Facing Summer Break With An Eating Disorder

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Anyone who is struggling with an eating disorder like anorexia or bulimia knows how challenging the summer months can be. Without school responsibilities to occupy time, and an increased emphasis on body image, summer break can be one of the toughest times of the year. This is why it’s not surprising that many eating disorder […]

Social Skills And Recovery

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Social skills training can be a very valuable tool for anyone in addiction recovery. This type of behavioral therapy is done under the guidance of a trained therapist who helps their client learn basic social skills that help them better manage their emotions, cope with difficult feelings, encourage healthy relationships with the people in their […]

The Differences Between An Addiction And A Compulsion

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It can be quite difficult to distinguish between an addiction and compulsive behavior, and this is why misdiagnosing oneself is very common and also quite dangerous. It’s important to be aware of the differences between a compulsion and an addiction so that an individual isn’t misdiagnosed, or not diagnosed at all, and suffers from the […]

Dealing With An Alcoholic Spouse

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There are a number of ways to tell if your spouse’s drinking habit has shifted from harmless social drinking to alcoholism. It may seem like alcoholism will have obvious signs that anyone can recognize, but when it affects someone that you see everyday, the warning signs may not be so big and dramatic. Learning how […]

What You Should Know About Anorexia in Men

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Anorexia nervosa is a very serious, life threatening condition in which an individual refuses to maintain their body weight. They may eat minimally or not at all, or exercise to the point of exhaustion, out of a deep dissatisfaction with their body shape. The condition affects women more often than men, but a misunderstanding of […]

Building a New Life After Addiction

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Quitting an addiction can mean so much more than focusing on staying abstinent from drugs or alcohol. Sobriety is easier to maintain when you make major changes in your life and leave behind many of the negative habits, people and places that contributed to your addiction. Because you may have to give up some of […]

Bonding with Others in Treatment

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Forming new, close friendships as an adult can be challenging especially for people with addictions who have spent years adjusting themselves to solitude and isolation. However, in order to recover from substance abuse problems bonding with other people is crucial because it creates a support system and prevents the type of loneliness that can lead […]

Recovery Means Progress, Not Perfection

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There is a common saying among people in twelve step groups and recovery programs that quitting an addiction means “progress, not perfection”. This doesn’t mean that people in recovery should not strive to do their very best and follow each step of their program. It simply means that trying to be perfect all the time […]

Addiction and Recovery With A Physical Disability

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Addiction is something that does not discriminate. It can affect people in any environment, setting, or life experience. Yet, there is no denying that your unique challenges and life experiences can affect what addiction and recovery looks like. People with disabilities often struggle with getting the help they need, and may face a higher degree […]

Obama and Macklemore Discuss Addiction Awareness

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Recently Obama made a presidential address in order to talk to the nation about the need for addiction recovery and awareness. He was joined by Macklemore, a popular hip-hip artist who has had many of his own public struggles with drug addiction. The Seattle-born artist was arrested at only 15 years of age and ended […]