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Staff Spotlight: Casey Castronova

My name is Casey Castronova and I am the Clinical Director at Pinelands Recovery Center of Medford. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor. I have worked in the field of substance use treatment since 2010, and have treated both adolescents and adults throughout the entire spectrum […]

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Tips for Recovery During the Holidays

The holidays can be a stressful time of year for anyone and can be even more stressful if you are in recovery. Addiction is more pronounced during the holiday season, and when one individual is struggling with a substance use disorder, the entire family unit is affected. Family gatherings, hectic preparations, holiday shopping, financial stress, […]

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Non-Opioid Pain Medications

Pain, whether it is chronic, acute, breakthrough, referred, nerve pain, soft tissue pain, bone pain or phantom pain can be unbearable for many individuals. Physical pain can result in missed work and school and can take a toll on one’s social and home life. Physical pain, especially chronic pain is also highly linked to depression […]

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Supporting Substance Use Recovery and National Family Caregiver Month

Awareness days, weeks, and months are beneficial to our society. They provide an opportunity to share information, show support, and express appreciation. Awareness campaigns help start valuable conversations while reminding people they are not alone. President Bill Clinton was the first commander in chief to proclaim November as National Family Caregivers Month. American Presidents since […]

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When to Seek Help for Your Alcohol Abuse Disorder

Alcohol abuse disorder, commonly referred to as alcoholism, cannot only cause a lot of harm to your body and lifestyle but can also negatively affect individuals around you. If alcohol is the center of your life to the extent that you are struggling with work, personal relationships, finances, and other aspects of your life; then […]

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What to Say to a Loved One Who is In Recovery

Recovery for substance abuse requires a lot of work and commitment and saying the right things to our loved ones who are in recovery may seem challenging because we want to support them but do not want to say the wrong thing. Offering a thoughtful and supportive comment to an individual who is in recovery […]

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Alumni Series: JB’s Addiction Recovery Story

John “Jay” B. never really wanted to get sober. Most of the time, he just wanted to get the heat off himself for a while. But like that of many people suffering from substance use disorder, Jay’s bottom rose up to meet him. “I’d just play the game of manipulating everyone like I was going […]

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How to Support A Family Member with Alcohol Use Disorder

Alcohol use/alcohol addiction formally referred to, as alcohol use disorder is the fourth leading cause of preventable death in the United States, which costs the United States $249 billion per year. Approximately 88,000 lives are lost each year in the United States and 3.3 million worldwide from alcohol-related deaths. Although alcoholism is 2.5 more prevalent […]

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