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09
Nov

What Is the Connection Between Spirituality and Recovery?

What Is the Connection Between Spirituality and Recovery?   Many people begin recovery and do not know what spirituality is even though those in 12-step meetings talk about it and others talk openly about their relationship with their higher power. What does this mean for you? If you are not a religious person, an understanding...
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29
Sep

How Do I Mourn the Loss of Drugs or Alcohol?

How Do I Mourn the Loss of Drugs or Alcohol? It may seem strange but when an alcoholic or drug addict stops the use of drugs or alcohol, there is a period of mourning that occurs.  The mourning has to do with the loss of a friend that has stood by you for months or...
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11
Sep

8 Ways Life Will Change After Going to Treatment

Following treatment, one can begin to experience positive changes in physical, emotional, and psychological health.  Here are eight ways life can change following treatment. 1.    You will experience emotional regulation.  Your emotions will be less exaggerated and you might feel that you have some control over your emotions.  This is an important consideration because when...
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16
Aug

Yoga Practice for Addiction Recovery

Regular yoga practice teaches practitioners to be mindful of the present moment. Novice yoga practitioners will frequently exhibit skepticism or defensiveness when they are instructed to be “mindful” of their surroundings and circumstances. The challenge of getting past this skepticism can be even more difficult for an addict whose addiction has fostered an ingrained negativity....
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01
Aug

What Does Taking an Integrative Approach to Treatment Mean?

To integrate means to unify separate things. For many years mental health has been seen as purely mental health, ignoring the possibility that what happens in the brain could affect any other area of life. The brain is the epicenter of life, the hub of everything that makes a human a human. In the brain...
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28
Jul

Benefits Of Therapy During and After Treatment

Regularly seeing a therapist is a normal part of recovery for most people who go to treatment. Everyone who goes to treatment will see an individual therapist as well as work with multiple group therapists. Part of discharge planning, as well as working through transitional levels of treatment, includes incorporating therapy into part of recovery...
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25
Jul

You’re Completely In Control Of Your Feelings

When you’re struggling with a mental health condition which is often ultimately defined by not being in complete control, or any control, over feelings and symptoms, it is hard to believe the opposite. It is the lack of control which takes place during active episode of mental health that make us forget that we are...
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17
Jul

6 Reasons You Aren’t Sleeping Even After Detox

    Sleep is an important part of the healing process.   If you are having a hard time sleeping after detox don’t be discouraged. It can take time for your sleep process to regulate again. You are still in physical pain after detox: A common symptom of detoxing from drugs and alcohol is physical...
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06
Jul

Am I Depressed Or Do I Have Bipolar II?

Bipolar I and Bipolar II are characterized by alternating episodes of mania and depression. Both mania and depression must last for weeks at a time in order to qualify as bipolar. Depression can last a long time in bipolar and demonstrate many of the same symptoms as clinical depression, which is a separate disorder. Symptoms...
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06
Jun

How Do I Support Someone In Treatment For Behavioral Health and Chemical Dependency?

Treatment is a sensitive time of growth and healing. When a loved one goes to treatment, it is important to reduce feelings of isolation and remind them that even treatment, they are still treasured members of your life. Make Time To Spend Time Together If the treatment center has visiting hours, schedule time to visit...
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