addiction after injury
Mar 03 2020

Addiction After Injury

People begin abusing substances for a wide variety of reasons, many involving trauma or unexpected stress.  Experiencing an injury can upset your life in several ways, leading to difficulties in your work and at home.  Additionally, an injury adds the challenge of severe pain to your circumstances, while also providing you with access to extremely…

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How Alcohol Makes Stress Worse
Feb 20 2020

How Alcohol Makes Stress Worse

Alcohol is both blatantly and subtly presented as a solution for stress and anxiety in our culture. Watch any television show or movie and you are likely to see a character struggling over some inner turmoil or relationship issue with a drink in their hand.  A more concrete example might be found in your workplace,…

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5 Active Forms of Meditation for Those Who Can’t Sit Still
Feb 27 2020

5 Active Forms of Meditation for Those Who Can’t Sit Still

The data regarding meditation is everywhere you look these days. Decades of research have proven that meditating a little bit each day can have profound effects on your mental and physical health. Meditation decreases stress, improves focus, reduces symptoms of anxiety and depression, boosts the immune system, helps manage pain, and even reduces cravings for…

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Changes to Expect After One Year Without Alcohol
Jan 30 2020

Changes to Expect After One Year Without Alcohol

For those with an addiction to alcohol, quitting drinking can be one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of their life. While there is a vast array of benefits that come with quitting, it can be challenging to envision a sober future in the early days of recovery. For this reason, many people choose…

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meditation tips for recovery
Dec 24 2019

4 Techniques for Reducing Stress Through Mindfulness

The practice of mindfulness and meditation has become increasingly popular in recent years, and for good reason.  Mindfulness techniques have been shown to have a wide array of physical and mental health benefits, in addition to the spiritual connection many people experience while utilizing this ancient wisdom.  One of the most powerful and immediate benefits…

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depersonalization
Dec 16 2019

What is Depersonalization?

An anxiety or panic attack can be a frightening and surreal experience, and the exact symptoms tend to vary between individuals, and even between episodes.  One of the most common but most difficult to explain symptoms of a panic attack is depersonalization, also sometimes referred to as derealization. While the experience is slightly different for…

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manage stress in recovery
Dec 20 2019

6 Ways to Manage Stress in Recovery

Life requires us to find ways to cope with unpleasant feelings and circumstances, and managing stress is no exception.  During active addiction, you likely turned to substance abuse anytime you found yourself becoming stressed or overwhelmed.  Unfortunately, using substances to ignore your responsibilities or ease anxiety always backfires, and substance abuse ultimately contributes to stress…

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sober living
Dec 19 2019

How Does Sleep Deprivation Affect Mental Health?

For most people, even a small amount of sleep loss can have a huge impact on their mood and ability to focus throughout the day.  Some people, however, are subjected to more significant sleep deprivation, whether it be due to the demands of their job or a health condition like insomnia.  Sleep deprivation can present…

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cognitive behavioral therapy
Dec 23 2019

What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

If you have ever looked into therapy for yourself or someone you love, you have likely come across the term cognitive behavioral therapy, or CBT.  CBT is a common psychotherapy technique that is used to treat a wide array of mental health conditions including anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder.  Even those who have not…

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How a Healthy Diet Can Help Manage Depressive Symptoms
Apr 03 2020

How a Healthy Diet Can Help Manage Depressive Symptoms

Depression is a major risk factor for addiction and relapse. One study found that among people with major depressive disorder, 16.5 percent developed alcohol use disorders and 18 percent developed drug use disorders at some point in their lives — significantly higher than average. If you’re recovering from a substance use disorder, managing co-occurring depression…

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addiction recovery
Dec 02 2019

8 Surprising Symptoms of Depression

Depression is a mental illness that is commonly associated with overwhelming sadness and an inability to experience joy.  While these symptoms may be true for some people, many people with depression experience far more subtle symptoms that may be difficult to recognize as signs of a mental illness.  Overcoming depression often requires professional mental health…

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secondary trauma
Dec 03 2019

What is Secondary Traumatization?

In the mental health world, the term “trauma” is used to describe any experience that creates emotional or mental distress to the extent that it becomes difficult to function in some or all facets of life.  We are currently in the midst of a profound cultural shift that is beginning to acknowledge the many-layered effects…

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compassion fatigue
Dec 09 2019

What is Compassion Fatigue?

For first responders, compassion is simply a part of the job.  Individuals drawn to careers such as firefighters, police officers, paramedics, and emergency medical personnel are usually seeking a way to be of service to their community, and tend to find satisfaction in helping others.  While this kind of work can be incredibly rewarding, it…

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recovery from addiction
Dec 11 2019

What’s the Difference Between an Anxiety Attack and a Panic Attack?

The terms “anxiety attack” and “panic attack” are often used interchangeably, but in reality, these are two different events that may mean different things for your mental health.  Both anxiety and panic are responses of the sympathetic nervous system to a perceived threat, and are often described as the flight-or-fight response. While there are many…

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how to identify triggers
Dec 12 2019

Identifying and Coping with Triggers in Recovery

Addiction is a physical disease, but it also involves many complex psychological factors.  These factors are a large part of the reason addiction is so hard to overcome, and psychological work is usually necessary to achieve lasting recovery.  During and after treatment for addiction, individuals with substance use disorders need to identify emotional and physical…

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addiction treatment
Nov 11 2019

Common Excuses for Avoiding Addiction Treatment

While everyone with addiction is living through different circumstances, there is a common thread in the excuses for avoiding addiction treatment. These justifications only harm the addicted individual and those they love by putting off care that could dramatically improve the lives of everyone involved. Understanding many of these common phrases and identifying them in…

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