Animal-Assisted Therapy and Your Continuing Care

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Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT) describes any therapeutic method that involves using an animal in treatment. Researchers have known for decades that interacting with animals decreases stress, anxiety, and symptoms of depression. Recently AAT has become more popular. All types of animals are being used to help people overcome mental health and physical challenges related to substance…

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The Importance of Being Honest About Your Circumstances

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Addiction has a ripple effect that touches the people close to you and your local community. When you try to avoid taking responsibility or accepting your current circumstances, you might unintentionally cause pain for individuals around you. Therefore, it is essential, to be honest with the people you care about in your life and yourself. …

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Returning to Work After Rehabilitation


Returning after several weeks or months away from work might feel daunting for you, but the transition can be smooth if you take steps to prepare for your time away. Even if you did not have the time or resources to make arrangements, you still have options.  Depending on your financial status, you may be…

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How to Achieve Spiritual Healing During Treatment


If you have any religious beliefs, your emotional and spiritual well-being requires the same level of care as your physical health. Relying on a higher power you trust can help you grow and move forward in your healing every day. Many types of belief systems exist, but facilities can tailor private and community treatment programs…

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Relapse Prevention and Regular Exercise


Physical activity can decrease the risk of relapse for people in recovery from substance use disorder (SUD). A healthy mind starts with taking care of your body. Many people recovering from substance misuse find themselves malnourished and physically exhausted throughout the day. The longer a person uses substances, the worse the health issues become. According…

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The Difference Between “Closed” and “Open” 12-Step Meetings


Navigating your local community resources can get complicated if you are unfamiliar with the terms various organizations use. 12-Step meetings are among the most common self-help options for people returning home after attending a private rehabilitation for a substance use disorder (SUD). Even after you get the contact information for your local Alcoholics Anonymous (AA),…

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