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Comorbidity in Older Adults

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Dr. John Dyben, DHSc, MCAP, CMHP | Chief Clinical Officer He was 66 when the accident happened. A successful trial attorney, Jack was in good overall health and he loved spending most of his non-working time with his family, especially his 10-year-old grandson, Alex.  Jack had always been a social drinker but never really had… Read On »

Can We Heal from Mental Illness and Addiction?

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When we are in the middle of our battles with mental health issues and addiction, we can feel as though there’s no end in sight to our suffering, no light at the end of the tunnel. We’ve lost hope for our recovery, and we’ve lost faith in ourselves and our abilities. We feel so down… Read On »

How Do We Become Self-Destructive?

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For many of us living with addiction and mental health issues, we experience a disturbing trend that is unfortunately very common – the overwhelming desire to self-destruct. Our thoughts revolve around how we can harm ourselves. We suffer from low self-esteem and a tainted self-image. Our self-perception is based on self-hatred, self-judgment, and self-rejection. How… Read On »

How Does Addiction Separate Us from Our Loved Ones?

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We know that addiction is a debilitating illness that takes us away from ourselves and robs us of our goals, our life purpose, and our identity. Addiction can also separate us from our loved ones, causing intense emotional pain for everyone involved. Addiction keeps us shrouded in a cloud of shame, disappointment, regret and embarrassment.… Read On »

3 Unhealthy Habits that are Common in Addiction Recovery

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Quitting drugs and alcohol is possibly the best thing you can do for your health. Accidental death, which includes overdose, is one of the leading causes of mortality in younger people and chronic substance use can lead to serious health problems later in life. However, many people let other bad habits creep in during recovery.… 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 »

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 »

Why You Should Manage Your Expectations in Addiction Recovery

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  It’s often said that you should go into treatment with no expectations about recovery. This is a bit tricky. After all, why go to the trouble of detox, treatment, and maintaining abstinence if you had no expectation your life would get better? Clearly, you have to expect some kind of improvement just to keep… Read On »

Changing Our Emotional Response to Relapse

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  How we respond to the challenges that arise in our recovery, such as relapse, can make all the difference in whether we stay on track with our sobriety goals or continue to fall off the wagon. Our emotions play a huge role in our behaviors. When we’re shaming ourselves for relapsing, for example, we’re… Read On »

Coping with Relapse

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  The journey of recovery will inevitably bring us huge challenges, times of self-doubt and worry, and difficult obstacles to overcome. We will question our ability to stay the course. We will doubt whether or not we have the strength to stay sober. We’ll feel down on ourselves and disappointed in ourselves for the mistakes… Read On »