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Handling Withdrawal Symptoms

There are few ways to predict how someone will react during alcohol or drug withdrawal. The physiology of each individual, types of substances abused, past and current environment, and support from family and friends all affect healing. Concern—or even fear—about...
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How Loving-Kindness Meditation Helps Recovery

Numerous studies tout the positive effects of meditation. Support of the medical community helps validate why this holistic wellness method proves beneficial for people, especially those overcoming substance use disorder (SUD). For people in recovery, meditation helps: Improve mindfulness. One...
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Addiction Treatment and FMLA

What Is FMLA? The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), established in 1993, provides an individual dealing with a health crisis the protection to take a hiatus from employment. The intent of the FMLA is to acknowledge changes in society,...
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Treating Depression with Inpatient Therapy

Major depression, not just periodic moments of feeling blue, is considered one of the most common mental disorders, according to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). The agency refers to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders definition...
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Mindfulness for Better Meditation

Although there are numerous techniques for meditation, many people are still uncertain about how to do it. However, the practice is often easy to incorporate into your recovery. One way to meditate is to pause in a quiet space, close...
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Understanding Stress and How to Cope

Stress is a dirty word for many people, and with good reason. We often don’t feel its full effects until it’s wreaked havoc on our emotions, thoughts, and physical well-being. But did you know that stress isn’t always a bad...
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What Is SMART Recovery?

A primary aspect of a continuum of care plan involves techniques that enable you to not only maintain sobriety, but also uncover your best self. This isn’t simply social media affirmation. Through exposure to positive influences and new ways of...
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Alcohol-Related Deaths for Women Are Rising

One reason why women are so susceptible to chronic illness and death due to alcohol abuse is due to how their bodies metabolize it. Research provided by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) suggests it’s because women...
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What Is Binge Drinking?

It’s easy to think we’ll simply bounce back after a lot of water and a good night’s sleep. But what’s the dividing line between having a little too much alcohol and actually binge drinking? The definition of binge drinking is...
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