Woman Showing Signs of PTSD

Common Signs A Loved One Is Experiencing PTSD

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: March 17, 2021 Updated: February 28, 2021 People who experience an upsetting event often have nightmares, memories, or flashbacks when exposed to a different traumatic situation. Examples include mass shootings, earthquakes, or a bombing. You may have a loved one who shows signs of PTSD, post-traumatic stress…

woman outside in rain dealing with seasonal depression

What is Seasonal Depression?

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: November 19, 2020 Updated: January 15, 2021 As the weather cools and the leaves begin to change, some people experience a change in their emotions. It’s a condition called seasonal affective disorder, or seasonal depression, and typically starts in the fall and lasts through the winter. During…

patient getting holistic treatment massage

What Is Holistic Treatment?

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: October 26, 2020 Updated: November 25, 2020 Substance use disorder is a complex disease, and, unfortunately, developing it can be easy for an individual to do. Overcoming the disease is a challenge because addiction affects so many aspects of our lives. Gone are the days when medical…

man at bar with bottle and glass of alcohol showing alcohol dependence

The Difference Between Alcohol Dependence and Alcohol Addiction

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: October 21, 2020 Updated: November 25, 2020 Some might not realize that there’s a difference between alcohol dependence and alcohol addiction. It isn’t uncommon to see these terms used interchangeably, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t differences. However, alcohol addiction is the beginning stage of alcohol dependence.…

two people holding up pumpkins for halloween

How To Have a Sober Halloween

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: October 15, 2020 Updated: November 25, 2020 Halloween celebrations provide an opportunity and the freedom to have fun. Many people choose to let loose during this time. It is in the spirit of the celebration since people explore their dark sides during Halloween. For someone who is…

spoon and needle showing what is heroin

What is Heroin?

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: August 20, 2020 Updated: August 5, 2020 Heroin is an opioid drug derived from morphine. Although morphine is natural, heroin can be developed as a synthetic drug when combined with other substances. Heroin is among the most addictive substances on the market. Detox from heroin often requires…

individuals together wondering what to expect at your first aa meeting

What to Expect at Your First AA Meeting

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: June 17, 2020 Updated: June 18, 2020 People have been attending AA meetings for several decades. This dynamic group was founded in 1935, and the meetings are widespread throughout the United States. The acronym AA stands for Alcoholics Anonymous, and it is designed to help people who…

pensive man worried about cocaine use symptoms

Cocaine Use Symptoms

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: February 13, 2020 Updated: January 13, 2021 Cocaine Use Symptoms Cocaine is a highly addictive substance that has a long history in American culture. From the original recipe of Coca-Cola to Miami Vice, Eric Clapton’s song, and Scarface, cocaine has attracted American attention for years. Cocaine use…

opiates vs opioids

Opiates vs. Opioids

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: November 7, 2019 Updated: December 9, 2019 Is there a difference between opiates and opioids? Of course, the answer is yes. But what really is the difference between these two similar-sounding substances? There are a couple of ways to answer this question. If you live in the…