many people wonder about the advantages and disadvantages of different levels of care. They are not sure what option will be the best fit for them or their loved one, and they recognize the importance of making...

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Veterans Suicide Prevention, PTSD and Addiction, Veterans PTSD and Substance Use Disorder, Outcomes from Co-Occurring PTSD and SUD, PTSD Symptoms in Veterans

How Tactical Recovery Addresses PTSD and Addiction

If you’re a fan of Johnny Cash, you may have heard the song, ”The Ballad of Ira Hayes.” Ira Hayes was an indigenous American Veteran who became famous after he helped to hoist the American flag over Iwo Jima, Japan, during World War II. Hayes was celebrated as a war...

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Alcohol Use Disorder, Risk Factors of Alcohol Use Disorder, minorities with substance use disorders, Racial Disparities in Addiction

Understanding Alcohol Use Disorder

For a long time, unhealthy alcohol use was equated to moral weakness or selfishness. Over time, we have come to understand that the reality is much more complex. Alcohol use disorder (AUD) is a brain disease that can result in changes to the brain that make it difficult for people...

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Meditation and Addiction

Meditation and Addiction: Looking Inward Towards Recovery

Addiction is perhaps one of the most devastating physical experiences. There’s a great deal of mental and emotional trauma that occurs as well. For some, meditation can facilitate a healing process across all areas. Meditation offers an opportunity to connect the mind and body to improve well-being and quality of...

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role of a sponsor, How a Sponsor Can Help You Stay Sober,

How a Sponsor Can Help You Stay Sober

If a person in recovery is taking part in a 12-step program, they are generally encouraged to find a sponsor. According to Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), a sponsor should Be someone who has fought addiction  Have been sober for a while, preferably at least a year  Have made some progress through...

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Misused Prescription Medications,

Signs Your Loved One Could Be Abusing Pain Medication

Many people who develop addictions don’t start with illegal substances. Those who have been prescribed a certain drug to help them deal with pain, a sleep disorder, or anxiety may find that their use of this substance gradually crosses the line into misuse, ultimately resulting in addiction. Others decide to...

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Gender and addiction

Gender Differences in Addiction

Until the 1990s, most research on addiction focused on men, as did a lot of medical research. More recently, research has expanded to include women, allowing us to learn more about differences in trends between the genders as it applies to substance misuse. Understanding the differences that biological gender plays...

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