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addiction
closeup of someone playing game on mobile phone in front of computer - gaming
13
Nov

How Too Much Gaming Becomes an Addiction

Video games date back to the 1950s. A British professor created a simple tic-tac-toe computerized game as part of his dissertation in 1952. To demonstrate the abilities of the latest analog computer and oscilloscope screen, a researcher in New York designed a tennis game in 1958. A few years later, a professor at MIT invented...
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woman comforting friend - enabling
14
Oct

Know the Difference Between Enabling and Helping

You Want to Help When someone you love is in pain, it’s a natural impulse to want to help in any way you can. If you feel you’ve contributed to this misery in some form, the urge to absolve yourself and take away feelings of guilt or shame—even if you’re really not part of the...
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04
Oct

Why Giving Back in Recovery Matters So Much

You’re working through recovery. You take a look around you and notice all that you have. How did you get so lucky to make it through this life-changing situation? You know what it feels like to be on the other side, fighting for your life and wondering how you are going to get your next...
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stressed woman holding credit cards and looking down at statements - compulsive shopping
24
Sep

How Do I Know If I Have a Compulsive Shopping Problem?

Americans love to shop. In 2018, overall retail spending in the United States exceeded $3.6 trillion. Retail e-commerce purchases in America totaled $517.36 billion—more than any other country. In addition, more people use smartphones to shop rather than laptops/desktops than ever before because of convenience—46 percent of online shopping orders are placed with phones.* There’s...
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looking through cracked bedroom door at sad woman with head on her knees - sex addiction
12
Sep

What Is Sex Addiction?

An Overview Our culture has many misconceptions involving sex addiction. Sex makes us uncomfortable, and we attach to it aspects of morality that make it even more difficult to talk about. All of this makes it challenging to recognize the differences between a healthy sex life and a damaging, compulsive one. Compulsive sexual behavior disorder,...
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closeup of woman in white shirt with arms slightly crossed - compulsive
17
Aug

Treatment for Compulsive Behaviors

About Compulsive Behaviors All of us have particular habits and characteristics, so what classifies something as a compulsive behavior that may be harmful to you or others? Simply put, Psychology Today reports that someone exhibiting compulsive behavior does so “to relieve underlying anxieties or negative emotions. While the behavior doesn’t necessarily lead to any end...
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close up of hands and feet of person standing and stretching on yoga mat - through yoga
31
Jul

Healing Addiction Through Yoga

When you go through substance abuse rehabilitation, your body and mind receive a bit of a reset. Detoxification may help your system purge harmful chemicals, and an introduction to proper nutrition starts the rebuilding process at the cellular level. Cognitive behavioral therapy and other forms of psychological awareness provide a road map for new understanding...
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film strip - documentary
18
Jul

Inspirational Documentaries for Recovery

Sometimes the stories of others add to our motivation. When choosing to live a healthier life, aspects of inspiration help center your focus and intention. From motivational memes on social media to podcasts filled with aspiring goals to thousands of self-help books, it’s easy to get a boost just when you need one the most....
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sad woman looking out window - addiction treatment
09
Jul

The Relationship Between Trauma and Women Seeking Addiction Treatment

Trauma is a strong catalyst in women’s addiction issues. Traumatic events such as domestic violence, sexual abuse, divorce, and grief are common factors in substance use disorders (SUD) for women. While this shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone trying to understand a person’s progression into drug or alcohol use, it shockingly is. The National Institute...
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woman rolling up yoga mat - yoga teacher
26
Jun

Talking to Your Yoga Teacher About Trauma

Highlight: Recreation Therapist Emily Mattimoe discusses how leisure and recreational activities can be used as coping mechanisms Yoga is often a hands-on experience between a teacher and a practitioner. This interaction is a primary advantage to working with an instructor privately or in a class, rather than following a DVD or online session. For someone...
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