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Will I Succeed in Rehab if I’m Antisocial

Antisocial people must work on communication skills in rehab, because sharing your addiction struggles with others is an important step in recovery When someone enters rehab, she has already made some positive strides toward getting well. Just admitting that you have a problem with drugs and then reaching out of for help is the first and biggest step on the journey to drug-free living. While in treatment, you will...

Learning to Trust the Method in Treatment

Addiction treatment may at first seem unfamiliar, but you are more likely to succeed if you trust the treatment process The most important step in treating drug or alcohol addiction is to realize that you have a problem. Once you decide to get treatment, then finding the right rehab program for your unique situation is the next step. For many drug and alcohol addictions, an undiagnosed mental illness factors into...

Giving Back: Why Giving is a Great Way to Receive

Giving back to the community is a great way to take the focus off of you and your addiction Giving back to your community through community service is a great way to refocus your attention from your addiction to something positive. Rehab helped you understand your struggle with substance abuse, recognize relapse triggers and learn coping skills that help you live a drug-free life. Putting those things into practice...

Why Families of Addicts Should Seek Counseling for Codependency

People who struggle with codependency do not see how their behaviors enable their addicted loved ones Codependency is a behavioral and emotional condition that impacts one’s ability to have healthy relationships[i]. People who struggle with the condition may have an unhealthy attachment to a spouse, partner, family member or friend, and it can be an integral component of drug and alcohol addiction. Codependency,...

Reviewing DBT

DBT is a unique treatment approach that focuses on emotional response and specific skillsets Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (or DBT) is a form of therapy that focuses on changing thought patterns and emotional responses. Essentially, when you change an individual’s line of thinking you can change the behavior to a situation. Instead of thinking negatively, with proper training, an individual can start to think in...

Addiction and Changing Your Ways

Recovering from drug and alcohol addiction takes courage and determination. Getting the right help through drug addiction rehab is the best way to begin your journey to a drug-free life. During rehab, your therapist and other addiction specialists help you learn about your addiction and get to the heart of your struggles. Your therapist or counselor will also help you learn coping strategies for drug cravings and...

4 Ways Going with the Flow in Rehab Is the Right Decision

Getting on board with your rehab plan right away is the best approach when it comes to drug addiction treatment For those who struggle with addiction, following a treatment plan while in rehab can feel frustrating, at first. But learning to go with the flow during treatment can make the entire process run more smoothly. Being flexible, learning from your therapist and others, and putting into practice the coping...

Reviewing CBT

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is psychological short-term, goal-oriented treatment that addresses addiction and other mental illnesses The Mayo Clinic defines Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) as a method of psychotherapy that focuses on changing negative thought patterns and behaviors into positive ones. Working with a psychotherapist, patients who struggle with mental illnesses can recognize the thought patterns...

How Community Impacts Your Recovery Work

Being surrounded by those who love you and support your sobriety is an important part of the recovery process When someone struggles with addiction, a community of supportive friends and family members is vital to recovery success. Ergo, the people who surround a recovering addict after he returns from rehab can make or break his recovery experience during these first few days and weeks. People who know about and...

A Snapshot of Rehab

Getting the right diagnosis at the beginning of drug rehab can increase the likelihood of treatment success When a person enters a drug treatment program, getting a proper diagnosis can greatly increase the likelihood of treatment success. Dual Diagnosis treatment centers offer diagnosis and treatment of both mental illness and addiction. These disorders are often co-occurring. Without proper treatment for both, the...

3 Ways to Prepare Yourself for Rehab

Quality sleep reduces the feeling that you need more of your drug of choice When you or a loved one is ready for rehab treatment, preparing yourself mentally and physically before entering a treatment program can increase your chances of recovery. Addiction depletes the body and mind in many ways, so getting yourself in the best health mentally and physically beforehand will create a strong start for the journey...

What Kind of Treatment Will I Get for an Opiate Addiction?

The treatment for opiate addiction is slightly different than with other addictive agents because the detox process usually involves an alternative, non-habit-forming substance. Before jumping into medically assisted detox though, it is important to ensure that you have a good understanding of what is considered an opioid. Opioids are pain-relieving medications that reduce the intensity of pain signals reaching the...

7 Things You Need in a Treatment Program

Knowing what to look for in advance can make it more manageable to select a drug treatment facility After admitting you have a drug problem and reach out for help, the most important step in the recovery process is finding the right treatment for your unique needs. Not all addiction treatment programs are alike, so know what you or a loved one needs before starting your search. Addiction programs are divided into...

How Creativity Can Help You Process Your Addiction

Using the creative process to help rediscover the things you love outside of drugs and alcohol can help with recovery The Healing Power of Creativity When a person is addicted to drugs or alcohol there is destruction in every part of his life. The physical being is weakened and compromised by constant bombardment with a substance. The mind is in turmoil due to the ever-present need to get and use drugs or alcohol....

Four Healthy Ways to Unwind

Yoga helps calm the mind and focus the thoughts without the use of drugs or alcohol Many people turn to drugs or alcohol when they want to unwind, relax or de-stress. But using a substance for this purpose creates a new and more complex problem. Counting on a substance to do what the body should do naturally can lead to drug dependence and addiction. The National Institute on Drug Abuse defines addiction as a...

Succeeding at Your Sober Resolutions

If you commit, a sober resolution can be a life-changer The New Year is a great time to make changes in your life and setting resolutions relating to sobriety can be a good way to hold yourself accountable. New Year’s resolutions often go ignored or are forgotten within a few weeks, but if staying sober is your resolution you must be dedicated to your goal in order to succeed. If you want to stay sober this year,...

The Importance of Routine in Recovery

Having a routine is especially beneficial to those fresh in recovery Establishing and maintaining a positive routine during recovery is highly important. Once a person gets clean, she has to relearn how to manage her life; how to dive back into her previous roles and responsibilities. Routine is not only beneficial to helping individuals maintain their recovery success, routine provides an individual with rhythm and...

Five Ways that Seasonal Affective Disorder Is Different from Depression

People living in the northern states, where winter is colder and darker, are much more likely to experience SAD Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a condition in which a person experiences severe negative mood changes during different seasons. Although most commonly associated with an onset of depression in the winter months, some people experience manic symptoms (anxiety, restlessness, irritability, aggression or...

Why It’s Important to Realize that Addicted People Are Wounded People

Approaching addiction as a disease has a direct impact on how the treatment of that disease should happen An internal sense of justice or tough love causes many people to draw strong lines around addicts and addiction. Many people see addicts as reckless people of weak character. When treatment professionals or members of the recovery community refer to addiction as a disease and addicts as sick people, these...

What Does It Mean to Be in Recovery?

Recovery is a lifelong process of growing and healing that is facilitated through continued treatment Addiction recovery is an exciting, life-changing experience, but it can easily overwhelm users at the start. Many people feel anxious about addiction recovery, especially if they are unsure what recovery means: it is a vague term with a great deal of meaning behind it. It involves not only abstinence from drugs or...

Challenges Facing Young Adults in Recovery

Completing school is a common challenge for young adults who are in addiction recovery Challenges occur throughout life, and people in various walks of life face similar problems. Recovering addicts all face the challenge of avoiding relapse, but young adults between the ages of 18 and 25 may face a set of challenges that other age groups may not. These challenges include schooling, entering the workforce and...

The Importance of Fighting Addiction as a Whole

Addiction affects every aspect of life, so the only way to overcome it is to fight it with integrated care Addiction is a multi-faceted psychological and physiological disease that requires holistic treatment. Many addicts rationalize the disorder as simply a behavioral or medical problem, but this approach does not promote full recovery. Many people who approach treatment this way end up wrestling with excruciating...

The Importance of Courage in Life-Long Recovery

True courage means pursuing positive changes despite apprehensions Life-long recovery from addiction is a positive change, but the process of achieving and maintaining recovery can seem daunting. People tend to find comfort in familiarity, even when what is familiar becomes destructive. Addicted individuals rely heavily on their drug of choice, often believing that their drug use is the only thing that allows them...

How Open Discussion of Mental Health Disorders Can Prevent Addiction

Learning to talk about mental and emotional health can help prevent addiction in your own life Mental health disorders and addiction often take families by surprise. The secrecy and deceit inherent in many mental health and addiction issues makes talking about symptoms, or even being personally aware of them, difficult. Learning to talk about mental and emotional health and identify early signs of disorders and...

Three Tips for Avoiding Addiction to Prescription Drugs

The best way to avoid most prescription drug dangers is by ensuring that you are prescribed the right drugs Prescription drug addiction is a major health problem in many countries around the world. Most people do use their medications as prescribed and are able to avoid addiction. However, when people use their prescriptions in any way other than prescribed there is always a risk of addiction. When it comes to...

Why Living a Sober Life Requires Support

It is important for recovering addicts to have support to lean on in troubled times As you make your way through intensive treatment, whether it is inpatient rehab or outpatient rehab, you are given the tools needed to maintain sobriety. You may learn how to handle a situation where other people are using drugs or drinking around you. You may also learn what to do when a difficult and triggering situation arises,...

How to Manage Ongoing Medical Conditions During Rehab

Medical conditions complicate rehab, but they must be addressed during treatment It is common for recovering addicts to have ongoing medical conditions, but for several reasons these issues, whether they are chronic or temporary, should be addressed in rehab. First, setting another medical condition aside to focus on rehab can risk someone’s overall health, and it can even lead to a serious or life-threatening...

How Self-Awareness Aids Recovery

When people are self-aware, they are in more control of their lives The term self-awareness is self-explanatory: it means perceiving one’s own internal qualities, like strengths, weaknesses, beliefs, emotions, thoughts, motivations and behaviors. People who are self-aware tend to be in-tune with how their qualities affect other people, but people can also study how their qualities affect addiction recovery. Why Is...

Why Breaking Addiction Takes More than Willpower

Professional treatment and specialized counseling is essential for an addict to break addiction Drug addiction is a medically recognized brain disease that people cannot simply overcome through willpower. Several stigmas of addiction are false, like the one that says addicts can simply stop using if they choose to. When addiction forms, it hijacks the brain by creating new signals that encourage drug abuse. A brain...

Dealing with the Speed Bumps of Recovery

When you encounter a speed bump, speak with your recovery sponsor or an addiction counselor immediately Addiction is a chronic, relapsing disorder. In 2011, a Yale University researcher published a relapse vulnerability study in Current Psychiatry Reports that states most recovering addicts relapse within the first year. Still, the rate is similar to the relapse rates among other diseases, and in 2003 the Addiction...

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