Addiction Recovery

What You Should Know Before Hosting an Addicted Loved One This Holiday Season

Family enjoying Christmas meal

By Wesley Gallagher Oh, the holidays. They’re often filled with joy and merriment, love and thanksgiving, laughter and relaxation with family and friends. For many, however, time with family and friends is more likely to bring stress and tension than laughter and merriment, and the mere anticipation of time together creates anxiety. This is especially true for people with loved ones who struggle with substance use and addiction. Dealing with fears of what might happen at a gathering with these loved ones can be enough to put a damper on the holidays. Fortunately, if you’re one of these people, there […]

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When Your Child Is Addicted

Family support and wellness can play a major role in the recovery of an addicted person. Families can help their loved ones by seeking support of their own in the form of family therapy, support groups, and individual counseling.

As parents, having a child is a life-changing event that brings incredible joy and love into your life. Less often talked about is the fact that children also bring worry, pain and fear. From the moment you learn that you’re having a baby, you likely began worrying about providing for, caring for and raising that child to be the type of person who can make it in a world that is not always kind or fair. And, worse, when your child grows up to make mistakes related to drug or alcohol use, it can be difficult to reach out, to […]

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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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