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February 28, 2024

4 mins Recovering from substance use disorder takes time and effort. But when someone forgets to take care of themselves, the risk of relapse increases. That’s why when in recovery, the acronym HALT helps a person engage in self-care. By remembering to HALT, a person can stop and examine their needs and, in the process, prevent a relapse. A relapse can be triggered by psychological and physical influences that build up over time. While it may seem like a person relapses in the moment that they take drugs or alcohol again, in truth, relapse occurs in stages. First, an individual will experience emotional relapse, where their self-care diminishes, and they isolate themselves from support. Following this, a person will experience mental relapse, in which they begin to think about relapsing and seek opportunities to do so. Finally, they will experience physical relapse and begin to use again. Because the individual was unable to recognize the process of relapse, they were unable to stop it. 

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February 22, 2024

5 mins Individuals suffering from addiction typically have a significantly lower sense of self-worth and self-esteem than the average population. These negative thoughts and feelings continue to worsen as the addiction develops. Significant research has been conducted on the relationship between successful recovery from substance use disorder and self-worth and suggests that it should be a central focus of any long-term rehabilitation plan. While reframing internal thoughts is far from easy, it is absolutely possible with the help of several key strategies, tools, and mental frameworks. Individual methods and strategies will be better suited for certain people and their unique personalities and strengths. As such, trying out several and seeing what works best for you and your specific needs is generally advisable.

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February 21, 2024

4 mins HALT stands for “hungry, angry, lonely, and tired.” Stress, especially over time, can lead to relapse. Evidence shows people in recovery who keep HALT in mind have a lower chance of relapse by reducing their stress levels. Studies show 40-60% of people in recovery relapse, and simple self-maintenance from the HALT model reduces those risks by taking on stressors.  People who work to improve their lives through HALT and see results increase their self-esteem, a critical component of recovery and healing. A routine that assigns specific activities to set times each day and includes activities to look forward to leaves little time for indulgence. It also teaches patients how to live a life full of healthy, enjoyable activities. Adherence to the schedule requires discipline, but it rewards those who persevere.

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February 7, 2024

4 mins Recovery from substance use disorder (SUD) is far from easy. When you or a loved one has been struggling with this disease, it’s important to stop and celebrate every recovery goal you meet – whether it’s big or small. Celebrating sobriety milestones in the recovery process enables you to take pride in how far you’ve come and recognize the work you’ve put in to get there. Plus, who doesn’t love a good excuse to celebrate?

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January 31, 2024

4 mins Many successful recovery journeys involve a support network. If you’re wondering how to support someone’s recovery, you likely want to do everything possible to help. But substance use disorder (SUD) is a devastating disease that changes every aspect of the patient’s life. When helping others, you must first consider your well-being and tread carefully. Too much “help” overtaxes you, enables your loved one’s bad habits, or unintentionally rushes them through a delicate process. 

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January 24, 2024

3 mins The ASAM Criteria are used nationwide because of a collaboration beginning in the 1980s to define a national set of criteria for providing outcome-oriented and results-based care.

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January 18, 2024

4 mins We live in a society that has created a massive stigma around substance use disorder (SUD) and those who suffer from it. The stigma of drug and alcohol misuse is a set of negative cultural beliefs and misconceptions that further add to the complexity and difficulty of navigating a successful recovery plan.

January 11, 2024

4 mins Daydreaming is a common human phenomenon. It is often seen as a harmless pastime for many individuals, involving the mind's ability to have wandering thoughts and limitless imagination. It allows our minds to escape from the mundane and enter a world of our own creation and mental imagery. 

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January 4, 2024

5 mins Addiction recovery comes with a plethora of treatment options that offer different levels of care.

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December 26, 2023

6 mins Without having to spend several nights in a hospital or residential facility, patients receive a variety of therapies, including physical therapy, addiction treatment, and mental health counseling.

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