5 Things to Be Grateful for in Recovery

5 Things to Be Grateful for in Recovery

5 Things to Be Grateful for in Recovery Gratitude is powerful medicine, especially for people in recovery. It improves sleep and reduces stress. Gratitude has been shown to improve relationships and make people more resilient in the face of setbacks. Resentment and negativity often drive addiction.Practising gratitude is a perfect antidote. It trains you to …

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How to Make Gratitude Part of Your Life

How to Make Gratitude Part of Your Life

How to Make Gratitude Part of Your Life Studies have shown that gratitude has many benefits that will make recovery better. Gratitude reduces stress and improves sleep. It reduces illness and strengthens social connection. It helps you focus on what’s good about your life instead of what’s bad. In short, feeling grateful can make you …

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Why Gratitude is Essential in Addiction Recovery

Why Gratitude is Essential in Addiction Recovery

Why Gratitude is Essential in Addiction Recovery If you’re just starting detox, treatment, or recovery, or just starting to think about it, gratitude may be far from your mind. If your struggles with addiction have forced you to confront the possibility you need treatment, your life is almost certainly not what you want it to …

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How Writing Can Help Heal Trauma

How Writing Can Help Heal Trauma

How Writing Can Help Heal Trauma Addiction is closely linked to trauma. A high percentage of people struggling with addiction have had traumatic experiences. Often, these are adverse childhood experiences, or ACEs, such as abuse, neglect, or witnessing violence at home. Sometimes the trauma is later, caused by violence from crime or combat, serious accident, …

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Is Caffeine Addiction Dangerous?

Is Caffeine Addiction Dangerous?

Is Caffeine Addiction Dangerous? Caffeine is perhaps the most socially acceptable drug. Nearly everyone drinks coffee, tea, or soda with some regularity. Unlike alcohol and tobacco, it’s fine to consume at work. It’s good, actually, because it makes you more productive, but not too productive. If you are recovering from addiction, or if you just …

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Should You Change Jobs in Recovery?

Should You Change Jobs in Recovery?

Should You Change Jobs in Recovery? Successful recovery usually requires you to make some changes in your life. It’s hard to stay sober when you have unhealthy habits, toxic friends, or a lot of stress. One major source of stress for many people is their job. Although it’s not realistic to expect any job to …

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Addiction Runs in Families

Addiction Runs in Families

Addiction Runs in Families If you are struggling with addiction, you likely have a close relative who does too. It may be a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, or sibling. It may be a child or grandchild. There are many reasons that addiction tends to run in families. About half of addiction is genetic. There are …

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How to Treat ADHD without Stimulants

How to Treat ADHD without Stimulants

How to Treat ADHD without Stimulants People with ADHD are far more likely than the general population to develop addictions to drugs and alcohol. As children, they tend to be impulsive. ADHD makes it difficult to succeed in school and kids with ADHD often become socially alienated. These are early risk factors for addiction. Adults …

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Why Mixing Cocaine and Alcohol is Dangerous

Why Mixing Cocaine and Alcohol is Dangerous

Why Mixing Cocaine and Alcohol is Dangerous Cocaine and alcohol are often used together. More than half of people with a cocaine addiction also have an alcohol addiction. Unfortunately, the combination of these drugs is far more dangerous than either drug alone. Here’s why. Cocaine masks the effects of alcohol. Alcohol makes you drowsy, but …

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How to Avoid Relapse When Taking Prescription Drugs

How to Avoid Relapse When Taking Prescription Drugs

How to Avoid Relapse When Taking Prescription Drugs Prescription medication is a common cause of relapse. Recovery might be going well until there’s an accident, a surgery, or illness that requires medication. That small exposure to the drug is often enough to incite cravings. Then, even a strong recovery is in danger. If you need …

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What is Post-acute Withdrawal Syndrome?

What is Post-acute Withdrawal Syndrome?

What is Post-acute Withdrawal Syndrome? Post-acute withdrawal syndrome, or PAWS, is a feeling some people experience after detox. It is often described as numbness, depression, or wild emotional swings. PAWS may begin a few weeks or months after acute withdrawal ends and it may last six months, a year, or more. The symptoms can include …

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