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What to Expect When a Loved One Goes to Treatment

When your loved one enters treatment for addiction recovery, you may be wondering what to expect. You may have several questions regarding their care and what will occur during their absence from your day-to-day life. Long-term treatment programs might be necessary for lifelong success in recovery. Your loved one will need time to acclimate to…
brotherhood

Building Community: Why Joining a Brotherhood in Recovery is Vital

“There’s a drive in a lost soul–in one that is searching for acceptance, companionship, belonging, whatever you want to call it. The slightest coincidence ignites a spark that one hopes will lead to something meaningful.” -Doug Cooper, American Author Building a strong support network is essential during your recovery – you can join others in…

Understanding the Difficulty of Holidays in Addiction Recovery

The holidays can be a difficult time for those in recovery from addiction. You may be exposed to triggers, such as friends or family drinking alcohol in your proximity. You might also feel stressed due to the holiday season, especially if you need to travel this holiday season. Individual family members may also be triggering…
nature

The Connection Between Nature and Mental Health

“The lover of nature is he whose inward and outward senses are still truly adjusted to each other; who has retained the spirit of infancy even into the era of manhood.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson, American Writer and Philosopher Being outdoors and in nature can be therapeutic for those seeking recovery from addiction. When you get…
mental health

7 Tips For Surviving a Bad Mental Health Day

Many people have days where their mental health state can keep them from getting out of bed or from being productive. Sometimes that little black raincloud just won’t go away, and it can be hard to imagine feeling the sunshine again. However, there are things you can do to help yourself get through these days…
stages

What Are the Stages of Addiction Recovery?

Recovery is hard work; ask anyone that has gone through it. However, you’ll find that those who have gone through it and have been sober for many years will tell you that it was the best thing they ever did for themselves despite the difficulty they faced. Recovery is a daunting process. It appears as…
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What Are Some of the Most Successful Relapse Prevention Activities?

Relapse prevention is critical to maintaining long-term sobriety following treatment. Creating a relapse prevention plan often includes recognizing triggers, managing cravings, practicing relapse prevention tools, and establishing a support group. It also includes contacting people for motivational reminders to stay sober. Taking part in appropriate prevention activities will help when it comes to those critical…
therapy

Defining Types of Trauma and Appropriate Treatment

Trauma affects people in different ways. A distressing situation may be traumatizing for one individual but not for another. The symptoms of trauma can vary, depending on the type of traumatic experience and how the person processes what happened. Mental health professionals need to understand the individual experience and the types of trauma that can…
wellness

How Does Getting Sober Help Heal Your Physical Body?

Addiction takes a significant toll on your body, especially in the long term. When you enter into recovery, you must go through the effects of detox and withdrawal and then begin healing. This can take time, but the physical changes will be a great motivator to continue the path to sobriety. Seeing the before and…
dual diagnosis

Understanding Dual Diagnosis Treatment

When a person has been diagnosed with a substance use disorder in addition to another mental health disorder diagnosis, this is called a “dual diagnosis.” Dual diagnosis treatment can be a little more difficult because the addiction and mental illness are being treated simultaneously. However, this form of treatment will give you the best chance…
sobriety

What’s the Difference Between Abstinence and Recovery?

Many individuals believe that getting sober means simply abstaining from drugs or alcohol and that’s it. However, recovery is much more comprehensive and involves the creation of a brand new life of sobriety. Stopping the usage of drugs or alcohol is easy, but doing the work to heal the part of yourself that craved drugs…
family

The Importance of Family Involvement in Recovery

The importance of family involvement cannot be overlooked in your recovery process as it is a key component for you to be able to heal. The effects of addiction and the early recovery process can take an enormous toll not only on the person who is getting help, but it affects the family and loved…