Mission: Recovery is Possible

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For many, addiction is something that renders them powerless. When addicted, you often cannot do the things that you once did, and you may feel lost and helpless. While others around you mature, develop new relationships, strengthen old ones, and seem to prosper in their lives, you may very well feel stagnant and trapped. This […]

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Two No-Nonsense Reasons to Stay Sober

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There are actually more reasons to stay sober than there are to use drugs or drink alcohol. After going through addiction treatment, many people find renewed confidence and vigor, and are motivated to pursue a substance free life with everything they have. However, as with anything, even those that have recovered from addiction are not […]

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What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger (Really)

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There are very few things in this world that one cannot find a silver lining in, if they only look hard enough. When you’re suffering from addiction though, it can seem like your world is caving in, and that there really is nothing good that can come from the illness. Look harder. Suffering through addiction […]

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The Effect Proximity Has on Recovery

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There are many sayings that correspond with the notion that actions are influenced by location. When it comes to addiction recovery, there is one that almost instantly springs to mind: “Birds of a feather flock together.” The people and things you surround yourself with during recovery plays a huge part in just how successful your […]

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Dual Diagnosis Treatment

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Dual Diagnosis Treatment What is Dual Diagnosis Dual diagnosis, aka co-occurring disorders, is a term used for individuals who struggle with both a mental disorder and alcohol or drug abuse. With dual diagnosis, either disorder can begin to appear first. People who struggle with a mental health condition will sometimes turn to drugs and/or alcohol […]

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Bipolar Disorder and Substance Abuse

bipolar disorder and substance abuse

It is very common for those who struggle with substance abuse to also struggle with an additional mental illness or disorder. One of the more common dual diagnoses with Substance Abuse is Bipolar Disorder.  More than half of those seeking treatment for Bipolar Disorder are also in treatment for substance abuse. It’s important to understand […]

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Anger Management in Recovery

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Anger Management by Claire Godden “I don’t need anger management. I need everyone else to stop pissing me off” The topic of Anger Management during recovery must not be overlooked. An addict may be using substances to control or mask anger or to numb feelings in general. But numbing and, therefore, avoiding the feeling means […]

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Anxiety Disorder and Substance Abuse

anxiety disorder and substance abuse

Experiencing anxiety in life is inevitable. But it’s not all bad. Anxiety is a survival skill. In fact, anxiety played an important role in ancient humans. Thousands of years ago, when Homo Sapiens inhabited the earth, anxiety was used when taking action during immediate danger and problems. For example, a lion may appear in the […]

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ADHD in Recovery

adhd in recovery

Managing ADHD in Recovery ADHD (Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) is one of the numerous psychiatric disorders I have encountered. Through these encounters I have seen the impact that this disorder has on someone’s mental well being and those around them. Managing ADHD is hard enough on its own and throwing recovery into the mix can be […]

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Chronic Relapse

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Chronic Relapse Author: Claire Godden Addiction in itself is a chronic brain disease and anyone who is attempting sobriety is at risk for relapse. But what makes some of us stay in recovery while others relapse over and over again? The cycle that is chronic relapse happens for a variety of reasons and can mean […]

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