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A Further Look into the Stages of Recovery and Relapse

Understanding the importance of relapse prevention following completion of treatment is vital to the success of long-term sobriety. According to a 2017 US News & World Report study, deaths from alcohol, drugs, and suicide are projected to increase by 60 percent within the next decade. While treatment techniques continue to improve, 60 to 90 percent...
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Letting Go of Resentment of an Addicted Parent

Children are especially vulnerable to the secondary effects of addiction. Without the psychological or emotional maturity to fully understand the nature of substance abuse, growing up with a parent as an addict can lead a child to feel responsible for a parent’s drinking or drug use. Along with other issues children of addicts face, problems...
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Is Your Teen a Highly-Functioning Addict?

Something feels wrong. Until now, you’ve never suspected your son or daughter to be abusing drugs or alcohol because they’ve never given you a reason. They come home when they are supposed to, they excel in school—aren’t kids involved in drugs and alcohol reckless and absent? Herein lies the standard misconception that people who suffer...
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How Online Recovery Communities Can Help You Stay Sober

Recovery can sometimes feel like a lonely pursuit. While nothing can quite replace the kind of community that comes with face to face contact, engaging with an online recovery community can be an exceptional resource for sustaining sobriety. A study published by the Journal of Substance Abuse Recovery found that online recovery communities achieved positive...
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How to Socialize When Sober

Deciding whether or not you should accept a party invitation is dependent on where you are in your journey of recovery. For instance, if you are newly sober, it would be in your best interest to stay away from any event where there might be alcohol or substance use—even if the substance is not your...
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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

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

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

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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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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