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Terry Hurley
brightly colored illustration of person doing yoga outside - holistic therapy
Holistic therapy is a form of healing that addresses all aspects of the individual’s well-being: physical, spiritual, mental, and emotional. The goal of holistic therapy is to help the client achieve optimal wellness and health by bringing all parts of the mind, body, and spirit into balance. A Brief History of the Development of Holistic...
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sleepy or high looking woman laying in bed - tramadol addiction
Even though tramadol is a synthetic opioid, when it was approved in 1995 to treat mild to moderate pain, it was not considered an opiate even though it acted in similar ways to other opiates such as oxycodone or morphine. Therefore, the FDA initially classified it as a non-controlled analgesic. However, as more and more...
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pretty young blonde woman talking to her friend - cognitive behavioral therapy and addiction
Cognitive behavioral therapy, also known as CBT, is a type of talk therapy used to treat individuals in recovery from a drug or alcohol addiction. CBT focuses on how a person’s behaviors and feelings are influenced by their thoughts. What Is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy? Cognitive behavioral therapy is an evidence-based, goal-oriented, short-term form of psychotherapy...
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stressed doctor or nurse outside on break drinking coffee - High-Functioning Addiction
When a person is in active addiction to drugs or alcohol yet seems to be able to function normally in their day-to-day lives, they are considered to be in “high-functioning addiction.” Sometimes, people with addiction are even able to function at a higher-than-normal level. Addiction affects everyone differently. But the truth is most people with...
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various pills on table top - street sign with arrows - perfect one direction and progress the other - prescription drugs
If a person takes a prescription medication in a way other than it was prescribed, they are misusing the medication. Can a person go from misusing a prescribed drug to becoming addicted to it? Yes, they most certainly can. Over time, the drugs create changes in the user’s brain, affecting their ability to make good...
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closeup of an adult hand using colored pencils to draw a Santa face on white paper - holiday season
Holiday Socializing Can Be Stressful The holiday season is a time for socializing with family and friends, whether at dinners, parties, or online gatherings for larger groups. The extra social time can be happy and exciting, but it can also be stressful, especially for those in recovery from a drug or alcohol addiction. The social...
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young woman with her Jack Russell Terrier on the floor near a lit Christmas tree - gratitude
For many people, the holiday season is a wonderful and happy time of the year. For others, that joy is compromised by stress or loneliness. For those in recovery from a substance use disorder, the holidays can be an especially tricky time, with relapse triggers aplenty: stress, substance-heavy parties and events, loneliness, difficult relationships, and...
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four friends sharing a meal - Thanksgiving
For many people in recovery from an addiction to drugs or alcohol, Thanksgiving can be a difficult time. It is important to remember that you are not alone. According to a survey reported by the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, in the United States alone there are more than 23 million people in recovery from substance...
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black triangle with exclamation point against woman holding out her hand in stop gesture - relapse warning signs
You made the choice to get treatment for your substance use disorder. You went through detox and completed your rehab program. You received all the tools and learned the coping skills you need to live a clean and sober life in recovery. Things seemed to be going well, but you relapsed. You wonder why it...
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people working in community garden - giving back
Whether you are well into your recovery or newly sober, giving back to others is an important aspect of the recovery process. Serving others will not only make you feel good about yourself, but it will also greatly increase your chance of long-term sobriety. Giving Back – The First Step Throughout the recovery process, many...
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