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Setting Healthy Boundaries with Others in Recovery

From birth we begin to develop physical, mental, and emotional boundaries.

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The Scientific Effect of Social Media on Recovery

Social media is a relatively new phenomenon which has revolutionized human interaction and information distribution. Many see it as a positive force which brings people together over distance and time. For people in recovery, however, it has the potential to be damaging.

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The Slippery Slope Between Addiction and Crime

Dependency can be reliance on a substance, activity or person where an individual treats something or someone as more important than themselves.

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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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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 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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DIY Detox: A Dangerous Decision

Some people with addiction issues find themselves faced with difficulty financing their detox or feel confident they are able to complete the process on their own. However, there are many reasons DIY detox is ineffective, which we will examine here. 

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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.