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Relapse Prevention: Trigger Awareness is Half the Battle

May 1, 2016

Completing a rehab program is a huge accomplishment, but it's just the beginning of your recovery journey. Recovery comes with many challenges, and dealing with triggers may be one of the most difficult aspects of staying sober. When you're aware of the triggers that could tempt you to use again, you can be vigilant about avoiding those people and situations. Being familiar with relapse prevention techniques and methods makes it more likely that you'll stick with your recovery plan. Understanding Triggers for Relapse Prevention Everyone has their own set of triggers: situations, people and things that can lead to uncomfortable…

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Preventing Relapse through Stress Management

April 29, 2016

Many aspects of a person's life improve when they're in recovery, but the stresses of everyday life don't go away when they leave the treatment center. Stress is a normal and inevitable part of life, and it's important to learn how to deal with tension and worry in healthy ways through stress management. Studies have shown that stress doesn't just play a major role in active cases of substance abuse, but it can also trigger relapse. Developing a strong set of stress-management techniques and coping skills can help recovering individuals learn how to handle stressful situations and stay on track.…

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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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