Posts tagged Addiction Recovery
How Exercise Can Help You During Addiction Recovery

When a person has been suffering with addiction illness, their physical health is very likely to have deteriorated as a result. A poor diet, lack of sleep, and lack of exercise combine with the dangers of substance abuse to increase the potential for long-term health problems unless treatment is sought. For this reason, physical exercise is widely considered to be a very important component of addiction treatment.

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Overcoming the Stigma of Addiction

Despite our better understanding of addiction as a disease, there is still a considerable amount of stigma surrounding the issue, whether perceived or otherwise. Indeed, many people in desperate need of addiction treatment fear taking the first step for fear of being judged harshly by others. Even if this is not the case, the prospect of coming clean on substance abuse can paralyze many from reaching out for help at all.

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Understanding the Five Stages of Recovery

Overcoming substance abuse is a process that takes time. How long a person’s recovery journey is depends on their individual needs and circumstances. Addiction develops over a period of time and there is no overnight cure. Here we take a look at the five stages a person experiences as they heal from substance abuse in recovery.

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How to Talk To Your Kids about Your Addiction

It is exceptionally difficult for some people to face the challenge of telling their children about past drug or alcohol abuse. That said, it is also important to recognize that very often children are negatively influenced by a parent who has dealt with substance abuse in the past. It is not uncommon for children of addicted parents to go on to develop substance abuse issues of their own.

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Helpful Tips to Enjoy a Sober Summer

Enjoying the summer isn’t always easy for people in recovery from addiction. Leaving the sanctity of a rehab center to get involved in summer activities like barbecues, beach days, pool parties and summer weddings can be challenging. Here we look at some ways to help you navigate any hurdles you may face in recovery during the summer months.

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5 Tips for Telling Loved Ones You’re in Recovery

When people have completed a rehab program and they return home, one of the challenges they face is letting people know they are in recovery. There are still many misconceptions about addiction and it may be difficult to accurately gauge a person’s response when you tell them about your journey. Here are some tips to keep in mind that might help you.

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Boost Your Recovery with a Healthy Diet

Although everyone in rehab can benefit from a healthy and nutritious diet, it’s important to understand the necessary vitamins and minerals you could be lacking. A poor diet can have a very detrimental effect on a person, causing nutritional deficiencies that can lead to serious health conditions.

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How to Start a Conversation about Addiction to a Loved One

Addiction is an illness that doesn’t only affect the person abusing substances. In most cases loved ones, friends, and coworkers are also impacted by the way an individual behaves when they are suffering as a result of substance abuse. It can be very difficult for many people to know how to deal with someone struggling with addiction, especially if you want to help them get the treatment we need.

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How Trauma Affects Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation

There is a strong correlation between traumatic events and addiction. Research shows that difficult childhood experiences make it more likely that an individual will struggle with substance abuse later on. Other studies reveal that a high proportion of Veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) abuse drugs and alcohol to medicate their symptoms.

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The Importance of Addressing Mental Illness in Addiction Recovery

There is a very strong relationship between addiction and mental health. Some people use drugs or alcohol to self-medicate the symptoms of a mental illness such as PTSD or depression, whereas others develop the symptoms as a direct result of substance abuse

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How to Relate to Someone with an Addiction

Watching a loved one destroy their lives through drug or alcohol abuse can be extremely painful. However, understanding how addiction illness affects a person’s behavior can go some way to making it easier to find the right treatment. Addiction is characterized by an uncontrollable compulsion to abuse substances. The sufferer will be unable to quit using drugs or alcohol despite the extensive damage it may be doing to their lives.

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How Different Types of Counseling Aids People with Addictions

One of the most beneficial aspects of addiction treatment for individuals and their loved ones is counseling. Research shows that people are more likely to succeed in sobriety if they feel they are supported and counseling goes a long way to providing this. However, there are different types of counseling and each has their own benefits for people in rehab. Here we take a closer look.

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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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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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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 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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