astoddard, Author at Valley Recovery Center

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Is There Such Thing as an “Addictive” Personality? - brunette girl profile with brain lit up golden
06
Jul

Is There Such Thing as an “Addictive” Personality?

As a person who has dealt with substance abuse, you may wonder: “Is there such thing as an addictive personality? Was I born predestined to be an addict?” According to a Psychology Today article, published in 2016, the idea of an addictive personality is nothing more than a myth. The author states there is no...
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Going to Rehab Away from Home: What You Need to Know - young man with luggage at airport facing away
26
Jun

Going to Rehab Away from Home: What You Need to Know

Is it better to travel away from home in order to increase rehabilitation success? It’s hard to say, as what works for one person, does not necessarily work for another. With the prevalence of rehabilitation centers located all across the country, there is likely never a need to move far from home in order to...
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Finding a Job After Leaving Recovery - man writing with woman interviewing
12
Jun

Finding a Job After Leaving Recovery

One of the most critical steps after leaving recovery is finding a job that will compliment your physical and emotional needs. In other words, you want to find a job that can provide a positive environment free of emotional or physical triggers. In the beginning, being back in the job market will most likely feel...
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Hitting Rock Bottom
01
Jun

Is Hitting Rock Bottom Necessary to Seek Addiction Treatment?

The idea that a person suffering from substance abuse has to reach rock bottom before seeking treatment can be dangerously misleading. Not only is rock bottom hard to qualify, but it’s also not absolute. Furthermore, waiting for yourself or a loved one to hit rock bottom could lead to a fatal ending. What Exactly Is...
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Hope, Resilience, and Readiness to Change - contemplative woman
07
May

Hope, Resilience, and Readiness to Change: How Your Attitude Affects Your Recovery Journey

While there are multiple factors that contribute to the success and longevity of maintained sobriety, many elements relate to your attitude and perception. You can be educated on the diverse mechanisms of response, but without authentic belief in free will and your capacity to change, you limit your ability to overcome obstacles. What Exactly Is...
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10 Tips to Help You Fight Loneliness in Sobriety - woman depressed
19
Apr

10 Tips to Help You Fight Loneliness in Sobriety

Loneliness is not a sign that something is wrong with you, but rather a natural occurrence after having to walk away from the friends and behaviors associated with your addiction. Socialization plays a crucial role in our physical and mental well-being. For those who are in recovery, a lack of socialization can lead to relapse....
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Are Addicts in Recovery Judged by their Peers? - girls gossiping
10
Apr

Are Addicts in Recovery Judged by their Peers?

Possible peer judgment should never stand in the way of your emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being. However, if you choose to remain friends with people who you once partied with, there stands a good chance that you are going to be judged for your recovery efforts. Understanding Differences in Personal Experiences One of the reasons...
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Abstinence Versus Harm Reduction - man talking to therapist
29
Mar

Abstinence Versus Harm Reduction

Over the last few years, the way substance abuse is treated has shifted from total abstinence-based programs that implement the 12-step program toward methods of harm reduction. The difference between harm reduction and abstinence is in methods of treatment and the overall perception of modern substance abuse. In abstinence-based addiction recovery, people must refrain from...
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Binge Drinking on College Campuses - beer pong table
15
Mar

Binge Drinking on College Campuses

With the season of spring break in full swing, it’s a ripe time to discuss binge drinking on college campuses. Spring break is a time when students tend to excessively drink. Many studies show that people increase drinking as a way to increase pleasure associated with celebrations and get togethers.
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Mindfulness and Addiction - man meditating
07
Mar

Mindfulness and Addiction

As addicts in recovery, we know that cessation of substance use is about more than giving up the substance and the friends and activities associated with it. We must also address the emotional issues underlying our use. Whether those emotional issues have to do with stress, anxiety, depression, fear, or a lack of self-esteem, there’s...
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