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Addiction Recovery
young man and young woman recording a podcast in an office or studio - recovery podcasts
Recovery from a drug or alcohol addiction does not end when you leave rehab. Maintaining your sobriety is a day-to-day process that takes work. When you make the life-changing decision to live your life free of alcohol or drugs, you need to use all the resources you have available to safeguard your sobriety. Listening to...
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young man petting a lovely tan horse on the nose - experiential therapy
What do you picture when you think about therapy? Most people picture talking to a therapist in an office. Although that is the case for many types of therapy, experiential therapy is different. Instead of in an office, experiential therapy may take place in a horse stable, an art studio, or on a wilderness hiking...
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pretty young woman in a plaid shirt writing in her journal at home - journaling
Journaling allows you to safely express your private thoughts and feelings through writing. Those in recovery from a drug or alcohol addiction can use journaling to process their emotions and promote healing. Writing or recording your emotions and thoughts provides a sense of release and freedom. In your journal, you can express your happiness, sadness,...
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grayscale digital illustration of a woman covering her face with her hand in frustration or defeat - PAWS
Acute Withdrawal Syndrome Most people are aware that when a person drastically reduces or stops using drugs or drinking alcohol, they experience withdrawal symptoms. This initial phase of symptoms is called acute withdrawal and can last from a few days to several weeks. While some people may recover from addiction and leave withdrawal symptoms behind,...
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old film sign showing the number six - addiction recovery
Addiction Recovery Documentaries Documentaries about addiction and recovery can be very powerful. The drug epidemic, substance use disorders, and addiction recovery are often the subject of the powerful messages of these films. These films help viewers understand how addiction makes a person feel and how it affects their family and others around them. They shed...
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smiling man at home talking on cell phone with friend or family while wife is at table in the background - support system
For anyone in recovery from a drug or alcohol addiction, a strong support system is crucial. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 40% to 60% of people in the United States treated for a drug or alcohol addiction will experience a relapse. Your support system does not want you to be one of...
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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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