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How to Recover from Feelings of Guilt

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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Abstinence vs. Harm Reduction: What Is the Right Choice for Addiction Treatment?

Abstinence-based addiction treatment is based on the idea that there is no “safe” amount of drinking or drug use for people in recovery. Addiction is a chronic disease whose symptoms can be controlled. However, the condition cannot be cured since relapse is always a possibility. Harm reduction is not a treatment method. Instead, it is...
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How Yoga Helps with Healing from Addiction

Addiction is a chronic disease affecting the brain and how it functions. Those in recovery need to adopt strategies that will help to rewire the brain to adjust to a chemical-free lifestyle. Taking up yoga can help you learn to calm your body and minds, handle stress, and learn new coping methods. Addiction and the...
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Should Addiction Recovery be a New Year’s Resolution?

As 2018 starts, many of us focus on how we want to improve our lives compared to last year. The start of a new year means a fresh start and new opportunities for growth and change in our lives. There’s no shortage of magazine articles and feature stories on news broadcasts and online sharing tips...
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Learning to Heal from Addiction Through Creativity

The forms of therapy used to help clients in treatment for drug and alcohol addiction are varied. Most people can appreciate how counseling, or “talk therapy,” can help someone look at past events and come to terms with them to effect healing. Creative therapies, such as art therapy, work in a similar way to help...
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Physical Dependence and Addiction: Is There a Difference?

The phrases “physical dependence” and “addiction” are sometimes used interchangeably in conversation. They refer to different conditions, both of which can exist without the other. It’s important to be precise when talking about addiction, since this is one of the keys to getting people who need treatment the help they need. Definition of Physical Dependence...
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How to Avoid Common Relapse Triggers

Rehab is behind you. You’re facing the world with a renewed sense of self-worth and well-being. You have a positive outlook and are looking forward to living a healthy and happy life. During your time in a residential center, you built the foundation of your recovery. You learned coping skills and gained the tools you...
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How to Know If Your Loved One Has an Addiction

Have you been wondering whether your loved one has an addiction problem? Are you noticing certain behaviors that seem out of character? Perhaps you just have a feeling that something is not right. Knowing the signs of addiction will help you determine if your loved one has a drug or alcohol problem. Making that determination...
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Staying Sober (and Enjoying Your Social Life!) in Recovery

Have you said goodbye to drugs and alcohol and started a new path towards sobriety? Choosing a new, sober lifestyle is a courageous choice. At this point in your journey, you’ve decided to prioritize your mental and physical health and are ready to embrace your personal and professional goals! During this chapter of your life,...
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The New Non-Addictive Morphine?

With the opioid epidemic continuing to march full speed ahead, stakeholders are mounting pressure to help curb the impact. The clinical community is taking aim at reducing the practice of overprescribing and medical schools now focus on addiction prevention. And, the research community is also working on a pharmacological approach – developing cutting edge pain...
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