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…

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How to Create a Support System

A support system consists of people you rely on to assist with your recovery by providing reliable assistance and encouragement. Usually, this group consists of one to ten people, and they can be peers, friends, family, or people you have met through the recovery process. Individuals who may be part of a support system include:…

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Healthy Sleep Habits Impact Recovery

Sleep can impact how you feel, act, and think. Proper sleep is critical to mental health both during and after attending a rehabilitation program. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a healthy adult requires a minimum of seven hours of uninterrupted quality sleep each night.  To get the best rest possible,…

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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…

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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…

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4 Helpful Tips for Coping With PTSD and SUD Triggers

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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…

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Finding a Support Group That Works for You

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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…

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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

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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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