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28
Aug

Using Yoga to Promote a Lasting Recovery

Yoga is often viewed as being suitable only for young, skinny, and flexible people, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. Every body is a yoga body. People of all ages and fitness levels can enjoy the benefits of yoga. For individuals in recovery, yoga can be a valuable part of their continuum of...
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08
Aug

Is Treatment at Low-Cost Rehabs Inferior?

When it comes to selecting a treatment program, there are two seemingly conflicting bits of wisdom to consider. First, not all that glitters is gold. Second, you get what you pay for. These ideas may sound like opposites, but they are actually both applicable in the case of substance abuse treatment. Not All That Glitters...
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brunette bearded man with glasses in green coat taking deep breath outdoors - mental health
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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couple breaking up or arguing - relationships
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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hands piled on top of each other - giving back
29
May

How Helping Others Can Be Part of a Lasting Recovery

Giving Back In the earliest stages of recovery from substance abuse, self-care and treatment can be completely consuming—both in terms of a person’s time and their energy. There may not be much opportunity to think about how to help anyone else. As recovery progresses, however, giving back can become an important component of the process....
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woman talking to friend - words hurt
16
May

Words Hurt: How to Speak Supportively About Addiction

When a person is struggling with addiction, there are many difficult barriers that they face. However, there is one easy way that all members of our society can make recovering from addiction slightly easier. The words we choose when discussing addiction, describing people who struggle with substance abuse, or engaging with people use substances can...
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medicine cup of green liquid - methadone
25
Apr

Commonly Used Medications for Drug Treatment and Rehabilitation

There are many tools available to help people who struggle with substance abuse to stop using alcohol and other drugs. While rehab, mental health counseling, and recovery meetings like AA and NA are well-known components of the treatment process, a lesser known option for people recovering from addiction is Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT). Medication Assisted...
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woman listening to therapist
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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20
Mar

What to Look for When Choosing a Sponsor in Recovery

If a person in recovery is utilizing a 12-Step program, sooner or later, they will need to select a sponsor. A sponsor is someone who has been in recovery for at least one year and can utilize their experience to support and guide a person who is newer to recovery. Many people are not sure,...
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