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What is a Relapse Prevention Plan?

What is a Relapse Prevention Plan? 3 Essentials for Your Toolbox Understanding how relapse occurs and how to prevent it is one of the wisest things you can do to protect your recovery. Putting a plan in place to prevent relapse is an excellent safety measure. You may have heard of them before, but what …

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I Relapsed Today. Did I Fail My Recovery?

If I Relapsed Today, Am I a Failure? I relapsed today. Three words that a recovering person might dread saying. But remember that recovery is about both truth and forgiveness. Recovery begins with honesty and acceptance. We said: I am powerless over my addiction. I believe that a power outside of myself can help me. …

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My Boyfriend Relapsed, Now What?

Knowing how to support someone who has relapsed can feel like a bit of a mystery sometimes. Maybe you’re asking yourself, “My boyfriend relapsed; what can I do about it?” Simply admitting that truth to yourself is a great start. Say it out loud to yourself. More than once if you need to. “My boyfriend …

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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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Don’t Underestimate the Power of Trauma-Informed Addiction Treatment

Trauma-informed addiction treatment is one of the most promising trends in the field of substance use disorder treatment. It may be no surprise to you that most people have experienced trauma. We know that our experiences, good and bad, make us who we are. But did you know trauma is the most frequent catalyst for …

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How Long is the Addiction Recovery Process?

When we become aware that recovery is necessary, nearly every one of us needs direction—both the person who needs help and the people who care about them. In this piece, Promises Brazos Valley explores the length of the addiction recovery process, the difference between treatment and recovery, and what happens after rehab. Recovery is truly …

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Packing for Rehab: A General How-To Guide

Congratulations! You have reached a fork in the road, and you chose the path towards wellness. Knowing what to pack for rehab is the next item on your list. Packing for rehab is simpler than it might seem. The key is to be practical and remember that knowing what you should not bring can be …

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Getting Help for Substance Abuse Can Be Scary

Maybe it’s a problem. Maybe not. Maybe I can pull it together. This time it’s pretty bad, though. I really messed things up. I feel sick thinking about it.  I feel like crap. I am crap. I tried to stop before. But I can’t let this go.  Nah, then I’d have to be one of …

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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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