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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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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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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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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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How to Deal with Shame in Recovery

On the surface, guilt and shame seem to be intertwined as part of the same ball of emotion. They form part of the negative feelings that people in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction experience in varying degrees. If you could start to unravel it, however, you would find that these feelings aren’t identical at...
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The Drug Classification of Klonopin

Have you or a loved one been prescribed Klonopin and you’re wondering whether it has the potential to be addictive? Do you have concerns that a loved one may have become addicted to this medication? Klonopin does have helpful qualities, but its use needs to be monitored carefully by a doctor. Misuse of this medication...
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How Seasonal Affect Disorder Can Influence Your Recovery

It’s not just your imagination…the change of seasons, in particular, the lack of natural sunlight we get in the fall and winter, can affect your mood and mental health. With it, your recovery can be affected as well. This is known as seasonal affect disorder (SAD). Addiction Recovery in Winter During the winter months, it’s...
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Benefits of Aftercare Post Addiction Treatment

Addiction treatment doesn’t stop when a client completes residential inpatient treatment. It would be unrealistic and unfair to send someone home without offering a plan for aftercare post addiction treatment and expect them to remain sober. The aftercare is an important part of the recovery plan, and this stage isn’t something that should be overlooked. How...
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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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Women & Alcoholism Update by the NIAAA

The NIAAA (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism) has published a report on how alcohol effects women specifically. A woman’s genetic makeup shapes how quickly she feels the effects of alcohol, how pleasant drinking is for her, and how drinking alcohol over the long term will affect her health, even the chances that she...
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