Futures publishes content to provide perspectives on issues related to addiction and mental health. Topics generally include commentary on addiction research and studies, explanation of psychotherapies and treatment approaches, useful information for people in recovery and their loved ones, and other content of interest to people interested in maintaining good mental and physical health.
Mindfulness & Holidays
The world seen through clear and sober eyes looks very different and the holidays can look different too.
When addiction professionals ask clients what drug they are using, they frequently get more than one answer.
Futures Deepens Their Commitment to Alumni and Community
Futures Recovery Healthcare has expanded its support to alumni and the community with a committed Family and Friends Line.
How Addiction Impacts The Body & Recovery Programs that Heal
Anyone who uses a drug, illicit or legal, or alcohol for extended periods of time can end up with unexpected and serious health concerns.
Binge Drinking in Teens and Young Adults: What You Need to Know
There’s no doubt that there are problems associated with drinking in both the teen and college-aged populations. But how do you know what’s simply ‘partying’ and when there’s a problem?
Addiction Treatment: Find the Best Treatment for You
Addiction to alcohol or drugs is devastating. Not only does the individual with the substance or alcohol use disorder have a difficult and often painful life, so too do the loved ones of that person.
How to Have Fun in Sobriety: Addiction Recovery Resources
Long-lasting recovery needs long-term support. Addiction recovery resources are essential to learning to live a fun and happy life in sobriety.
First Responders: Facing Drug & Alcohol Addiction Issues
First responders face stressors those in the general population do not. This makes them more susceptible to mental health issues including addictions.
Women in Recovery: Understanding the Unique Challenges
Women in recovery face unique challenges and need specific treatment programs that address those issues.
Substance Abuse, Alcoholism, and Co-occurring Disorders
There are millions of Americans living with alcoholism and co-occurring disorders. Learn more about it and how to find the right treatment center.
COVID 19 Parenting: 10 Tips to Help You Stay Sober and Sane
Are you like the millions of other parents struggling to balance work, homeschooling kids, and staying sane during COVID 19? Get 10 tips to help you cope and feel better.
Anxiety in Recovery: How to Cope
Do you have anxiety and find yourself struggling to cope in healthy ways? Learn about the symptoms of anxiety and five healthy, effective ways to cope.
Mental Health, Exercise, and Addiction Recovery
Today there’s more research on what causes addiction and what helps a person to recover. Learn about what science is discovering about exercise and addiction recovery.
Common Challenges in Sobriety
For some early recovery is amazing, for others it is a daily struggle. But no matter what, life long recovery and happiness are within reach for all.
Drug and Alcohol Rehabs Near Me
With the legalization of cannabis in some states and the portrayal of alcohol in advertising, reality shows, and more, it’s no wonder so many people today are using drugs and alcohol to excess.
Understanding Luxury Rehab Costs
If you or someone you love has an AUD or a SUD and wants to find a luxury rehab with proven expertise in addiction treatment it’s essential to have an idea of what amenities you want.
Spirituality and Long-term Recovery
Discover what spirituality, long-term recovery from an AUD or SUD, and lifelong happiness have in common.
Recovery Support Groups: Exploring the Options
Today there are a variety of addiction recovery support groups. Learn more and find the one that is right for you.
America’s Alcohol Crisis
America doesn’t just have an opioid epidemic, America has an addiction crisis. Nearly one million alcohol-related deaths were recorded between 1999-2017.
Is It Cool to be Getting Sober Today?
Every day it seems another athlete or celebrity is coming out as being sober. Learn about who’s sober and what it takes to live in recovery.
Spirituality and Addiction Recovery
Learn about spirituality and addiction recovery and what tools work for those in recovery. Luckily for anyone struggling today, much progress has been made from these early days of addiction treatment.
COVID-19: Get Addiction Treatment Now
As we are in the grips of the COVID-19 pandemic, many are taking advantage of this downtime and seeking treatment for their alcohol or substance use disorder.
Luxury Rehab Centers in Florida
There are many luxury rehabs across Florida that will provide the highest quality of service when it comes to substance abuse treatments. However, there are a few aspects you should consider when selecting them.
Alcohol Use Disorder – Treatment
A doctor will usually take his/her time in diagnosing your alcohol problem. Once your addiction is confirmed, he/she will advise you on the necessary treatment options and refer you to the relevant professionals if it is out of their expertise.
COVID-19: How to Cope in Recovery
As COVID-19 takes our country by storm, it’s vital to know how to cope if you are someone you love is in recovery from alcohol or drugs. Find the resources you need here.
Is Sobriety Trending?
Futures’ Outreach and Community Liaison, Laura Kunz, describes sober curiosity and its benefits such as considering how alcohol affects their health, mood, and relationships.
A Servant's Heart
In this blog post, Futures Outreach Professional, Stephen Watts, reflects upon the importance of therapists developing a servant's heart and being fully present to form a strong and productive therapeutic alliance.
Clinical Outreach Professional John Egan shares his thoughts on a panel discussion at Moments of Change this year.
Alcohol Abuse Signs
Since alcohol is such a large part of our culture, it’s not always easy to identify when drinking has become a serious problem – one that requires treatment and abstinence.
Helping vs. Enabling
We see this scenario time and time again. Families think they’re helping a loved one with a substance use disorder when they’re actually making things worse.
Is Withdrawal Deadly?
The symptoms a person can experience during withdrawal vary depending on the substance being abused, and how much of and how often the substance is used.
What It’s Like to Attend Your First Meeting
Meetings are the foundation of ongoing recovery. Even though meetings can be remarkably helpful, the experience is a new one for people who have been steeped in substance abuse.
DBT Decoded: DEAR MAN
DEAR MAN can be thought of as a group of tactics that help you get what you want, whether you’re negotiating a promotion at work or saying no to a persuasive salesperson.
Breakups in Recovery: 10 Ways to Avoid Relapse
At any point in recovery, a breakup can cause a host of uncomfortable feelings, from insecurity and grief to depression to anger and any one of these can trigger the urge to drink or use drugs.
Signs of a High Functioning Alcoholic
Unlike most stereotypes that relate alcoholics with failure in their professional, financial, social, and emotional lives, the high functioning alcoholic does not portray any signs of failure.
Interventions and Family Mediation
An intervention is any process by which one individual or group of individuals intervene in the progress of a given situation. They can take place in a variety of settings - not just living rooms.
DBT Decoded: How to be Mindful
Many people struggling with a substance use disorder will find that their experience in treatment improves when they practice mindfulness.
Are You Self Medicating?
When the response to any difficult situation is to turn to drugs or alcohol, you may be self medicating. Unfortunately, self medicating can lead to substance abuse and, in time, addiction.
Creating An Addiction Recovery Plan After Rehab
After completing a treatment program, you may find yourself asking what to do next. A well thought-out plan can be the difference between starting a new, sober life and being set back by relapse.
DBT Decoded: Mindfulness “What Skills”
DBT Mindfulness Skills are broken into two categories – What Skills & How Skills. The What Skills - observe, describe, and participate - are acceptance-based.
5 Best Books on Addiction and Recovery
Books, movies, music, and various art forms can do wonders to inform what we know about addiction and recovery.
Exercise and Addiction Recovery: 7 Benefits
Individuals in recovery who engage in regular physical exercise can benefit from a reduction in stress, better sleep, increased energy, improved mood, and more.
DBT Decoded: The “Wise Mind” ACCEPTS
When using ACCEPTS, a DBT distress tolerance skillset, the immediate goal is to distract the mind just long enough to intervene in an emotional response to a stressful situation.
DBT Decoded: Validation
Within the teaching of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), conscious validation is often called upon to help clients improve interpersonal effectiveness and mindfulness skills.
DBT Decoded: Willingness vs. Willfulness
When examining the DBT concept of Willingness versus Willfulness, we see how DBT once again presents us with a pair of opposite forces at play within the mind.
DBT Decoded: Build Mastery
Building mastery is about setting a goal and working toward mastering the skills needed to achieve it. The goal could be lofty, but the act of improving our skills is itself an empowering achievement.