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Getting the Most Out of Substance Abuse Treatment

Substance abuse treatment programs offer the opportunity to heal from drug and alcohol abuse and co-occurring mental health conditions that contribute to addiction. Of the millions of Americans affected by addiction, a significant portion of them sadly never choose to seek readily available professional help. For others, it can take several attempts at recovery to…

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What Will Life Skills Training Teach Me?

Drug and alcohol detox and subsequent rehab programs are necessary treatments for addiction, but they are only the beginning of the recovery journey. After completing substance abuse treatment, people naturally have to return to their daily lives of work or school, family obligations, and general responsibilities. Completing treatment is an incredible accomplishment that can come…

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Tips for Having a Sober Independence Day Celebration

A federal holiday since 1941, Independence Day, or The Fourth of July, is widely regarded as the most popularly celebrated holiday in our nation. This year, with July Fourth publicized as the time it is safe to gather in large groups again following COVID-19, the celebrations are sure to be even bigger than ever. Commemorating…

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What It’s Like to Live in a Sober Living Home

Sober living is a recovery option for those who have completed primary treatment for a substance use issue. Sober living is not just a temporary home but a lifestyle. Residential life teaches those in recovery how to function in the regular world without having to turn to drugs or alcohol. The main goal of all…

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3 Benefits of Adventure Therapy for Addiction

Traditional psychotherapy, or talk therapy, is an integral part of the treatment for addiction and co-occurring disorders. However, a successful treatment program should be comprehensive, utilizing other approaches such as cognitive-behavioral, interpersonal, and experiential therapies, to name a few. An integrated approach to treatment is essential to ensure that programs are flexible enough to be…

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Typical Addict Behavior in Relationships

If your significant other is struggling with addiction, you must understand the common signs of substance abuse and how addiction can negatively impact your relationship. Taking the time to learn more about this will ensure you’re prepared to intervene if necessary and protect your significant other, yourself, and your relationship. These changes develop over time,…

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Don’t Let Loneliness Get in the Way of Living Sober

For those in recovery, loneliness can be a trigger for relapse. Spending time alone can make using drugs or drinking tempting, and some individuals might turn to substance abuse to feel relief from anxiety, depression, or other mental health issues. Understanding how loneliness can be dangerous and having a plan for when this feeling strikes…

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How Nature Can Help You in Recovery

While there’s no cure for addiction, there are treatments available to help you manage the disease successfully. Besides traditional therapy, there are alternative options that can aid your efforts at recovery. Spending time outside is one way you can learn to find physical, mental, and spiritual balance. Nature therapy can aid your recovery by keeping…

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Easy Steps to Make a Gratitude Jar

If you are on your journey to recovery from addiction to drugs or alcohol, a gratitude jar can be one way to stay focused on your efforts and on the positive aspects of sobriety. Addiction can have a significant impact on your health, relationships, finances, and employment status. If you have struggled with substance abuse,…

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Common Relapse Triggers in Recovery

Recovery brings plenty of rewards. This is especially true if you are continuing to stay sober and are achieving your goals. At the same time, recovery can bring many unique challenges. In fact, most people (up to 80%) relapse at least once after attempting sobriety for the first time at a substance abuse treatment center.…