Does Relapse Mean Failure?

Anxious man at work By Stephanie Thomas We all set out with good intentions, don’t we? To shed a few pounds, spend our money wisely or, perhaps in some cases, to recover from addiction. In those early days, we wake up refreshed and ready to face temptation, eager to fight our demons and prepared to win. And for a time, we do. But then ... The story that follows is [...]

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Does Relapse Mean Failure?

Anxious man at work By Stephanie Thomas We all set out with good intentions, don’t we? To shed a few pounds, spend our money wisely or, perhaps in some cases, to recover from addiction. In those early days, we wake up [...]

Why Does My Therapist Ask Me About My Family?

Why Does My Therapist Ask Me About My Family? Some people love to talk about their families while other people would rather just leave the subject alone. When it comes to addiction treatment, family history is important due to the existence of genetic [...]

The Pros and Cons of Being at “Home” During Recovery

The Pros and Cons of Being at “Home” During Recovery It is sometimes said that “Home is where the heart is.” In the case of individuals dealing with the powerful effects of a substance use disorder, one could restate that adage to “Home is where the [...]

How to Accept Good with the Bad

How to Accept Good with the Bad Human brains tend to dwell on the negative—a leftover survival skill to save oneself from a hungry predator in the wild. Learning to see the positive side, however, is an even greater benefit. It also comes [...]

Does My Addiction to My Depression Meds Count as a Dual Diagnosis?

Does My Addiction to My Depression Meds Count as a Dual Diagnosis? Treating depression can be challenging. Some people may experience uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms if they abruptly stop taking their medications, but these symptoms are a sign of physical dependence, [...]

Who Can I Talk to if I Don’t Trust My Family?

Who Can I Talk to if I Don’t Trust My Family? Drug addiction is a complicated disease, so quitting takes more than good intentions and a strong will. In fact, because drugs change the brain to demand drugs, quitting is difficult even for those who are [...]

How Continued Drug Use Leads to an Overdose

How Continued Drug Use Leads to an Overdose Drug overdoses aren’t always fatal, but death is common. An overdose is the body’s response to a toxic level of chemicals and often occurs when a person develops a drug tolerance and takes too much of [...]

How Healthy Does Detox Get Me?

How Healthy Does Detox Get Me? Detox is a substantial part of the addiction treatment process. Detox can help substance abusers safely overcome withdrawal and return to a good state of health because the body has eliminated all [...]

What to Do When Your Drug Use Becomes Too Much

What to Do When Your Drug Use Becomes Too Much So you’ve had enough. Enough of destroying your life and enough of destroying the lives of loved ones in the process. All because of drugs. Drugs are holding you prisoner. Well, addiction doesn’t [...]

The Benefits of Journaling in Recovery

The Benefits of Journaling in Recovery Thoughts are fleeting—that’s why writing them down during recovery offers such valuable insight. It’s easy for memories to be fuzzy or downright inaccurate—a written record of events over days and [...]

Choosing Treatment: Why You Need to Call Rehab Centers for Information

Choosing Treatment: Why You Need to Call Rehab Centers for Information When it’s time to seek help for addiction treatment, it’s important to research options before heading to a facility. The best treatments are scientifically researched and offer a collaboration between [...]

6 Benefits of a Recovery Lifestyle

6 Benefits of a Recovery Lifestyle The human brain finds it easy to focus on the negative or the downside of a recovery lifestyle vs. the benefits. Taking the time to see how recovery enhances life offers a glimpse at a better future and the [...]
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