Recovery and Rehabilitation

Recognizing Relapse Warning Signs

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Recovering from a drug or alcohol addiction is a long process that will likely be with you for the rest of your life. Addiction is not something that goes away, because even after you’ve beaten the physical withdrawal and mental addiction, you will still be at risk for relapse. Data shows that anywhere from 40 to 50% of all recovering drug and alcohol addicts will eventually relapse. This doesn’t consider the fact that most people will use small amounts of their substance when they first leave rehab. Instead, it accounts for people who succumb to cravings, stress, and negative emotions, […]

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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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Building a Support System During and After Treatment

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Recovering from an addiction is a long process that involves physical and mental withdrawal, long-term cravings, and lifestyle changes that will help you to combat the original causes of your addiction and your addiction triggers. While the first step to overcoming an addiction is always seeking out professional help for addiction treatment, you will have to begin to build a support group around yourself while you are in treatment so that you can rely on people to help you once you no longer have the support of a clinic or facility. Your therapist or counselor will no doubt discuss building […]

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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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How Broadening Your Horizons Can Enhance Your Recovery

How Broadening Your Horizons Can Enhance Your Recovery

People may wonder why an individual would travel to another part of the world to overcome an addiction, but there are several advantages to finding a rehabilitation center far from home. Leaving your old environment behind and seeking treatment in a remarkably different location means you can undergo unique experiences that broaden your horizons, making your recovery as fulfilling as possible. Fewer Distractions Being away from your normal environment means you can put your full concentration and effort into your recovery without the distraction of the places or people who were negatively influential in your local neighborhood. Being prepared to […]

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