Breaking the Cycle of Addiction

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Recognizing the patterns of addiction can be one of the most powerful ways for you to overcome the addictive behaviors that are pulling you down. When you are in the day-to-day habits of life, you might not see the patterns if you aren’t looking for them. But, bringing awareness to the cycle can help you break the pattern to avoid triggers for the addiction. [Read more…]

5 Common Triggers for Addiction Relapse

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Even when someone has successfully recovered from an addiction, there are times in life when the person might be at a higher risk for relapse. When things go wrong in life, these experiences often turn into circumstances that make it harder to overcome the temptation to fall back into the addiction again.

It might seem obvious that negative life problems can lead to relapse, but there are also other seemingly positive life experiences that can trigger the addiction as well. Here are some of the common triggers for relapse that you need to avoid: [Read more…]

Is Alcohol Addiction as Serious as Drug Addiction?

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Alcohol use is a socially acceptable practice in our society, and many people enjoy a drink while sharing time with friends and family. While controlled alcohol consumption might be fine for one person, it could lead to addictive behavior for another. The truth is that alcohol addiction can be a serious problem, and some people compare the use of alcohol with a drug addiction. [Read more…]

Is an Outpatient Treatment Center the Right Choice?

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Some people assume that inpatient addiction recovery is the only option if a patient needs to detox. But, there are many rehab options that can be catered to the needs of each person. So, don’t jump to conclusions before you assume that a specific program is the only option.

Benefits of Outpatient Treatments

There are a variety of reasons why someone might choose an outpatient program instead of an inpatient facility. If you are considering an outpatient program, these are some of the benefits that you can expect: [Read more…]

Important Features to Look for in a Drug Addiction Treatment Center

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As you are comparing drug addiction treatment centers, there are a few important features that need to be considered. Certain characteristics in a program will support your recovery, helping you regain the momentum that you need to create a better life.

It can be overwhelming to choose an addiction recovery program! A quick search online will uncover hundreds of programs across the nation. But, some of these programs are better than others, and there are things that you can do to find a center that matches your needs.

Here are a few characteristics that you should identify in a program: [Read more…]

Take Control of Life with Addiction Recovery

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Are you suffering from substance abuse, and you feel like you are losing control of your life? When the drugs or alcohol shapes your daily activities, then it might be time to seek help from a professional.

What Does it Mean to be in Control?

When thoughts and actions are driven towards the next fix, then it can be hard to manage other activities relating to family, relationships, career, or school. The goal of an addiction recovery program is to help so that you are no longer held back using drugs or alcohol. Instead of shaping your activities around the addiction, you can step into the driver’s seat so that you feel like you have more options regarding the direction that you are going. [Read more…]

Common Signs and Symptoms of a Drug Abuse Problem

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Whether you suspect that a friend is suffering from substance abuse, or you are trying to decide if you need to seek help for yourself, there are resources available to help with recovery. It can be difficult to recognize the symptoms, even if you spend a lot of time with a person. Often, the substance abuser hides their behavior from others. So, you need to be aware of the situation if you are going to identify the symptoms. [Read more…]

What Does Happy Look Like?

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Happy, joyous, and free. This is the promise of how we are going to feel in recovery from addiction and alcoholism. Happiness is a popular pursuit. For Americans especially, happiness seems to be a priority. Happiness leads to less stress, more enjoyment, higher levels of productivity, and life satisfaction. [Read more…]

The 7 Deadly Sins Of Recovery

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You’ve likely already heard of the 7 Deadly Sins, but exactly how do they apply to addiction and recovery?

Pride

To be proud means to have an excessively high opinion of your self and to act with conceit, arrogance or vanity. Someone who is proud is very satisfied and that pride can often lead to justification for actions based in feelings of superiority. Pride is not always so proud, however. Often in recovery we face false pride. Though we come off as being prideful, we are ruffling our feathers, so to speak, where they don’t belong. Pride can usually be distinguished by action more than thought. Inherently, pride is a demonstration more than it is an internal feeling. [Read more…]

Abandonment Issues and Patterns

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Asking for Help isn’t Pathetic, It’s Courageous!Almost nothing hurts worse in the most tender, precious part of our heart space, than being abandoned. Whether by a parent, a friend, a family member, or a spouse, being abandoned is an ultimate form of betrayal, which leads deep scars. “Abandonment Issues” are the residue left behind by a traumatic emotional event in which we feel we have been left behind. The pain of abandonment seeps into many of our thought patterns and behaviors. Abandonment by the hands of man often is reflected in our relationship with God. [Read more…]