Author Archives: continuummd

  • Continuum Recovery Interviewed by WFMD Radio!
    Monday, December 21st, 2020

    Continuum Recovery Interviewed by WFMD Radio!

    Our Clinical Director, Donna Stefanick, sits down with Frank Mitchell, Program Director for WFMD and longtime afternoon host of Mid-Maryland Live to discuss treatment, intervention, and prevention programs that...
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  • Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS)
    Monday, July 8th, 2019

    Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS)

    Earlier in our blog series we discussed the nuances of early recovery and the phenomenon “anhedonia”, that renders former substance abusers unable to feel any forms of pleasure without...
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  • Language and Stigma
    Thursday, June 13th, 2019

    Language and Stigma

    As the opioid crisis continues to explode in the United States, it seems there is now no one who remains unscathed.  Citizens from everywhere are losing their spouses, children,...
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  • Taking Moral Inventory
    Monday, June 3rd, 2019

    Taking Moral Inventory

    Step four of Alcoholics Anonymous states that we “made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves”.  While a twelve-step program is not the only pathway to continued sobriety, it is...
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  • Recovery and the LGBT Community 
    Monday, May 20th, 2019

    Recovery and the LGBT Community 

    It is estimated that 30% of the LBGT community suffers from some form of addiction—whether it be gambling, shopping, or illicit substances. Compared to 9% of the general population,...
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  • Meaning and Support Networks
    Tuesday, May 14th, 2019

    Meaning and Support Networks

    “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” – Maya Angelou Addiction serves not only as a dysfunctional thought and behavioral pattern that enslaves users...
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  • The Importance of Honesty in Treatment
    Friday, May 3rd, 2019

    The Importance of Honesty in Treatment

    A cornerstone in any 12-step program, honesty is paramount to recovery.  Many times, the alcoholic or addict is the last one in their lives to know that they have...
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  • Early Recovery and Anhedonia
    Thursday, April 25th, 2019

    Early Recovery and Anhedonia

    The process of substance abuse and addiction can wreak havoc on the brain’s natural reward system, impacting crucial brain neurotransmitters and altering how we deal with motivation, anticipation, and...
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  • Women and “Telescoping” Effect
    Monday, April 22nd, 2019

    Women and “Telescoping” Effect

    There are fundamental differences between men and women, and this extends to the realm of substance abuse. While overall men have higher rates of substance abuse and dependence, women...
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