CleanSlate Blog

Vending Machines Cannot Replace the Human Connection

By James Meacham, MD, FACE, FASAM | Apr 12, 2022


The overdose epidemic we see across the country essentially has to do with the changing landscape of addiction, and mental and behavioral health in the United States. Unfortunately, many people are using opioid substances such as Heroin and Fentanyl to cope with loneliness and sadness, especially as the pandemic continues. As we know in addiction […]

Mindfulness Practices to Support Recovery

By Joy Delisle | Feb 15, 2022


There are a lot of ups and downs when in recovery and it’s easy to become overwhelmed by emotions at times and lose sight of our progress or long-term goals. One technique that can help ground someone feeling stressed, overwhelmed, or anxious is practicing Mindfulness. Mindfulness is the act of being present “in the here […]

Words Matter: Avoiding Stigmatizing Language

By Crystal Morley | Jan 26, 2022


Individuals with substance use disorders overcome many challenges in pursuit of their long-term, ongoing recovery. Like many other diseases, these disorders affect a person’s brain and behavior, and do not discriminate based on age, gender, race or economic status. One way we can all help make the recovery journey a bit easier for those affected […]

Mental Well-Being: Social Media and Mental Health

By Samantha Elder | Jan 19, 2022


According to the Pew Research Center, 72% of Americans use social media. While social media can be helpful to build a sense of community, which is important in recovery, there are some negative consequences of spending too much time online. Here are some reasons to be mindful of the time you spend on social media […]

New Year’s Resolutions: Helpful or Not for People in Recovery?

By Kate Favata | Dec 29, 2021


For many people, the new year is a time of optimism and hope for the future and, for those struggling with addiction, it may be seen as a time to renew their commitment to recovery. Although this is a positive choice, many people break New Year’s resolutions as quickly as they make them. For people […]

Navigating the Holiday Season in Recovery

By Behavioral Health Leadership Team | Dec 01, 2021


The atmosphere of celebration that comes with the holiday season can be difficult to navigate if you’re in recovery or supporting someone along their recovery journey. It’s important for those entering or maintaining recovery – and their loved ones – to understand how to avoid potential triggers and the support required to enjoy this time […]

Myth vs. Fact: Hepatitis C and Addiction

By Phyllis Losikoff M.D. | Dec 01, 2021


Hepatitis C is one of the most common bloodborne infections. More than 2 million Americans are estimated to be living with the virus, but the actual number may be much higher as many people don’t know when they have it. What is it? Hepatitis C is a virus that is transmitted by infected blood and […]

CleanSlate Certified Recovery Specialists: Doing What it Takes to Aid Patient Recovery

By William Davis | Dec 01, 2021


It is impossible to depict the role of a CleanSlate certified recovery specialist with a simple list of daily duties. These individuals truly do whatever is necessary to meet patients’ specific needs and help them on their recovery journey. One of CleanSlate’s core values is putting patients first, and certified recovery specialists live up to […]

Why Are Some Groups Less Likely to Seek Addiction Treatment?

By Sally Combest | Nov 09, 2021


In the U.S., 19.3 million people aged 18 and older suffer from substance use disorder. Of these individuals, 9.5 million also have a co-occurring mental health condition. One reason addiction is such a rampant issue is that it can affect anyone. There is no single reason that leads people to misuse substances, so it can […]

What to Do If You Suspect a Friend or Family Member is Using Drugs

By Kate Favata | Nov 04, 2021


More than 20 million Americans struggle with addiction, but only 1 in 10 who need treatment receive it. Addiction is not a problem that only happens to other people. On the contrary, it’s likely someone we know could be struggling with the disease. You may wonder if you’re overreacting to a loved one’s substance use, […]