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28
Nov

Getting Treatment for an Eating Disorder

Sometimes, we know the truth, even if it’s hard to face or we don’t know where to turn. With so much focus in society on weight gain, weight loss, and model-perfect images in social media and on magazine covers, it’s no wonder problems with eating disorders often are overlooked—and sometimes dismissed. But, if you feel...
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18
Nov

Handling the Holidays While in Recovery

The festive holiday season is often filled with work parties, gatherings with family and friends, themed activities, and other events. We celebrate certain traditions, cook or bake specialty foods, and enjoy customs that only happen once a year. As happy as these times often are, they might also be gateways to stress, disappointment, and concern....
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13
Nov

Benefits of Art Therapy

Our souls respond to art, even if we don’t believe we’re creative in any way. Because of this, art therapy is often a good holistic approach for maintaining sobriety. It allows you to experience emotion, relay perceptions, find peace, and explore new ideas. The human relationship with art is integrated into our very being. Think...
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22
Oct

Yoga for Recovery: Interview with Emily Mattimoe

Emily Mattimoe, MS, CTRS, is the coordinator of recreation therapy services at Cottonwood Tucson. She explores how leisure and recreational activities can be coping mechanisms for sobriety and how these methods help add joy to the recovery process. Yoga is a vital component of the holistic recreational approach at Cottonwood Tucson. “Treatment isn’t just about...
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Understanding Process Addictions
17
Oct

Understanding Process Addictions

As addiction science evolves, the medical community continues to find support for the claim that addiction is a chronic brain disease. In the past decade, numerous studies have reinforced direct causation of drugs and alcohol on the brain’s reward center, neural pathways, memory, cognitive function, and motivation. Further research by the American Society of Addiction...
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04
Oct

Why Substance Abuse Affects Nutrition

The statistics regarding America’s lack of nutrition are rather astounding. Consider the following: Dietary guidelines for 2015-2020 released by the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion indicate that 117 million Americans—approximately half of all adults in the nation—have at least one preventable chronic condition related to inadequate diet and lack of exercise. The average...
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24
Sep

The Epidemic of Painkiller Addiction

In 2015, Harvard Medical School reported that “four times as many prescription painkillers are provided each year now compared with the 1990s.” In 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) implemented a public health emergency, and developed a campaign to focus on specifically reducing opioid dependency. In its research, HHS cited the...
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17
Sep

Laughter as Medicine: Learning to Meditate and Laugh Together

It sounds peculiar to laugh and meditate at the same time, especially when the general perception of meditation is to sit quietly and be still. But a few daily lighthearted chuckles and chuffs often stimulate changes in helpful “feel good” brain chemicals such as endorphins, serotonin, and dopamine. Laughing, like meditation, can reduce symptoms of...
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23
Aug

Addiction Detox: Nothing to Fear

When you realize it’s time to get treatment for a drug or alcohol problem, there are many unknowns. One common fear people have is what happens during detoxification. There’s no question that substance abuse changes not only brain chemistry, but also a person’s physiology. Stopping suddenly or without proper supervision are probably the worst actions...
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20
Aug

Do 12-Step Programs Really Work?

As addiction science continues to advance, many people wonder about the effectiveness of 12-Step programs and how they impact an individual’s recovery from substance abuse or process disorders. The most famous 12-Step program is Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), established in 1935, designed to foster “an international fellowship of men and women who have a drinking problem.”...
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