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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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Healthy-Ways-to-Manage-Stress-in-Recovery - dark haired girl taking deep breath
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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How-to-Emotionally-Prepare-for-the-Holiday-Season - friends or siblings enjoying coffee holiday time
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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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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What-Is-Dialectical-Behavior-Therapy_valley - young man at therapy appointment
22
Sep

What Is Dialectical Behavior Therapy?

As one of the offerings of Valley Recovery Center, dialectical behavior therapy, or DBT, is a type of therapy that deals with emotional regulation and stress management. DBT offers individuals skill sets that allow them to more effectively deal with painful emotions and decrease conflict in relationships. Originally developed to treat borderline personality disorder, DBT...
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A-Further-Look-into-the-Stages-of-Recovery-and-Relapse - butterfly emerging green
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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Letting-Go-of-Resentment-of-an-Addicted-Parent - dandelion blowing in wind
29
Aug

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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Journaling for Emotional Awareness - woman laying on bed writing in journal
09
Aug

Journaling for Emotional Awareness

While quitting a substance stood as a significant step toward rehabilitation, it was learning how to creatively funnel the cyclone of racing thoughts that truly unlocked a doorway within me to achieve sustainable sobriety. While there are many channels of release such as yoga, running, and meditation, journaling for emotional awareness can provide an exceptional...
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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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