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EMDR therapy

What is EMDR Therapy?

Anxiety, stress, depression, feeling stuck, or frustrated with trauma can create challenges that invade many aspects of life, including your recovery. While numerous forms of therapy treat PTSD, trauma, and anxiety, EMDR therapy stands out as one of the more effective. If you are experiencing unpleasant feelings or symptoms of PTSD, EMDR, in addition to…
overconfidence

How Do You Avoid Overconfidence in Recovery?

Recovery is a lifelong journey requiring patience, persistence, and self-awareness. At times your recovery might feel completely manageable, especially when your confidence is high. During these times, you are likely feeling strong, and you might even feel as though you have mastered the process of sustaining recovery. While confidence is a sign of growth and…
Inpatient or Outpatient: Which Treatment is Right for Me?

Inpatient or Outpatient: Which Treatment is Right for Me?

Overcoming substance use is challenging for anyone affected by its use. However, there are certain viewpoints and even generalizations that surround various treatments. For example, some might believe that their substance use is not severe enough to require professional help, while others might think that their addiction is too powerful to overcome. Wherever you land…
How Do I Manage Traumatic Events in Recovery?

How Do I Manage Traumatic Events in Recovery?

Recovery is a lifelong journey, and you will inevitably face events that challenge your recovery at specific points. While you can plan, prepare, and set goals to overcome obstacles, you can never wholly expect what is to come. For example, if you experience traumatic events related to a car accident, a death in the family,…
Can I Drink in Moderation After Treatment for an Alcohol Disorder?

Can I Drink in Moderation After Treatment for an Alcohol Disorder? 

Most treatment facilities center around abstinence when it comes to alcohol use. For many years, the primary approach to managing alcohol use disorders (AUD) is giving up alcohol. Furthermore, abstinence is the backbone for support groups such as AA and SMART recovery. However, in more recent years, moderate drinking has been examined and experimented with by…
How Do I Set Boundaries in Recovery?

How Do I Set Boundaries in Recovery?

Rebuilding healthy relationships with yourself and others is essential in recovery; however, it is a process that will come with challenges, apprehension, and sometimes frustration. Remember, building self-respect will help you understand your limitations and pitfalls, therefore helping you understand the boundaries of what you or others can or cannot do regarding your recovery. However,…
How Should I Address Addiction With My Children?

How Should I Address Addiction With My Children?

If you are a parent managing recovery for a substance use disorder (SUD), your children might find life unpredictable, complicated, and confusing at times. Sometimes children even believe that your substance use disorder is their fault. Dealing with this can leave children feeling insecure and uncertain. For you managing recovery, the challenges of addressing your…
depression and isolation

How Can I Avoid Isolation and Depression in Recovery?

Recovery is a challenging journey and sometimes can feel very lonely. Among the many obstacles you will have to face, isolation and depression are among the most difficult. Recovery is rebuilding yourself from within and rebuilding your relationships, though, at times, you might feel misunderstood and succumb to thoughts that nobody can relate to you.…
PTSD

How Can Alcohol Use Affect the Symptoms of PTSD?

Experiencing a traumatic event that leads to PTSD can also lead to alcohol use. Drinking to cope with PTSD symptoms may be a form of avoidance as PTSD symptoms exhibit feelings of anxiety, stress, depression, and even suicidal thoughts. However, drinking alcohol and developing a dependency have similar effects on emotions and feelings. Therefore, in…
bipolar diagnosis

How Will My Bipolar Diagnosis Affect My Recovery?

Bipolar disorder is a mental health disorder that involves emotional swings in mood and energy levels. In a recent study, research showed that approximately 60% of people with bipolar disorder either use or used substances. However, the reason why there is a relationship between bipolar disorder and substance use is unknown, though substance abuse will…