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The Importance of Building a Reliable Support Network

The Importance of Building a Reliable Support Network

In both initial treatment and during ongoing sobriety maintenance, addiction recovery is a process that many individuals begin by entering a treatment facility. We often refer to treatment as a process because there is no cure for addictive disorders. This disorder more closely resembles a chronic illness or autoimmune disease in that remission is undoubtedly…
Breakups in Addiction Recovery

Breakups in Addiction Recovery

In a healthy romantic relationship, an equal partnership full of empathy, understanding, and compromise can often be a complex challenge in its own right. A healthy relationship almost sounds like the ideal practice for learning how to maintain sobriety. However, the complexity and stress in these partnerships can be compounded when addictive disorders or mental…
How Can I Communicate Better With My Loved Ones?

How Can I Communicate Better With My Loved Ones?

Communication is the cornerstone of any successful working relationship. The majority of all disagreements stem from some form of miscommunication. Individuals mishear one another, intentions are misconstrued, and body language can be misinterpreted. Communication, which is meant to bridge the gap between separate people, can easily head off the rails as complications abound through misunderstandings,…
What is Psychodrama?

What is Psychodrama?

The origins of group psychotherapy, sessions that have become a cornerstone of addiction recovery treatment, have their roots in psychodrama. Although this name may initially sound more like a late 90s softcore metal band than an effective form of medical treatment, psychodrama has continued to be an effective form of therapy for addiction recovery patients,…
How Do I Cope With Fear and Anxiety?

How Do I Cope With Fear and Anxiety?

Fear and the induced states of anxiety stemming from those fears are interwoven into the fabric of addictive behaviors and the recovery process. Fear of the new, different, and unknown has the potential to spark unsound behavioral reactions for everyone. For individuals with addictive disorders, there tends to be an even higher degree of fear-based…
Nostalgia In Addiction Recovery

Nostalgia In Addiction Recovery

Addiction recovery treatment is primarily about effecting change in both behavioral and thought patterns. Unfortunately, these types of changes rarely meet the many expectations for huge sweeping reform. Change in addictive behaviors and thought patterns are largely attained through the minor feats and actions of repetition recorded unconsciously in memory. Conscious and unconscious memory wind…
How to Keep Yourself Safe When Dealing With an Addict?

How to Keep Yourself Safe When Dealing With an Addict?

Addiction recovery literature and treatment programs speak at great length about creating safe and sober environments for individuals struggling with addictive disorders and co-occurring mental health issues. However, creating a safe environment for addiction recovery patient’s significant others, family, and friends is equally as important. Addiction recovery patients are not innately dangerous, but most individuals with…
Planning Ahead While Being Told to Live One Day At a Time

Planning Ahead While Being Told to Live One Day At a Time

While in active treatment at a rehab facility or during ongoing self-treatment in their daily independent life, patients will quickly find that the addiction recovery world is brimming over with a plentitude of acronyms and slogans. From HALT (Hungry, Angry, Lonely, and Tired ) and SLIP (Sobriety Lost Its Priority) to even more common phrases…
Working Around Alcohol at Bars and Restaurants

Working Around Alcohol at Bars and Restaurants

The service industry is full of individuals employed at either bars or restaurants and rife with employees either in full substance misuse or at the very least on the brink of it. The job duties alone tend to feed into the unhealthy behavioral patterns that can ultimately lead to unmanageable substance misuse with the long…
How Can I Manage My Pain in Recovery?

How Can I Manage My Pain in Recovery?

Achieving long-term sobriety can be immensely fulfilling, and many addiction recovery patients may be tempted to put their recovery efforts on the back burner after being in remission for extended periods. However, all the accomplishments of long-term sobriety can quickly dissipate when seeking treatment for severe and chronic pain while in recovery. As with many…
How Do I Handle Debt in Early Recovery?

How Do I Handle Debt in Early Recovery?

The fallout from addictive disorders and years of continuous substance misuse can involve more than emotional damage. Many addiction recovery patients will find themselves situated with significant financial debt once completing treatment. This can be in part to expensive addiction recovery treatment but mainly due to years of neglect and spending beyond their means due…
Virtual Addiction Recovery Meetings

Virtual Addiction Recovery Meetings

With its increasing availability in today’s modern world, the internet has greatly expanded how individuals in recovery receive ongoing treatment for their addictive disorders. As a means of communication, the internet has granted individuals of disparate backgrounds the chance to connect and converse over shared topics of interest. However, connecting and sharing about more pertinent…