Finding a Balance Between Work and Home

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Most people do not get a choice about whether they work or not. Bills need to be paid, and usually, that requires one or more jobs. However, it is essential to find a balance between work and home life during recovery. Added stress will impact your mental and physical health and put unnecessary strain on…

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Using Art to Process Emotions

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The famous painter Georgia O’Keeffe once said, “I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for.” Art has a direct connection to your soul. Have you ever looked at a stunning photograph or watched a beautifully choreographed dance and felt…

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Finding Joy in the World Around You

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The writer and professor Joseph Campbell once wrote, “we cannot cure the world of sorrows, but we can choose to live in joy.” Coping with the effects and consequences of substance use disorder (SUD) might leave you feeling tired and defeated on bad days. You can maintain your mental health by looking for positivity and…

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Living One Day at a Time

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An essential part of embracing the 12-Step philosophy that many people use to maintain sobriety includes taking “one day at a time.” The concept involves staying mindful and moving forward rather than focusing on things you cannot change about the past. Every day is a chance to make better choices and be a positive role…

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How Social Media Can Impact Recovery

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Most people stay connected to their friends, family, and local community through smart devices and social media. The tools and features available on sites like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter make it easier than ever to communicate with others who share your interests. Unfortunately, the internet also has a dark side. The same forums that give…

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The Health Benefits of Spirituality During and After Treatment

Spirituality focuses on what makes us human, the connection we share with each other, and the universe at large. A paper in ISRN Psychiatry reported that “a large volume of research shows that people who are more [religious/spiritual] have better mental health and adapt more quickly to health problems compared to those who are less” religious or spiritual….

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Recognizing Symptoms of Depression After Treatment

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Depression is one of the most prevalent mental health disorders in the world. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), “An estimated 17.3 million adults in the United States had at least one major depressive episode” in 2017. That number continues to grow, and substance use disorder (SUD) is a high-risk factor for developing…

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Coping With Stress at Work and School

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For many people in America, work and school provide a source of daily stressors. Pressure to succeed, deadlines, unclear expectations, and awkward social interactions are a few of the things that make it difficult to find serenity in the classroom or behind a desk. Stress can cause roadblocks in recovery and increases the risk of…

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How to Get the Most Out of Therapy When You Struggle With Verbal Communication

Therapy is a cornerstone of the recovery process. You can gain confidence, support, motivation, and valuable life skills from individual and group therapy sessions. However, you may have found yourself struggling due to issues related to expressing yourself to a support group or therapist. Sometimes obstacles exist that stop you from communicating in a traditional…

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How to Cope With the Side Effects of Prolonged Withdrawal

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Everyone who goes through treatment experiences some form of withdrawal symptoms that vary in degree from barely noticeable to severe. How you cope with them will depend on the skills and resources you have available. Rehabilitation facilities sometimes use medication-assisted treatment (MAT) to help ease the symptoms. The most common treatment is psychotherapy.  You can…

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