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Building a Relationship With Yourself After Addiction

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Recovery from substance abuse and addiction requires a number of different commitments. One of the issues on which you will have to work is your relationships with people. How will treatment help you re-form these relationships with those around you? To get there, you must first repair the relationship with yourself.

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Preventing Relapse Through Stress Management

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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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3 Reasons Alumni Programs are Key to Relapse Prevention

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Alumni programs are an important part of relapse prevention because they help connect the recovery community and help people live healthy, sober lives after rehab.  Alumni programming like events, newsletters, family days, and group therapy can help a person maintain sobriety, even in the face of real-life challenges.  Alumni programs are designed for people who have successfully graduated from drug and alcohol rehabilitation and are actively rebuilding their lives.

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What to Do When Cravings Hit?

Recovery is a lifelong process – a concept that every addict or substance abuser learns early on in treatment. It is important to understand this concept and know that the work to stay off of alcohol and drugs of abuse never ends. Even those with decades of sobriety can relapse despite their best efforts. Cravings are, unfortunately, part of the recovery process and often hit at times when they are hardest to manage. However, during treatment, you will have developed skills and coping mechanisms to keep them at bay and avoid relapse.

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Can Apps Help Women Stay Clean & Sober?

The world continues to move online, so it should be no surprise that those in recovery are finding outlets online that will help them in their journey. As more and more people turn to their mobile devices to stay connected, apps have become increasingly popular in helping those in recovery. Below are some of the apps that could help you in your journey.* 5 Apps to Assist in Your Recovery Journey Rise Up + Recover Rise Up + Recover is an app that is geared toward helping those recovering from an eating disorder. The app uses cognitive behavioral therapy to…

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Eating Disorders, Transfer Addiction, and Body Image

Whether it’s overcoming an eating disorder, conquering an addiction, or both, the general assumption is that once a person receives treatment, they will be “cured.” However, there is a danger of trading your addiction. Addiction replacement, or transfer addiction, occurs when an individual in recovery substitutes one addiction for another. The transfer occurs as a person substitutes one addiction for another to compensate for some perceived absence, either an emotional or psychological one. Similar to addiction, the abuse of food can create a false sense of happiness or relief. Some studies suggest that the same pleasure centers in the brain…

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Throw the Ultimate Substance-Free BBQ Bash

Summer time usually means it’s time to fire up the grill. From Memorial Day to 4th of July to Labor Day, there are plenty of reasons to throw a BBQ bash during the summer months. Whether a person is new to recovery or has been sober for decades though, it’s important to keep triggers away from such festivities. Why does this matter? If you’re considering throwing a BBQ party, here are a few ways to throw the ultimate substance-free soiree. Create an Impressive Menu When the food is finger-licking good, guests won’t even notice the absence of alcohol. Create an…

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Party Planning Tips for an Alcohol-free Environment

You may not realize how often parties revolve around alcohol until you become sober. Whether it’s hosting a birthday party, 4th of July bash or one of many holiday parties that fall between November and December, it can seem difficult to host an alcohol-free party.

But being sober doesn’t have to be boring. Below are some tips on throwing a successful, sober party in style.

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How Do the Stages of Change Help Motivate Recovery?

One of the most essential—and challenging—aspects of addiction recovery is the need to change a person’s behavior to improve their health status. Behavior change interventions, which involve a combination of program elements or strategies, are especially useful in addressing lifestyle modification for those suffering from addictions.

A change in patient lifestyle is necessary for successful management of long-term recovery, and relapse can often be attributed to lapses in healthy behavior. Patients easily understand the need for lifestyle modifications, but consistent, life-long behavior changes are difficult. That’s why behavior change interventions are important.

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Is Emotional Sobriety The Key to Lasting Recovery?

When defining recovery from substance abuse or addiction, it is natural that you would think about sobriety. Getting sober and staying sober, which usually means abstinence from drugs and alcohol, are the obvious goals for anyone in recovery.

In the early stages of recovery, detoxification and breaking the grip of the abused substance necessarily takes priority. But some feel that focusing on the initial challenges of “putting the plug in the jug,” so to speak, may overshadow another essential aspect of the recovery process, namely, emotional sobriety.

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