Addiction Recovery

How to Feel Comfortable on Your First Sober Vacation

How to Feel Comfortable on Your First Sober Vacation

For those in early recovery, the thought of going on vacation may induce more anxiety than excitement, but there is no reason that being sober should spoil your trip. Here are some hints to avoid relapsing or feeling like the odd one out. Don’t Pick a Party Zone There are some destinations that are famous for attracting people who want to take drugs, drink large amounts of alcohol or gamble. If you’re newly sober you’ll want to avoid these particular spots, not only to limit temptation, but because you may feel uncomfortable around inebriated people. Some cities to cross off […]

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How to Be Involved in a Loved One’s Recovery

How to Be Involved in a Loved One’s Recovery

Addiction is a very poorly understood, highly stigmatized disease. Many people see addiction as a behavioral problem wherein addicts consciously and repeatedly choose alcohol or drugs over their health, relationships, careers and independence. However, most addicts don’t want to be in active addiction. As the repercussions of having a substance abuse problem accumulate over time, it quickly becomes an unhealthy, dangerous way of life. For those of us who haven’t experienced addiction first hand, it can be difficult to understand why addicts have such difficulty ceasing a behavior that wreaks such havoc in their lives. Understanding addiction and the recovery […]

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Looking Ahead to Addiction Awareness in 2017

Looking Ahead to Addiction Awareness in 2017

It’s been an extremely important year for addiction and recovery. We learned quite a bit about the disease, including how alcohol and drug abuse are significantly causes of the shorter life expectancy of Americans. As well, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention released new guidelines that will help to minimize the misuse and diversion of pharmaceutical drugs. In early 2016, President Barack Obama brought much awareness to the state of opioid addiction in the United States by pushing for additional funding for medication-assisted addiction treatment programs. Later in the year, Obama encouraged remembrance of those lost to addiction and […]

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How Mindfulness Is Helping People with Depression and Addiction

can mindfulness help fight addiction

From coloring books to daytime TV, the word “mindfulness” seems to have a presence in every corner of society. But what many don’t know is the practice with roots in Buddhism may do more than just reduce stress. According to an ever-growing body of research, mindfulness is also one of the most effective therapies for treating depression and addiction. Defining Mindfulness Simply put, mindfulness is awareness, not just of what is going on around us (though that can certainly play a part), but everything happening on the inside, too. As mindfulness researcher Jon Kabat-Zinn explains, “Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment […]

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How to Use Technology as a Recovery Resource

How to Use Technology as a Recovery Resource

It’s almost ironic that the process of recovery would require so much time and effort when it takes so little of either to start using in the first place. Not only is the cost of recovery high on an individual level, but it’s elusive. And instead of a checklist or a road map that can offer clear, simple direction, there are many different routes to recovery. However, we have at our disposal a very dynamic resource. A responsive and extremely malleable entity, it has become so ingrained in our lives that we often don’t give this symbiotic relationship much thought. […]

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