Addiction Recovery

7 Social Life Strategies for Early Recovery

7 Social Life Strategies for Early Recovery

When you’re in the early stages of recovery, navigating your social life may feel scary and overwhelming. How do you deal with your old friends? Should you make new ones? What will you tell people? Here are seven social life strategies from addiction experts and people who’ve been there. Be Willing to Let Your Old Friends Go “I think one of the most challenging things about early recovery is figuring out how to replace that dysfunctional, unhealthy group that you used to have with something that’s more supportive and encouraging,” says Laura Longville, a licensed addiction counselor in Rapid City, […]

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New Study: The More Time Spent in Treatment, the Better the Chances for Long-Term Recovery

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The more time you spend in treatment, the more likely you are to remain sober, regardless of your substance of choice. According to a study published in January’s edition of Open Journal of Psychiatry, those who completed the standard, 30-day residential treatment program had just over a 50 percent success rate. However, those who stayed more than 30 days experienced a success rate of 84 percent, a nearly unheard of number.1 This is significant because most insurance plans only will pay for 30 days. Lead author Dr. Akikur Mohammad and colleagues said that means it is critical that people transition […]

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Which Recovers First from Drug Addiction, The Mind or the Body?

When recovering from an addiction, the mind, body, and spirit are strongly affected in multifaceted ways. The chemical makeup of the drug forces individuals to be mentally and physically dependent on the destructive substance. Mentally, individuals may think that they need the drug to cope with everyday difficulties. Physically, the body becomes used to the effects of the drug. However, during the recovery process, the mind and body both need to recover in their respective ways. Each can recover at a different pace. Quick to Feel Improvement Often, the body may quickly feel incremental changes and “feel better” because it […]

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Why I Quit

Why I Quit

J. was 18 when she started drinking. “It was one of those cliche moments where everyone’s doing it, and I’m going to do it. It’s my birthday and I’m going to have a good night–all those excuses, you know?” After that, she said, “it was just easier to accept other things into my life,” she told Foundation Recovery Network. Marijuana and cigarettes followed, and before long, cocaine. Even then, however, J. had a line she refused to cross: She wouldn’t become her brother. “All of us saw my brother go through being an alcoholic and an addict with every substance. […]

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5 Things NOT to Do When Your Loved One Is Addicted

5 Things NOT to Do When Your Loved One Is Addicted

When it comes to addiction, everyone has his or her preconceived notions. No matter what the experts and research have told us, it’s difficult to separate unbiased fact from personal experience. In the media, addicts are often portrayed as dangerous, untrustworthy criminals. Meanwhile, those of us who have loved ones suffering from addiction will create our own analysis after seeing their self-destructive behaviors. As difficult as it is to watch a person you love suffer from this terrible disease, it’s important to remember that it’s no easier to actually be an addict. Although addiction may seem to be a life […]

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