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How Exercise Supports Recovery

Retraining the Brain One of the problems encountered by people in substance use recovery is that their brains don’t remember how to create pleasurable feelings without the substance. It can be difficult to commit to recovery when you can’t seem to feel good, so it’s essential to find ways to retrain the brain. Exercise is...
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The Importance of Self-Care During COVID

Self-care is always important, no matter what the situation. It is especially valuable to take care of ourselves during times of high stress. Unfortunately, experiencing high stress often leads us to neglect self-care. For a person in recovery who is under great stress, neglecting self-care during COVID could be a formula for disaster. What Is...
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Is Impaired Driving a Sign of Addiction?

While it shows a potentially fatal error in judgment, one DUI/DWI does not necessarily mean that a person is in active addiction. A DUI/DWI can, however, indicate an unhealthy dependence on alcohol or drugs or even an undiagnosed substance use disorder. Why Does it Matter? A lot of people rationalize their choice to get behind...
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Recovery and Social Distancing

Social distancing is a popular term right now. The internet, newspapers and television alike repeat it continuously. With Coronavirus, also known as Covid-19 or Novel Coronavirus, hitting American shores recently, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has made a variety of recommendations, including keeping a bit of space between ourselves and others. Unfortunately, social distancing...
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The Amends Process: How It Works and Why It Matters

More Than a Simple “Sorry” Many people have been on the giving or receiving end of an apology that was forced, didn’t feel genuine, or did nothing to remedy the situation. This is why making amends, addressed in the eighth and ninth steps in 12-step programs, is much more than simply saying sorry for mistakes....
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Perfect Podcasts for Your Recovery Journey

Podcasts Podcasts are all the rage at the moment. No matter what your interests may be, you can head to the internet and find a podcast that is perfect for you. You can delve deeply into political talk. You can listen to people argue about sports or discuss your favorite television program. Or you can...
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What Are Evidence-Based Drug Addiction Treatments?

You may hear drug and alcohol treatment centers discuss evidence-based treatment programs or therapies. What does that mean? Evidence-based approaches are those backed by scientific evidence of their reliability and effectiveness. In addiction treatment, such approaches may include things like talk therapy but also the use of medications that help to stop cravings. When you...
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How to Use Mindfulness For a Better Recovery

As you read this, where is your mind—really? Are you thinking about something that happened 30 minutes ago, or contemplating your to-do list that you need to get back to shortly? We often hear the phrase “be in the present moment,” but to do this, we need to learn about mindfulness. Mindfulness is the act...
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Goals to Support Recovery for the Year Ahead

Depending on where you currently are in your recovery journey, you may be an old pro at setting goals or you may not be sure how to set goals, what types of goals to set, or how to know if your goals truly promote your sober lifestyle. With the start of a new year, you...
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