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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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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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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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27
Jun

When Recovery Means Ending Toxic Relationships

An Overview People who have faced addiction may also have experience with unhealthy relationships. Even when a relationship is toxic, however, it can be a complicated matter to decide if it is time to end the relationship or simply draw clearer boundaries. It isn’t just romantic relationships that can be unhealthy. A family relationship, work...
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woman pruning bonsai tree - ecotherapy
22
Jun

Ecotherapy for Recovery

There is a reason why many calming exercises, meditation videos, and other self-help techniques involve visualizing nature. Experiencing the great outdoors, either in reality or in our own minds, has therapeutic benefits. Utilizing nature for the purpose of treating human ailments is called ecotherapy. How Is Ecotherapy Used? Ecotherapy (also sometimes called green therapy, nature...
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19
Apr

What Is Motivational Interviewing?

Motivational interviewing (MI) is a technique that has been used for 30 years to help people process feelings around changes they want or need to make. By asking questions and allowing the individual to talk freely and without judgment, a practitioner can increase their internal motivation toward a specific goal. MI should feel conversational and...
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05
Feb

How Trauma Leads to Depression and Substance Abuse

It is no coincidence that people struggling with substance abuse often also experience mental illness, including depression. Not only can substance abuse and mental illness both share underlying causes, but they can each complicate the other condition. Risk factors for addiction can be related to family history, relationships, high stress levels, and living with a...
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28
Jan

Breaking Free of the Victim Mentality

There is a tendency when one is living in addiction to also develop the bad habit of seeing oneself as a victim. There is a strong connection between addiction and trauma. Additionally, people with mental health issues sometimes become addicts by trying to use alcohol and other drugs to self-medicate when medical care is not...
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14
Jan

Coping with Sleeplessness in Recovery and Sobriety

Some of the first advice people receive when entering recovery is to develop new, healthy habits. In addition to eating right and exercising, they are told to get plenty of sleep. Unfortunately, insomnia is a common struggle people face when they initially stop using alcohol and other drugs. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services...
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18
Dec

Can Alcohol Withdrawal Become Fatal?

Because alcohol is a legal drug, there is a common misconception that using and withdrawing from alcohol is safer than using and withdrawing from other drugs. For many individuals, quitting drinking has some unpleasant, but tolerable side effects. For others, the side effects can be so severe as to become life threatening. Detoxing as Part...
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