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What is Distress Tolerance?

Let’s Look at the Relationship Between Distress Tolerance and Alcohol Abuse Stress is a part of everyday life, and everyone has different ways of coping. But if you’ve relied on alcohol abuse to escape from emotional pain and distress, even minor stressors can seem overwhelming during recovery. It takes time and patience to build up …

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How to Deal with the Boredom of Sobriety

Dealing with the Boredom of Sobriety Have you considered cutting back on drinking or drug use? Do you have trouble picturing yourself being social or having fun while sober? One research survey showed that 77% of people who had tried to stop using substances cited boredom as a trigger for relapse. People in recovery deal …

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What is Opioid Detox Treatment?

You’ve likely heard about the opioid crisis. You know that, in general, opioids are wreaking havoc on individuals and our society at large. But maybe you’re wondering: What do opioids actually do, anyway? Why can’t people just stop taking opioids? What is opioid detox? So let’s talk about it.  What Do Opioids Do? What do …

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Supporting Your Spouse After an Addiction Relapse

What Should You Do if Your Spouse Has An Addiction Relapse? Your spouse was doing so well with recovery. Then without warning, they slipped into addiction relapse. The symptoms were there, but you didn’t realize what was happening. How do you cope with everything while helping your spouse turn things around?  Addiction relapse can happen …

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3 Tips for Family Drug Addiction Intervention

A drug addiction intervention is often portrayed as a single event organized by loved ones to help someone. This may work for some families, but intervention can also take place through several conversations over time. And a drug addiction intervention can also mean treatment itself, like family-based interventions that are often to both prevent and …

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Making the Most of Court-Mandated Substance Abuse Treatment

Getting caught with illegal drugs or alcohol can feel embarrassing. And going to rehab may be the last thing you want to do, especially for court-mandated substance abuse treatment. But it can be a life-changing experience.  Many people don’t feel ready to start rehab. If you’ve been stuck in a cycle of quitting and relapsing, …

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Feeling Trapped by Addiction and Depression Symptoms

Depression and addiction often go hand-in-hand. A depressed person may turn to drugs and alcohol to cope. Substance use may numb the pain for a while, but some will develop a substance use disorder. Both conditions play off of one another, making everything worse. Without help, a person can feel trapped in a painful cycle. …

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The Importance of Peer Support Groups

Addiction can be an isolating condition. It harms a person’s emotional state and relationships. That’s why creating connections is so important in addiction recovery. Treatment programs encourage the fellowship you find in peer support groups during treatment and after it’s complete. We’ll review why peer support matters and how treatment makes it a priority.   …

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