Category: recovery activities

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The Benefits of Mindfulness Meditation

For some of us, meditation is not something we have ever considered doing. Although meditation has its roots in Eastern religion, it has become incredibly popular amongst all cultures as a health practice, without any spiritual connotations. Still, it can …

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gardening in recovery

How Can Gardening Help in Recovery?

We can compare our recovery journey to gardening: starting by weeding out our substances, then re-planting ourselves, finding our roots, watering and nurturing our new selves, and enjoying the growth that is visible to all. However, what if we did …

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Do I Have to Leave Friends and Family Behind after Treatment?

Imagine this scenario:  you are ready to take an amazing journey, the trip of a lifetime. You invite all of your friends and family and start packing the car. When everything is in the car, you motion to everyone to …

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Relapse Can be an Opportunity for Change

Relapse Can be an Opportunity

Relapse can be a really discouraging experience. Maybe you came into treatment for the first time, thought you had it, and then…. It was much harder than you thought. Maybe life put unexpected triggers your way. Or maybe you weren’t …

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Exercise is a Key Aspect for Good Health, Especially During Recovery

Regular Physical Exercise is a key Component to a Healthy Lifestyle

For a lot of people, part of their recovery plan is focusing on holistic health: mind, heart and body. Regular physical exercise is a key component to a healthy lifestyle, because it works on both mind and body. According to …

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Myths About People in Recovery, AToN

Myths About People in Recovery

There is a lot of misinformation about people who identify as being in recovery. Here are a few: Myth: People in recovery are all the same. Fact: People in recovery vary as much as people impacted by addiction. They have …

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Meeting Of Support Group for Recovery

Community Meetings

Social support in early recovery has been proven to be a huge help in a transition from a life of addiction to a life of recovery. Bonds with other people in recovery can help bolster confidence and conviction that a …

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Early Recovery: Making New Friends

Early Recovery: Making New Friends

All your friends were once strangers.  A slightly intimidating dynamic can come into your life in early recovery: Making new friends.  In our work with residents at the AToN center we highly encourage participation in community based recovery groups.  The …

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Why is Breath so Important?

Why is Breath so Important?

Almost everyone has had a well-meaning friend encourage them to “take a breath” at some point.  Practitioners of yoga, massage and other forms of therapies often focus on their client’s breath.  So, what’s the big deal about breath?  A lot …

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Relapse Rates Are Comparable to Other Chronic Diseases

Relapse Rates Are Comparable to Other Chronic Diseases

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, addiction’s relapse rates are comparable to other chronic diseases – such as diabetes, hypertension and asthma.  According to:  This is one of the reasons that continued support is vital for those seeking …

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