Believe it or not, the holiday season is nearly upon us yet again. Whether you’re newly sober or have been sober for some time, the holidays can create a sense of anxiety for those of us in recovery.
Gambling addiction is a commonly known, but little discussed, process addiction. At Workit, we often focus on addictions to substances (we are in an opioid crisis, after all), but there’s another world of addictions, to processes or behaviors. Today, you can gamble without leaving the comfort of your own screen, as online casinos and games make it easy to win or lose from your couch.
As much as I like to think of myself as well-rounded, modern, intelligent woman, I am also a sucker for anything that has an infomercial on at 2 am (pretty sure that I do need a food dehydrator). And, as many women I know in recovery, I have had issues with food since I got my first training bra. My impulsiveness + food issues + marketing = Chrissy’s fantastical review of fad diets of tried...
When I started writing this article the concept was to write about the point at which seven of us reached the end of our substance use disorder, and sought help. It was to show others that while that point may have looked different to all of us, we all had mounting consequences and a dire need to seek more for our lives—a life worth living, if you will.
In Michigan, there is only one prison facility for women, the Women’s Huron Valley Correctional Facility located in Ypsilanti. Treating addiction among the population has long been a main focus for the facility. Assistant Deputy Karri Osterhout says it’s difficult to pinpoint exactly how many of the inmates are in there for opiates, specifically, but that “what you see in society you also see in the prison community.”