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6 Tips for Dating a Person in Recovery

Posted on Apr 10, 2018 in Blog, Recovery | 0 comments

6 Tips for Dating a Person in Recovery

Every relationship is different and recovery looks different for each person. However, there are some basic guidelines to keep in mind if you are dating someone in recovery or are considering starting to date someone in recovery. 1. Don’t start dating someone who started recovery yesterday. Everyone knows it’s risky to date someone a week after they get out of a serious relationship. In some ways, addiction is like a destructive, abusive relationship. If the last time your significant other took a hit or a drink was only a week ago, it’s...

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7 Ways to Restore Trust with a Loved One After Recovery

Posted on Mar 29, 2018 in Blog, Recovery | 0 comments

7 Ways to Restore Trust with a Loved One After Recovery

The journey towards recovering from addiction involves many steps. After you’ve gone through detox and gotten the counseling necessary to better understand the issues behind your substance abuse, you’ll need to work on repairing fractured relationships with your friends and family. These 7 tips will help you work on rebuilding trust. 1. Realize It’s Not Up to You Unfortunately, you can’t make a loved one decide to trust you. Trust must be earned, so the first step in restoring trust with a loved one after recovery is...

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Are You Afraid of Getting Sober?

Posted on Mar 15, 2018 in Blog, Recovery | 0 comments

Are You Afraid of Getting Sober?

Using drugs or alcohol on a daily basis is not just a habit; it’s a lifestyle. Imagining life without the constant chase of sustaining a buzz is difficult. The truth is, you’ve been using drugs and/or alcohol as a way to escape for so long that now the idea of reality, normality, is frightening. How can you return to a life where you just wake up without the worry of wondering how and when you are going to use? In other words, long-term substance abuse often leads to a fear of sobriety. Consider the following eight fears that may be holding...

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The Importance of Sleep in Recovery

Posted on Feb 26, 2018 in Blog, Recovery | 0 comments

The Importance of Sleep in Recovery

Besides eating healthy and exercise, there’s one piece of advice doctors always give their patients. Get plenty of quality sleep. Sleep is important for everyone’s health, but is especially important for those in recovery. Here’s why. Lack of sleep turns even the strongest people into their most vulnerable self. When people are sleep-deprived, they put themselves at a greater risk of falling into depression, suicidal thoughts, obesity, or turning to coping mechanisms. If those weaknesses and coping mechanisms are alcohol and drug related,...

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Fentanyl: An Open Letter to Grandma

Posted on Feb 12, 2018 in Addiction, Blog | 0 comments

Fentanyl: An Open Letter to Grandma

Dear Grandma, A few months ago, we circled up in your living room and talked about the opioid epidemic. You were shocked and saddened by the death toll. You had seen it reported on the news. Since I write about addiction, I tried to explain how people become dependent on drugs. I talked about increasing tolerance levels—about how people need more and then more and then more to experience the high of their first time. One day, I said, that more could kill you. You recounted what you’d seen on the news, that some people were poisoning the...

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Recovery Takes Guts: Good Nutrition for Addiction Recovery

Posted on Feb 5, 2018 in Blog, Recovery | 0 comments

Recovery Takes Guts: Good Nutrition for Addiction Recovery

Addiction is a health crisis. Physical health, mental health, societal health—you name it, addiction harms it. But what about nutritional health? People experiencing addiction are less likely to engage in the self-care it takes to maintain a healthy diet. And while nutrition may seem relatively minor next to all of the other problems confronting people with addiction, poor nutrition can have serious health ramifications. In addiction recovery, taking back your gut is an important step toward overall health. Drugs and grub. Dietary and immune...

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How to Deal with Insomnia During Recovery

Posted on Jan 31, 2018 in Blog, Recovery | 0 comments

How to Deal with Insomnia During Recovery

If you’re anything like me, you live in fear of tossing and turning while trying to fall asleep. Insomnia can have frustrating and devastating effects, especially for someone who is in recovery from substance abuse. Unfortunately, even though insomnia can be a symptom of detoxification from substances, taking sleeping pills is not the answer. While sleeping pills may seem mild in comparison to drugs like heroin, cocaine, or benzodiazepines, they are powerful enough lead to addiction and have potentially fatal side effects. Sleeping pills pose...

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6 Things a Doctor Wants You to Know About Addiction Recovery

Posted on Jan 23, 2018 in Blog, Recovery | 0 comments

6 Things a Doctor Wants You to Know About Addiction Recovery

There are professionals who work every day with people in recovery. They see the same patterns, the same pitfalls, and the same traits of successful recoveries. Have you ever wondered what advice a doctor who works with drug and alcohol rehabilitation gives? I recently spoke with a doctor at UPMC in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, who routinely works with addiction. I asked him some questions about recovery that I’ve always wanted to ask a doctor. 1. What is the first advice you would give to someone in recovery? Learn about your deeper emotional...

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Mom’s ‘Little Problem’: How to Handle Parents with Addiction

Posted on Jan 12, 2018 in Addiction, Blog | 0 comments

Mom’s ‘Little Problem’: How to Handle Parents with Addiction

Older adults are rarely presented as the image of substance abuse. Nevertheless, this group confronts unique risks when it comes to addiction. Due to lifestyle factors, older adults can be at an increased risk of developing addictions. The resultant health concerns are also greater with age and can take a severe toll on your loved one’s overall quality of life. If you suspect your parent is struggling with addiction, you should know as much as possible about what they are facing. Your knowledge could save your parent from having to learn...

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Let in the Light: Seasonal Affective Disorder and Substance Abuse

Posted on Jan 3, 2018 in Addiction, Blog | 0 comments

Let in the Light: Seasonal Affective Disorder and Substance Abuse

Last week I walked out of work at seven o’clock p.m. and my heart sank. I had forgotten that the sun goes down earlier this time of year. I work in a building almost entirely without windows, and when I get out of work late, it means that I barely see the sun at all. As I walked out into a cold, dark, grey landscape I thought, “How am I ever going to get through this winter?” All I wanted to do was to curl up in a ball and hibernate till spring. I am one of many who live with Seasonal Affective Disorder. What is Seasonal Affective Disorder...

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