Money as a Relapse Trigger

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Once a person completes their rehab treatment they must make the transition to living their everyday life as a sober person. This involves using strategies and skills they learned in their recovery program to deal effectively with triggers that could potentially lead to a relapse. The most commonly known triggers are people and places that […]

The Importance of Having Fun In Recovery

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When a lot of people think about sobriety, their focus is usually on the activities an addicted person is not doing. While stopping substance abuse is a very important first step, it will be very difficult to maintain sobriety without other activities to fill in the hole left in your time and energy. A life […]

5 Ways to Grow in Mindfulness

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Mindfulness is simply being aware of what is going on, both within and around you. You pay attention to your sensations, thoughts, and feelings, accepting them in a spirit of acceptance, simply acknowledging what is there before deciding whether it is right or wrong. Many people in recovery find mindfulness practices an essential part in […]

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 […]

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 […]

California’s State Bills That Could Harm Rehabs

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The state of California has a long and distinguished history of being an important place for healing, accommodating those with a variety of disabilities and illnesses. In 1880, the town of Los Angeles had a population of 11,000. That quickly swelled to over 100,000, largely due to clinics that popped up to treat tuberculosis and […]

Building Healthy Friendships

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Friends have a big impact on your quality of life and happiness, and studies have shown that they can even reduce levels of stress, improve health, and even promote longevity. This is why it’s important to make space for friendships in your life, which can get more and more challenging as we grow older and […]