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Stay Sober by Knowing the Stages of Relapse

Stay Sober by Knowing the Stages of Relapse

The nature of addiction makes relapse common. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, about 40 to 60 percent of people who receive treatment for addiction relapse within the first year of recovery. That relapse rate might appear intimidating but keep in mind it also means that 40 to…

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6 Common Misconceptions About Therapy

Psychotherapy is often an integral part of addiction treatment. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, more than half of people with substance use disorders also have co-occurring mental health issues, such as depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, PTSD, ADHD, borderline personality disorders, and others (Connection Between Drug…

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How Writing Can Help Keep You Sober

There are many lifestyle changes that can help you sustain recovery from a substance use disorder. These include treating mental health issues, spending time with supportive people, eating healthy, exercising regularly, and getting enough sleep. There are also supporting practices that can help you stay positive, stay focused on recovery,…

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How to Get Everything You Can out of Therapy

Psychotherapy is an integral part of addiction treatment and recovery. Most people seeking help for addiction will also have a co-occurring mental health issues and these co-occurring issues have to be addressed for recovery to last. Often, treatment for mental health issues will persist long after initial treatment for substance…

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What Role Does Family Play in Addiction and Recovery?

Addiction is often called a family disease for many reasons. It tends to run in families as a result of both genes and learned behavior, often for generations. Dysfunctional family dynamics contribute to addiction risk and when one family member develops a substance use disorder, the whole family suffers. An…

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6 Tips for Choosing the Right Therapist in Recovery

Therapy is a critical part of addiction treatment and recovery. At least half of people with substance use disorders also have a co-occurring mental health issue, such as depression, an anxiety disorder, bipolar disorder, PTSD, ADHD, schizophrenia, or a personality disorder. These issues often drive addictive behavior and treating them…

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6 Reasons People Don’t Get Help for Addiction

Having a loved one with a substance use disorder can be worrying, frustrating, and baffling. Addiction upends your priorities and distorts your reasoning. It’s hard to understand why someone with a substance use disorder does the things they do. It might be perfectly obvious to family and friends that they…

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Why Sleep is Your Secret Weapon for Recovery

Recovering from a substance use disorder isn’t simply a matter of abstaining from drugs and alcohol. While that’s certainly a crucial element of recovery, a strong, sustainable recovery entails a change in lifestyle. That includes therapy, finding social support, and making healthy lifestyle changes such as eating better, exercising regularly,…

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The Value of Compassion in Addiction Recovery

Compassion is a fundamental trait for addiction recovery and for life. Compassion literally means “to suffer together” and it has two basic parts: empathy for other people’s suffering and the deep desire to relieve that suffering. Compassion plays an important role in addiction recovery in the following ways. Self-Compassion Comes…

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7 Ways Life Gets Better When You Stop Drinking

There are many ways excessive drinking makes your life worse—it damages your relationships, it makes you worse at your job, it causes health problems, it exposes you to legal problems, and the list goes on. Typically, when people finally decide to stop drinking, it’s because of one big thing. Maybe…

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