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I Know I Need Help—Is Outpatient Drug Rehabilitation Right for Me?

What is Outpatient Drug Rehabilitation? Outpatient drug rehabilitation consists of addiction therapy provided in a setting where patients either return home or to a sober living residence when their treatment day is over. Professional addiction treatment is defined by levels of care. They most often provide support for people who’ve completed a more extensive program […]

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10 Effects of Drug Abuse: From Relationships to Health

Learning About 10 Effects of Drug Abuse Addiction has a way of enticing us into its arms. People become addicted for a myriad of reasons, but they all begin with a desire to change the way we feel. Whether we are trying to escape boredom, fear or pain, the drug promises a momentary respite from

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Dating in Early Recovery: Are Your Really Ready?

Dating in Early Recovery is Tempting Dating in early recovery can be a sensitive subject. Everyone has a need for love and companionship. When recovery is new, most of us are feeling a little raw and exposed. Addiction therapy helps, but the comfort of another’s attention can also feel like a welcome salve to our

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Big T Trauma and Little t Trauma

What is meant by big T trauma and little t trauma? It’s an informal shorthand sometimes used to classify different trauma categories. When the layman thinks of trauma, it’s usually the “big T” variety. Big T trauma comes from those overwhelming and significant events that leave a person feeling powerless in the moment. Think existential

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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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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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