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Latest Addiction & Recovery News2019-10-26T20:50:38-05:00
2507, 2019

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

July 25th, 2019|Addiction Recovery|

Addiction and substance abuse problems are diseases, not an indication of a lack of willpower. Addiction causes significant changes to your brain chemistry, neurotransmitter imbalances and impairs your judgment. Relapsing is common among people in recovery, with stress and negative emotions among the most common triggers. Mindfulness based stress reduction and a meditation therapy program are a powerful tool during recovery because it provides you with the skills to cope [...]

2606, 2018

Why Are Drug and Alcohol Withdrawals So Terrible?

June 26th, 2018|Addiction Recovery|

Why Are Drug and Alcohol Withdrawals So Terrible? Very few people have been able to avoid weathering a withdrawal after the long-term use of drugs or alcohol. Some people have had to sit up through long nights and days, unable to sleep, nauseous and dry heaving, crawling to the bathroom with diarrhea, sweating, dealing with heart palpitations, shaking and trembling, and just generally feeling lousy. Why do I [...]

2506, 2018

The Most Misused Drugs or Substances

June 25th, 2018|Addiction Recovery|

The Most Misused Drugs or Substances As of 2012, it’s been estimated nearly 24 million Americans use drugs every month. That’s almost 10 percent of the population of the United States. These studies show that drugs are prevalent in everyone’s lives, regardless of socioeconomic status. The most popular drugs or substances are alcohol, marijuana, prescription medications, over-the-counter substances, and spice or K2. While the most misused drugs or substances [...]

2406, 2018

Reclaiming Your Life In 2018

June 24th, 2018|Addiction Recovery|

Reclaiming Your Life In 2018 Being intentional about a specific plan for self-care is an important step on the path to lifetime recovery. New Year’s Day provides an opportunity for each one of us to look at our personal wellness in a more holistic way. Declaring in advance that 2016 is our year to stay clean and sober is critical. In addition to being free from drug and alcohol [...]

2406, 2018

Understanding Addiction and Compulsion

June 24th, 2018|Addiction Recovery|

What is Addictive Behavior For a person who doesn’t suffer from addiction, addictive behavior can be hard to understand. Watching someone you care about engage in destructive and unhealthy patterns seemingly without regard to consequences is frightening. Understanding how addiction works can provide a better perspective. According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine, “Addiction is characterized by inability to consistently abstain, impairment in behavioral control, craving, diminished recognition [...]

2306, 2018

How Science has Clarified Addiction and Improved Recovery Strategies

June 23rd, 2018|Addiction Recovery|

How Science has Clarified Addiction and Improved Recovery Strategies The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that at least 23.9 million Americans have tried drugs, and a large number of them developed an addiction to them. The staggering figures of addiction have encouraged researchers to conduct clinical studies and look for evidence-based solutions. What is Addiction Addiction is a brain disease – that is one of the most [...]

2106, 2018

The Role of Nutrition in Addiction Recovery

June 21st, 2018|Addiction Recovery|

Four Major Roles Nutrition Plays in Recovery Substance misuse often overrides the body’s signals that it needs healthful foods, and people with chemical dependencies often skip eating, or eat foods without real nutritional value. Poor nutrition can leave bodies weakened and immune systems impaired. Recognizing this, many of today’s addiction recovery and healing programs prioritize nutrition and wellness education as key treatment components. To Heal And Restore The Body [...]

2106, 2018

The Connection Between Gratitude and Healing

June 21st, 2018|Addiction Recovery|

The Connection Between Gratitude and Healing Connecting with others – and especially with ourselves – through daily practices of gratitude helps to remind us that we are part of a greater human and spiritual whole. By focusing on what we have rather than on what we lack, gratitude opens our hearts to feelings of compassion, generosity and love; it points us to an understanding of and an appreciation for [...]

2006, 2018

Addressing Holiday Anxiety and Depression

June 20th, 2018|Addiction Recovery|

Addressing Holiday Anxiety and Depression The stress associated with holiday shopping, traveling and social gatherings can certainly accentuate everyday feelings of concern, worry and nervousness. Reassuring ourselves that there are a number of steps we can take when these negative feelings increase is important to helping us manage the situational sadness associated with this particular season. Despite being surrounded by friends and family who care about us, we may [...]

1906, 2018

How To Survive Your Company’s Holiday Party Sober

June 19th, 2018|Addiction Recovery|

How To Survive Your Company’s Holiday Party Sober Individuals in recovery receive many invitations during the holidays that are sources of excitement and happy anticipation. One particular type of invitation, however, has the potential to ignite a great deal of anxiety: the one to your annual holiday work party. The thought of standing around for a couple of hours making small talk with the same group of people you [...]

1806, 2018

Tips For Coping With Holiday Stress

June 18th, 2018|Addiction Recovery|

Tips For Coping With Holiday Stress Hardly anyone wants to talk about it: that nagging little sense of dread in the back of your mind that began with the first holiday TV commercial way back in early November. No sooner did we polish off the last slice of pumpkin pie nestled in the back of the refrigerator, than we’re waking up at 3 a.m. in a panic over a [...]

1706, 2018

Recovery and The Holidays: Facing Thanksgiving Triggers

June 17th, 2018|Addiction Recovery|

Recovery and The Holidays: Facing Thanksgiving Triggers Gathering during holidays with family and friends can be a relaxing time of celebration and fellowship. Good conversation, delicious food, and the annual chance to reflect and share stories about what we are thankful for in life are typically things that bring enjoyment and happiness. For individuals dedicated to a path of life-long recovery, however, Thanksgiving gatherings may pose special risks in [...]

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