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Month: February 2021

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DUI Can Have Lasting Repercussions. Plan Ahead and Be Ready.

When sober, most of us know that driving under the influence (DUI) can pose a huge risk. However, with decision-making impaired by compromised sobriety, this understanding can be maligned. Addiction thrives from a boom-and-bust mitigation of emotions, oscillating between suppression and outburst. During rock bottom, individuals ramp up usage of alcohol and/or substances, experimenting with …

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The Shadow Work in Addiction Recovery

Deep in the unspeakable recesses of each person’s mind lie fundamental thoughts spurring action, memory, and habit. Though there are many different motivations behind the functions of subconscious processes — genetics, diet, sleep, etc. — fear offers a window into one of the more effective modes for encoding behavior. Through therapy and personal introspection, adults are able …

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Who Deserves Second Chances, and Who Sets the Standards?

Forgiveness takes on a spectrum of meanings that shape personality in unexpected ways. While many preach free and infinite forgiveness, some opt for the “fool me twice” philosophy. With such a wide range of opinions surrounding when and what to forgive, contemplating who deserves a second chance for transgressing boundaries and who doesn’t can be …

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Feel Alone in Sobriety? Connect With Recovery Through Community

Staying sober entails some pretty big asks: self-love, honesty, accountability, patience, and independence. Accompanying many of these asks — but independence in particular — is the feeling of loneliness. From the outside looking in, striving for more agency offers a beacon of light tantalizing hope over a barren sea of anxiety, depression, and/or use disorder. Those …

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Sometimes Inaction Is the Right Action

Staying alone with one’s thoughts becomes an exercise of mindfulness when in the presence of alcohol and/or use disorder. A 2010 study revealed those with drug and/or alcohol dependency have a greater aptitude for high anxiety than those without dependency or individuals who are prone to abusing alcohol and/or substances. When anxiety spikes, the body …

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Anxiety Eating at You? Refuel With a Nutritious Diet for Recovery

Addiction takes a toll on the mind and body — namely, the digestive system. Gut health impacts overall well-being in numerous ways, many of which are still being studied and analyzed by scientists. Binging alcohol creates challenges for the digestive recovery of already-detoxed users. Furthermore, individuals in recovery may be prone to intense mood swings …

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Addiction Can Feel Like a Battle. How Do We Deal With Someone Losing?

Even when the risks are abundantly clear. Even when a loved one appears unchanged from the outside looking in. Even with years of group meetings and one-on-one counseling. Even when the battle through addiction becomes a matter of life and death — losing still happens.  Dealing with the unkind prospect of losing a peer, co-worker, or …

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Admitting to Cravings Is Recovery in Action: Making the Case for Celebrating Vulnerability

You’ve been there before — the desire to use storms back with a vengeance, leaving the recovering individual in a double bind. Mistakenly, many who have never experienced addiction oversimplify the intricacies of breaking from sobriety. Regardless of how deeply an individual cares to avoid relapse, the choice often grinds them between two seemingly equivalent …

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