Category: Detox and Recovery

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How Creativity Can Help During Recovery

Most people have heard of the traditional approach to addiction recovery promoted by AA and NA. However, holistic rehab programs have become much more popular in recent years as people turn to non-religious or secular alternatives. Among the components of a holistic rehab program are creative activities such as Art or Music Therapy. Both have been proven to be extremely beneficial as part of an addiction treatment program.

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New Year Goals to Help in Recovery

Anyone who is struggling with drugs or alcohol knows that overcoming addiction is not just a case of making a resolution and sticking to it. The New Year is traditionally the time when we all tend to make some kind of lifestyle change in recognition of turning over a new page for the next 12 months. The majority of people make token resolutions such as giving up candy or joining a gym. However, it is not possible to be flippant about making the decision to quit something you’re addicted to.

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Overcome Negative Thoughts to Aid in Your Recovery

Addiction is a mental illness that is characterized by negative thoughts and behaviors. This mental state is not “deliberate” and very often, substance abuse is not a “chosen” behavior at all. If you are working to overcome addiction, you will learn mechanisms for avoiding negative thoughts during recovery. Here we take a closer look at why that is so effective in promoting long-term sobriety.

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Common Holiday Stressors and How to Avoid Triggering a Relapse

Many of us get stressed out before and during the holiday season although for some people struggling with addiction, it can be even more challenging. Addiction is a relapsing illness which means that people can return to substance abuse at any stage after completing rehab treatment, even several years later. Relapse is often triggered by stressful situations highlighted in addiction therapy as being a person’s individual stressors.

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Ways Meditation can Help During Recovery

Meditation is possibly one of the best-known holistic practices. However, not everyone knows how meditation can help a person achieve long-term recovery from addiction. Here we take a closer look at meditation can act as a powerful tool for people overcoming substance abuse at all stages of recovery. Research shows that meditation and other mindfulness practices are extremely effective in addressing the emotional issues that often drive substance abuse.

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Stay Stress-free for Healthy Recovery

There are many reasons why a person becomes addicted to drugs and alcohol. Very often, the reasons lay in stressful situations and circumstances such as family conflicts, financial problems or health concerns. One of the most important aspects of rehabilitation treatment is to prepare people for a long-term recovery. Let’s take a closer look at how stress management can help protect an individual’s sobriety in recovery.

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Stay Motivated During Recovery

When someone is working to overcome addiction, their motivation plays a crucial part. Motivation not only provides all the logical reasoning people need to heal, but also keeps them from relapsing further down the line. Although many people accept the importance of motivation in recovery, they are still uncertain as to what that means for them. Here we take a closer look at ways individuals can stay motivated and achieve long term recovery.

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Detox vs Rehab: Which One is Right for You?

Although it is fair to say that detox is not a walk in the park, it is the essential first step towards recovery. Once a person has been rid of any toxins relating to substance abuse through detox, they are ready for the next phase of treatment which is rehab. In this sense detox and rehab are separate components of the same treatment program.

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Helpful Tips for Avoiding Relapse

Because of our wider understanding of substance use disorder or addiction, we now recognize it as a chronic brain disease that can be effectively treated. Part of that treatment consists of preparing people for many years in recovery, where they may face a threat to their sobriety through relapse. Relapse-prevention is an integral part of rehab treatment that arms individuals with the tools to cope with triggers or stresses that would otherwise lead to substance use.

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Outpatient vs Inpatient Rehab: Which Is Right for You?

Substance abuse is an issue that impacts people’s lives in very different ways. For this reason, there is no one approach to rehab, which includes the decision of whether to remain at home in outpatient care or reside at the facility in an inpatient addiction treatment program. Here are some of the basic differences between outpatient and inpatient care to help you decided which is for you.