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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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Benzos-Abuse-Affects-Teens-and-Seniors-Alike - young brunette poses like senior
26
Oct

Benzos Abuse Affects Teens and Seniors Alike

Although the opioid crisis attracts the most media attention, prescription benzodiazepines are also being abused at record high rates. In fact, growing numbers of public health experts fear a new addiction epidemic affecting teens as well as vulnerable seniors. An Overview of Benzos Benzodiazepines, often simply referred to as benzos, are a class of medications...
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18
Oct

Saying ‘No’ Without Feeling Guilty

Saying ‘no’ can be a difficult skill to learn, especially in cases where a person is in recovery and attempting to remedy relationships. While it’s with good intentions to desire to be peaceable, not setting healthy boundaries can add up to a lot of unnecessary stress and discomfort. Obviously, saying ‘no’ should never be done...
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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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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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Is-Your-Teen-a-High-Functioning-Addict - pretty dark haired girl in black coat close up
20
Aug

Is Your Teen a Highly-Functioning Addict?

Something feels wrong. Until now, you’ve never suspected your son or daughter to be abusing drugs or alcohol because they’ve never given you a reason. They come home when they are supposed to, they excel in school—aren’t kids involved in drugs and alcohol reckless and absent? Herein lies the standard misconception that people who suffer...
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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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