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19
Feb

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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06
Feb

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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man sitting in field with eyes closed, meditating - mindfulness
08
Jan

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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pretty woman writing on whiteboard planner - goals
26
Dec

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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20
Dec

Creating New Holiday Traditions in Recovery

The holidays bring with them both a disruption of daily routine and a series of long-held traditions, both of which can feel threatening to someone who is in recovery. If you or your family’s holiday traditions are not conducive to sobriety, it’s time to consider creating new traditions that support your health and wellbeing. Risk...
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woman cutting ribbon for wreath - holiday season
12
Dec

How to Prepare for the Holiday Season

The holidays are a time of year that many people in recovery dread. If you are among them, now is a good time to start preparing your battle plan for defending your sober lifestyle against the situations you could encounter in the next few weeks. Thinking Ahead SMART Recovery, a science based recovery program, suggests...
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sad looking woman sitting on couch with Christmas tree in background - interventionist
30
Nov

How to Know When Your Loved One Needs an Interventionist

Even though the holidays can be a time when families enjoy one another’s company and celebrate traditions, they can also be stressful for many people. Because merriment and stress are both sometimes accompanied by overindulgence, the holidays may be a time when you notice concerning patterns of behavior in your loved ones. If holiday gatherings...
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pretty middle-age woman sitting on couch talking on cell phone - cope with stress
20
Nov

Healthy Ways to Cope with Stress in Recovery

Unfortunately, stress is an unavoidable part of life. Aside from the challenges related to being in recovery, you may find yourself feeling stressed out by a big project at work, money troubles at home, disagreements with your significant other, or unexpected parenting challenges. The key to staying on track with your sobriety is learning how...
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military man sitting on couch with head in hands - veteran
12
Nov

Drug and Alcohol Abuse in the Veteran Community

Veterans Day Each November, the United States honors Veterans by celebrating Veterans Day. This holiday generally involves restaurants offering free meals to former service members and the general public offering words of thanks to reflect their gratitude for the service those individuals have given to our country. Unfortunately, what our celebrations don’t acknowledge is the...
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