What is Addiction Recovery? Discover the True Meaning

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When someone heals from an addiction it is called “recovery,” but what does the word “recovery” really mean and what is addiction? In one instance, it means you regain possession something that you’ve lost and “that something” must have been there all along, because otherwise you wouldn’t be able to find it again. Another meaning … Read more

Drinking and Driving and Alcohol Use Disorder

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The life and safety of a loved one can be a constant fear for many family members and we often feel powerless to help them. This is especially true if a loved one is repeatedly drinking and driving while using alcohol or drugs. Certain holidays are a notoriously dangerous time for those with a problem … Read more

Importance of a Calm Mind for Addiction Recovery

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Learning how to tame chaotic thoughts and cultivate the peaceful nature of a calm mind is an important step to a successful addiction recovery. An important goal of treatment is to identify and treat the root causes of addiction. Even though each person is different, one of the most common obstacles many people must overcome … Read more

Addiction and Depression – Similar Disorders But Fundamentally Different

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Addiction and depression, it’s much like the age-old question of the chicken and the egg. Which came first? The depression? Or the substance abuse? Depression and addiction is a common dual diagnosis as the two disorders tend to play off one another. Those who are depressed turn to substances to numb what they are feeling, while … Read more

National Impaired Driving Prevention Month in December

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December is recognized as National Impaired Driving Prevention Month. During the holiday month, it’s an important time to remind people of the dangers and consequences of driving under the influence of alcohol, marijuana, and other mind-altering substances. It’s natural for many people to partake in the partying and festivities of the holidays while consuming alcohol … Read more

What is the Difference Between a Halfway House and Recovery House?

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Confused about the difference between the terms “halfway house” and “recovery house?” You’re not alone. People commonly refer to Recovery Houses as Halfway Houses, making matters more baffling. To complicate things, the term halfway house has come to mean different things in each state. Thankfully, the National Alliance for Recovery Residences (NARR) has come to … Read more

7 Meaningful Ways to Enjoy Sober Holidays [Expert Guide]

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Stress runs rampant between Thanksgiving and Christmas, making it an especially difficult period of time for those struggling with mental health and substance use issues. That’s why we wanted to share this expert guide on 7 ways to enjoy Sober Holidays. Harvard describes holiday stress as “an acute reaction to an immediate threat” where “the … Read more

Overcoming Addiction Triggers – Tips for Recovery

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The most difficult part of overcoming addiction and addiction triggers is making the decision to seek help and quit using alcohol and drugs. The most effective way to overcome addiction is often the next hurdle that people struggling with the condition must face. Fortunately, evidence-based addiction treatment has made incredible advances in the last two … Read more

Life After Relapse – 7 Ways to Stay Sober

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Facing the fallout of a relapse can feel devastating for a person in recovery from addiction, but it’s important to know that you haven’t failed and there is life after relapse. In truth, setbacks are a normal part of recovery and it’s certainly not a reason to throw away all of the hard work that … Read more

Substance Induced Disorders Causes and Treatment

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The consequences of alcohol and drug abuse can be dire for some people, and left untreated, the disease of addiction can rob them of their livelihoods, their closest relationships, or their freedom. Even for people without a history of substance abuse, drugs and alcohol can wreak havoc on mental and physical health, leading to what’s … Read more