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Addiction Recovery
bright pink and purple sky with stars and pink clouds - pink cloud syndrome
Have you ever heard of pink cloud syndrome? It is a phase many people experience in the early stage of their recovery from drug or alcohol addiction. Sometimes referred to as pink clouding or the honeymoon phase, pink cloud syndrome involves feelings of exhilaration or euphoria. The person is overjoyed with their recovery. They feel...
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person walking along path through wooded area - exercise and recovery
Addiction to drugs or alcohol takes a toll on your body. In recovery, your body needs time to heal from the damage caused by years of substance abuse and addiction. Exercise benefits everyone, but for those in recovery from addiction, it is essential. Whether you set up a regular exercise routine on your own, join...
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support group - people in chairs holding hands - the 12 steps
Recovery from an addiction to drugs or alcohol is an ongoing process. It does not instantly happen when you complete your treatment. It does not happen a week or a year after you achieve sobriety. Lasting recovery takes a lifelong commitment to doing the work needed to stay sober. You also need a strong support...
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senior age Black woman meditating in the lotus position - styles of meditation
How Can Meditation Help? The practice of meditation helps you to gain inner calm and greater self-awareness by focusing your mind, attention, and thoughts. When a person is in recovery from a drug or alcohol addiction, calming and focusing the mind through meditation can play an important role in restoring health. Although there is no...
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pretty young woman sitting cross-legged on couch at home, meditating - types of meditation
For thousands of years, meditation has been an important spiritual practice in many cultures. However, meditation can be practiced apart from any religious beliefs, and many people today use it for the variety of ways it can support well-being. In the world of addiction recovery, meditation can help people establish a healthy balance that supports...
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closeup of businessman with face in hands - stress and addiction recovery
When you are in recovery from an addiction to drugs or alcohol, you have to learn healthy ways to deal with stress or anxiety. You can no longer use your substance of choice as a way to escape from stress. Because extreme or chronic stress can trigger a relapse, it’s important to understand how stress...
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empty white chairs set up in a circle, with one yellow chair - SMART Recovery
You’ve probably heard of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA), but one alternative to these 12-step programs is gaining in popularity. About SMART Recovery SMART Recovery, which stands for Self-Management and Recovery Training, provides an option for those who aren’t comfortable with the religious or spiritual aspects of traditional 12-step programs. Based on scientific...
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man pressing heels of his hands into his eyes with upset woman making hand gestures - toxic relationships
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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upset man covering his face
There are distinct differences between men and women when it comes to addiction. The two genders don’t use drugs in the same manner and they respond to them differently. To understand more about this topic, let’s take a look at some facts about men and addiction. 1. Men Are More Likely Than Women to Use...
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girl sitting on hill during sunset
Guilt is an emotion that many people in recovery are familiar with. Once they are free from the influence of addictive substances, they can step back and see how their addiction has impacted their family members and friends in a way that may not have been clear when they were drinking or using. Feeling guilty...
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