Tapping into the Healing Power of Meditation in Addiction Recovery

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Meditation is often included as part of a substance use disorder treatment program. Many treatment professionals have discovered that meditation works to help those in treatment and that it is an effective tool to put into their arsenal as they treat addiction. Meditation and Mood Whether or not addiction is involved, meditation works by changing the mood of the person … Read More

Repairing Your Relationships after Rehab

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By the time you enter addiction treatment, you may discover that many, if not most, of your relationships may have been damaged by the events surrounding your misuse of drugs or alcohol. While your initial focus needs to be on establishing your recovery, eventually you will be leaving rehab and facing those damaged relationships again. In all likelihood, you will … Read More

5 Ways Volunteerism Supports Addiction Recovery

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Addiction recovery can be an all-consuming process. It requires a great deal of time and attention to transform your habits, attitudes and mental state so that you no longer feel compelled to misuse drugs or alcohol. Although it may not seem to make sense, volunteering can help with that transformation in some dramatic ways. 1. Volunteering Keeps You Busy. Every … Read More

Does Accreditation Really Matter for a Drug Rehab Facility?

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Choosing a drug rehab facility can be a nerve-wracking experience. You may look for an attractive or informative website, responsive staff or a referral from a trusted friend as some ways to tell that a facility offers quality care. But how do you know which facilities will follow through on their promises to meet your needs while in treatment? The … Read More

How Serious Is an Alcohol Blackout?

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About 50 percent of adults report having at least one alcohol-related blackout in their lives, but is a blackout serious? What are the symptoms of an alcohol blackout? And what exactly causes an alcohol blackout? What Happens When You Black Out When a blackout occurs, you are awake and functioning for a period of time, but you don’t remember what … Read More

How to Survive Divorce After Rehab

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People often turn to drugs or alcohol in an effort to numb the pain caused by traumatic experiences. Maybe they’ve suffered verbal or sexual abuse as a child. Maybe they’ve experienced a natural disaster. Maybe they lost a loved one suddenly. Divorce can also be an incredibly stressful situation that can lead to substance abuse. But what if the divorce … Read More

Why Couples Therapy May Be a Part of Your Rehab Experience

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Married people or those in committed relationships who deal with addiction may wonder why their case manager or counselor recommends couples therapy as part of their treatment. After all, their spouse does not have an addiction, they do. Why should they need to attend counseling as well? How Couples Deal With Addiction If you have a substance use disorder, it … Read More

Depression, Anxiety, and Addiction: Exploring the Vicious Cycle

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There has been much discussion in the treatment community about whether depression and anxiety disorders contribute to addiction or addiction can be a cause of depression and anxiety. Which came first, the chicken or the egg? It turns out that often, depression, anxiety and addiction create a vicious cycle in which all of them become entwined and difficult to separate. … Read More

3 Common Excuses Not to Go To Rehab

Making the life-changing choice to enter a professional drug rehab program is far from easy for most people. Like any major life change, there may be many perceived barriers to rehab that can create numerous excuses to stay deeply entrenched in the disease. Only ten percent of individuals who are struggling with a substance use disorder in the United States … Read More

Identifying and Eliminating Codependence in Your Relationships

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Codependence and addiction: the two can go hand in hand. While it sounds like a positive, being codependent can be a problem in relationships. Is codependency a problem in your relationship? Knowing what codependency looks like can help you have healthier and happier relationships. What Is Codependence? Codependence is a controversial term. According to Dual Diagnosis, “to some, it’s a … Read More