Why Recovery is One Day at a Time

Why Recovery is One Day at a Time

Addiction is complex disease that changes the way your brain functions. When you use drugs or alcohol, you are at high risk of growing dependent on them. Using drugs or alcohol more frequently and in higher doses puts you at

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The Benefits of Fitness in Addiction Recovery

The Benefits of Fitness in Addiction Recovery

Recovery is very challenging and is a lifelong process. For those who struggle with addiction, recovery can seem impossible. Addiction is complex and changes the way our brains function. It takes determination, encouragement, and support to maintain sobriety. In recovery,

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Substance Abuse and Addiction Fostered by Complicated Grief

Substance Abuse and Addiction Fostered by Complicated Grief

“We can all help prevent suicide. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255).” Losing

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Understanding the Intensive Outpatient Program

Understanding the Intensive Outpatient Program

An intensive outpatient program (IOP) treats people who have a substance use disorder and a co-occurring mental health illness. This program is ideal for those who do not require detox or supervision. An IOP is an alternative to residential treatment.

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Addicted to the Internet and Gaming

Addicted to the Internet and Gaming

When we hear about addiction, we usually think of drug or alcohol abuse. Addiction comes in many forms, including addictive behaviors. A person can develop an addiction to gambling, shopping, porn, the Internet, and gaming. Many people use the Internet

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Learning Important Life Skills in Treatment

Learning Important Life Skills in Treatment

Addiction is a complex brain disease that affects all aspects of a person’s life. Addiction makes a person less productive at work or school, interferes with relationships, and drains savings. Learning life skills in treatment helps a person prepare for

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The Danger of Alcohol-Induced Blackouts

The Danger of Alcohol-Induced Blackouts

An alcohol-induced blackout can happen when a person drinks a lot of alcohol or drink alcohol too fast. Blackouts can cause long-term damage. High levels of alcohol impair the part of the brain that forms new memories. A blackout is

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The Power of Spiritual Renewal in Addiction Recovery

The Power of Spiritual Renewal in Addiction Recovery

Addiction is complex and affects every part of a person’s life. Addiction hijacks the brain and chemically alters the release of neurotransmitters, which increases the levels of dopamine that give you pleasurable feelings. Addiction changes the way you think about

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5 Ways to Cope with a Loved One's Addiction

5 Ways to Cope with a Loved One’s Addiction

Addiction leads to harmful physical and mental health problems. Excessive drug and alcohol use damages major body organs, such as the liver, heart, stomach, brain, and kidneys. The damage from drugs and alcohol can result in lifelong health complications, overdose,

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