Emotional and Clinical Recovery Support

Chances are that many of you reading this article have experienced at least one doctor who could stand to work on their bedside manners. Often, individuals in the medical community will have a lot to offer, but empathy and emotional support are not always in that regiment. On the flip side, hopefully, many of you…

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A Holistic Lifestyle Guide to a Holistic Recovery

A holistic approach to recovery means looking at the well-being of several dimensions of health. These dimensions can include physical, emotional, and social well-being; in some cases, this can also include a person’s spiritual well-being.  Similarly to why individualized treatment has become so important in today’s modern methods of treatment, holistic approaches to recovery have…

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The Importance of Individualized Treatment

In recent years, the importance of individualized treatment and care has been emphasized, not only in treating substance use disorders and addiction but in terms of healthcare in general. Fortunately, medical professionals have finally come to the understanding that one path of treatment does not fit all patients.  Whether it’s a medical treatment for a…

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How Addiction May Be Affecting Your Family

People often discuss the effects of addiction on an individual’s physical and mental health, well-being, and overall quality of life. We sometimes forget though how addiction affects the lives of friends, family, and loved ones. It’s a strange relationship because while loved ones may not understand addiction if they haven’t gone through it themselves, they…

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Nicotine Use and Recovery

There are many misconceptions regarding quitting nicotine products, and they are relevant whether you are in recovery or not. Nicotine habits have existed for hundreds of years, initially with users having no idea the negative effects nicotine has on the body until the 1900s.  Reasons Why People Use Nicotine in Recovery Like most harmful habits,…

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The Return to Normal After COVID

Looking over the past year and a half, many of us may still be trying to process all that has gone on. With community shutdowns and individuals experiencing copious amounts of isolation, the past 18 months have been a breeding ground for increased rates of depression, anxiety, suicidal ideations, substance use, and other mental illnesses.…

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addiction and the brain

Addiction, Pain, and What Happens in Your Brain

It can be beneficial to understand the science of what’s happening to us at any given point in our lives. In terms of addiction, substance use disorder, or other co-occurring mental illnesses, understanding what is going on in your brain can benefit you and the people around you. Especially regarding the stereotypes and stigmatization surrounding…

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Destigmatizing the Stigma of Addiction

For years, the topic of mental illness has been stigmatized and considered taboo. Even today, certain stereotypes and inaccurate representations of mental illness exist. However, in recent years, there have been significant efforts to normalize mental illness and co-occurring addiction. As the public health crisis of addiction and overdoses continues to rise, destigmatizing mental illness…

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positive environment

Creating a Positive Environment During Recovery

Just as a person’s childhood environment can affect the potential for future developed dependency on addictive substances or behaviors, a person’s environment can influence their treatment process and chances of maintaining recovery. In many cases, someone’s environment allows for easier access to drugs, alcohol, or social situations that may trigger a relapse. For example, a…

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social media

Social Media — Harmful or Helpful?

As social media has advanced over the past few decades, more and more research has been conducted surrounding its usefulness and role regarding engagement with friends, family, and now even coworkers. This research has been especially relevant in the past year, as social media and technology, in general, have been tools used to integrate a virtual…

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