Tips for Navigating Family Issues During Recovery

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), “Involving family members in substance use disorder (SUD) treatment can positively affect client engagement, retention, and outcomes.” Even if your family is not traditionally close, you can find ways to overcome differences and build up an equally beneficial relationship. During recovery, supportive loved ones…

7 Ways to Prioritize Self-Care

According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), “Self-care can play a role in maintaining your mental health and help support your treatment and recovery.” How you care for your mind and body will influence your psychological and physical well-being. Your mental health affects all of the following: How you regulate and process emotions…

Volunteer to Increase Your Health and Happiness

Volunteering in-person or virtually can improve your recovery in several ways. You will avoid unwanted thoughts or behaviors by donating your time to a good cause and build a healthy new routine that involves serving others through hard work. Clinical research studies have reported many advantages to regularly volunteering, including: It keeps you busy and…

Actions You Can Take to Prevent Relapse

“Recent estimates from clinical treatment studies suggest that more than two-thirds of individuals relapse within weeks to months of initiating treatment,” according to Current Psychiatry Reports. Facilities like White House Recovery and Detox include relapse prevention education as a standard part of any treatment for substance use disorder (SUD). Psychotherapy offered during rehabilitation also focuses…

6 Ways to Improve Your Self-Esteem

Self-esteem is necessary during recovery because it gives you the confidence to keep moving forward. If you find your motivation weakening, then the confidence you feel in your abilities may also falter. Thankfully, there are many ways to improve how you think and feel about yourself. Psychotherapy is often used in facilities like White House…

Breaking the Cycle of Codependency in Your Relationships

Relationship dynamics play a significant role in how people recover from substance use disorders (SUD). According to Substance Use and Misuse, “Families of substance abusers may develop maladaptive strategies, such as codependency, to address drug-related problems.” Getting treatment for a SUD becomes complicated when your friends, family, or significant other practices enabling behaviors.  Codependency occurs…

4 Helpful Tips for Coping With PTSD and SUD Triggers

A significant percentage of people with substance use disorder (SUD) have trauma-related mental health conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). If you have ever misused substances to cope with PTSD symptoms like flashbacks, triggers can get complicated. You may experience flashbacks or intrusive thoughts related to your post-traumatic stress disorder, followed by intrusive cravings. You…

Finding a Support Group That Works for You

Once you complete a rehabilitation program for a substance use disorder (SUD), you will need to find resources for your continuing recovery. Support groups are an essential tool for long-term sobriety. You can learn valuable information from other members and learn skills to help you continue to navigate everyday sober living.  While 12-Step meetings are…