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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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Hope, Resilience, and Readiness to Change - contemplative woman
07
May

Hope, Resilience, and Readiness to Change: How Your Attitude Affects Your Recovery Journey

While there are multiple factors that contribute to the success and longevity of maintained sobriety, many elements relate to your attitude and perception. You can be educated on the diverse mechanisms of response, but without authentic belief in free will and your capacity to change, you limit your ability to overcome obstacles. What Exactly Is...
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10 Tips to Help You Fight Loneliness in Sobriety - woman depressed
19
Apr

10 Tips to Help You Fight Loneliness in Sobriety

Loneliness is not a sign that something is wrong with you, but rather a natural occurrence after having to walk away from the friends and behaviors associated with your addiction. Socialization plays a crucial role in our physical and mental well-being. For those who are in recovery, a lack of socialization can lead to relapse....
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Mindfulness and Addiction - man meditating
07
Mar

Mindfulness and Addiction

As addicts in recovery, we know that cessation of substance use is about more than giving up the substance and the friends and activities associated with it. We must also address the emotional issues underlying our use. Whether those emotional issues have to do with stress, anxiety, depression, fear, or a lack of self-esteem, there’s...
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