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yellow and black triangular warning sign against brick wall - relapse symptoms
09
Oct

Warning Signs of Potential Relapse

Sometimes living healthfully requires more dedicated focus. Stressful work issues, family or relationship problems, recurring trauma, financial difficulties, and even the strain of national or world events all throw obstacles onto your wellness path. If you are in recovery and feeling “off”, it’s important to examine why and reach out for support. Potential Relapse Symptoms...
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illustration of dark cave looking out of entrance shaped as human head, onto a beach - EMDR therapy
03
Sep

EMDR Is Not a Band – It Is a Powerful Therapeutic Tool

Acronyms and abbreviations can be difficult to decode. They are intended to shorten communication—whether written or spoken—so that we don’t have to use the full name of something over and over. But sometimes that doesn’t really help make things more clear. Sometimes it just makes things more confusing than they need to be. What Does...
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hands holding rainbow heart on dark wood background - LGBTQ(IA+)
04
Aug

Addiction Help for the LGBTQ(IA+) Community

When some healthcare professionals talk about people with substance or alcohol use disorder, process addictions, mood and co-occurring disorders, trauma and PTSD, or eating disorders, they often put someone in a group based simply on symptoms. But whole person, holistic care, like what Cottonwood Tucson provides, takes into consideration an individual’s complete self and full...
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coffee, muffin, and journal sitting on bed in morning - establishing routines
20
Jul

The Importance of Routines and Rituals

When a person manages their life well, it’s likely that routines and rituals have a large role in their success. Whether you’re trying to live sober, follow healthy methods for handling a mood or behavioral disorder, or recognize that your self-empowerment requires more structure, here are some reasons why establishing routines and rituals might help....
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Lauren Impraim, MA, LPC - Family Program Manager at Cottonwood Tucson - Recovery Is a Family Matter
10
Jul

Recovery Is a Family Matter

By Lauren Impraim, MA, LPC Family Program Manager When an individual enters treatment for addiction or behavioral health, there is often at least one other person who has been deeply impacted. Some family members would like to point the finger at the identified ‘issue’ being the person who is in treatment; however, the sooner family...
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couple facing away from each other in argument - quarantine - addiction problem
16
Jun

Does Your Quarantine Buddy Have an Addiction Problem?

Few people who live together are around each other all the time. Most individuals have separate work, friends, errands, hobbies, and other activities from each other. These busy routines mean that all too often, we don’t fully know the behaviors of the people we live with unless we come face-to-face with them. Stress, Substance Misuse,...
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zen sand sculpture with black rocks - calm
25
May

Cultivating Calm

Some people seem to have a natural predisposition for ease and tranquility. When faced with adversity or just handling concerns or annoyances of daily life, they hardly ever appear ruffled or upset. The rest of us have to work at staying calm. Fortunately, there are many techniques readily available to make the process easier. Balance...
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sad man looking at phone - treatment during COVID-19
24
Apr

Should I Seek Treatment During COVID-19?

The best time to get treatment for substance use or mental health issues is right now. Yes, there’s a lot of uncertainty in the world due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but life is even more challenging if you fear drugs or alcohol negatively impact your health, behaviors, and the people you love. Your Recovery Is...
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therapist helping man do exercises at physical therapy - pain management
15
Apr

Alternative Treatments for Pain Management

In 2018, The Washington Post reported that 50 million adults in the U.S. live with chronic pain. That’s more than 20 percent of the country’s population. To present that statistic another way, one in five people deal with pain “most days or every day.” A large number of those individuals have chronic pain that is...
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hand holding together a broken wooden piece shaped like a person - trauma
20
Mar

Connection Between Trauma and Process Addictions

When people struggle with trauma, they often strive to project an aspect of normalcy. If they haven’t sought professional treatment to remedy the effects of trauma, or the therapeutic approach wasn’t successful, they frequently revert to other coping mechanisms to shield themselves. Coping Mechanisms Unfortunately, not all coping mechanisms are healthy, and some will compound...
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