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Coping With Anger in Addiction Recovery

Coping With Anger in Addiction Recovery

There are some things in life we just can’t avoid—death, taxes, and anger. Anger is a common emotion we all experience in life, and it can affect you, those around you, and even society as a whole. Episodes of anger can be passive or assertive. Each episode will produce adrenaline which can create lasting adverse…
Reversing Stigma: Why Decriminalization of Substances and Disorders Matters

Reversing Stigma: Why Decriminalization of Substances and Disorders Matters

Many stigmas, taboos, and negative beliefs surround substance use and mental health disorders. Such views not only misrepresent and harm those affected with substance use and mental health disorders. They also create fear, isolation, and even prevent many from seeking the help they need. The legal ramifications further support these beliefs for those in possession…
AA Meetings

SMART Recovery: An Alternative Recovery Program

There is a common misconception that treatment for alcohol use looks and operates a certain way. Unfortunately, these beliefs and stigmas surrounding specific treatments are causing those who need help to avoid it because they decide it won’t work for them. However, the treatment approaches to helping those with alcohol use disorders are much more…
Adventure Therapy: The Benefits of Hiking in Recovery

Adventure Therapy: The Benefits of Hiking in Recovery

When most people think about the best therapy options for recovery, they don’t typically think about hiking. However, hiking, or adventure therapy, can become an essential holistic treatment option for those recovering from substance use and mental health disorders. Adventure therapy positively affects mental, physical, and emotional health, helping to reduce anxiety and stress, and…
Managing Anxiety as COVID Restrictions Are Lifted

Managing Anxiety as COVID Restrictions Are Lifted

With COVID-19 vaccines available, the push for returning to “normalcy” has been the focus of the global community. Though, after a year of navigating the pandemic, you might feel exhausted, and the last thing you’re ready to do is to go full throttle back into how things were. There might also be many emotional and…
The Various Approaches to Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings

The Various Approaches to Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings

When most hear the term Alcoholics Anonymous, they likely get a specific idea about AA in their head. It might consist of seeing a group of people sitting in a social circle and sharing their experiences about their life and alcohol use. However, because of how movies, television, and media portray AA, there is a…
Why Mindfulness Matters to Your Recovery

Why Mindfulness Matters to Your Recovery

A significant component of managing recovery is taking time to listen and sit with your internal voices and feelings. The practice of mindfulness contributes to your serenity, health, and overall effectiveness in life and recovery. Therefore, if the distractions of the day feel as though they are pulling you apart and you’re becoming stressed, anxious…
Using Medication to Regulate Healthy Sleep Patterns

Using Medication to Regulate Healthy Sleep Patterns

A publication released by SAMHSA in 1914 estimated that 33 percent of the general public suffer from some type of insomnia-related sleep disorder, defined as difficulty with either falling or staying asleep. That is a little over one-fourth of the population who are operating on less than the CDC recommended seven-plus hours of sleep a night.…
leisure time

How to Fill Your Leisure Time When You’re in Recovery

Although addictive disorders are mostly unique to each individual, recovery means an increase in leisure time as sober individuals. Clients in early recovery often report on the extensive amount of free time afforded them once efforts are no longer focused primarily on continued substance misuse. The question of what to do with this free time…
aftercare

The Importance of Aftercare Services for a Complete Recovery

Achieving initial sobriety through a detox program and undergoing inpatient or outpatient treatment services to address an addictive disorder is a huge and commendable first step to managing substance misuse. This, however, is still only the first step of many more steps to come for patients before they gain a handle on their addictive disorder.…