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The Great Outdoors: Healthy Activities in the Boulder County Area

With flowers in full bloom and warm temperatures beginning to peak in the lower 70s, the months of summer have officially begun. Many Colorado residents are itching to say goodbye to the winter blues and COVID-19 restrictions and stretch out in the summer sun. For many, summer simply means relaxing for weeks on end beachside…
detox

Medical Detox to Treat Opioid Addiction

Although there is no definitive path for receiving treatment of an addictive disorder, the recovery process is most effective when patients are actively abstaining from continued substance misuse. Achieving this initial sobriety to begin treating the underlying addictive and mental health disorders feeding into substance misuse often requires help. Many find themselves experiencing serious withdrawal…
codependent relationships

How Codependent Relationships Affect Addiction

Addiction recovery literature is rife with mentions of codependency with little on what this term actually means or how patients and their support networks can recognize and work toward alleviating the problem of codependency. To better clarify, codependency can be any form of imbalanced relationship—with a partner, family member, friend, or even illicit substance—in which…
stages of change

The Stages of Change Model for Recovery

Making changes to ones’ behavioral patterns or habits is often a difficult process and especially for addiction recovery patients, not fully understanding why those changes need to be made can exacerbate those initial difficulties that arise from making a lifestyle change. Not knowing about the process of change presents the unfortunate illusion that patients are…
neuroscience

The Neuroscience of Addiction

The methodology behind treating addictive disorders in the 21st century has evolved immensely over the past 100 years through scientific advancements in the field of psychology. Many of these advancements are due to recontextualizing addiction around the 1930s as a medical condition. The inception of new fields of science studying the thoughts and inner workings…
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Celebrating Without Alcohol

Ideas for Celebrating Special Occasions without Alcohol In the U.S., celebrating special occasions, life milestones, or achievements is often associated with having a few drinks. Wedding receptions, birthdays, retirement parties, holiday events … all worthy of a celebratory toast. But what happens when you no longer drink? It’s important to acknowledge that you deserve to…
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Addiction Recovery and The Benefits of Kaiut Yoga

For years, addiction recovery focused primarily on abstinence and physiological cravings. However, as the study of substance use disorders advanced, treatment methods also evolved, and today we now understand that sobriety requires more than abstinence alone. To best help those struggling with addiction find their way to lasting sobriety, we need to offer complementary therapies…
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5 Stages of Change and Addiction

Most of us have known individuals who struggle with addiction at some point in their lives. Some seem to deny the problem, while others are aware but hesitant to make the necessary change, and some even make the progression from acknowledging the problem to ceasing the behavior. Recovery from addiction, whether it’s problem drinking or…
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The Importance of Controlling Impulsivity during Addiction Recovery

The term “impulsive” is commonly used to describe someone who makes hasty decisions without much forethought or consideration for consequences. Individuals who struggle with impulse control tend to act on a desire for immediate rewards and often exhibit an inability to delay gratification. Impulsivity can be the impetus for someone deciding to just unwind with…
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5 Tips On How to Talk to Your Kids About Addiction

Talking to your kids about your drug or alcohol addiction will never be an easy conversation to have, but it’s one that’s vital if you hope to regain trust with your kids and embrace the idea of healthy, open communication within your family. And while that discussion will look different according to everyone’s unique living…