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Preventing Relapse Through Stress Management

April 21, 2021

The Word STRESS Written With a Red Colored Pencil and Underlined on White Paper

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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How to Stay Sober When Your Coworkers Aren’t

March 31, 2021

Addiction and The Workplace

By some estimates, up to 40 percent of industrial fatalities and 47 percent of industrial injuries can be attributed to on-the-job alcohol consumption, according to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence. Additionally, 21 percent of American workers reported being injured or endangered, having to re-do work or cover for their co-worker or extending their working hours due to a co-worker’s drinking or drug use. Nearly 70 percent of an estimated 22.4 million adult users of illicit drugs are employed either part or full time. Approximately 76 percent of adult heavy drinkers and over 79 percent of adult binge drinkers are also employed part or full time. These percentages equate to approximately 76 million employed adults.

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Relapse Prevention Strategies That Work

July 8, 2018

Relapse prevention strategies help clients become aware of how to avoid or overcome specific triggers for substance use in their lives. These strategies are developed during drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs and clients continue to use them at home. It’s even a good idea for clients to share their relapse prevention strategies with their loved ones to get additional assistance. Relapse prevention strategies that are truly effective have been created with honesty and specific details and are carried out with dedication and a realistic approach. At Destination Hope, these strategies are created specifically for the client and their lifestyle. Triggers…

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How to Stay Positive After a Relapse

May 11, 2016

Addiction is a chronic and relapsing disease. While it can’t be cured, complete abstinence can send it into remission. Using again once you’re in recovery can cause the addiction—the compulsive use of drugs or alcohol despite negative consequences—to return. This is known as relapse. And while relapse is not uncommon in the recovery community, it is desperately frustrating. In this blog, we look into how to stay positive after relapse and get back on track with treatment and support. Relapse Is Not A Catastrophe Relapse statistics illustrate just how challenging it is to attain lifelong sobriety. Between 70 and 90…

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Can Playing Tetris Help with Cravings?

April 1, 2016

Thanks to a recent study published in the journal Addictive Behaviors, you can now add a quick game of Tetris to your arsenal of ways to combat cravings. Many theoretical models have been developed to explain the anatomy of a craving, which is believed to be both physiological and psychological, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. The physiological aspect is due to changes that affect the reward and motivation areas of the brain, while the psychological component has to do with learned behaviors and the negative emotions that once triggered drinking or drug use. Cravings are…

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Sustainable Sobriety Through the Holidays and Beyond

November 20, 2015

The holidays can be a stressful time. Money runs low, emotions run high, family gets under your skin and all the traveling during the busiest and most blustery time of year takes a huge bite out of your patience and sense of well-being. Thankfully, most of the time, we emerge on the other side of the holidays relatively unscathed. But for those in recovery, these stressors can mean the difference between maintaining sobriety and relapse, and that can mean the difference between life and death. Stress is a known risk factor in addiction relapse, according to a study published in…

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How to Find a Sponsor

January 6, 2012

The sponsor - sponsee relationship is one of the cornerstones of the 12 step program. Simply put, a sponsor is someone who has been where you currently are and has progressed further in their recovery. They are there to watch and learn from while you go through your 12 step program. They are there to listen to your experiences without judgment and offer their support as only someone who has been in your shoes before can. Their purpose is not to give advice or tell you what to do, rather tell you what they’ve done as they worked the program…

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