Addiction Recovery

stages of addiction

Posted on March 21, 2019
Last modified on May 13th, 2019

The 3 Stages of Addiction

Not everyone who uses drugs or alcohol becomes addicted, but about 164 million people worldwide have. Addiction is a progressive disease. It can hijack your brain, and your life. Genetics and certain challenges make some people more prone to addiction, but anyone can become addicted.

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relapse prevention plan

Posted on August 27, 2018
Last modified on April 19th, 2019

Drug Relapse Really Is Preventable

An estimated 40 to 60% of people with addiction relapse, but author and clinician Shawn Leadem, LCSW, CSAT, CMAT, has a message of hope: “Relapse doesn’t have to be part of your story.”

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Posted on November 17, 2017
Last modified on May 11th, 2019

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 September 25, 2017
Last modified on May 9th, 2019

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
Last modified on May 9th, 2019

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 inpatient 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
Last modified on December 1st, 2018

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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Isolation and Recovery

Posted on July 19, 2017
Last modified on May 11th, 2019

Pros and Cons of Coming Out Of the Mental Health and Addictions Closet

For many, mental health and addiction issues are daunting; limiting quality of life and creating an environment of shame. When symptoms manifest, sometimes only the individual and those in their immediate circles are aware that they exist. Fear arises when one considers those among extended family, friends, co-workers and employers finding out.

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