Substance Misuse vs. Addiction — What’s the Difference?

Substance Misuse vs. Addiction — What’s the Difference?

Substance misuse is not the same as addiction, but it doesn’t mean it shouldn’t cause concern. While an individual who misuses drugs or alcohol doesn’t require — or qualify for — the same level of treatment as an individual diagnosed with substance use disorder, addressing the early-warning signs may help avert a crisis later.

What to Expect When You Enter In-Patient Treatment

Entering treatment is a big decision. Your in-patient recovery may challenge you physically, emotionally and spiritually. To help you prepare for what to expect from your daily routine at Olalla Guest Lodge, we put together a short list with some basics.

What’s an Intervention and How Does It Work?

One of the most difficult steps for individuals struggling with addiction is to recognize that their substance use disorder is adversely impacting their life — and that they need help fighting this disease. This is where loved ones can play a role. An intervention helps friends, family and even colleagues to rally around their loved one and help the individual recognize that it’s time to address the problem.

You’ve probably heard of interventions but if your knowledge is based on Hollywood portrayals, let’s bust some myths first. Unlike the “made for TV” version, a real-life intervention takes time, resources and commitment. Prepare to be patient.

Use the Power of Gratitude in Your Recovery

Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.” — Brian Tracy


A growing body of research has found that gratitude has a positive impact on our wellbeing. Being grateful doesn’t just make us happier, but also reduces stress, makes us more resilient and improves our health.

Avoiding High-Risk Situations During Early Recovery

While relapse is not uncommon in recovery, it happens gradually, in stages. Relapse often takes weeks or months to build up, and it’s more likely during early recovery.

Learning to recognize the early signs can help prevent relapse from happening. One model that helps is called HALT, which stands for hunger, anger, loneliness and tiredness. These four feelings are also potentially high-risk situations that can lead to substance cravings.

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