holistic therapy

The Dangers of Quitting Drugs Cold Turkey

“Cold turkey” might not be the most effective way to quit using drugs or alcohol. Ending substance use quickly and abruptly can bring on uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms. Individuals may also experience a constant urge to start using the substance again. If you’ve thought about quitting drugs cold turkey or ending alcohol use suddenly, you might want to consider a safer...

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binge drinking facts and myths

Binge Drinking Facts: Definition, Effects, and Dangers

Binge drinking facts for the United States are truly frightening. Every month, 1 in 6 adults indulges in binge drinking. Most of these binge drinkers are between 18 and 34 years of age and more men than women say that they are binge drinkers.  This may be expected, but what is not as expected is the fact that over 50%...

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why cooking is important in recovery

The Benefits of Cooking in Recovery

Recovery doesn’t end when someone suffering from Substance Abuse Disorder (SUD) completes a treatment program. After getting sober comes staying sober. Skills, including establishing boundaries, emotional regulation, and coping strategies, must be developed to prevent the possibility of relapse from happening. One of these skills is cooking.  You may be wondering why cooking is important in the recovery process. The...

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developing relapse prevention coping skills

Developing Relapse Prevention Coping Skills

By far one of the most important things that rehab and treatment centers teach those who are suffering from addiction is how to avoid relapse once they leave and return to their regular lives. Relapse prevention coping skills are essential to remaining clean and sober after leaving treatment. It can also be the toughest part to deal with for a...

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telling your friend you're going to rehab

How to Tell Friends That You’re Going to Rehab

One of the hardest parts of the recovery process is finally admitting to yourself that you need help — and then seeking out said help. It’s tough for us as humans to admit defeat and it can be even tougher to admit that same defeat to others. That’s why telling your friends, family, or loved ones that you are going...

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enjoying sobriety and no more hangovers

No More Hangovers! 10 Things You Won’t Miss About Alcoholism

No more hangovers! That's right; you don't have to deal with the negative effects of alcohol anymore after you find total freedom from alcoholism! Perhaps you’ve thought about changing your relationship with alcohol. This probably happens every time you have a hangover that’s so severe it makes you promise God that you will never drink again if you can just...

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self-esteem and addiction recovery

Why Self-Esteem Is Important In Recovery and How You Can Improve It

What is Self-Esteem? Self-esteem is defined as a person’s overall sense of his or her value or worth. In other words, it is your opinion of yourself. Many things can influence someone’s self-esteem. Some factors include life experiences, age, health, and personality. No matter an individual’s self-esteem, everyone may occasionally lack confidence depending on their current life circumstance. The difference...

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peer pressure and drugs abuse

How to Avoid Giving Into Peer Pressure And Drug Use

It may be possible to control your urge to drink alcohol or use drugs. However, it's unlikely that you'll be able to fully overcome a past addiction to either of these substances if you subject yourself to negative peer pressure. This is because peer pressure and drug use often go hand in hand. Thus, it's important to learn coping mechanisms...

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process and behavioral addiction therapy

What Are Behavioral and Process Addictions?

While most addictions are associated with substances, there are addictions that people can suffer from that are not substance-based. These addictions, known as behavioral addiction or process addiction, revolve around a person’s strong impulse to partake in a particular behavior or process. They may even continue to do so, knowing that it can result in negative consequences because they simply...

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eliminating stress and drinking

8 Tips to Decrease or Eliminate Stress-Related Drinking

Stress is one of those words we hear thrown around on a daily basis. At the end of the stress spectrum, there are small annoyances like traffic jams or stressful days at work that raise your blood pressure slightly but don't last for long periods of time.  On the other side sits life's unexpected events such as losing someone close...

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