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15
Feb

What to Expect from Outpatient Therapy

Intensive Outpatient therapy, (IOP), is often the bridge from inpatient rehabilitation or partial hospitalization to going back to day to day living in recovery, but sometimes this is not the case. For some people with less severe addictions residential rehab may not be necessary, and intensive outpatient can be very valuable tool in recovery. Groups...
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12
Feb

Dealing with Depression in Recovery: A Personal Account

I call them the dark clouds. Sometimes they come unannounced and stick around for a while threatening to storm, but just make the world cold and gray instead. When the dark clouds of depression overtake your mind and mood, it is difficult to snap out of it because the world looks bleak and dreary. The...
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how to support an addict who has relapsed - man consoling woman - valley recovery center
11
Feb

How to Support an Addict Who Has Relapsed

Early recovery can be a difficult time for many, if not most addicts. Learning how to support an addict who has relapsed is an essential part of early recovery. Drugs and alcohol, or rather our use of drugs and alcohol were but a symptom of an internal problem.  This means that using or drinking was...
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10
Feb

How to Talk to Someone About Your Depression

Depression can make you feel very lonely. It is a serious illness that effects the ability to function in everyday life. People with depression often isolate because they find no pleasure in activities that used to be pleasurable and do not feel they are good company for others because they are feeling so blue. The...
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08
Feb

Harmful Effects and Addiction to Oxycodone

What is Oxycodone? Oxycodone is classified as an opiate analgesic, meaning that it is a pain relieving narcotic that is not derived from Opium, but has similar qualities. It is commonly prescribed as a painkiller for acute or chronic pains, due to its ability to change the way the brain processes and ultimately responds to...
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05
Feb

Recovery Skills and Relapse Prevention

Many people think that relapse just ‘happens’. Relapse does not just happen out of the blue. It is a gradual process, with distinctive stages. The main reason people get into drug treatment is because they have tried getting clean on their own and it did not work, so they get into treatment to learn recovery...
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drug addiction consequences - woman hiding her face - calley recovery center
05
Feb

Drug Addiction Consequences

Life is about choices and consequences. We make a choice – we deal with the consequence. When considering drug addiction consequences there is more to it than “choice”. For most of us, we make healthy choices with a few ‘not so healthy’ sprinkled throughout our lifetime. For the addict trapped in their disease, using comes...
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03
Feb

Facing the Root Causes of Addiction: Co-dependence

The term ‘codependent’ was first coined about ten years ago. Codependency is often defined as a relationship where one person supports or enables another person’s addiction, irresponsibility, immaturity, poor mental health, or under-achievement. One of the core characteristics of codependency is an excessive reliance on their people for identity and approval. The term has been...
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what are behavioral addictions? - addiction - valley recovery center
29
Jan

What are Behavioral Addictions?

Typically when a person hears the word “addiction”, they think of drugs, alcohol, and cigarettes.  So, what are behavioral addictions? Also referred to as process addictions, behavioral addictions are non-drug addictions that share similar attributes, when it comes to certain behaviors.  The individual becomes “addicted” to the feeling they achieve when engaging in non-drug related...
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