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Can Exercise Help Fight Addiction?

October 5, 2015

Exercise is known to have many benefits for the body, but it's also good for the brain. The phenomenon of the "runner's high" is rooted in science: your brain experiences a chemical reward when you exercise. This idea has promising applications in the world of addiction science. Research shows that exercise can reinforce the effects of addiction treatment and helps people deal with the recovery process; in addition, physical activity may also help prevent substance abuse. Exercise and Recovery Physical activity is good for everyone, and it's especially beneficial for people in recovery. Exercise is a proven stress-reliever, with the…

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Aftercare 101: Ways to Show Gratitude for Getting Through the Holidays

November 14, 2012

Aftercare during the holidays can be your best tool for relapse prevention. The holidays can test the patience and fortitude of most any woman, but when you're facing your first holiday season after treatment for substance abuse or a mental health disorder, the holiday season can be especially trying. Your aftercare support is important all year long and, during a season when self-care often falls by the wayside, it's vital that you continue to take care of yourself over the next two months with a focus on relapse prevention. Once you get through the season, it's time to relish your…

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3 Reasons Alumni Programs are Key to Relapse Prevention

August 1, 2012

Alumni programs are an important part of relapse prevention because they help connect the recovery community and help women live healthy, sober lives after rehab.  Alumni programming like events, newsletters, family days, and group therapy can help a woman maintain sobriety, even in the face of real life challenges.  Alumni programs are designed for women who have successfully graduated from drug and alcohol rehabilitation and are actively rebuilding their lives. Why Participate in Alumni Programs? 1. Drug and alcohol treatment is a lengthy process and doesn’t stop when you graduate from rehab.   Let’s face it, relapse prevention is an everyday,…

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