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Healthy Friends vs. Unhealthy Friends

You are who you surround yourself with. Although it may be a clichéd belief, for many, the saying holds true. If you’re in treatment, it is important to surround yourself with positive, healthy relationships that will be a source of support during and after the recovery process.

For many people, this may mean avoiding friends you used to hang out with before you entered treatment. It doesn’t stop there. Developing new friendships can also be tricky as you try to find a healthy network of friends.

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Can You Learn to Drink in Moderation?

Have you been sober for a period of time, and are wondering if you can ease back into having a drink on special occasions? Or, perhaps, you believe you may have a drinking problem, but do not want to give up alcohol entirely? We all know drinking to excess is unhealthy, especially for those who have an addictive personality – but is the occasional glass of wine acceptable, if only reserved for rare evenings?

Before considering whether or not it is a safe option for you to drink in moderation, consider the following, and bring your thoughts to the attention of your sponsor if you are currently in recovery.

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How to Speak to Your Employer about Addiction

If you have recently returned to work after attending a rehabilitation program, or are beginning a new position, it is important that your employer understands the position you are currently in (if you feel comfortable speaking to them about it).

Not only will having a discussion with your employer about your addiction help you understand your employment rights, but it will help them understand you a bit better. Read on to learn a few helpful tips when speaking to your employer about your previous or ongoing addiction.

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10 Songs about Addiction That Will Make You Feel Empowered

We all crave inspiration in the form of music at one point or another. For a recovering addict, the need for music to empower and strengthen the spirit can strike at any time. However you source your music, it is always a smart idea to keep an addiction playlist at the ready for those moments when you could use a little extra inspiration.

We have compiled a list of our favorite songs about addiction that will motivate you and help you out through even the darkest of days.

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Common Forms of Co-Occurring Disorders that Need Dual Diagnosis

Co-occurring disorders can manifest themselves in many different ways. In some cases, a person may have a pre-existing mental condition that hasn’t been treated correctly, leading them to substance abuse. In other cases, substance abuse creates mental illness. Whatever the case, the combinations of substances and mental health conditions can lead to a unique treatment plan for patients.

It is surprisingly common for a person to have a dual diagnosis of a substance addiction and mental health condition, and this number is only increasing. The following are the most common co-occurring disorders.

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The Importance of Honesty in Recovery

Admitting that you are struggling with an addiction or mental health issue is one of the hardest things you will ever do. Once you admit to yourself, it also means that you will need to admit to others that you have these issues and need help to overcome them.

Dishonesty is all too common among addicts and those with a mental health condition – most of the time it’s about the denial that you have an issue or need help. For some, it could also extend into lies they have told friends and family, i.e. lying about how much they have been using or how much they have spent.

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How Drug Use Affects Oral Health

A smile is often your first impression when meeting new people, interviewing for a job, or even going on a date. For those whose smile has been affected by prolonged drug use, meeting new people or being asked to be in photos can be an uncomfortable situation. One of the first things those in recovery seek is a dentist who can help remedy their lack of oral health while in the throes of addiction.

We recently spoke with Dr. Ari Socher of Renumi Mobile, a mobile dentistry dedicated to helping clients in substance abuse rehabilitation treatment centers. Dr. Socher, who has worked in the dental field for nine years, spoke on his experiences in treating these individuals and how drugs damage a person’s physical health and appearance.

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How to Celebrate Graduating from Treatment

Graduating from a rehabilitation facility is an exciting event and should be celebrated in grand fashion. We make a big deal of every milestone – from receiving our driver’s license, to moving into our first apartment, to our work anniversaries. Recovering from addiction is no exception – and it takes much more hard work than studying for any exam.

It is normal to be hesitant about congratulating yourself as someone in recovery. However, celebrating is more important for someone recovering from addiction than anyone else. It is fulfilling to remind yourself of where you were, and how far you have come. When things become stressful or difficult for you, thinking back to the hurdles you have faced in the past will help you give yourself a boost of confidence and help you remember you can get through anything.

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The Effects of Drug Use on Oral Health

The physical effects of drug usage are commonly thought of as weight loss, thinning hair, or skin care problems. However, one of the most profound effects is dental. At Destination Hope, clients are often eager to get dental care after seeing the damage drugs have done to their teeth. Dr. Ari Socher of Renumi Mobile helps take care of those in recovery who are in dire need of dental care. Renumi Mobile is a mobile dentistry practice, which means people in recovery can get the dental care they need to not only feel good and look good. Q-How long have…

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What’s the Difference between Inpatient and Outpatient Care?

Drug and alcohol treatment options vary from place to place. However, in most cases, they fall into two major categories – inpatient or outpatient care. Both are meant to help you get better, and both are focused on your well-being and rehabilitation. It is important to understand the difference between inpatient and outpatient care. Both the recovering addict as well as their loved ones need to comprehend the differences before choosing a treatment program. What Is Inpatient Care? Also known as residential care or treatments, inpatient care requires the patient to check-in into a controlled environment, where they will receive…

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