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17
Aug

How Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Can Treat Substance Abuse

Frequently used in drug and alcohol addiction treatment programs, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a common form of psychotherapy, or talk therapy. It is used to help individuals with substance use disorders become aware of their negative or inaccurate thinking. They are then able to view stressful or challenging situations more clearly and respond to...
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08
Aug

Dealing with Toxic Relationships in Recovery

As sobriety progresses, relationships need to be reevaluated. Recovery is a time to surround yourself with positive people who are supportive of your decision to become sober and distance yourself from those who are not. When a person is in recovery, it is important that they separate themselves from people in their lives who do...
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30
Jul

Great Ideas for Sober Summer Fun

Summer is a time of hot weather and sunny days. There are backyard barbecues, street fairs and festivals, days at the beach, and outdoor celebrations. For many people in recovery, those events have always included their favorite alcohol or drug of choice. If this is your first sober summer, you will still have an enjoyable...
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18
Jul

The Power of Words: Changing the Language of Addiction

Words are powerful. They can hurt. They can heal. They determine how we view our world and the people in it. When it comes to the language of addiction, words matter. The words and phrases used today frame the way people think about substance use and recovery. They also have a great impact on how...
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09
Jul

What Are Some Alternatives to 12-Step Programs?

There’s no one way to get sober. For many years, Narcotics Anonymous, Alcoholics Anonymous, and similar 12-Step programs have been an important part of addiction management and recovery from drug or alcohol addiction. Spiritual in nature, 12-Step programs ask their members to turn over their lives to a higher power. For some people, this concept...
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26
Jun

Holistic Treatment for Addiction: What You Need to Know

When it comes to recovery, abstinence is only the beginning. Holistic treatments focus on healing a person’s mind, body, and spirit. This promotes lasting sobriety by turning attention away from substance abuse and towards a wellness-focused lifestyle. Benefits of Holistic Treatment in Addiction Recovery Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is typically considered the cornerstone of treatment...
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21
Jun

Exploring the Connection Between Addiction and Trauma

According to the US National Library of Medicine, traumatic life experiences are considered a major health problem and occur at an alarmingly high rate. Research has shown that when a person has exposure to traumatic life experiences, they have a higher probability of developing a substance use disorder. This is especially true if the traumatic...
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11
Jun

How to Talk to Your Loved One About Addiction

Speaking Up If you’re worried about a loved one’s drug or alcohol use, it’s important to voice your concerns. Even if you feel as though it’s not your place to say anything, remaining silent only allows the addiction to progress. These tips will help you start a meaningful dialogue that encourages your loved one to...
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28
May

Masculinity and Addiction: Do Traditional Roles Set Men up for It?

An Overview Men have traditionally been the ones who have taken on the role of the family breadwinner, protector, and head of the household. Along with these responsibilities comes a lot of messages about what it means to be a man. Some of these messages teach a young man about being honest, hardworking, and respecting...
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