Bay Area Recovery Response to COVID-19

Dear BARC Community: Though times surrounding COVID-19 are changing rapidly every day, our services are here. Our services are evolving with consideration to CDC, HHS, State, and local government guidance to keep our clients and staff as safe as possible while maintaining all rules and regulations. Our Outpatient Services remain fully functional, though we have […]

When Your Loved One Is Unwilling To Get Help

Some people who have become addicted to a drug are unwilling to get help for themselves. They blame others for causing them to turn to their drug of choice. Some have undergone repeated stints in treatment centers only to return over and over to their addiction. They resist more treatment and instead become more dependent […]

How Gender-Sensitive Drug Treatment Can Improve Outcomes

A recent UMass Amherst study published in Addictive Behaviors has revealed that delving deeper into the triggers of someone struggling with opioid addiction can inform treatment and improve outcomes. Many of these triggers can be gender-specific, requiring tailored advice and support services to overcome. Learn more about how this research could assist those struggling with opioid addiction and other types of addiction. […]

Relapse Prevention Tips

Recovering from addiction is not easy and many who first seek help have tried on their own to overcome their addiction, only to find they need help. Estimate are than between 40 and 60 percent of people who have been treated for addiction relapse within the first year. Relapse is often thought to be part of the […]

Can You Recognize A Loved One’s Struggle With Alcohol?

Many holiday family gatherings include alcohol as a main refreshment. And during the holiday season, indulgence—and sometimes even overindulgence—can be the norm rather than the exception. But sometimes, the subject of who drinks how much and when can be a touchy one. When should you be concerned about a family member’s relationship with alcohol this holiday season, […]

Hope In Rehabilitation

Loving someone who is addicted to a mind-altering substance is more than frustrating. You may have watched the person lose their job, turn away their spouse, lose their home, and even give up contact with their children. You may have witnessed the person repeatedly enter rehabilitation programs only to exit and soon turn back to using […]

What Are Some Common Symptoms of Alcohol Withdrawal?

According to a study conducted by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 7% of all adults in the United States admitted to heavy drinking in the past month. Heavy drinking is defined as having five or more drinks on the same occasion on five or more days in the past month. A more […]

The Importance of Human Connection in the Recovery Process

As the rate of loneliness creeps upward in the United States, there has been an increase of research exploring the connection between isolation and substance use, as well as the power of human connection to aid in recovery. The Correlation Between Loneliness and Substance Abuse A national survey conducted by Cigna in 2018 found that […]