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Festive Frustration And Your Recovery

The holiday season is usually synonymous with unfiltered joy and a plethora of love and freedom to start anew. However, for those in recovery or recently sober, this time of year is generally linked with higher depression, stress and anxiety rates. How do you weigh your familial and holiday obligations while still focusing on your …

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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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Should You Start Addiction Treatment in December?

Thinking About Getting Help? This Holiday Season May be the Perfect Time to Start Addiction Treatment Addiction treatment isn’t typically the first thought that comes to mind when picturing the holiday season. In fact, many individuals have a difficult time when to start addiction treatment. Instead, many Americans idealize the end of the year as …

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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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How Long Is Rehab for Drugs and Alcohol?

For those who are gearing up for residential addiction treatment or those who are gathering information for their loved ones, there’s an important question that may surface in your research: “How long is rehab for drugs and alcohol?” The complicated answer to the question is this: each individual progresses through the stages of drug addiction …

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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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A Second Holiday Season Amid COVID-19

While getting through the holiday season during a normal year is hard, doing it with a mental health condition like anxiety or depression can present an even greater challenge. Complicating things for the second year in a row, COVID-19 continues to affect our mental health as individuals and communities.  The holiday season is supposed to …

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Mentally Preparing to See Family Again

Since the onset of COVID-19, the world has changed—we’re far from the old “normal”—and after these years apart, mentally preparing to see family again will also look different. It is important to acknowledge this and recognize that people, perspectives and everyday life will not look the same.  As lockdowns have eased and everyday life has …

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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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Choosing Mental Rest This Holiday Season

The idea of mental rest might seem straightforward. Yet, with exciting distractions at our fingertips, a relentless demand to be “on,” and a holiday season around the corner, it may be tougher to feel revitalized than you expect. Have you ever had one of those days where you wander off into space, staring blankly at …

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