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10 Things to Ask a Treatment Center Before You Are Admitted

For those who are struggling with substance abuse issues, starting a program at an addiction treatment center can be one of the most important steps they ever take. If you are looking into centers near you, you might feel overwhelmed by options. There are a number of program options, types of therapies, and amenities that… Continue Reading 10 Things to Ask a Treatment Center Before You Are Admitted

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Quitting Drugs and Drinking Isn’t Just a Matter of Willpower

Many people don’t have a full understanding of addiction. They might believe, for instance, that a person lacks inner strength or willpower. People tend to believe that a person has some sort of personal flaw that is driving them to drink or use drugs again and again. People also tend to believe that a person… Continue Reading Quitting Drugs and Drinking Isn’t Just a Matter of Willpower

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Manage Impulsivity Before It Leads to Drinking and Drug Use

Impulsivity can be a lot of fun in the right moments. For instance, let’s say you’ve put your time into your job and you feel like you’re caught up with everything. On the way to work on one sunny and beautiful day, you have the idea to call in sick, call a friend, and go… Continue Reading Manage Impulsivity Before It Leads to Drinking and Drug Use

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How to Help a Loved One Move on After Relapse

If your spouse, sibling, child, or parent is in recovery, you’re probably big support for them. So you will likely witness the ups and downs of their recovery. Relapse can be a difficult experience for both the recovering addict as well as the loved one supporting them. However, as a loved one concerned for your… Continue Reading How to Help a Loved One Move on After Relapse

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Simplify and Structure Your Day When You’re in Early Recovery

If you’re new to recovery, there are some very basic steps you can take to ensure your sobriety is a lasting one. It’s difficult for anyone to go from addiction to sobriety. Often, the vow to never drink or use drugs again is impractical without taking concrete steps to re-organize one’s life. As you may… Continue Reading Simplify and Structure Your Day When You’re in Early Recovery

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Participate in Relaxation Training and Overcome Cravings

The phrase relaxation training might sound odd, but it’s meant to get a point across. Often, we don’t take relaxation seriously. You might think of relaxation as something you do at the end of the day, perhaps after all else is done. Or it’s something to do on the weekends, but not on each day… Continue Reading Participate in Relaxation Training and Overcome Cravings

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Behaviors To Look for When You Suspect Drug Use In A Loved One

When a loved one begins to act funny, you may not know what’s causing it. There could be several reasons behind the unusual behavior, such as stress, pain in the body, depression, or anxiety. Any of these could put a strain on someone affecting their behaviors, choices, and relationships. The same is true with drug… Continue Reading Behaviors To Look for When You Suspect Drug Use In A Loved One

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How to Stop an Addiction to Marijuana

Some people might say that marijuana is not addictive and that they can stop at any time. Yet, these individuals don’t quit using marijuana. Usually, this is because they are experiencing marijuana addiction and simply don’t want to admit or are ignorant of the fact. Often, when people attempt to stop using a drug they… Continue Reading How to Stop an Addiction to Marijuana

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Ways to Distract Yourself When Faced with Cravings

If you’re a recovering alcoholic – whether you’re early in your recovery or have many years of sobriety under your belt – cravings are likely going to be a part of your experience. Cravings aren’t easy. In fact, for some, it may be hard to identify a craving, especially for those who are new to… Continue Reading Ways to Distract Yourself When Faced with Cravings