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What It Means to Be an Addiction Survivor

Every year, millions of people gather for awareness events and charity walks for cancer, heart disease and other illnesses. These inspiring events make a difference on a national level. They help raise funds for research, education and treatment and spread a message of hope. While similar events occur for addiction, mostly on a local level, …

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Focusing on ‘The Now’ in Addiction Recovery

By Sean P. Egen If you or someone you love is involved in the recovery process, you understand that one of the biggest challenges can be picturing a life free of the abused substance(s) or behavior. Not wrapping your mind around the concept of a simpler, more fulfilling life lived unburdened by the negative effects …

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Men and Women Seeking Addiction Recovery: Different and the Same

Are men and women the same when it comes to drug addiction and recovery? Should their treatment look the same? At a 2013 conference in Britain, the topic of male and female addiction similarities and differences was addressed by Joanne Neale, a professor of public health at Oxford Brookes University. Neale interviewed and followed up …

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Music, Mindfulness and Recovery

By Angus Whyte In many 12-step addiction recovery programs, the practice of a musical instrument is considered to be a top-line behavior. In this article, I’ll discuss the relationship between music and mindfulness, and describe how I incorporate the mindful practice of guitar scales into my addiction recovery program.

Working Toward a Successful Recovery From Addiction

Even with all of the right tools in place, individuals with addiction often find themselves relapsing soon after completing a treatment program for substance abuse. Relapse is a common occurrence, and those attempting to cease using drugs or alcohol can become discouraged as they find themselves in a seemingly endless cycle of recovery and relapse. …

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