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16
Aug

Local Media Addresses the Growing Meth Crisis

While much of the country has been focused on putting a stop to the opioid crisis, many people with addiction problems have turned to methamphetamine. Cottonwood’s clinical director Kathleen Parrish recently spoke with News4 about the dangers of the meth and the long-term damage it has on users. See the full story on News4 at...
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13
Aug

Returning to Work After Rehab

There are many “firsts” to look forward to when you complete an inpatient or extensive outpatient rehabilitation program. For a lot of people, the opportunity to return to work is a big accomplishment. As you approach this sobriety milestone, it may be necessary to create a detailed plan of action regarding a number of factors,...
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08
Aug

Keeping a Meditation Journal

A meditation practice can help you manage a number of aspects in life. Whether you need a moment of calm in an otherwise busy day or have a deeper intention for cultivating stillness, meditating provides a safe space. When someone “practices” meditation, he or she is continually learning. It’s a never-ending journey, with many pivotal...
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24
Jul

How Yoga Helps Recovery

The most progressive treatment for drug and alcohol addiction addresses the whole person, not just the disease. Most effective continuance of care plans include holistic modalities that help the goal to improve an individual’s mind, body, and spirit. A regular yoga practice is one of the most popular ways to foster this internal connection. Statistics from...
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27
Jun

Choosing to Share Your Addiction Story

One of the hardest aspects of pursuing life without addiction is determining how much to share with others. There are many situations when it’s evident you’re following a different path. It’s important to remember that ownership over your recovery story gives you agency to understand what the truth means to you, what questions you’ll answer...
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13
Jun

What Is a Functioning Alcoholic?

One of the hardest things to accept about an alcohol use disorder (AUD) is how everything can appear “normal” and someone can still have a serious problem. After all, drinking is both legal and socially acceptable. People enjoy wine tours, craft beer festivals, and liquor pairings with gourmet appetizers. We pop a bottle of champagne...
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07
Jun

Adapting to a Healthy Diet During Recovery

We all function at our best when we eat fresh, whole foods. The body is an intricate machine and the mind a complex computer. Junk food, substance use, dehydration, and other harmful practices contaminate our systems, creating malfunctions. Poor eating habits and lack of physical exercise have a cumulative effect. In fact, the Office of...
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22
May

Why EMDR Helps Recovery

For many people, addiction is a co-occurring disorder with mental health issues. These conditions range from anxiety and depression to childhood trauma and PTSD. Too often, the severity of the underlying issue prompts a greater likelihood that other disorders will present. For example, if someone was sexually abused, he or she may also have depression,...
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09
May

Helping a Loved One with Binge Eating Disorder

It’s often difficult to determine if a loved one has a problem with binge eating. You may feel you’re comparing someone’s behavior to your own, passing judgement, or being critical. Binge eating disorder (BED) has key signals that help make it easier to determine if you should be concerned. If there’s a problem, it’s treatable,...
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25
Apr

Debunking the 6 Top Myths About Addiction

People struggling with drug or alcohol addiction not only have to face the consequences of their actions, but also the social stigma surrounding their disease. The myths associated with addiction contribute greatly to the reasons why people may not seek effective medical treatment. If you or someone you love suffer from addiction, learn why the...
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