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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.
Young friends enjoying a beach party with sparklers in the early evening.

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 4, 2024

5 mins Addiction recovery comes with a plethora of treatment options that offer different levels of care.
Two women practicing yoga in a studio setting.

December 19, 2023

4 mins Sober people who make New Year's resolutions should make life improvements that encourage sober habits or relationships.
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December 5, 2023

6 mins Addiction recovery is a broad concept in healthcare, consisting of a variety of treatment and recovery terms specific to the field.
Young man looking to the sunset over sea. Enjoying and relaxing concept, full of unforgettable experiences to recharge.

November 2, 2023

5 mins October is Emotional Wellness Month. It’s a great time to pause and reflect on your own feelings, coping skills, and mindfulness.
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October 25, 2023

5 mins Following the 5 rules of recovery, an individual can simplify the recovery process into more manageable steps.

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