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drug addiction
17
Jun

The Stages of Addiction and How to Break the Cycle

There is a popular misconception that there is a thin line between “casual substance use” and “alcohol or drug addiction.” However, the truth is that there are stages of addiction, and progressing through them is how addiction develops. The good news is that if you can identify that you’re in an early stage of substance...
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25
Mar

The Link Between Sleep Quality and Addiction Recovery

Sleep quality and addiction recovery have a deeply complex and interwoven relationship. Both using and withdrawing from drugs and alcohol can make getting good sleep harder, and vice versa. So if you’re suffering from a mental illness on top of your addiction, it can be doubly challenging to get the sleep you need to successfully...
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11
Mar

Is Addiction a Disease? Mental and Physical Connections

Whether you suspect that you have a substance use disorder or you know someone who does, addiction usually brings out complicated feelings. On the one hand, there’s a temptation to blame people with addictions for making poor choices. But on the other hand, there’s a lot of debate about the nature of addiction, and it...
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26
Feb

5 Signs That You Are Enabling Addiction

There is a significant difference between helping somebody with addiction and enabling addiction. However, when somebody you love is struggling with addiction and mental health symptoms, it can be extremely challenging to recognize the difference between helping and enabling. Learn more about being an enabler below as well as the ways that you can support...
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11
Feb

Why Being Sober Beats Addiction

Many people worry that when you are sober, you can’t have fun anymore. That’s because there’s a popular myth that being sober means never going to a party again or being closed off from socialization. However, this is far from the truth.  When you work toward long-term sobriety, your entire life opens up in ways...
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28
Jan

Peer Recovery Coaches: The Path to Long-Term Recovery

In the early stages of recovery, the path forward can seem clear. You enroll in a local rehabilitation center, learn how to manage your substance use disorder, and possibly transition to outpatient treatment if you need further care. But what do you do after alcohol or drug addiction treatment? Well, one option to continue your...
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23
Dec

Replacing Unhealthy Coping Mechanisms in 2021

2021 is almost here, and most people are ready to say goodbye to 2020. The pandemic has meant unpredictable job losses, mental health concerns due to isolation, and a whole host of new stress factors. And while everyone has (more or less) learned how to get by at this point, you do not want to...
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09
Oct

What to Do After Rehab to Avoid Relapse

When you have a mental health condition or substance abuse issue, getting help is important. But so is knowing how to get help after you graduate from a treatment program. Recovery is a lifelong process, and you’ll need to be prepared to commit to recovery after you return to your normal life. But how can...
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27
Aug

Signs and Symptoms of Drug Addiction You Need to Know

The symptoms of drug addiction aren’t always obvious. That’s because many people struggle with the difference between addiction and recreational use. While many drugs carry inherent risks of addiction, most people don’t become addicted to most substances after using them once. Drug addiction doesn’t come with a sign that announces that you have a problem...
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16
Jul

Alternatives to Drinking and Using: How to Stay Sober

Maintaining your sobriety after receiving treatment for addiction is often one of the most challenging aspects of recovery. This is because drinking alcohol and using drugs are two events that many people turn to in social situations or to “relax” after a tough day.  However, there are alternative ways to feel good without risking your...
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