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Foods Your Body Needs in Recovery

Posted on Aug 9, 2018 in Addiction, Alcoholism, Blog, Recovery | 0 comments

Foods Your Body Needs in Recovery

If you’re in recovery, it’s easy to justify a second cupcake by telling yourself at least it’s not heroin. Or it’s easy to think that eating green vegetables isn’t important when you’re trying so hard to not have a drink of gin. It’s understandable why many people turn to food to fill a void left by an abused substance. Putting harmful substances like drugs or alcohol in your body is obviously destructive, but neglecting to put healthy substances in our bodies is also destructive. When we talk about recovery, we aren’t just talking about...

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Drug Slang and Warning Signs: What Parents of Teens Need to Know

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

Drug Slang and Warning Signs: What Parents of Teens Need to Know

Some nicknames, like “weed” for “marijuana” and “coke” for “cocaine,” are so common nowadays that most people know what they refer to. But if you heard your teen talk about a drug using a more obscure slang word, would you know what it referred to? Would you know what steps to take if you suspected that your teen is struggling with substance abuse? For statistics about the frequency of drug addiction, check out this link to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The numbers show the terrifying reality that many teens are using and...

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What Not to Do When Someone Comes Home from Rehab

Posted on Jul 22, 2018 in Addiction, Alcoholism, Blog, Recovery | 0 comments

What Not to Do When Someone Comes Home from Rehab

The weeks right after a loved one comes from home from a recovery program are a critical time. Studies have shown that relapses are far more likely to happen during the first few weeks of independent living. Without the familiar boundaries of residential treatment, it’s likely that your loved one will need extra support. Here are some things that you shouldn’t do when your loved one returns from a drug or alcohol recovery center: Don’t… 1. Impose Your Own Plans on Your Loved One You might have your own ideas of what recovery looks like. Maybe...

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How to Support a Loved One in Rehab

Posted on Jul 6, 2018 in Addiction, Alcoholism, Blog, Recovery | 0 comments

How to Support a Loved One in Rehab

You just dropped off your child, spouse, parent, or friend at an addiction recovery center. It’s been a long path getting to this point and you’re a mixture of exhaustion, relief, anxiety, or maybe even guilt or fear. You’ve been so focused on your loved one’s monumental addiction problem that as you drive away you realize you have no idea what to do now. How are you supposed to spend your time? How can you help your loved one through addiction? What should you do? The day you drop off your loved one at a program is in many ways the beginning...

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How to Know If You’ve Hit Rock Bottom

Posted on Jun 26, 2018 in Addiction, Alcoholism, Blog, Recovery | 0 comments

How to Know If You’ve Hit Rock Bottom

Sometimes we like to think of life as the plot to a movie. There’s an inciting problem. Something happens that makes the hero realize he has a problem and he’s reached rock bottom. The hero has an epiphany. Then there’s a music montage while the hero solves the problem in two minutes and lives happily ever after. Real life doesn’t work this way. There are many, smaller, quieter epiphanies. There isn’t one rock bottom. There are many hardships and low points of various kinds. There are thousands of choices that lead to pain or healing. There...

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Job Hunting in Recovery

Posted on Jun 12, 2018 in Addiction, Blog, Recovery | 0 comments

Job Hunting in Recovery

Overcoming addiction is scary. Job hunting can be overwhelming. The combination of the two is almost enough to make a person want to crawl into bed and never work again. Fortunately, job hunting in recovery doesn’t have to be as daunting as you might think. A lot of the same skills and advice for finding a job in a normal situation applies to finding a job in recovery. However, there are a few special considerations to keep in mind as you search for suitable employment. It’s Up to You How Much You Want to Disclose Most people in recovery are...

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What to Do if Your Child Is Struggling with Addiction

Posted on Jun 1, 2018 in Addiction, Alcoholism, Blog, Recovery | 0 comments

What to Do if Your Child Is Struggling with Addiction

If your child is using drugs or alcohol, you may feel overwhelmed, angry, or in denial of the problem, or uncomfortable talking about it. You may feel as if you have failed as a parent. You may feel unsure how to help your child or when is appropriate to seek help. Nearly a fourth of young adults ages 18 to 20 have used an illegal substance. Substance abuse among teens is common and many parents feel ill-equipped to handle it. If it feels like your child’s addiction is out of your control, that’s because it is, in part. Ultimately, you cannot...

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Handling the Stigma of Recovery

Posted on May 23, 2018 in Addiction, Alcoholism, Blog | 0 comments

Handling the Stigma of Recovery

Stigma isn’t tangible, but it is very real. It’s seen in the facial expressions of a person when she finds out her friend is an alcoholic. It’s heard in the tone of voice an employer uses with someone in recovery during an interview. It’s seen in the portrayals and stereotypes of addicts shown on TV shows and in the media. Recovery can feel like an uphill battle, even on the best of days. Stigma can make that climb even steeper. Knowing how to handle stigma can be the difference between a successful recovery and relapsing. What Is Stigma?...

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Fun in the Sun While Staying Sober

Posted on May 7, 2018 in Blog, Recovery | 0 comments

Fun in the Sun While Staying Sober

You hibernated at home all winter—purposely separating yourself from all the usual temptations. You didn’t go to bars when your friends asked. It wasn’t that hard to say no because it was cold outside and you didn’t want leave your warm house. But now, it’s getting warmer. The trees are blooming. The sun is out and the days are getting longer. Suddenly, you have a longing to sit on the porch with a beer or two. Or, maybe you remember the times that the weather was warm and you went to the park to get high with your friends. Spring and summer...

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Chronic Illness and Addiction: Is There an Extra Risk?

Posted on May 1, 2018 in Addiction, Blog, Recovery | 0 comments

Chronic Illness and Addiction: Is There an Extra Risk?

According to the National Health Council, almost half of Americans live with some sort of chronic pain. From injury, surgery, and chronic diseases to terminal cancer, many of us experience consistent, debilitating pain that drastically reduces our quality of life. If you’ve ever been in intense pain and had a medical professional not believe you, you know how frustrating untreated pain can be. This is especially true if your race, socioeconomic status, gender, criminal record, or previous drug use has led someone to stigmatize you. Pain is...

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