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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,…

woman smiling living sober

Sleep is an incredibly important part of a person's health. When you're not sleeping well, you're more vulnerable to being irritable, angry, and clumsy. Your relapse triggers are more easily going to get under your skin. You might get angry at the slightest amount of stress. And you might even…

therapist talking with patient about preventing relapse

Once someone completes addiction treatment for drug or alcohol abuse, their journey to sobriety isn't over. Individuals need to work to maintain their sobriety, which can be difficult. There is a high percentage of people in recovery who relapse. Close to 80% of recovering addicts experience a relapse. However, the…

older man showing how to help a loved one in recovery

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…

individuals hugging 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…

group on ground doing relaxation training

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,…

man looking out over water avoiding drug use

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 and more of a need for a  mental health treatment program. Any of these could put a strain on someone affecting their behaviors, choices, and relationships.…

woman outside overcoming marijuana addiction

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…

couple sitting holding hands showing sober support

Relationships and marriage can have their challenges. However, when you add addiction to the mix, marriages can experience a significant strain. Although your spouse might be sober now, a marriage can still feel burdened by recovery and the possibility of relapse. If you want to offer your spouse sober support…

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