Category: recovery process

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Why We Recover

Certain things can shock us into reality, such as a DUI or arrest, a car accident, our partner leaving us, the loss of a job, or physical or emotional abuse that we have inflicted on loved ones while using substances. …

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Taking Shame Out of the Equation

Taking Shame Out of the Equation

One of the feelings we try to hide from in our addiction is shame. If our shame comes to the surface, we can double down our substance use to try to escape it. When we are looking to get help …

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Healing With ACT Therapy

Within the recovery process, there are many different tools and many different forms of therapy. Ideally, we would find a treatment facility which offers many types of therapy, so we can find what works best for us. Just as none …

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How to Navigate My Own Recovery

We are all individuals. Our lives are unique. The reasons that we began substance use are unique, as are our experiences while using substances. So why would we want a cookie-cutter experience in our treatment and recovery? We know ourselves …

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Finding Balance in Your Life

Keeping a balanced life can be difficult. It becomes even more difficult when substance use begins to interfere with professional life, personal relationships, and more. What may have begun as simply social or fun experiences, as a coping mechanism, a …

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Addiction Recovery and the Brain

It is no secret that substance abuse can impact the brain severely.  The brain stem, cerebral cortex and the limbic system, among other parts of the brain, are particularly affected.  A severe consequence of alcohol misuse can be Korsakoff’s Syndrome, …

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Overcoming Fear in Addiction

Overcoming Fear in Addiction

Overcoming fear in addiction is a huge part of the recovery process.  Facing the things we have done while drinking or using is not going to be easy and is often accompanied by guilt and shame.  Now that we are …

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Emotional Sobriety In Recovery

Emotional Sobriety In Recovery

The struggle of daily life can seem insurmountable when people are unable to handle their emotions. A shortage of emotional maturity can make satisfaction a hard commodity to come by. This also makes it more likely that maladaptive coping skills …

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Hitting Rock Bottom for Recovery

Rock Bottom?

There is a long-held belief in the field of addiction services that people need to “bottom out” before treatment can and will help. The idea assumes that, unless someone “hits rock bottom,” then he or she will never experience the …

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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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