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Posted on November 17, 2017 in Addiction Recovery

Should I Go to An Aftercare Program for Substance Abuse?

Aftercare is the generally accepted term for follow-up help available after you successfully complete an inpatient or outpatient substance abuse treatment program. The term covers a broad range of techniques, all of which are intended to help prevent a relapse back into active drug and/or alcohol use. Should you enter an aftercare program for substance abuse after completing primary treatment? In all likelihood, yes.

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Posted on October 2, 2017 in Addiction Recovery, Recovery

Psychodrama for Teens Suffering From Addiction

With so many approaches to tackling the problem of addiction in teens and adults, finding the most appropriate modality can be challenging. Psychodrama for addiction might not sound like a serious approach to the issue, because there is a temptation to dismiss it as “play-acting.” However, for teens in particular, the methods employed in psychodrama make it easier to express emotions, understand situations from an outsider’s perspective and take a critical look at one’s own behavior. It could be just what your teen needs.

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Posted on September 25, 2017 in Addiction Recovery, Blog

Beat Holiday Relapse: Put an Early Alert System in Place

If you are a person with an addiction to alcohol, drugs or food, the holidays can be rough. Even anticipating the holiday season can send people with addiction into high alert, worrying they will spin out of control as soon as the autumn leaves start to fall.

The reality is that people around you are going to be drinking more around the holidays — and alcohol-spiked drinks seem to be everywhere — making it more difficult to avoid alcoholic relapse, or any other kind of relapse, for that matter.

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Posted on July 26, 2017 in Addiction Recovery

How Crossfit Can Help Your Addiction Recovery

It is easy to become overwhelmed when you undergo addiction treatment and begin your journey to recovery. Every day in rehab is packed with individual counseling and group therapy sessions, along with alternative modalities or experiential therapy sessions — all focused on the goal of helping you beat addiction and overcome your personal obstacles to getting sober. This concentrated focus can be very effective, but it can also be all-consuming. Wouldn’t it be great if there were an aspect of your treatment program that allowed you to forget about addiction for a few minutes and focus on something else? Enter … CrossFit training.

In recent years, the addiction treatment and recovery communities have started incorporating CrossFit training into addiction recovery programs as a way to divide a client’s focus between two sets of goals that are mutually beneficial: getting sober and getting fit.  

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Posted on July 25, 2017 in Addiction Recovery

How My Pet Saved Me From Addiction and Helps Me Manage My Sobriety

By Jennifer (who asked that her last name be withheld)

My dog gives me so much comfort and companionship, and accepts me for who I am … when I’m sober.

I got Bodie as a puppy and we have had each other for a few years. I see a lot of love in my dog’s eyes, and I know he trusts me. Back when I was drinking or using, this changed. I would see a look of deep concern in Bodie’s eyes that told me I wasn’t being “me” and that he was worried. His expressive eyes told the whole story — that how I behaved when I was in active addiction was unsettling for him. He needed me to be there for him.

Even though my family had expressed their concerns for me as well, it was that look in Bodie’s eyes that finally got to me. It made me want to get sober again, and stay sober, for his sake. I’m convinced that my dog saved me from addiction. Thanks to him, I entered an addiction treatment program and got the help I needed.

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