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Practicing Self-Forgiveness After Relapse

Practicing self-forgiveness after relapse is part of our healing process. We must learn not to see relapse as a failure. The fact is that relapse is part of the recovery journey for most of us. It isn’t required nor inevitable, but it is a reality. Learning to reframe relapse in the context of our wider …

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Who Will Watch My Pet While I’m at Rehab?

Everyone loves their pets. With all the planning involved in going to treatment, inevitably, pet owners are going to wonder who will watch my pet? If you’re working on persuading a loved one to go to treatment, the pet boarding and pet sitting issue can be a factor too. This article is for any pet …

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The Link Between Behavioral Health and Substance Abuse

Behavioral health and substance abuse are inherently connected. The reasons why are complex and worth learning about. Let’s explore the relationship between mental health substance abuse and treatment.     Addiction is a Behavioral Health Disorder The first way behavioral health and substance abuse are connected is simple. Substance abuse is a behavioral health disorder. If …

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Know Your Triggers: How Social Media Affects Us Negatively

  Social media affects us positively, negatively and indifferently all at once. You probably wouldn’t be seeing this message without it. The trick is to learn how to identify what triggers a negative experience for you. Social Media Use and Mental Health We all know social media is an invention that changed the world, even …

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Pause Social Media? Setting Boundaries in Addiction Recovery

Setting Boundaries in Addiction Recovery Social media is a part of 21st-century life. It’s so ingrained into most of our lives that it’s easy to underestimate the effect it can have on our mental health and recovery. It probably won’t take you long to remember a time when something you saw on social media upset …

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What are the Signs of Drug Addiction?

Shame and Secrecy Surrounding Addiction and Addiction Treatment Almost anyone who has become addicted to a drug will try to hide it. There are a few reasons why. Understanding the motivation for both the use and the hiding and denial can be very useful when trying to help them get addiction treatment. Shame is nearly …

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What are the Signs of Alcohol Use Disorder?

Alcohol Use Disorder: When does drinking become a problem? Drinking alcohol on occasion and in moderation doesn’t indicate a problem for most. But it’s also not unusual to underestimate the severity of your own drinking. According to the CDC, moderate drinking equates to one drink or less per day for women or two drinks or …

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How to Help Your Addicted Friend

Addiction is a unique challenge in many ways, but there is hope because you can help an addicted friend. For a person living with a substance use disorder, life steadily becomes unmanageable. The substance of choice insidiously climbs their hierarchy of priorities.  At first, the changes may be subtle to the outside observer. Your college-age …

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