Meditate Your Way Through Recovery

Like with anything, understanding how something works, in general, helps you to determine how it could help you in any life situation. In order to understand how meditation can help treat addiction and maintain recovery, it’s important to understand meditation and its health benefits as a whole.  What Is Meditation? Meditation is a core practice…

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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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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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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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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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The Importance of Relapse Prevention Programs

In many cases, those in recovery will relapse at some point. Thus, the incorporation of relapse prevention programs into a treatment regimen is essential. The common occurrence of relapse has even been acknowledged by professionals as part of recovery, hence why it’s important to know what to do if relapse occurs and how to prevent it.…

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Starting Your Path to Recovery

Recovery often looks very different from one person to the next. Some programs use the 12-steps, some are spiritually focused, and others may have strict and rigid rules for treatment and recovery. At Lakehouse Recovery Center, we believe in empowering our patients to take control over their recovery. If that means focusing on the 12-steps, that’s…

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High-Stress Careers and Drinking on the Job

Dealing with the struggles of a high-stress career is something many people experience at some point in their lives. Some individuals can deal with these emotions by venting to friends or co-workers, recreational activities, or kicking back on a Friday night with some friends to de-stress from the workweek. So, how does someone who has…

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Do Genetics Influence the Occurrence of a Substance Use Disorder?

Substance use disorder (SUD) and various co-occurring mental illnesses are often caused by genetic and biological factors, environmental circumstances, and traumatic life events. In most cases, genes and environmental factors interact, increasing the chances that someone might develop SUD. Research has been conducted examining the prevalence of SUD among family members, along with potential genetic and environmental…

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Can Meditation Help in Recovery?

Meditation and mindfulness have become popular topics, promoted for their stress-reducing benefits. For people in recovery from a substance use disorder, meditation acts as a tool for managing complex thoughts and feelings. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has found that mindfulness training improves outcomes for people treated for substance use disorders. The terms “meditation”…

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