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Leaving Early – The Unfortunate Downside

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Alcoholism and addiction knows no cultural, demographic or financial boundaries. Which is why when anyone of celebrity status checks into a facility, it makes the news. It’s a reminder of our collective vulnerability to this illness. Just last week professional skateboarder and Jackass star Bam Margera checked himself out of alcohol and drug treatment 10… Read On »

Why is Self-Love Critical for Recovery?

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Those of us living with addiction and mental health issues are no strangers to insecurity and low self-esteem. We lack the confidence and sense of self to prioritize our health and well-being. We reject ourselves so much that we compound our own mental and emotional pain. We worsen our addictions and mental health issues by… Read On »

Don’t Let Impostor Syndrome Sabotage Your Recovery

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Impostor syndrome is the persistent feeling that you don’t really deserve your success. People experiencing impostor syndrome typically feel like their success is a matter of luck or that they have somehow deceived others into believing they are smarter or more capable than they actually are. As a result, they are constantly afraid of being… Read On »

Can You Travel for Healing?

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There are so many things we can do in our lives to support our recovery, and traveling is one of the greatest among them. We associate travel with leisure, with going on vacation and escaping the monotony and tedium of our daily lives. Travel can, however, also be a part of our ongoing healing work… Read On »

4 Ways to Fight Fatigue Early in Addiction Recovery

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    It’s common to feel fatigued early in addiction recovery. Exactly why you feel fatigued depends on your specific circumstances. For example, if you’re recovering from a cocaine addiction, your brain is trying to function without the powerful stimulant it has come to rely on. If you’re recovering from opioid addiction, you may have… Read On »

4 Reasons To Take Up Running In Recovery

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  A successful recovery requires many changes, including different ways of thinking, spending time with different people, and adopting a healthier lifestyle that includes a healthy diet, plenty of sleep, and regular exercise. Many studies have found that exercise can improve your mood and reduce post-acute withdrawal symptoms, making it a valuable part of every… Read On »

Why Is Isolating So Harmful?

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If you are struggling with thoughts of suicide, PLEASE call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255). When living with addiction and mental health issues, many of us tend to isolate, out of the shame we feel about our addictions, because of the depression and anxiety we’re experiencing, and from our fears of being looked… Read On »

8 Lesser-known Symptoms of Depression

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  Depression affects about 16 million American adults every year and is the top cause of disability worldwide. Although people have become much more aware of depression and mental illness in general in recent years, many misconceptions remain. These misconceptions can cause people with depression to be reluctant to seek help or maybe not even… Read On »

5 Products With Hidden Alcohol

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    When recovering from addiction, it’s important to beware of challenges in any form. Stress is a major challenge for most people, as are people, places, and things associated with drugs or alcohol. It’s especially important to watch out for alcohol hidden in surprising places. People recovering from addiction, especially from alcohol use disorder,… Read On »

Can We Change Our Energy Around Addiction and Mental Illness?

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Culturally we perceive addiction and people with addiction in a very negative light. When we’re trying to come to terms with addiction and mental illness in our own lives, therefore, we can find ourselves feeling ashamed, disappointed and embarrassed. We feel tremendous guilt for our mistakes and regrets, and rather than forgiving ourselves so that… Read On »