Addiction Resources


We are pleased to provide a number of articles and resources below to help you and your loved ones learn more about recovery and how to help those who need it most.

How Medication Management Can Help With a Methamphetamine Addiction
Methamphetamine, commonly known as "meth," "crystal meth," or "ice," is a powerful central nervous system stimulant that affects brain function and activity. In addition to being extremely addictive and dangerous, meth abuse can cause serious health problems, including heart attack, stroke, and de...
Alumni Events in New Jersey
Addiction recovery is a lifelong process. This can make it difficult for people in recovery to find ongoing support and connection with others who share similar experiences. Alumni events can be a great way for you to learn from others, pursue new activities, and share your story. At alumni events, you will get support from people who have completed ...
Family Systems: How Forgiveness Can Aid in Recovery
Forgiveness is one of the most powerful forces in restoring healthy relationships. Forgiving others can help you move forward, overcome pain and suffering, repair damaged relationships, and improve your physical and mental health. When addiction has touched your life, forgiveness is important to move forward and have successful relationships. So how exactly does forgiveness work? What are some way...
Setting Boundaries With My Loved Ones
Addiction recovery is a long and challenging process. Learning to manage your addiction requires learning how to set boundaries with loved ones. When managing addiction, you may find it difficult to set boundaries because you don't want confrontation. However, setting boundaries is imperative to ensuring that your recovery always ...
Impacts and Negative Effects of Codependency in Addiction
In a codependent relationship, one partner will take on the role of caretaker. This person may have substance use or mental health issues that require professional help, but they refuse to get it. Instead, the other partner takes over ...
Setting Realistic Expectations During Recovery
Setting expectations in any part of your life can help you achieve your goals. However, when you set unrealistic expectations, it can hinder your progress. Recovery is a process, and it takes time. Set the expectation that recovery will take time and be incremental. Setting goals for yourself can help you track your progress and s...
The Importance of Family Participation During Treatment
Addiction is a disease that affects the whole family. Family members often feel the impact of addiction in a very real way, which can lead to feelings of anger, resentment, and frustration. While these emotions are natural, they can also be detrimental to one's treatment if left unchecked. Addiction treatment...
How SMART Recovery Programs Factor Into Addiction Treatment
SMART Recovery is a four-point program created by healthcare specialists who have been in the field for over 30 years. It's a science-based method that has helped thousands of people recover from addictive behaviors. SMART Recovery uses tools to help individuals with substance use disorder (SUD) change their thinking, emotions, behavior, and li...
Reclaiming Healthy Parenthood in Sobriety
While struggling with an addiction can feel like a completely isolating experience, it is still a disease that affects everyone. It involves the person struggling with addiction and their family and friends. However, even as one successfully navigates their sobriety, it can be difficult to reclaim one’s role as a parental figure within the ...
Benefits of Yoga During Outpatient Treatment
Recovery from addiction is a lifelong process that can be made more accessible by incorporating regular exercise into your daily routine. Yoga is a great way to stay active and connect with your body and mind, especially when incorporated into an outpatient treatment regimen. With mindfulness, yoga helps people focus on their breathw...
EMDR Therapy to Help Treat Trauma
Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an effective form of psychotherapy that has been found to be very helpful in managing the challenges faced by individuals with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). EMDR therapy helps speed up the way one's brain processes information. It also helps relieve some symp...
Navigating Treatment While in School
Getting treatment can be difficult if you are in college and have a mental health or addiction disorder. There are many things to consider when seeking help for a mental health or addiction disorder. You may wonder how it will affect your schoolwork. What treatment programs will help you manage your needs and attend sc...
Can I Keep My Job and Go to Day Treatment?
Realizing that you might need treatment for your addiction is a huge step in the right direction. However, many fear their life will change when they take that first step, including potentially losing their job. This is a valid concern; however, at Excel Treatment Center, we want you to know that you have options. If you are searching for addiction treatment and fear losing your job while attendi...
How Can I Support a Loved One Struggling With Addiction?
Addiction not only affects those struggling with the addiction but also affects the friends and family around them. It can be just as challenging to support them as it is to watch them in active addiction. Learning to create a loving, supportive space without enabling can be difficult, but it is crucial to develop this space to help your loved ones through their recovery. What are some things tha...
How to Approach a Conversation About Marijuana Addiction
Addiction is a complicated topic, and conversations surrounding the use of addictive substances are often met with resistance, making these conversations very delicate. Talking about marijuana addiction is no different, and this unique substance can present additional hurdles in the conversation ahead. H...
What Is MSR?
Over 2.5 million Americans are affected by opioid use disorder (OUD). Further, in 2020, nearly 68,630 people died due to opioid overdose. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), opioids include prescription...
Stigma and Addiction
There is no doubt that substance use is ...
Signs of Addiction
What is Addiction? When we he...
Loving an Addict
Being in a relationship with an addict can be extremely tough emotionally. Addiction typically ...
Healthy Eating in Recovery
Healthy Eating in Recovery Nutrition is a key component of any successful recovery journey. When recovering from addiction to substances, simply ceasing use is not always enough to ensure recovery success. Substances, such as alcohol, tobacco, cocaine, cannabis, opiates, and even sugar, shift the brain out of homeostasis, or balance. This is why, when trying...
Guide to Living with an Alcoholic
Living under the same roof as an alcoholic is incredibly hard. However, often the families of those with alcohol use disorder (AUD) are overlooked, even though the fallout from AUD affects the entire family unit....