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How Do I Ask for Support?

How Do I Ask for Support?

Reaching out for help for a mental health or substance use disorder (SUD) can be intimidating because it often means that you are admitting to something that you’d probably rather not talk about. Furthermore, opening yourself up to being vulnerable can be just as challenging. As such, it’s important to know that the friends and…
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What Are the Benefits of Group Therapy?

Attending group therapy and sharing your story and experiences with others might seem intimidating. Moreover, the idea of becoming vulnerable in these settings might even keep you from pursuing any form of therapy. However, group therapy can be one of the most beneficial therapies for your recovery. Many who attend group therapy are often surprised…
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Helping Men Make Meaningful Connections

Making meaningful connections with others influences the health and longevity of recovery. However, men do not always form the skills needed to develop and maintain healthy relationships to the degree that women do. Studies show that as many as 50 percent of men report having less than two people in their life with whom they…
Why Does Building Trust With a Healthcare Professional Matter?

Why Does Building Trust With a Healthcare Professional Matter?

Treatment is the first step to getting onto the road to recovery, and this takes dedication, work, and endurance. Along the way, you will develop meaningful relationships with healthcare professionals to help you through this process. Building a relationship and putting trust in your healthcare professionals will make for a much more comfortable and secure…
How Does Your Environment Impact Recovery?

How Does Your Environment Impact Recovery?

Environmental influences are something most people understand on a fundamental level. Many variables within your surroundings shape your personality, attitude, and emotional response to certain situations. Such influences also have a connection with your substance use. Research shows that environmental factors can contribute to developing an addiction. Taking time to learn what role your environment…
Why Does Building Trust With a Healthcare Professional Matter?

How Does Outdoor Adventure Therapy Benefit Recovery?

Outdoor adventure therapy is one of the most effective forms of treatment because it blends adventure and experiential and traditional therapy all in one place. Since it includes many different therapeutic variables, it also creates many opportunities for personal growth and success. Outdoor adventure therapy can also help prepare you for scenarios and situations that…
Why Don't More Men Seek Mental Health Help?

Why Don’t More Men Seek Mental Health Help?

Today, efforts to raise awareness for mental health issues are stronger than ever. These conversations are beginning to change the narrative of how people view and deal with mental health issues. These efforts work to provide motivation for finding appropriate care, diagnosis, and treatments. While the goal is to provide more comfort, security, and courage…
What Is Sleep Hygiene?

What Is Sleep Hygiene?

Encountering sleep disorders in early recovery is common. According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, the likelihood of insomnia is five times greater in early recovery than in the rest of the general population. However, insomnia is not the only sleep disorder associated with addiction and recovery; circadian rhythm disorders, parasomnias, and sleep apnea…
What Is Substance Use Disorder and How Do I Help a Loved One?

What Is Substance Use Disorder and How Do I Help a Loved One?

Long-term substance use creates changes in the body and alters the brain, meaning that it also affects a person’s mental health. Since the brain is responsible for all voluntary and involuntary actions, substance use can change how people think, act, and feel. If you have a loved one currently using substances and dealing with behavioral…
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When Is it Okay to Date Again in Recovery?

Recovery is a lifelong and deeply personal journey. Your experiences influence successful growth in recovery, and therefore it should move at your pace because it is your story to tell. The process of seeking support, acceptance, spiritual support, and mental growth all builds toward helping you re-establish your identity. Often, when rebuilding relationships, you might wonder…