How to Keep a Breakup From Endangering Your Recovery

While there are many emotionally challenging experiences, few are as common and as complicated as a breakup. A breakup can feel like rejection or betrayal. It overturns your whole vision of your immediate future. This turmoil is often compounded by practical issues like having to find a new place to live. The difficult nature of [&hellip…

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What’s the Difference Between Supporting and Enabling?

If you have a loved one with a substance use disorder, you probably find yourself having to make a lot of difficult decisions. What do you do when they come home drunk or high? Do you stay in the same house? Do you let them stay at your house? When should you help them out? [&hellip…

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Managing Stress for a Strong Recovery

Stress and addiction have a complicated relationship. Stress has a major influence on addiction risk and relapse risk so understanding stress and how to manage it are crucial for staying sober long term. Broadly speaking, stress is any sort of demand put on your body or mind. When you think of stress, the first thing [&hellip…

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2 Personality Traits That Make Recovery Harder

Personality comprises the traits that make us who we are. Whereas our knowledge, circumstances, beliefs, and behaviors typically change a lot throughout our lives, our personalities don’t change much after childhood. Your personality affects every aspect of your life—what kinds of jobs you’re good at, whether you’re likely to strike up a conversation with a [&hellip…

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How to Cope When a Loved One Has a Substance Use Disorder

It’s hard having a loved one with a substance use disorder; fear and anger mingle with worry and compassion as your loved one’s substance use seems to get steadily worse. This can take a toll on your mental and physical health. Elsewhere, we’ve looked at how to help a loved one with a substance use [&hellip…

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How to Keep Anxiety From Derailing Your Recovery From Addiction

Anxiety is a major risk factor for addiction. A large study of more than 43,000 adults found that among people with an anxiety disorder, about 15 percent also had a substance use disorder; that’s about twice the rate of addiction in the general population. And that study didn’t include post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, which [&hellip…

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6 Ways to Help a Loved One with a Substance Use Disorder

It’s hard to watch someone you care about struggle with addiction. Addiction leads to poor choices and self-destructive behavior. Their behavior may make you feel frustrated or even desperate. You may feel tempted to cut ties with them completely. However, social support often makes the difference between getting help and continuing on a destructive path. [&hellip…

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Why Emotional Intelligence is the Core of Addiction Recovery

In recent decades there has been a growing awareness that cognitive intelligence–as measured by IQ tests–is not a reliable predictor of success in life. Although it certainly helps to have some of the talents measured by IQ tests, such as mathematical ability, spatial awareness, and verbal acuity, these talents don’t amount to much unless you [&hellip…

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7 Ways to Get More Willpower in Addiction Recovery

One of the persistent myths about addiction and recovery is that it’s all about willpower. People think recovery is all about grit. However, if you’re relying on willpower alone, you probably won’t stay sober long. Many factors contribute to addiction, including genes, childhood environment, trauma, and mental health issues. A strong recovery typically requires therapy, [&hellip…

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5 Factors that Increase Women’s Risk of Addiction

Statistically speaking, men are more negatively affected by substance use. According to statistics compiled by the Kaiser Family Foundation, about twice as many men as women die from overdoses each year, (Sex and Gender Differences in Substance Abuse). Men make up more of the emergency room visits and men use a lot more drugs in [&hellip…

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