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21
Oct

It’s Thanksgiving, and Everyone Wonders Why You’re Not Drinking: How to Explain Your Recovery to Relatives

The holidays are just around the corner. This may be the first time you’re seeing some relatives since you entered recovery, and if that makes you anxious, you are not alone. It can be difficult for people who are newly sober to know how to talk about changes they have made in their lives with...
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15
Oct

The Impact of Seasons and Weather on Recovery

A variety of factors can make the fall and winter months a more difficult time to stay sober. Not only are these months colder and less sunny in many places, but they also contain a potential minefield of triggering events for the newly sober. Seasonal Affective Disorder Even in California, where the weather tends to...
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03
Oct

How to Turn Down Alcohol in Social Settings

Once you leave addiction treatment and resume normal life, you’ll likely engage in social activities where you could be offered alcohol, either by someone who doesn’t know you’re in recovery, or by someone who seeks to challenge your sobriety. The best way to avoid a moment of weakness is to anticipate that this could happen...
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24
Sep

Mixing Opioids and Alcohol Doubles Addiction Risks

One often overlooked aspect of our country’s opioid epidemic is the high number of individuals who are abusing both opioids and alcohol. This behavior, sometimes referred to as polydrug use, poses serious dangers and requires additional care during the detox process. Legal Doesn’t Mean Risk-Free Since alcohol and prescription opioids are both legal substances, many...
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13
Sep

The Family Cycle of Addiction

Substance abuse often shows up in multiple generations of a family tree. Frequently, misuse of alcohol, prescription meds, or illicit substances has been taking place within a family for a long time before the current generation ever indulged in them. Nature Versus Nurture There has been some debate as to whether addiction is a genetic...
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28
Aug

Using Yoga to Promote a Lasting Recovery

Yoga is often viewed as being suitable only for young, skinny, and flexible people, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. Every body is a yoga body. People of all ages and fitness levels can enjoy the benefits of yoga. For individuals in recovery, yoga can be a valuable part of their continuum of...
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17
Aug

How to Talk to Your Loved One About Addiction

If you’ve noticed signs that suggest a loved one has a drug or alcohol problem, it’s important to address the issue as soon as possible. Contrary to popular belief, waiting for someone to hit rock bottom is not the best way to handle the situation. Addiction is a chronic illness, which means that ongoing care...
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08
Aug

Is Treatment at Low-Cost Rehabs Inferior?

When it comes to selecting a treatment program, there are two seemingly conflicting bits of wisdom to consider. First, not all that glitters is gold. Second, you get what you pay for. These ideas may sound like opposites, but they are actually both applicable in the case of substance abuse treatment. Not All That Glitters...
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30
Jul

Managing Depression and Anxiety without Medication

There is nothing wrong with utilizing medications to address depression or anxiety. Numerous medications exist that have been proven to be effective in treating both of these diagnoses. In some cases, however, there are reasons why people might choose not to use medications to treat mental health conditions or why they might want additional tools...
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