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Benefits of Setting Goals in Recovery

Benefits of Setting Goals in Recovery

The road to recovery is a personal and fulfilling journey that varies based on the individual. While you share similar experiences with other friends, family, and peers, you also likely have your own set of needs and goals. Ultimately, recovery is not a one-size-fits-all approach, nor should it be. Your unique background and aspirations are…

Standing Up to Stigmas That Harm Mental Health

The stigmas surrounding mental health disorders are damaging and can often hinder one’s motivation to seek help. However, these stigmas often stem from a lack of understanding about various mental health issues, including the language sometimes used when talking about these issues. Stigmatizing language can be deliberately harmful or more subtle, in which people using…
Engaging Ways to Encourage Men to Seek Therapy

Engaging Ways to Encourage Men to Seek Therapy

The first step toward seeking therapy is through understanding why you are avoiding it. While research shows that men are less likely to seek help than women, it also shows that men often delay getting help until there is a crisis. Men also tend to be concerned about privacy and sometimes require greater reassurance that…
4 Reasons Why More Men Should Practicing Mindfulness

4 Reasons Why More Men Should Practicing Mindfulness

Mindfulness is a practice that allows you to look inward and open up to vulnerability. Practicing mindfulness allows the opportunity for better self-awareness and growth in confidence. The best part is, anybody can achieve the benefits. However, the narrative of most stereotypes that men are “not good” at showing emotions or “too strong-willed” negatively influences…
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…
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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…
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The Importance of Nutrition and Exercise in Addiction Recovery

The constant misuse of alcohol and drugs in the pre-treatment phase for those with addictions can wreak havoc on the body and mind. For those who have struggled for a longer time with substance use disorder (SUD), serious illnesses such as diabetes, liver disease, hypertension, and heart disease are relatively common. Not only can patients…
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What You Need to Know About Helpful Al-Anon Family Groups and Meetings

Much of the focus in recovery ideology is placed on those in recovery, but friends and family members of individuals diagnosed with substance use disorders (SUD) should also be considered when discussing treatment options. The stressors of loving someone struggling with SUD can be difficult to manage, and the litany of questions that plague friends…
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Fun Sober Activities to Do This Spring and Summer in Colorado

Choice House facilities sit within the picturesque Boulder County area of Colorado in the foothills of the Rocky Mountain National Park. Our unique location offers beautiful views for clients and their visiting loved ones, and the area is also a veritable playground for many fun, sobriety-leaning outdoor activities. Colorado has long been a destination for…
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,…