Posts tagged Capo Canyon Recovery
How to Stay Out of Halloween Party Temptations

Individuals who are struggling with substance abuse issues often find the prospect of attending social situations very daunting. Halloween is one of the occasions and because almost everyone of all ages participates wholeheartedly in celebrations, it can be very difficult to attend when trying to remain sober. The chances of bumping into friends of neighbors encouraging “just one drink” to celebrate are very high at Halloween.

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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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Cutting Toxic People Out of Your Life and Recovery

When someone has been struggling with addiction issues, they will generally have become distanced from loved ones and more interested in new people associated with their substance abuse. This can not only lead to damage to close personal relationships but also to someone fighting addiction being “enabled” to continue.

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The Importance of Healthy Eating

People who have been using alcohol or drugs for a while usually develop bad eating habits. Although this doesn’t sound too bad, if a person doesn’t get good nutrition for prolonged periods of time it can be seriously damaging to their health. Here we take a closer look at the benefits of good nutrition and where you can get those nutrients from in your daily diet, and how a stay at Capo Canyon Recovery can help jump start your healthy eating.

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Apps to Aid in Addiction Recovery

We live in a day and age that is dominated by smartphones, with apps available covering most aspects of daily life from organizing an Uber or ordering from Deliveroo. The world of addiction is no different and there are now some extremely useful – and often free - apps that can be significantly beneficial to someone in recovery after leaving rehab.

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Cultivating Healthy Habits in Sobriety

Fighting addiction takes a lot of physical and mental strength and so it can significantly improve chances of a sustained recovery to cultivate healthy habits. Many people aren’t sure of how to take the first step towards improving their health and so it’s always worth devising a plan or strategy which outlines goals for you to achieve

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Why Addressing Anxiety is Pivotal for Recovery

Depression, anxiety and other mental illnesses are often associated with drug addiction and alcoholism. Either someone has turned to substances to ease the distressing symptoms of the mental health condition or they have developed the symptoms as a result. In both cases, these patients are known as “dual diagnosis”. 

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The Stages of Behavioral Change in Recovery

The motivation to change is the most important aspect in the prospect of successful recovery from drug and alcohol addiction but change of any kind can be uncomfortable and stressful. This is where psychologists have worked hard to develop models of change which are used in the field of addiction treatment and by understanding this process a structured approach to behavioral change can be put into practice and the right help given at each stage.

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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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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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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 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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