New Year, New You: Making the Change at New Year

It’s a New Year and an ideal time to make positive changes. During the holiday season, many people overindulge in lots of ways and once the New Year starts the need to take action becomes a common goal. Some people may want to give up smoking and take up jogging while others may set a goal of giving up snack foods and replacing them with healthier alternatives.

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Setting Healthy Boundaries with Others in Recovery

From birth we begin to develop physical, mental, and emotional boundaries. How we learn to take care of ourselves and interact with others effects how we deal with life’s challenges as we mature. A lack of healthy boundaries is a common feature of the life of someone in the grip of an addiction.

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The United States Has Declared an Opioid Public Emergency: Here's What That Means

In recent months opioid addiction in the US has reached critical levels, resulting in the Department of Health and Human Services declaring a public health emergency. Each year, around 60,000 die in America as a result of overdose and the problem is much more widespread than many people fully appreciate. This is because a lot of opioid addiction has its roots in prescription medicines, which gives the drug a more ‘acceptable’ face that belies the very real problem that currently exists.

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Dealing with Grief and Loss in Recovery

There comes a point in all our lives when we experience the loss of someone we love and care about deeply. For some, the overwhelming feelings of grief and loss that follow bereavement can trigger a return to destructive addictive behaviors. An inability to express clearly what someone is thinking and feeling, particularly when they’re not able to process those thoughts and feelings themselves, can result in a need to self-medicate with alcohol or drugs.

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Resolutions to Make in Preparation for the New Year

Shifting from the old year into the new gives us all the opportunity to take a retrospective look at our lives and make adjustments for a more positive future. This is especially important for recovering addicts who can benefit greatly from focusing more on what is to come, rather than dwelling on what has been. Making New Year resolutions is a great way to incorporate new, healthy behaviors into your life while eliminating the habits or attitudes that hold you back from a full life in sobriety.

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The Slippery Slope Between Addiction and Crime

There is an undeniable correlation between addiction and crime that is largely behind the negative perception many of us have about people struggling with the illness. It is nevertheless true that addiction opens the door for crime and that is just by nature of the fact that procuring substances that are illegal becomes a way of life for many addicts.

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How to Handle Holiday Dinners after Detox

People who have struggled with addiction issues and have completed detox treatment at a rehab center still have some challenges to face when they return home. Detox is the medical process where someone who has become addicted to drugs or alcohol ceases to use so as to rid the body of all the associated toxins that have built up over time. Leaving the comforts and control of a place like Capo Canyon Recovery can be a scary idea, but a necessary one to fully integrate back into a normal life.

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The Connection Between Winter and Mental Health

There is a scientifically proven connection between the shorter days and longer nights of the winter months and mental health disorders, with more people reporting symptoms towards the end of the year than at any other time. But what is it that makes us more susceptible to mental health issues at winter time?

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The Connection Between Addiction and Mental Disorders

Addiction and mental illness often go hand-in-hand. However, it is not always clear which condition preceded the other and each individual patient is different in this respect. Nevertheless, the fact remains that the majority of people with drug or alcohol addiction disease are also suffering with another mental disorder such as depression or anxiety. These cases are known as ‘dual-diagnosis’ and it is absolutely crucial to identify both conditions and treat them separately in order to heal them.

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How Creativity Aids Detox and Recovery

Because addiction is a mental illness, it is often difficult for sufferers to express the feelings or thought processes driving their compulsion to abuse alcohol or drugs. Creative therapies such as art therapy in recovery provide patients with the tools to express themselves through methods other than medical treatment or psychotherapy.

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Why You Shouldn't Attempt Alcohol Detox on your Own: A Cautionary Tale

For a large proportion of people with alcohol or drug addiction issues who are looking to quit, professional detox treatment is not an option. Sometimes it is the cost of professional detox that deters them, but in many cases it is lack of education of what is involved in detox that leads to many thinking DIY alcohol detox is the best way forward. However, there are many reasons why DIY alcohol detox does not work and in some cases, can be extremely detrimental to someone’s health.

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The Effect of Heroin and Opioids on the Brain

Opioids and heroin have specific effects on the brain that can make them particularly difficult drugs to detox naturally. According to research, there are a few natural opioids produced by the body including endorphins that effect specific protein receptors in the brain to give a feeling of wellbeing. This is the reason why physical activity often gives you a buzz or ‘high’ feeling.

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How Human-Animal Interactions Can Assist Recovery

As evidenced by the millions of people all over the world sharing their lives with pets, the bond humans have with animals is widely considered life-enhancing. It’s perhaps no surprise that animals can have huge benefits for someone going through alcohol and drug detox and that animal-assisted therapy in recovery is becoming more commonplace.

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The Science behind how Addiction Works in your Body

Derived from Latin, the word ‘addiction’ means to be ‘bound to’ or ‘enslaved by’, which will resonate with anyone who has experienced addiction issues or tried to support someone else with a problem. This is because addictive behaviors have a powerful influence on the brain and in cases of prolonged substance or alcohol abuse is manifested in three very distinct ways.

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How to Curb Cravings in Detox and Beyond

Resisting the cravings for a substance or alcohol when you’re on a detox and rehab program can be one of the most difficult obstacles on the road to recovery. Here we take a look at some simple changes you can make to your daily life to help you deal with inevitable cravings, without risking relapse.

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Myths about Addiction: Debunked

Addiction is something that affects millions of individuals and their loved ones throughout the world. In the US, addiction is a declared disease according to all well-respected medical communities, and yet there remains a perception in society that addiction to drugs or alcohol is a sign of moral weakness. We here at Capo Canyon Recovery want to help end the stigma.

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How to Live with an Addict without Enabling Them

When someone is struggling with addiction issues, they are not the only ones to suffer the consequences. Family members are also plunged into feelings of pain, fear, loss and weariness and everyone close to the addict is affected. Learning how to live with an addict can be difficult because it requires knowing the difference between helping their suffering and enabling their addiction.

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How Stress Affects Addiction Recovery

It is important to remember that despite seeking drug and alcohol treatment, it doesn’t guarantee you a life of sobriety.  Living with addiction becomes habitual to sufferers and represents a comfort zone they are reluctant to leave, but once committed to rehab and recovery; these issues can seem less overwhelming.

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