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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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Natural Remedies for the Winter Blues - woman looking out at the snow
12
Feb

Natural Remedies for the Winter Blues

Alone, navigating through the emotional undulations of everyday life can feel overwhelming after quitting the use of drugs and alcohol. Adding to that, the distress of winter blues can feel debilitating and, in its worst-case scenario, can lead to unnecessary relapse. The winter blues, also known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of...
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What is Dual Diagnosis - mental health word cloud
04
Feb

What is Dual Diagnosis?

If you or someone you love have sought treatment for addiction, it’s possible that you have heard the term “dual diagnosis” used. What is dual diagnosis? First used in the 1980s, the term was created to describe people suffering from both severe mental illness and substance abuse disorders. In more recent times, the condition is...
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motivational interviewing - brain mechanism
29
Jul

What is Motivational Interviewing?

William R. Miller and Stephen Rollnick wrote Motivational Interviewing: Preparing People for Change, published in 1991. It was based on experience in the treatment of problem drinkers, and was first described by Miller in 1983 in an article published in Behavioral Psychotherapy. Miller and Rollnick describe it as such: “Motivational interviewing is a directive, client-centered...
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contingency management treatment - young man in therapy
18
Jul

What is Contingency Management Treatment?

Contingency Management (CM) treatment, also often referred to as motivational therapies, is a type of behavioral therapy offered at many treatment facilities. CM provides a patient with rewards when they achieve certain desired behaviors and disciplinary measures or withholding of privileges when the patient engages in undesirable behaviors. Most CM treatment programs last three months...
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what is dialectical behavior therapy - body mind spirit soul
24
Feb

What is Dialectical Behavior Therapy?

Dialectical Behavior therapy was developed in the late 1980’s by psychologist Marsha Linehan to treat borderline personality disorders. The term “dialectic” is a philosophical term which signifies the art of investigating the truth of opinions, and the inquiry into contradictions and their solutions. The theory behind Dialectical Behavior Therapy is to help people that are...
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what is partial hospitalization - woman at reception counter
22
Feb

What is Partial Hospitalization?

The decision to get help for a substance abuse problem saves lives. Oftentimes this decision can also be put off for too long due to responsibilities one has at home. Once someone has made the commitment for recovery, they will need to choose an avenue of treatment that will work for them. Most people think...
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what is cognitive behavioral therapy - cognitive behavioral therapy
19
Feb

What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

Cognitive behavior therapy was initiated by psychologists Aaron Beck and Albert Ellis in the 1960’s. it is based on the belief that behaviors and disturbed emotions are the result of inappropriate and/or irrational thinking patterns. It is modeled as such: CBT is based on the the concept of how we think, how we feel, and...
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