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Practicing-Self-Care-When-a-Loved-One-Suffers-from-Addiction - woman with cat
06
Dec

Practicing Self-Care When a Loved One Suffers from Addiction

It is natural to want to love and support people who are important to us, especially when they are suffering from an illness. Addiction, like any other illness, can wear on the person diagnosed and the people around them. It is important, therefore, to ensure that the people who make up the support system of...
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28
Nov

Healthy Ways to Manage Stress in Recovery

Stress is Inevitable. Everyone experiences it. Social media may present highlight reels of other people’s lives while our own blooper reels play on a loop in our heads, but even seemingly picture-perfect lives are not without stress. Because too much stress can be a risk to successful recovery, it is important to learn how to...
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07
Nov

How to Emotionally Prepare for the Holiday Season

The holiday season can be a time of pumpkin spice, rosy cheeks, and light-hearted spirits. But for people in recovery, the stress associated with the holidays can be trigger inducing. What Is a Trigger? A trigger in reference to addiction refers to any person, place, thought, or event that incites a memory or flashback surrounding...
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Benzos-Abuse-Affects-Teens-and-Seniors-Alike - young brunette poses like senior
26
Oct

Benzos Abuse Affects Teens and Seniors Alike

Although the opioid crisis attracts the most media attention, prescription benzodiazepines are also being abused at record high rates. In fact, growing numbers of public health experts fear a new addiction epidemic affecting teens as well as vulnerable seniors. An Overview of Benzos Benzodiazepines, often simply referred to as benzos, are a class of medications...
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18
Oct

Saying ‘No’ Without Feeling Guilty

Saying ‘no’ can be a difficult skill to learn, especially in cases where a person is in recovery and attempting to remedy relationships. While it’s with good intentions to desire to be peaceable, not setting healthy boundaries can add up to a lot of unnecessary stress and discomfort. Obviously, saying ‘no’ should never be done...
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9-Ways-to-Take-Care-of-Yourself-While-Loving-an-Addict - dark haired woman looking out large window
04
Oct

9 Ways to Take Care of Yourself While Loving an Addict

Finding the balance between giving too much of yourself and not enough can be a frustrating dance when your loved one is suffering from a substance use disorder. It’s almost impossible not to get sucked into the downward spiral. This is because addiction not only affects the person abusing drugs or alcohol, it affects friends...
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Seniors-and-Substance-Abuse--A-Growing-Problem - senior woman holding pill about to take
29
Sep

Seniors and Substance Abuse: A Growing Problem

While it may seem that substance abuse is isolated to a younger crowd, dependence is prevalent in all communities. In fact, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), more than one million people 65 and older were reported to have a substance use disorder in 2014. The majority of those, some...
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17
Sep

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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Is-Your-Teen-a-High-Functioning-Addict - pretty dark haired girl in black coat close up
20
Aug

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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Is There Such Thing as an “Addictive” Personality? - brunette girl profile with brain lit up golden
06
Jul

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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