Post Treatment Therapy For Optimal Recovery

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Addiction can take a terrible toll on your life and getting on with it after rehab can be extremely overwhelming. Not only does drug and alcohol abuse turn relationships upside down but it will have a huge effect on your own mental and physical health. Have hope though, seeking therapy during the recovery process can give you the opportunity to live a happy and healthy live once again. When facing the hardship …

Avoiding Summertime Triggers

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Summertime can be a difficult time for those in drug and alcohol recovery. It is a few months filled with parties, BBQs, and holidays. Days at the beach, music festivals, and more- it can have many triggers. It is important to have a plan to help you stick to your recovery plan and avoid relapse. Be aware of your own personal triggers. Triggers can be a person, emotion, or situation that can …

Mental Illness Warning Signs

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Mental disorders are common and widespread among many different types of people. Mental Health America estimates 54 million Americans have some sort of mental disorder every year. If you think you or someone you know may have a mental or emotional problem, remember there are lots of resources to help. What is mental illness? Mental illness is a disease that causes mild to severe disturbances in thought or behavior. There are over …

Going on Vacation While in Recovery

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Vacations are a great time to rest, relax and enjoy a break from everyday life. Whether you are traveling to an island or a simple stay-cation, they are great for your mental health. If you are in recovery, a vacation can be full of temptations and lead to relapse. Planning ahead will help you avoid your addictions and continue to stay sober on vacation. Remind your family or friends that your sobriety …

Mental Health and Addiction

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Mental disorders can affect many people regardless of background, race, or gender. There are hundreds of different mental health issues that can be caused by genetics, drug use, trauma or other things. Doctors report commonly seeing patients that suffer from both substance abuse and mental health problems. Battling both of these issues can further escalate the challenges during recovery. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 1 in 5 adults in …

The Importance of SMART goals in the New Year

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If you are in recovery, you likely have many goals for yourself and a list of resolutions you hope to achieve in the new year. While in recovery, goals are important. Motivation to get through and experiencing success can help you continue on the recovery path. Being your healthiest self- physically and emotionally will help you with treatment. While new year’s resolutions are great, many times people don’t make these goals. A …

A Dangerous Combination: Combining Drugs and Alcohol

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Alcohol and drugs have their own dangers and side effects but mixing two or more drugs (prescription, over-the-counter or recreational) can come with an increased risk and even cause overdose or death. Chronically mixing drugs/alcohol can cause many problems including physical and mental health problems, relationship issues, lack of finances, and decreased job/school performance. Abusing multiple substances (polysubstance abuse) can cause two or more addictions and can be more difficult to treat …

Supporting a Loved One in Recovery

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If you have a family member or close friend in recovery, you understand how difficult it is. When someone close to you is dealing with addiction, it also impacts those around them. It can be a confusing and overwhelming process and figuring out how to best support them is often a challenge. Here are some tips for helping support a loved one in recovery. Do Research- The more facts you know about …

3 Techniques for Controlling Anger

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Anger is a normal, healthy human emotion. It is categorized as an emotional state that can vary from mild irritation to intense fury and rage. Anger is the response our body has to perceived threats. It also can be connected to physiological changes such as your heart rate and blood pressure going up. Read on to learn about expressing anger in a healthy way. 3 Techniques for Controlling Anger Expressing- Learn how …

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The Red Flags of Relapse

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For many of you in the recovery process, relapse is a fear in the back of your mind. For recovery, you need to make a lifestyle change and this isn’t always easy to maintain. A lapse is a one-time return to addictive behavior whereas a relapse is a return to addictive lifestyle. There are many signs that may point to relapse, and if you can identify these signs you can help prevent …