By Michelle Hook, RN, MSN, Enterhealth Ranch Executive Director
Addiction is a complex and progressive brain disease that slowly strips people of their physical, emotional and psychological well-being, and while the negative effects of substance abuse on users are fairly easy to understand, this understanding only highlights half the problem.
By Harold C. Urschel III, Enterhealth Chief Medical Strategist
While cigarette smoking has been on a downward trend for more than a decade, the use of electronic nicotine delivery systems (also known as electronic cigarettes, e-cigs, vapes, juuling, mods), known as “vaping,” is a trend that continues to rise with no signs of slowing down anytime soon. In fact, major companies including Phillip Morris (the makers of Marlboro cigarettes and others) are now getting into the e-cig arena.
The holiday season is usually a time for families to come together to celebrate with the ones they love. It’s also a time when many families have loved ones visiting from out of town and kids coming home from college for the holiday break. While this time of year is fun for most, for those recovering from alcohol addiction, the holidays can be a difficult time.
Challenges at work, family dysfunction, financial obligations and many other things can make stress levels go through the roof, and it’s not uncommon for extra holiday stress to drive people in recovery to relapse.